Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Here Comes That Advert Again



There is no easy way of saying this... but I am sick to my back teeth of hearing Here Come The Girls, the tune that has accompanied every Boots advert for the last two or three years. Listen up Boots: I'm sick of it! Enough with your coming! Change your tune and your marketing strategy. Have you not noticed that half the population are men and that your stores do sell shaving equipment and other daily essentials that men may well be interested in... such us photo frames; loose leaf files; batteries; deodorant and bifocals...[what do I know?]... it's about time that the girls had a rest; let them go on holiday; let them wear comfy shoes; let them have a cosmetic free day; let them have frizzy hair; let them sit back in a comfy chair; let them formulate a manifesto for world peace, and let the boys come for a change.

*Apologies to non-UK people who might not know what I'm banging on about.

65 comments:

Whirlochre said...

That's blown your chances in front of Cheryl "Really Prewed Ayaah" Cole at this year's X Factor...

EmmaK said...

I have no idea what you are banging on about but I think you SHOULD become one of those people (usually over 70 but why not a younger person getting in on this game) who writes every day to Boots about this until something is done. I think you should suggest a new tune though I was thinking These Boots are Made For Walking
what do you think?

Wow, that was awkward said...

I want to work where all those women work. Looks like shooting fish in the barrel.

xl said...

[near tears]

I am still struggling with my meme assignment Miss Scarlet!

KAZ said...

Oh I do agree.
How about a similar one using 'The Boys are back in Town' where a crowd of stupid blokes get orgasmic about a bottle of male moisturiser.

Pat said...

Boots have recently blotted their copy book as far as I'm concerned. Super Drug - here I come!

nick said...

Ah yes, Kaz has the right idea. And of course they're all plucking shavers, nasal hair trimmers and strip wax out of their man bags....

Damn, I'd never seen that ad before. Now that bloody tune will be on my brain as well.

Michelle said...

Sorry to say I love that song. It makes me jig every time I hear it.... and this is the first time I have read your blog and here I am outting myself!!! lol Mich x

Kerrie said...

I don't fancy a comfy shoes and frizzy hair day thanks all the same! I could go for Kaz's add campaign though, but I think it should be done to the Bowie track " Boys Keep Swinging " can you imagine the products they could flog with that.

Chairman Bill said...

I'll never buy their delipatory cream again - or their tampons.

eroswings said...

That was funny!

I bet they can attract a whole new customer base if they shifted a tad and marketed to drag queens! And they could use I'm every woman as their new tune!



And as a lovely and wonderful it would seem to work with all those beauties, experience has taught me that at least once a month, I need to camouflage myself at the office while women go on a rampage.

mago said...

Banging?
... Welll ...

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I am drowning in the estrogen sea.

Eryl Shields said...

This is the first time I've ever seen that advert or heard that song (no TV), and I already think they should change it. How about a rugby team in the showers and Patti Smith (rather than Nirvana) singing Smells Like Teen Spirit?

Kevin Musgrove said...

Oh yes, I am weary of it.

I hadn't realised I'd been avoiding Boots, must be my subconscious at work. (Well, a lad needs his bikini wax strips)

Lulu LaBonne said...

Crikey - now you'll have Boots plaguing us with 'It's Raining Men' - Hallelujah.

Rog said...

I've been working on a male orientated ad for Old Spice....aka Dave.

Madame DeFarge said...

Oh I am so with you on this one. I want to hurl the TV from the window, boycott Boots and just scream. I can't stand it (goes off to lie down and recover)

wendy house said...

Quite so Ms. S,
Boots is not a place I'd touch with my cash

Z said...

I lasted until the drumbeat started, then I thought that maybe I'd give it a miss.

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Hello Ms. Scarlet,

I just stopped by to see what you were up to. Since you've already expressed a disdain for a certain song, I'll play nice and not start my typical banter (this time).

It was good to get a Hey there from you...Thanks

U

Mitzi said...

I'm not keen on the song, "Kinky Boots" by Honor Blackman would have been a much better choice.

Those Glade air freshener adverts have to be the worst, when that boy says "It's all gone, its all gone" whilst sat on the toilet after doing a big steaming pile or the teeth grinding "I'm going to do a poo at Paul's" and I have to turn my head away when the fungal nail advert comes on, it makes me heave! and why do they put them on at teatime when we "Up north" are having their tea on trays in front of the telly.

TechnoBabe said...

You are right, I don't know what this is really about but heck, I am on your side!

Gadjo Dilo said...

I'm not really a UK person and only half know what you're talking about, having only ever gone into Boots for packets of Louis Marcel strip wax.

MJ said...

