The Free Credit Report Band is Dead; Relive Its Top Five Most Annoying Commercials

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You've groaned at the poor sap stuck working in a fish joint. You've cringed as he's serenaded a renaissance fair. You've run for the bathroom when he roped his friends in for a gleeful group chorus about bicycles. Hopefully, though, you didn't actually get snowed into signing up for the site for which the Free Credit Report guy shilled, which, of course, starts charging a recurring monthly service fee if you forget to cancel the "trial" you begin with that first free score.

It's been three years of this particular ad campaign's reign of terror, with its ultra-annoying, but still ultra-unforgettable cameos by a made-up band. Well, actually, the Free Credit Report guy is a 29-year-old Quebecois named Eric Violette, who, in his non-commercial life, is a classical music enthusiast who has mostly appeared in French-language short films and plays. He seems like a modest enough guy, judging by web-site-design alone, but boy, did we rejoice when we saw a late-night commercial for the same site, announcing his ouster.

The good/bad news? A new act will soon take his brain-torturing place -- and that act could be yours! Free Credit Report's parent company, Experian, is shifting its focus to credit scores, rather than reports, and to launch its new site, FreeCreditScore.com, it's looking for a new spokesband. Live band searches were already held in New York, Chicago, and L.A., but late last week, the company opened up the contest to everyone, via online submissions.

No, you don't get to write your own jingle. You have to learn one of their five new selections, and wow, are they just as annoying as the last! Sample title: "Jock-Strapped!" Sample lyric from said song: "Now he's jock-strapped for cash, all because he's got a credit score that looks like ... assssss-k me again!" Record yourself playing, upload it, and use all those usual social networking channels to try to garner votes.

Let's review just how you could end up, though. Here are the top five annoying Free Credit Report commercials.

5. "Rollercoaster"

This relatively late entry into the ad campaign starts out with a spoken slacker-white-boy rap, for which we can blame early-period Beck. It's not so bad, though, until that titular rollercoaster takes a dive, and the requisite chant-singing starts.

4. "Cell Phone"

Well, Metro PCS and Boost Mobile are updating their handset offerings....
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155 comments
Cristihaiser
Cristihaiser

Looks like they're back already. Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth demidow
Ruth demidow

YAAAAYYYYYYY!!!! U brought back the original band-just saw the new commercial. I LOVED those guys-the "new" band just didnt compare. THANKS-i know i'm not the only one that missed the originals. :) :) :) :)

Manipool
Manipool

Yeah, I liked all the commercials except the ones with the new band. They just couldn't compare. I thought they were all cute and catchy. Everyone once in a while I notice there are great, catchy ads that all seem to come out around the same time. If they're not entertaining us with the creativeness, then they're introducing the audience to new or obsolete great music.

Pdoerr
Pdoerr

The original band is back. !!

L.J.
L.J.

I looked this up because I wondered what happened to the original band, They were fun, and this new one (sorry guys) is just too loud, annoying, and . . . annoying.

Tom
Tom

 I like the drummer who looks just like a close friend who passed on 24 years ago.

MLO
MLO

The guys they got now singing these stupid songs are even worse than the previous clowns. I change the channel whenever a freecreditreport.com commercial comes up, I can't stand the crap. Who ever in the Free Credit Reports company who cosigns these no talent morons should be shot in the neck.

Debbie Niemeyer
Debbie Niemeyer

I LOVED THEM .... BETTER THAN THE NEW ONES...BRING THEM BACK...PLEASE?

Fcr
Fcr

I think the commercials suck and never used their services. They have got a lot of people using their service. Look at there web site.  Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2010, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil.

Saltine
Saltine

Good/bad, real or fake. The commerias and the original "band' were the best. Not all were great but they were better back then.

Leo
Leo

I miss the original guys cause they had original tunes that were fun, upbeat, funny songs. But these new guys are "biting" like crazy... meaning they are using other artist's tunes and making them their own. I CANT STAND THEM FOR AS FAR AS I CAN THROW THEM!!!!!.... I hope and pray one day the Original fellas come back and knock those fools out the water.

Jaylyn
Jaylyn

I loved Eric Violette and I think the new group stinks.

Watsonword
Watsonword

I liked the other guy. He was adorable.

Mkooper553
Mkooper553

Oooh bring them back please...this company will be long forgotten soon without them!

Bamongeon
Bamongeon

i hate this article so much that after writing my comment to diss it i went down the list and liked every previous comment that dissed it (btw thats all of them!)

Bamongeon
Bamongeon

who ever wrote this article is a moron. why do you think it's become so popular? oh! that's right!  because they're so dang entertaining. so what if it's all fake. there is a REAL songwriter, there is a REAL singer, there is a REAL face of the commercial even if he dosn't sing who cares the songs are catchy the repetitive themes and actors are fun to look for and the comercials are still informative and relevant. when these comercials were still running i memorized every one of them and to this day if you see me and my freind jake walking around and ask us to sing them we would still do it without one wrong lyric.

hank
hank

i love that free credit score band!!!not cool...

Inusgirl17
Inusgirl17

How can you call these jingles annoying? Very few other companies have ever considered a route with the same consistent commercial actors, yet EVERYONE could list their favorite one. Most people I knew were dad to derriere guys going away and now, even though they miss the old ones, the new ones aren't disliked at all.

Domcnabb
Domcnabb

This is not annoying....

