W+K Sings ‘Dadsong’ for Old Spice

By Erik Oster 

W+K has a new spot for Old Spice’s “#SmellcometoManhood” campaign entitled “Dadsong,” a follow-up to to the goofy musical “Momsong,” in which mothers lament Old Spice turning their sons into men while engaging in some pretty creepy behavior.

The follow-up, with music and lyrics written by Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets), reprises the sad moms of that spot, but with an answer from the dads. It opens on one of the moms from “Momsong” singing, “Where’s my little boy, I miss him so? Who’s this man living in our home?” while clutching her sons teddy bear as he slow dances with a girl. Soon a chorus of fathers replies that they’re “overjoyed” that they’ll be using their son’s room “for storage pretty soon.” The song is a step up from its predecessor — not a surprise given McKenzie’s involvement — and strikes more of a balance between goofiness and creepiness (which mostly comes across through visual gags). And while it deals in over-the-top portrayals of stereotypical motherly clinginess and fatherly aloofness, it’s also pretty clear that it isn’t dealing in anything resembling reality. Fans of McKenzie’s distinct style of musical comedy, and anyone who enjoyed the original “#SmellcometoManhood” installment, should get a kick out of “Dadsong.”



Client: Old Spice
Spot: “Dadsong”

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.
Creative Directors: Jason Bagley | Craig Allen
Copywriters: Jason Kreher | Nathaniel Lawlor
Art Directors: Matt Sorrell | Ruth Bellotti
Senior Producer: Lindsay Reed
Account Team: Georgina Gooley | Nick Pirtle | Michael Dalton | Jessica Monsey
Executive Creative Directors: Susan Hoffman | Joe Staples
Head of Production: Ben Grylewicz

Production Companies: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Andreas Nilsson
Managing Director: Shawn Lacy
Executive Producer: Colleen O’Donnell
Line Producer: Jay Veal
Director of Photography: Fredrik Backar

Editorial Company: Mackenzie Cutler
Editor: Gavin Cutler
Asst. Editor: Pamela Petruski
Post Producer: Sasha Hirschfeld

VFX Company: The Mill
Executive Producer: Sue Troyan
Producer: Adam Reeb
Coordinator: Kris Drenzek
Creative Director: Tim Davies
Senior VFX Artist: Becky Porter
VFX Artist : Alex Candlish
VFX Artist: Patrick Munoz
VFX Artist : John Price
VFX Artist: Timothy Crabtree
VFX Artist: Adam Lambert
VFX Artist: Anthony Petitti
VFX Artist: Yukiko Ishiwata
CG VFX Artist: Phil Mayer
CG VFX Artist: Jason Jansky

Company: Walker
Producer: Sara Matarazzo
Assistant Producer: Abbey Hickman

Composer: Bret McKenzie
Arranger: Mickey Petralia

Music Record and Final Mix
Studio: HEARby
Engineer: John Buroker
Executive Producer: Nannette Buroker

Color Transfer Company: The Mill
Artist: Adam Scott
Executive Producer: Thatcher Peterson
Producer: Natalie Westerfield