How come no one has said anything about Darius Rucker's Burger King commercial?

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maybe cuz there's nothing to say about hootie in a garham parsons cowboy suit singing about hamburgers...

john'n'chicago, Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I believe the correct phrasing is "Where is the LOVE for Darius Rucker's Burger King commercial?"

I have to admit I didn't realize it was him. I was too mesmerized by the man with a papier-mache king head galivanting in the background.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I love all the columns I've seen in my local paper about how he doesn't have any credibility anymore and how rabid Hootie fans are frothing at the mouth in anger. I don't even know where to start with that.

Xii (Xii), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw it last night, and still can't get my head around it.

It looks very David LaChapelle, no?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Yea, it's odd enough that it almost makes me like the bland Mr. Hootie

Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

and he's joined by former e news channel "celebrity" brooke burke!

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:21 (sixteen years ago) link

rabid Hootie fans are frothing at the mouth in anger

Wait. Hootie fans can be offended by Rucker doing a commercial?

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:22 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought they had gotten a Darius Rucker lookalike...is it really him?

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Yep.

Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Do rabid Hootie fans even exist anymore?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I just went to the BK site, which probably infested my computer with a handful of particularly greasy cookies; hey, at least they still seem to be celebrating the Black History Month (I hope Rucker wasn't hired on that reasoning) link

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:27 (sixteen years ago) link

That's kinda like being a rabid Collective Soul fan or a rabid Edward McCain fan.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Great career move.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Great commercial.

Zed Szetlian (Finn MacCool), Monday, 7 March 2005 00:38 (sixteen years ago) link

for a guy whose record label put out the meat puppets and whose band modeled itself after r.e.m. (the investements in their hometown, the shared songwriting royalties), it's a fall from grace. i have nothing against the band, they are what they are -- a bar band made big. but this... just. plain. weird.

john'n'chicago, Monday, 7 March 2005 00:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm sorry, Columbia doesn't look any more invested in since Hootie appeared

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 7 March 2005 00:40 (sixteen years ago) link

south carolinas wonderful contribution to rock n' roll

latebloomer: my cats are wobderful (latebloomer), Monday, 7 March 2005 00:47 (sixteen years ago) link

this commercial rules!

Star Cauliflower (Star Cauliflower), Monday, 7 March 2005 00:56 (sixteen years ago) link

i feel like this commercial is somehow the product of katamari damacy. and hamburgers. poor mr. rucker.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Monday, 7 March 2005 01:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm sorry, Columbia doesn't look any more invested in since Hootie appeared

http://www.hootie.com/foundation.asp

john'n'chicago, Monday, 7 March 2005 01:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I like the way the production on the commercial makes him sound like he's lisping, particularly whenever he sings "crisp." Or maybe it's not the production, he really is lisping.

George Smith, Monday, 7 March 2005 01:46 (sixteen years ago) link

this commercial is one of the most amazing things i have ever seen.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 March 2005 01:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Why must John'n'Chicago mess with my long-held, curmudgeonly, slightly irrational hatred of the state in which I grew up?

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:01 (sixteen years ago) link

From local paper's "music beat" section, where they give music news in brief:
"After their 13-million-selling debut Cracked Rear View in 1995, Hootie and the Blowfish immediately entered a steep decline in popularity. With each subsequent album selling in lower numbers, Hootie hasn't exactly been been relegated to grocery store openings, but it hasn't been pretty. To add insult to injury, the group's dwindling number of fans were shocked and dismayed last week when singer Darius Rucker appeared in colorful Rhinestone-Cowboy drag hawking chicken sandwiches in the latest Burger King commercial. Fans are in an uproar over the atrocity, demanding an explanation from the fallen star..."

I'm not familiar with the writer, but I know the editor somewhat. I smell a little bit of snide humor.

Xii (Xii), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Is this commercial available online somewhere? I don't watch TV, but I really want to see it!

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Is Christina Aguilera in this commercial?

billstevejim, Monday, 7 March 2005 02:33 (sixteen years ago) link

is his the cover of big rock candy mountain?

anthony easton (anthony), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:36 (sixteen years ago) link

It looks very David LaChapelle, no?

good eye dude!

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:39 (sixteen years ago) link

this commercial freaks me the fuck out, i think it's the giant buckets of ranch dressing.

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:39 (sixteen years ago) link

this from an interview with Hootie drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld regarding a fund raiser for a Columbia animal shelter hootie did:

Q: OK, I have to ask: Have you seen the Burger King commercial that features Darius (Rucker)?

A: I haven’t seen it. I can’t comment on that. I know I’m getting text messages and phone messages, but I haven’t seen the purple dude cowboy. Darius said it was definitely something cutting edge and out of what people normally see him as.

john'n'chicago, Monday, 7 March 2005 02:53 (sixteen years ago) link

i love the "BURGER KING"!

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 March 2005 02:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, the most amazing thing about that commercial is The King almost subliminally messing about in the background. WTF.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Monday, 7 March 2005 03:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I have never liked Darius Rucker until now.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Darius said it was definitely something cutting edge and out of what people normally see him as.