How about "Who Let the Dogs Out"?

KEVIN JACKSON said...

How can you be huffy and mention bi-focals in the same piece? Is it the price of Boots bi-focals?

Scarlet Blue said...

Apologies! I am up late this morning as I had a few duties to perform... quite exciting really.
Anyhow, I am most amused by the coments here and I will be back in a bit with some suitable responses.
Sx

French Fancy said...

I can just about tolerate that ad (yes, I'm non UK but we've got one of those huge ugly dishes on our wall). There are loads of others that really irritate me though - that bloody Churchill dog that 'does crazy things' being one of them

Scarlet Blue said...

I lost my replies! Please God of Blogger.... please noooooo...
Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Erm... I can't quite believe that happened to me... I got as far as Rog... and then it all vanished...
Start again.

Mr Whirly: I have been reliably informed that it was The Sugababes who are responsible for this tune... but I can truly understand the mistake!

Emmak: I wish I'd made this into a competition post... sigh...
And yes I do spend my days writing grumpy rude letters to big corporations.

Mr Awkward: These are British working women. They are as tough as old boots.

Mr XL: HUGS! Please don't worry about the meme. Keep it on the shelf for a rainy day - it took me two months to do it.

Sx

I'm not going to be caught out with disappearing comments again...

Scarlet Blue said...

Kaz: Now that's an ad I'd like to see! I will be forwarding this post and comments on to Boots in triplicate.

Pat: Superdrug is definitely more fun as I can't remember their adverts, so they must be good.

Nick: Please send instructions telling me how to avoid this ad.

Michelle: Hello and Welcome!
If you jig around to this ad everytime it's on then at least you're getting plenty of exersise. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book.

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Kerrie: Boots could open up a whole new mini-store with 'Boys Keep Swinging'. I look forward to it.

Mr Chairman: But where will you go for your bifocals and batteries?

Mr Swings: I do not know of this monthly rampage of which you type. *slaps Mr Swings* I am always sweetness and light.

Mr Mags: 'Banging' has many meanings. I am fond of one of them.

Mr Banish: Tell me about it!

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Eryl: NO TV!!!!! My whole blog hangs off the TV...

Kev: Do you go somewhere else for a more intimate service?

Lulu: Thankfully Boots sell umbrellas... and please, let's not encourage Geri Halliwell.

Rog: I see Dave as a 'Charlie' girl.

Madame D: Shall we hurl our TVs in unison?

Wendy: Come back Timothy Whites is all I can say. And there is always the Co-op.

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Z: You are a wise woman!

Mr U: Good to see U! I shall pop across later to see if you've posted.

Mitzi: It's true! I am in chavvy heaven, having my tea [I don't use a tray, I use a newspaper], watching my favourite programme when a small child pops up and starts talking about his poo issues and ruins the ambience. It's not right.

Technobabe: Thank you for your support. And you're lucky that you don't get this ad.

Gadj: Hmmmm... market research from this post is telling me that men do like to wax.
ARE YOU READING PEOPLE AT BOOTS???
Men like to be pampered too!

MJ: Their have been some jolly good song suggestions here... but you win!

Mr Kevin: You're right... bifocals do have a certain calming influence over me. I am feeling less huffy.

Miss Frenchie: Crikey, that Churchill ad has been going for decades.... I've forgotten... what's it selling?

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Apologies for spelling! I was recovering from Blogger eating my replies.
Sx

MJ said...

Their have been some jolly good song suggestions here... but you win!

Yay! What's my prize?

nick said...

I dunno. Maybe they never ran them in NI, but there are loads of Boots here, in fact they've just taken over another chemist. Or you could install the special Boots Alert on your telly and whenever a Boots ad comes on, it automatically shuts down the telly until the ad is finished. Available only from Nick Merchandise, a snip at £25.99.

Eryl Shields said...

No TV: ours broke about fifteen years ago and we never got round to replacing it. Now I rely on your blog to keep me up to date with TV happenings, since I found it I've been able to reintegrate into polite society, X

xl said...

[off topic]

My meme assignment is posted.


wv: croks HAR!

Dave said...

'Here come the girls' has been my theme tune for a little while. I do apologise.

Scarlet Blue said...

MJ: A big cuddle?

Nick: It would be worth every penny! And I think Madame D is also a potential client.

Eryl: I'm very pleased to have been of service!

Mr XL: And it's very good.

Dave: It's good to remain optimistic, Dave.

Sx

I am feeling a little under the weather. I've had a headache for the last 12hrs [sleep didn't cure it] and now my nose is running.
Let's hope it's a cold and not swine flu.

nick said...

