Woops - I hate it when people spell my name wrong, so my apologies to Michel (or Michael) Gondry (not Gondrey)!
This looks very much like a typical (and brilliant) Michael Gondrey directorial style.
This makes a lot of sense because Gondrey is not only a brilliant director, but has also made at least 4 of the previous White Stripes (also brilliant) music videos that I'm aware of.
A very, very happy birthday Dabitch.
Just think, the difficult years are still to come. Your 'Adland child' is just about to enter puberty, and you know how difficult kids can be when the hormones start jumping! ;)
Hmmm, it reminds of another recent one regarding the Apple I-pod ad / billboard that's supposed to have been being constructed in Australia, and will be able to be seen from space (and via Google Earth) - I've not seen anyone own up yet, but I always thought that was another April Fools Day gag, based upon a completely coincidental piece of human engineering.
Go to http://maps.google.com/?t=k&ll=-30.516354,121.336956&spn=0.051463,0.080509
or read some discussions about it here:http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/496815.html
Dabitch - you may well be right, but then I guess it makes the whole story even more weird / daft eh? :)
Hey Dabitch, you're becoming quite the celebrity down-under - as some kind of dominatrix maybe?
Firstly, on the Kiwi site http://www.nzcreativecircle.blogspot.com/ where under the headline 'Sunday, February 05, 2006 - Pictures from our LA office opening'
there's a very fetching photo of you (in leather) standing in front of a pic of Patti Hearst. You almost have a MaDOMma look going on :)
Then regarding the Battle of the Blogs, you actually pop up yourself to tell the bad Ozzie boys attempting to grind out more votes for the CB Blog, that you'll know if they attempt to cheat -
Delete cookies all you want fools, one ip# only gets to vote once anyway.
Aaawww Shit! Dabitch is in da house.
Doncha just love it? The Kiwi and Ozzie ad-industry blogs are some of the nastiest around in terms of abusing folk, BUT Dabitch goes in to straighten them out and all they can do is panic.. ha ha - I think Dabitch could end up as the industry, disciplinarian pin-up for foul mouthed, rowdy ANZACS!
Good on you Dabitch - from another, not quite so foul mouthed, rowdy ANZAC!
"Ah Stealthy, you're like a dad in a cardigan who comes out and breaks up the fight just at the good bit when someone's nose is about to get broken. Shame on you."
Jeez JD, are you psychic or something? I checked my profile again and I know that I didn't put my date of birth in there........ do I really come across that old?
Don't answer that :)
Anyway, I've got to get ready for work now, so excuse me why I put my false teeth back in..... now where did I put my zimmer frame??
Seriously though, I loved your comments re: 'balance', and the thought that "maybe he just wasn't good enough" - something for a lot of us to think about, you wee Irish philosopher, you.
Have a creatively brilliant day!
Neil French eh?
A living example of the danger of believing your own press, then putting your foot firmly, and very publicly in the mouth - but who's really to blame , guys?
We are - (the 'royal we' that is). All of us -the ad media, industry conventions, and every single one of us for queuing up to hear the great oracle speak.
A great creative throughout his career? Yes.
An inspirational CD? I don't know, having never worked for him, but probably 'Yes'.
But what happens? Over the years, the media and event organisers want more punch & bite from the creative talent they interview or put on stage in front of an audience. They realise that here was a guy who was fearless and universally acknowledged as one of the 'chosen' - whatever that means. He believed it himself, and was more than happy to offer an opinion on anything and everything under the sun.
But that's the point - he was merely expressing his opinions, and that's also where he well and truly shot himself in the foot. Not because having an opinion is wrong. That is after all, his right. Where he went wrong was broadcasting his opinion, and parading it as fact.
Is his opinion 'right'? Well, in this particular case, no. Not by my subjective opinion - the standards of modern western society have judged him, and found him guilty.
However folks, controversy (and sex) sells papers, magazines and bums on seats at conventions - it always has, and it always will....... up to a point, and then sometimes a 'false idol' goes too far and crosses that line of acceptability.
In this case, Neil French became the Porcelain God that shattered when it fell - but as long as we (again, the 'royal we'), worship these false idols for anything more than the terrific creative work they do, there's plenty more of him waiting into hold forth on everything and anything.
In the meantime, isn't it time we all got over it by now? :)
Well, I just hope for his sake, that unlike Dorothy, customers will choose to follow him down the Red Brick Road.
I have to say, that while Frank has made a big move, it'd be nice to assume that he has already, or plans to get other clients on board. God knows it'll take a while to bed-in Tesco, and while it'll pay the bills, it's never good from a fiscal nor creative viewpoint to run a 'one client' show for too long.
Some people have just got smutty minds -
What's actually happening is the guy in the jeans is the designer, and he's explaining to the guy next to him (who happens to be a new wannabe male model),
"See, all you have to do is tuck your 'actionman tackle' away between your legs like he has, and these ridiculously slim-fitting trousers will fit you like a second skin - and with no embarrassing crotch bulges either!"
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