Begs the question: What do people normally see him as?

ffirehorse (firehorse), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:03 (sixteen years ago) link

The King in these commmercials reminds me a lot of The King of the Cosmos from Katamari Damacy.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I didn't realize it was Hootie and still don't care.

The real question the thing has brought up for me is: How can it be both 'tender' and 'crisp'? Those are opposite qualities, for fuck's sake.

Austin (Austin), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Tender on the inside? Crispy on the outside?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:30 (sixteen years ago) link

ha ha ha

Darius Rucker Lookalike (deangulberry), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Business in the front? Party in the back?

Stormy Davis (diamond), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:32 (sixteen years ago) link


you should be able to check it out on this page (down a bit) ... but it won't work for me (imac)

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/3408646

Darius Rucker Lookalike (deangulberry), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:38 (sixteen years ago) link

I will not be taken in by your cryptofascist orwellian doublespeak!

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Crispy is tender.

Austin (Austin), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:39 (sixteen years ago) link

boardsmag.com/screeningroom/commercials/1580/

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Or the chicken is tender and the bacon is crisp?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I honestly thought this was one of those "wacky" Old Navy commercials the first two or three times I saw it. I mean, I never really pay close attention to commercials. I usually am posting on ILX during commercials if I'm watching TV! anyway, it looks like an Old Navy commercial.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:45 (sixteen years ago) link

"Tumbleweeds of Bacon!"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 7 March 2005 04:47 (sixteen years ago) link

anyway, it looks like an Old Navy commercial.

no, it is truly more magical than an old navy commercial.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 March 2005 05:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I first saw this during johnwayning daze of a recent thread re Big & Rich at NBA halftime. Pertains to discussion of Cowboy Troy, whom B&R helpfully always refer to as "the rappin' black cowboy". This is helpful because not everybody thinks he can rap. (But you don't have to be able to rap to be a rapper, sales figures show.) Main thing that curbs my enthusiam for commercial, though is that Darius is singing so softly! In Hootie & The Blowfish, he blasted us with a morning shower of warm jets of tubular puke; that was the whole point! Oh, I know: we're supposed to wait and DIY puke, after buying and eating their food, but I'm not gonna, so I want a better commercial. Do appreciate the go-go girls relaxin on the axis with thier own burgers.

don, Monday, 7 March 2005 05:14 (sixteen years ago) link

i was paying more attention to the ladies (tender) asses on the railroad pumping car thingy. it seems there are two versions of this commercial, as i saw a shortened version with less sexiness going on.

so is the sandwich good or what? i kinda like BK, shamefully.

eman (eman), Monday, 7 March 2005 05:40 (sixteen years ago) link

SHAMEFUL, BRO

Darius Rucker Lookalike (deangulberry), Monday, 7 March 2005 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

please tell me this one features big rock candy mountain as a lyrical bass--because if it does, we have a 1930s hobo folk song being updated (as disco hip hop crunk) to sell fast food, and if that is the case, it has reached bizzarre levels of postmodern new hisoricism.

anthony easton (anthony), Monday, 7 March 2005 06:11 (sixteen years ago) link

i love this commercial, but i didnt recognize that it was hootie.

there is another commercial "where some dude wakes up with the burger king in his bed and it's very awkward, there's this definite "did we have sex?" vibe hanging in the air?"

is it online? ive got to see this.

AaronK (AaronK), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:18 (sixteen years ago) link

mark just posted it right above you.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I will never tire of the "I'd hit it" ad. We're a few months from "Taco Bell? Stick it on my dick!"

miccio (miccio), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:21 (sixteen years ago) link

haha jon w posted a great parody of it that was basically the same banner ad as above, identical font etc, only the text was 'double cheese burger? i'd go down on them meatflaps'.

j blount (papa la bas), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Hahahahaha

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:25 (sixteen years ago) link

god i luv that 'wake up with the king' ad

j blount (papa la bas), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:29 (sixteen years ago) link

i went through a spell where i watched it four times a day. this was before dog judo, mind.

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Dog judo?

JoB (JoB), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

www.dogjudo.co.uk

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

i didn't like these commercials

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Monday, 7 March 2005 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link

typical.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 March 2005 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost Anthony, I don't think he's "serving it to us,": neither re the girls, they're just showing you how good it can be, how to do it, provinding An Example To Others, as my church youth group leaders would say. Darius is the MC, and providing a little mmod music, a little travelin' music for the hungry Miccio et al, and for the food about to travel down the ol Alimentary Canal. (OK: he's a misntrel too, but in the classical at east as much if not more than the nasty recent sense)(we're all hos in some sense or other, or I am)

don, Monday, 7 March 2005 22:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I think the uproar amongst the dedicated remaining Hootie fans is the funniest part of all of this!

donut debonair (donut), Monday, 7 March 2005 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm sure Burger King is worried about lost sales from the inevitable boycott!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 7 March 2005 22:47 (sixteen years ago) link

This commercial ALMOST rivals their series of office-related spots. Almost.
-- Raymond Cummings (gracefulas...), March 7th, 2005.

oh man, those were terrible.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:21 (sixteen years ago) link

it was like watching clips from dress rehearsals for a bad NBC sitcom.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:22 (sixteen years ago) link

al otfm
Yeah, I hated those. I also hate those smug IBM spots.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Which seem to be filmed in the same circle of hell.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:41 (sixteen years ago) link

wait are the ibm ones the ones with the monkeys and the guy says 'i work with a bunch of monkeys'? i luv those!

