In 1977 I arrived in Canada and Sam Ed and Marvin, Messrs. Scali McCabe and Sloves, opened their first international ‘franchise’ in Toronto. The agency comprised Gary Prouk the rambunctious young creative director of Doyle Dane Bernbach, Richard Kelly a strategy wizard from F.H. Hayhurst, a hotel room and no clients. Marvin and Ed’s idea […]

In praise of edge people

The late historian Tony Judt considered himself one of the world’s edge people, someone who doesn’t conform to traditional notions of identity such as nationality, religion, or political stripe*. Edge-ness is more a product of circumstance than a conscious choice. It’s a sense of otherness that comes from never truly belonging (Professor Judt grew up […]

Chrysler are cynical dickheads

“To all the people who never gave love, and continue to deny me ‘cuz of what I look like: suck my dick you fucks!!!” “Never take ecstasy, beer, baccardi, weed, pepto bismol, vivarin, tums, tagamet hb, xanax, and valium in the same day. It makes it difficult to sleep at night.” “I hate bitches. [One] […]

Pillaging the punters.

For the past 3 years, the fate of capitalism has hung, like the motor coach at the end of The Italian Job, perfectly balanced on the edge of the precipice, as long as the villains remain at one end and the loot at the other. The proximate cause of this cataclysm as even my cat […]

The agency of the present. Well if that isn’t pure fucking genius I don’t know what is. The client has a problem that needs solving, today. The customer has a need to satisfy, in the here and now. The means of bringing business and customers together in a mutually satisfying relationship either exist, or they […]

Here’s a rather undistinguished commercial for a running shoe. It’s the new campaign, overseen by the recently appointed Marketing thingy-person for New Balance, a 10 year veteran of the ladies leg shave wars at Proctor & Gamble. There are some nifty helicopter shots of Manhattan, some time-lapse photography and some happy shiny people running hither […]

Tweeting the night away.

An apparently disappointing 37.6 million people tuned into the Oscars last Sunday, 10% down on last year’s broadcast. Which proves I suppose, that strange blue-hued people are more interesting to audiences than a stammering blue-blooded man. According to analytics firms Mass Reach and TweetReach, the total number of people tweeting about the show was 388,717 […]