Microsoft Songsmith Commercial is Excruciatingly Hilarious

Microsoft Songsmith Commercial is Excruciatingly Hilarious

There are your standard "so-bad-they're-good" commercials, and then there's the commercial for Microsoft's new Songsmith software, which sets a new standard for "unintentionally hilarious and blissfully unaware of it."

At least a commercial that extols the virtues of "losing weight with AYDS" can use the excuse that the deadly affliction hadn't yet entered public consciousness at the time the advertisement was made. The company responsible for the Songsmith abomination, though? Nuh-uh. You guys ain't getting out of this one that easily.

Okay, let's start off with the not-so-bad. I'm not ashamed to admit that I like musicals, and if the world were literally a stage, I think it would be damn fun (at least for a little while, if Buffy is to be believed). Also, I guess that the underlying tech behind Songsmith - a program that produces Casio-style muzak underneath whatever you warble into your computer microphone - is potentially pretty cool. There, that's what's tolerable.

Everything else, though, is just one disaster after another; I'm honestly not sure where to begin. It isn't so much that the cast just sings its way through some of the blandest and most generic tunes I've heard since the local rock station started playing the new Nickelback album, as much as it is the fact that ... these people are producing a commercial full of so much cheese it would make Green Bay feel insecure, and just seem completely oblivious.

There's so much unintentional hilarity in the four-minute long commercial that it's really something that literally needs to be seen in order to be believed. Our favorite line: "Microsoft, huh? So it's pretty easy to use."

Really, though, that one guy's expression at ~3:15 sums up the entire commercial quite nicely.

Alas, one can't help but wonder what masterpieces the late, great Wesley Willis could have whipped up with Songsmith if he were still around today. The world will never know.

Update: Apparently, Gizmondo has discovered that David Lee Roth and Singsmith is a winning combination. Boy, is it ever.

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With Boku, AutoCollage, and now Songsmith it definitely seems like something is happening at Microsoft to try to get more research projects out into users hands.

This is really funny.
I don't think it's something I'd use...but I DO think it's something I'd make fun of.
Thus, I love it.

Oh dear Lord, her singing is terrible.
It's the cool new thing!

Also, she's not singing with her laptop, she's wailing at it.

there is nothing funny about this, just painful..... so very painful......

Gotta... stop... laughing... Christ! Microsoft's researchers must be 12 year old who grew up watching nothing but the teletubies and dora the explorer... My band said my songs have been a little stale lately, maybe THIS is just what I need? I fear to imagine his "Band". Great find, it's another great example of how empty skulled Microsoft is afterall...

Who. Made. This. Ad.

Seriously, this person must have been making ads in the 70's and come out of retirement recently.

Jursa:
Great find, it's another great example of how empty skulled Microsoft is afterall...

I don't know about that. They're catering to the High School Musical market - it's good enough to keep Disney afloat.

I'm having a hard time believing that's not a joke. I mean, the product might be real, but I doubt they did that without trying to make it be awful.

Virgil:

Jursa:
Great find, it's another great example of how empty skulled Microsoft is afterall...

I don't know about that. They're catering to the High School Musical market - it's good enough to keep Disney afloat.

Agreed, I hate the idea but it's smart. Stupid pre-teen girls will take over the world.

OMG. Who is this product for? If you know anything about music and singing, you wouldn't want this program, and if you don't, you can't possibly get good results from it.

Obviously Microsoft is trying to counteract its image as a work only operating system with macs being the trendy new thing. (They need to just keep peddling games to counteract that reputation!)

This commercial does fail though.

"Microsoft, huh? So it's pretty easy to use?"

Hahahaha

And is it just me or does all the backing music sound exactly the same? I guess it's cutting out the middle man in samey sounding music, how long until the recording industry is all over them?

Wait, there's a slider for "Happiness" and "Jazziness" but not one for "Brutalness"?

Virgil:
With Boku, AutoCollage, and now Songsmith it definitely seems like something is happening at Microsoft to try to get more research projects out into users hands.

And hopefully get the next Xbox designed before it comes out :P

I really hope it's flawless...

And has 100% backwards compatibility...

And an Operating System...

And that it makes no noise...

And that it's smaller...

But they thought of that already I hope.

Can you make metal songs with that thing?

dthree:
OMG. Who is this product for? If you know anything about music and singing, you wouldn't want this program, and if you don't, you can't possibly get good results from it.

Well obviously pros don't need it, but IMO, whoever you are it's a good way to get ideas for a song. You just say what you wanna say and a song comes out. Then you edit the words and the music to your liking, you get the notes and you do it for real.

Attack of the show made fun of this on G4 a few nights ago, i would never use this thing. I find the Gieco "The money you can save" commercials to be funny... i don't know why..

This cannot be real. That advert was way too odd.

It's like they're all part of some surreall laptop-yelling cult.

Scary.

I think that the boys and gals at Microsoft are just bored out of their minds

I think the worst part of this might actually be the lyrics that Microsoft wrote. Everything else is tragic, but the lyrics... I have no words.

this is hilarioulesley retarded

This is too hilarious for words.

Dunno, but it seems to me they're using a macbook pro half way through this clip (the one with the flowery stickers). Now THAT would be really hilarious....

 

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