Commercials on TV here are kind of strange. Mostly, they all come in a large heap between programs. That's kind of cool, as shows aren't interrupted as nearly as often as they are back home. Unfortunately, at least on OnStyle and DongAh, which are the stations I watch the most, they just don't have a large variety of commercials, and therefore play the same ones (in pretty much the same order) most every break. There are a couple of "local" commercials, which double in volume than any of the others (I'm talking audio, not mass) so I'm always running for the remote so my neighbours won't think I'm an ass at 3 in the morning. The local commercials are currently for a restaurant, a hagwon, and a hanbok shop.
The music for many of the national commercials is a bit bothersome.
Recently a new commercial started running, not sure what it's for because I'm hardly ever looking at the screen, but it features A Bushel and A Peck. Only click that link if you want to be hit by a large schmutz stick. "I love you, a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, a hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap,..." *Gag*
Two others which play very often are a commercial for Korean airlines, with some jive hipster sixties style music and a woman repeating the spoken line "I am,...a very stylish girl, a very stylish girl, a very stylish girl," and a super-annoying one featuring Drew Barrymore for Baskin Robbins (which isn't terribly retro, but is definitely annoying) with some la-tra-lah-dee-dah girl singing the maddening lyrics, "they say your middle name's 'trouble,' but I know it's 'karaoke',.."
Another one features "Teacher's Pet" by Doris Day. I'm expecting the theme from "Leave it to Beaver" to be busted out fairly soon. Is this reverting to 1950's style muzak some sort of new hip trend?
I don't like it. It's lame, and goofy, and bloody catchy and it sticks in my head and replays all day long. Again, *gag.*
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