Bamongeon
Bamongeon

if your talking about the band then i disagree if your talking about the ad i still disagree...i would call it something like idiotic or uncultured or atleast incorrect.

Meddleechoes1971
Meddleechoes1971

The person that wrote this entire segment is a tightass with no sense of humor.

Texeduo
Texeduo

I don't like the new band. In fact, when the new commercials come on tv, I change the channel. 

Bamongeon
Bamongeon

i think they are ok but they dont have they same magical qaulity that makes me want to memorize they're songs

L_John
L_John

The Old band was far better, funny. These new guys they have are hot garbage

JRR3
JRR3

 Something needs to be done about over use of the word 'FREE"  You cannot get a 'FREE" credit report from any of the on line credit report agencies unless you enroll iwith their service for a monthly fee.  Do the false advertising laws not apply to on line companies?  Anyway, the old band was great. I knew the company name by heart, freecreditreport.com.  Now I'm not sure what their name is.

Dbear_63
Dbear_63

The original band was great. The guys they have now royally suck.

Chris Fogarty
Chris Fogarty

The new band sucks so much that I wasted 5 minutes finding this site out of curiosity for what happened to the original band. The original band was infinitely better than this crap band. 

Sue
Sue

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Sue
Sue

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Jo
Jo

OK, well the free credit people went from "report" to " score". Maybe some people did not like the "report band". Well, I did and they were great! Then the new "score" band came around and I now stop watching and it is snack/bathroom time when they are on.

Don't matter if we are talking about our credit reports or scores. The new band is awful! Many of my friends agree with me also. If anything, bring back Eric and the originals!! And btw...everyone knows "nothing" is free, including your credit score.

Bill
Bill

just cant stand the copy band that took their place. I mean, anoying is one thing but memorable. Free credit score people are crazy for not bring them back. I bet they lost customers. Like some sitcoms...you dont change things that work.

Margaret
Margaret

I was hoping they were a real band.3 piece original bands are difficult....mo mccord

Glassgirl Mi
Glassgirl Mi

I miss the original guys too! I don't mean to dis the new guys, but bring the old guys back please!

Peanut Shrimp
Peanut Shrimp

My favorite commerical was the basement one. Where he kept singing "I found my dream girl". The commericals I hate those most. Is the 588-2300 Empire commerical. This commerical is so damn old its not funny! During the Christmas Holiday's. Which I thank God its over! hhgreg is the worst fucking annoying commerical with that stupid rolled up talking gimmick! Annoying has hell! Infact, I have even wrote a letter to the company!

Jpsaleeby
Jpsaleeby

I liked the original band, they had a good vibe and connected with the TV audience. Eric just has the right face and attitude for that gig. FCR blew an opportunity to sign these guys again and the quality of the new commercials sure shows. Check out Eric Violette's web site and new band.

v65joe
v65joe

You must be a no-talent jealous wannabe musician. You probably sing into your hair brush in the mirror after your once a week shower wishing you could understand how to stack a harmony. I'm curious what the hell you've ever accomplished in your loser life other than sitting on your criticizing fat ass making a bag of doughnuts disappear.

Das-Mimi
Das-Mimi

Well, on an unbiased level, this article is much too focused on the hate of the band to be mature enough to even begin to be taken seriously, an the tone it is written in actually hints that the article may even be written by someone under the age of eighteen.

But as I've said on numerous sites before, you can hate this band all you want but you still in a sense "stalk" this band more than others who like them if you've dedicated an entire article about them; even going to the point of citing videos is a little obsessive. I mean, I don't like say I hate churros then turn around and write an angry article that demonstrates an underlying fascination that you'd rather deny than admit.

Although, albeit wrong for me to call you weird to try to relive something you hate so dearly, but it is still a bit strange that you actually took the time out to write about something you hate so.

In any case, yes, scamming and acting it all out, in my opinion, if a company with a focus as serious as credit reporting really needed to put catchy tunes that everyone was bound to talk about then how credible can the site be? Ironically, the site is about credit, yet I'm questioning it's credibility~! ;3

Bush1974
Bush1974

hate the new guys...bring back the mand

Ameha
Ameha

my favorite one was the hip pop one

BigBoyPete
BigBoyPete

Yea great commercials hmmm... my favorite one is " I married my dream girl I married my dream girl but she didn't tell me her credit was bad " .... I sing that to my lady somteimes and she gets all mad... haha... but she was also a fan of those commercials. She likes the old lady, her favorite was the first commercial in the seafood restaurant.

Angie
Angie

PLEASE BRING THE OLD GUYS BACK!

Lori
Lori

I liked the old band. Long hairs. Free credit should bring them back. they are alot better than the new ones.

Kollette
Kollette

U forgot one, u know thr basement apartment with the bad credit wife lmbo thats my fave. Oh and i actually love those commercials they are fun and im not stupid enough to get roped into the gimmick but it served to make at least part of commercials fun hehe

John G.
John G.

The one with the dreamgirl wife in basement apartment was ridiculous. First, you can't check someone else's credit report with their service. Second, he could have used his own credit to get another place. And third, that chick is incredibly hot. No regular guy would give a damn whether she defaulted on one of her credit cards.

blake
blake

Who approved the new group. Absolutely terrible. Bring the old band back.

George
George

I love these commercials and the band

lei
lei

i thought they were awesome..i hate the new guys D:<

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