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:43 (sixteen years ago) link

No, that's for a jobs website I think.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm thinking of the ones letterboxed in dark blue that for instance feature smug a*sholes sitting at a Parisian cafe talking about business. Awful.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:47 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah those people need to die a painful death.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:03 (sixteen years ago) link

i dunno, if found these bk commercials too camp -- not genuinely strange enough.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i just watched jan svankmeyers "faust" and the burger king character looks a bit like one of the creepy large marionette figures from the film.
http://img.slate.msn.com/media/1/123125/2065969/2093775/2107696/041006_BurgerKing.jpg http://www.illumin.co.uk/svank/films/faust/mfaust3.jpg

eman (eman), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 03:18 (sixteen years ago) link

i don't even know what these commercials are all about

Darius Rucker Lookalike (deangulberry), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 03:20 (sixteen years ago) link

As for pure weirdness, BK has nothing on the Quizno's Subs ads of last year, with the singing amoeba-like critters extolling the virtues of the pepper bar.

cdwill, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 03:26 (sixteen years ago) link

i still think that virgin mobile ad with the hair sandwich was the highwater mark of contemporary tv ad creativity.

dean, you're getting the line wrong!

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh hell yeah, the bulging eyes and the "We love the subs!" singing.

SIKE-O-DELLIC

Curious George Rides a Republican (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I want Darius Rucker in a Napoleon hat singing "We love the subs!"

Curious George Rides a Republican (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I guess they're bunnies, not amoebas. Whatever.

cdwill, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:29 (sixteen years ago) link

is that quiznos ad done by someone from b3ta.com?

eman (eman), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:34 (sixteen years ago) link

You have to see the Quiznos clots *move* to get the true hideous impact.

don, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 05:26 (sixteen years ago) link

The Quiznos ad with spongmonkeys (the official name for the critters, according to their creator) are my favorite 30 seconds of television. Of All Time.

Full lyric:

We love the suuubs
Cause they are good to us
The Quiznos suuubs
(crescendo) They are tasty they are crunchy they are warm because they toast them
They've got a pepper baaaaaarrrrrrghhh!

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 05:49 (sixteen years ago) link

i knew it had something to do with b3ta (and joel veitch)!
http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/

eman (eman), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:01 (sixteen years ago) link

i love this commercial. i sing along to it. yay for darius!

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Monday, 14 March 2005 05:31 (sixteen years ago) link

vida those are some very effective commercials vida

natlawdp, Monday, 14 March 2005 18:16 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I'm amazed at the love for this commercial. Ugh.

Edward Bax (EdBax), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Why are you amazed? What is the problem? It's a great spot. If I ate crap, I'd buy it. Though I've never, ever seen aldies with a nice caboose at BK--false advertising.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 04:13 (sixteen years ago) link

i think one of my coworkers is close to killing me because i sing it all the fucking time since it's stuck in my head and has been for the last three weeks and it will never ever leave no matter what.

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 05:38 (sixteen years ago) link

I was mildly amused by it a few weeks ago but i believe prolonged exposure may induce homicidal tendencies in anyone within earshot of it. I want that tendercrispbaconchedaarraaaanch! KILLKILLKILL!!!

jmeister (jmeister), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 06:16 (sixteen years ago) link

the tendercrispbaconcheddarraaaaanch, the tendercrispbaconchedderraaaanch

COME AND GET IT!

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 07:42 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
I miss this.

PB, Thursday, 8 September 2005 03:30 (sixteen years ago) link

are you jonesin' for a treat?

my name is john. i reside in chicago. (frankE), Thursday, 8 September 2005 03:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I sang half of this commercial on a roadtrip this weekend, with all improvised words. I think it involved sandwich-fucking!

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 8 September 2005 03:58 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

Darius Rucker's version of "Nothing Else Matters" on the Metallica black album covers comp isn't half bad. Not as great as the Burger King commercial that kicked off his country career, though.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:52 (one week ago) link

I still remember every word of this song. BK had a pretty cool marketing department for a while.

frogbs, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:54 (one week ago) link

Agreed! I still love the song and the ad.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:58 (one week ago) link

Seems a no-brainer that Dairy Queen should've snagged him first.

No matter what I do
I only wanna eat DQ

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 September 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

Baskin-Robbins makes me cry

frogbs, Friday, 10 September 2021 18:09 (one week ago) link


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