Cincinnati Bell Deceived Me

I don’t actually expect anyone to remember this commercial, seeing as that it’s more than 15 years old and was only shown in the Cincinnati area (after being on YouTube for 2 months, it has a whopping 15 views). Yesterday’s post dealt with the ways that having speedy Internet on your phone can enhance your life. It’s easy to forget that in the frontier-like days of 1995, simply getting a hold of somebody could be a struggle. The only reason this one stands out is because of the jaunty tune, though it’s a pretty fascinating period piece (when’s the last time you saw a phone booth?).

In 2009, I was working at CVS. While spending hours stocking toothpaste and mouthwash, the cheesy Muzak became somewhat of a lifeline against boredom. One night, I heard a familiar song. Hey, it’s that Cincinnati Bell song, I thought. Then, I actually listened to the lyrics of this song by the Bee Gees. Hold up! It’s NOT about an innocent game of phone tag as I always assumed. It’s actually about a man trying to get a last message to his wife before he’s executed. What the hell? I felt so deceived. The naivete of childhood, I guess.

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About joshw24
30 year old guy. Into sports, pop culture, advertising, and trivia among other things.

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