I just caught the ‘Booty Train’ advert on the TV for Virgin Trains’ London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service and have to confess; I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
A Manchester lad at heart (and a bit of a transport geek), Virgin Trains have always been my favourite way to travel.
I’m also a not-so-closeted fan of ABC, and so was only a little bit shocked when I actually started dancing (yes folks, DANCING) around my living room to this advert!
There should though be some kind of disclaimer… the people in Stoke-On-Trent are not really that colourful and attractive (though you usually do see a few nice scally/chav lads on the station heh!); and the toilets usually don’t have as good a degree of lighting in them as they do in the advert.
Additionally, the advert really doesn’t illustrate what it’s like being a bloke trying to have a wee whilst the Pendolino train is full tilt and doing 120mph!!! 😛
I know that the Glasgow advert got a bit of heat for Richard Branson (I’m still undecided about whether it was offensive or if people are over-reacting… I think it’s similar to Richard Madeley does Ali G…!); and there’s also a weird Virgin Trains advert going around with a giant cock (as in cockrell) too… though I am not sure how genuine the latter is/was!
Can’t wait to go back home to Manchester, though I thoroughly doubt that I’ll be able to make 10 minutes into the journey without launching into ‘The Look Of Love’ (well… you’d know I was fibbing if I tried to protest otherwise heh!!)
Whilst trying to search for a decent clip of ABC’s original (it was all badly shot live recordings), I came across this hi-energy 90s cover, which was so cheesy and camp that I just HAD to share it: