Artist travels to scenic locations only to paint the pattern of his own shirt (thanks, J).
Ivory Coast cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time:
Two-hour interview with Kubrick:
‘Bout to drop this right now for you, the original Suntoucher. Lettin’ You know, what’s up. Goes like this…We’re about to put it on You right here right now, let You know, how it goes down And this is, this is the weekend.
Thanos was wrong: eugenics and overpopulation:
Capitalism, Cultural Disintegration, and Buzzfeed:
Most of my friends were strangers when I met them. Familiarity breeds contempt. Well, I’m better alone than in company, so get out and stay out of the weekend.
Inside Game of Thrones’s special effects:
Brienne of Tarth as the devil in a student production of Dr Faustus:
The mystical journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster:
Breathe, breathe in the air, don’t be afraid to care. Leave but don’t leave me. Look around, choose the weekend.
Funny old table tennis:
Rick Rubin returns to his NYU dorm:
Secrets of the world’s greatest art thief (thanks, D).
Con los terroristas. Tas, tas, tas, tas, tas, tas, tas. Tas, tas, tas, tas, tas. And do the weekend.
Have you ever had a dream like this?
Motels stuck in the 70s (thanks, J).
Chemical Brothers video from W&K London:
I loved chatting to Trevor.
We’d never met before, but he was a warm and lovely fella.
His first Tango ad broke the mould, as popular with kids in playgrounds as it was with award jurors. But then there was the weird, pervy Apple Tango ad. And the weird, pervy Pot Noodle ads: as popular with sex fetishists as they were with award jurors.
Then he created a new kind of ad agency that is still going 25 years later.
Then he won an OBE.
And he helps prove the benefits of diversity, both in terms of race, and background. Take a bloke from a South London council estate and add him to a bloke from Scotland and you get the kind of magic that only happens when two plus artichoke equals hen night.
Paul is one of the people I’ve most wanted to interview. He’s arguably been responsible for more classic advertising over the last 20 years than anyone else.
Whether it was for Stella, Nike, Playstation, John Smith, John West, Adidas, Levi’s, Scalextric, Olympus and dozens of others; with a very talented art director or on his own; at Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow and Johnson, BBH, Lowe, Leo Burnett, Leith, TBWA, Fallon, Rainey Kelly Y&R, freelance, Saatchis or BBH (again)… His hit-for-shit ratio is second to none.
But he’s also a thoroughly good bloke: always helping younger creatives (myself included), always up for a chat, always ready with a massively inappropriate but very funny joke in the middle of a creative review… I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked for his advice, but he’s been the first person I’ve spoken to at several career crossroads.
So here’s two hours where you can find out why he spent a year and a half working in Glasgow, why John West Bear was shot from so far away, why he booed his own Stella ad when it won a Gold at Cannes, what happened at Fallon and dozens of other inspiring, illuminating and fascinating tales of one of the great creative advertising careers.
One small thing: we chatted so long that I had to upload the episode in two parts. You can listen to the whole thing in one go on Soundcloud here, or listen to the first half at the bottom of this post, and the second half here, or find both halves on iTunes under ‘If This Is A Podcast Then What’s Christmas’. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Here are some of the ads we discussed. You can find others here.
There’s also a ton of excellent print ads but WordPress seems to only allow me to add them in tiny thumbnails, which seemed a shame. The proper versions can be found here.