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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Commercial Madness

I don't watch much commercial TV... Lost, Amazing Race, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, and Survivor. Some sports events too, but that's about it.

I don't really watch the commercials because I record those shows and fast-forward through the ads. So I'd forgotten how annoying some ads can be.

Especially when a beloved song is butchered. During a football game last weekend I saw this travesty from Maxwell House featuring "Our House" by Madness. Only it wasn't the original recording. It sounded more like the Brady Bunch Kids were singing it. It actually made me grimace and suck air in through my teeth, like I'd just been kicked in the gut. No wonder I don't like coffee.

This song is basically my family's theme song. It's the main ringtone on my cell phone. It goes on every iPod mix I make for car trips. My kids sing the words "Our house, in the middle of our street" almost every time we arrive home from several days away.

Here it is... One of the most perfect pop songs of all time...

Madness - "Our House"

Oh, and the video is cool too:

Buy The Ultimate Collection by Madness at Highly recommended for kids of all ages!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing the funny dance here!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

Good to find another Madness fan. I hope you're listening to The English Beat and Specials as well. That music got me through my young adulthood!

7:04 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Ah yes, The English Beat's Special Beat Service is a classic. Same with the Specials, Fun Boy Three, Selecter, and so many other ska bands from the 80's. Madness is my favorite, though. I've collected everything they recorded.

10:34 AM  
Blogger sunnyday said...

It's been quite a while since I last heard "Our House." Thanks for the reminder, Phil. Though a lot of radio stations here play '80s and '70s music on certains days of the week, I don't think Madness has been on the playlists recently. Thanks for putting another title on my request list! =)

12:06 AM  
Blogger boyhowdy said...

Thanks for posting this. We got rid of the TV reception when the elderchild was born, and don't regret it...but I miss commercials sometimes.

And when a song resurfaces, I tend to be the last to know.

5:26 PM  

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