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Hi-Scores on MySpace

Boomkat, Phonica and RA ranked Los Angeles as one of the albums of the year.

And whatever you make of Flying Lotus’s music, his MySpace is a web design gem.


Love how he’s taken details from the Los Angeles sleeve art (see spreads here) to create his own computer game.

I’ve been lurking on MySpace more than usual of late and it hit me as a true stand-out on first glimpse.


To create a striking icon is one thing. To make it interactive for your fans is a different level. To take it into live performance is a full-on branding assault.

Reminded me of the smart work Zamir and Antoine did for Buraka Som Sistema. They designed the Black Diamond icon then transformed it into a VJing centrepiece:

But what do bands have to do with branding, and vice-versa?

There’s a nice post from Renny Gleeson on ouroborous about brands and fandom. The quote he’s picked from Rob Walker talks of the Facebook/ YouTube era as “fandom without stigma”:

It takes all the things that fans have been doing throughout the 20th century and makes them public, mainstream, commercial…”

So musicians and artists – those with vocal fans before the 2.0 revolution – will up their ante if they want to stay top of the hi-scorers chart.

The gaming will be fierce this year.

We All Live In A Dream World

“No make that nightmare world”, says Archie from Northampton. But we’ll come back to Archie later.

Advertising exaggerates the truth, it seems. And for that reason two TV spots have been banned in the last couple of weeks.

First there was the iPhone advert. A popular product by a popular brand – but not as fast at web browsing as the product demo suggests:

More controversial was the DFS rockstar ad. DFS shrank its actors to make their sofas look bigger.

Readers of the Daily Mail went ballistic. And sarcastic. And helpful. And then there’s good old Archie in Northampton, rightly sick of “sutpid ad people” and the “iditos” signing it off at the client end.


DFS are not like Apple, and they suffered a greater backlash.

On TV’s Worst Adverts, one star of the greenscreen denounced his role in the DFS ad and the furniture company’s Machiavellian creative.


So what about Lynx’s advertising? Over the past few months, Lynx have been promoting their new deodorant Dark Temptation.

The product demo in their TV spot reveals a feral, cannibalistic world where women gorge on the poor deodorant user. At one point they literally tear off a limb.

So when does the dream world become a nightmare?

I’ve been reading an excellent book by New York Times columnist Rob Walker – I’m with the Brand. This quote bounced out at me today – from a Unilever exec (responsible for Lynx):

“Everything that we do, we test with both moms and young women. We want to make sure that people know it’s an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek take on the mating game.”

Even with “dream world” ads like BBH‘s campaign for Lynx, there’s a need to verify that the dream is dreamy enough.

And reality? The truth – and nothing but?

In this new age of austerity, I’d imagine there is a strong probability we’ll be seeing much more of that.

Previous banned ads:

The Motrin momtroversy and Nike That Ain’t Right

Global billboard bans

Heinz homophobia