Monday, April 25, 2005

That’s not Hootie

From a Slate article on weird TV commercials:

Likewise, Burger King's notorious Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch spot—the one with a country song performed by Hootie (of the Blowfish)—tried almost desperately to focus on the sandwich at hand. The song had lots of sandwich-related lyrics, and there were even props like giant onions and buckets of ranch dressing. Of course, all anyone will remember is Darius Rucker (aka Hootie himself), the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders in skimpy outfits, and the generic spokes-hottie Brooke Burke—all of them thrown together, in a surrealistic stew, for reasons utterly unclear to us and utterly divorced from the product.
From the group’s biography page: “The group had formed at the University of South Carolina in the late ’80s, naming themselves after the nicknames of two of their college friends.”

From VH1: “The name [Hootie] refers to two friends of the band, not Rucker and the group itself.”

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