If you’re stuck with nothing to do but watch local news during this Christmas-to-New-Year’s purgatory–and if that’s the case, I am so sorry–you may see an item on the crackdown on bootleg CDs. Alas, your local “Shame On You” squad isn’t getting into the thorny illegal-CD market; the piece is actually a video news release produced and paid for by the Recording Industry Association Of America, who apparently had just enough money left over from their lawsuit fund to make a low-quality bit of propaganda. It’s pretty boilerplate–and full of bad graphic design, which is kinda funny given that one of the ways you’re supposed to look out for bad CDs is low-quality cover art–but two things stuck out to me: a) the piece’s main talking head looks like he’s about to be eaten by Frank Sinatra; and b) when the voiceover says that there are many ways to legally buy albums for your loved ones this holiday season, they cut to a store’s stock of CDs by Staind. Because nothing says “happy holidays” like a forced trip back to the nu-metal bowels of the late ’90s.
The RIAA Would Like To Remind You That You Can Still Buy Staind Records (Even If You May Not Want To)
December 24th, 2007 // 4 Comments