Funny, I keep having to access your blog twice because the first time the comments don't come up. Blogger, huh?

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: It's a pain when it does that... I think Youtubes mess it up. Sometimes it's best to click on the title of the blog post and then the comments box will come up.
Sx

zIggI said...

Oh yes here come the boys would be lovely, but couldn't they go somewhere more exciting than Boots. I favour the changing room at Twickers or somewhere similar?

North West London Girl said...

Here here,I couldn't agree more. It's on the damn radio too. So very glad to have found you..

Kate said...

I totally agree and I end up getting the damn song stuck on my head for ages afterwards - aaaaah

Kate xx

Roses said...

I agree...time to change the tune. It's not got to the tooth grinding stage yet, but it's getting there.

Scarlet Blue said...

ZIggI: You make a fair point! Maybe Boots could start selling saunas and the boys could advertise those.

Ms London: Hello and Welcome!
You score extra points for agreeing with me.

Kate: I suppose it could be worse. I'm trying to think how... but nothing is coming to me!

Roses: STOP! Boots probably have something for tooth grinding in their dental department...


Right-o, I have things to do this week, so won't be around much.
Until next time... or later even...

SXXXX

BEAST said...

Why havnt I commented eh eh?
I have no idea
Becuase I am sure I should have by now
Its all very odd!

mago said...

I do not care how long you will let this ad sit there - I will not click on it. Ha!

wv: nogness

Donnw/2nz said...

I turn the sound off when commercials come on..don't you?

aka k said...

Timothy Whites!!! Remember when that was a separate shop! Before they took it over. And then lost the name. Now those WERE the days ... ( ... my friend, we thought ... etc etc)

Jimmy Bastard said...

Oh the thought of Missy Scarls banging...

Macy said...

Oh God, is it just me or are those girls from Boots are beginning to get SCARY???
Last advert I saw a HORDE of them were TAKING OVER a restaurant, squirting their noxious cheap perfume all over the place, giving the poor lone male at their table a HAIRCUT, before storming off to take over their local nightclub (something tells me it was an Over 30's Nite).
Stop them now. Somebody.

Scarlet Blue said...

Why havnt I commented eh eh?
I have no idea
Becuase I am sure I should have by now
Its all very odd!


Mr Beastie: I don't know! Why are you so late???? It's a disgrace. I expect better.

I do not care how long you will let this ad sit there - I will not click on it. Ha!

wv: nogness


Mr Mags: Playing games are we? I'm not a woman to be toyed with. You'll learn.

I turn the sound off when commercials come on..don't you?

Mr Coppens: Good grief, if I did that I'd have nothing to blog about!


Timothy Whites!!! Remember when that was a separate shop! Before they took it over. And then lost the name. Now those WERE the days ... ( ... my friend, we thought ... etc etc)

Mr Aka: I remember getting Timothy Whites vouchers for Christmas along with an Avon heart shaped soap on a rope.
Thank goodness for Estee Lauder...

Oh the thought of Missy Scarls banging...

Mr Jimmy: Keep thinking happy thoughts, Mr Jimmy... it'll keep you out of mischief.


Oh God, is it just me or are those girls from Boots are beginning to get SCARY???
Last advert I saw a HORDE of them were TAKING OVER a restaurant, squirting their noxious cheap perfume all over the place, giving the poor lone male at their table a HAIRCUT, before storming off to take over their local nightclub (something tells me it was an Over 30's Nite).
Stop them now. Somebody.


Macy: I'm doing my best... I'm doing my best...

Sx

Malc said...

So I stumbled in from Rog's place and now I have that wretched tune rattling around my head.

I'd like to see them base an advert on my last trip to Boots - a dozen Bic razors, elasticated support for my wonky knee and 64 strong ibuprofen (to be taken with food).

mago said...

It's "nogness", isn't it? Must be some shady Brit-slang ...

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Malc: Hello and Welcome!
Weird... I think you have stolen my shopping list...

Mr Mags: Nogness...? Nogness is a description of comfort and warmth. The more nogness something has the better.
I am proud of my level of nogness - gloopy, thick [?] and satisfying... like custard.

Sx

mago said...

Take me in custardy!

Kevin Musgrove said...

I hope you're having a fine St. Val's day, just brimming with nogness.

mago said...

Dearest Scarlet - I hope you had a very nice Sunday.

xl said...

Be my valentine Miss Scarlet! [mwah!]

Scarlet Blue said...

Hello Boys!!!

Sx

mago said...

You are still with us, Miss Scarlet?

Scarlet Blue said...

Hello Mr Mags, I am having a break for a short while, but I am still dipping in every now and again.
Sxx