I love Steve Ballmer. I know it’s not cool to like Microsoft, but I’m fascinated by Ballmer’s complete lack of image self-protection. I’m sure everyone has seen the Miami Sound Machine freak-out video (Which I unfortunately do not have at hand), but I just love how willing Steve is to go the extra mile.
I mean c’mon….Nobody really expects that this guy thinks he’s Cary Grant, do they? When you’re a’hollerin’ and a’dancin’ (kinda) all over the place to the sounds of MSM with the kind of reckless abandon you’d find normally restricted to communes and light-security mental health institutions, I’m sure the inner you isn’t thinking ‘God damn, I look cool right now!”. Let’s face it, Viking Beserker rages aren’t half as extreme as that performace was. So kudos to Mr. B for being ballsy enough to put himself out there like that.
That said, I dunno about this one. It certainly looks older (and Ballmer does look younger), but it seems a wee bit too intentionally self-aware to be a serious ad, and I’d like to think that even in 1986 Microsoft had at least one guy on the staff that would have the guts to say “Uh, guys…maybe Steve isn’t the guy we should have pimping our gear”. But regardless, I love how his voice cracks the more excited he gets.
If anyone could tell me the story behind this, I’d love to hear it.
Addendum! The Dancing Ballmer vid! –The Good Reverend
Ask and ye shall receive! I happen to have the video that shows the UnHoly Union of Ballmer and Miami Sound Machine.
But let me just say this – after seeing your video, AM, I am now a Ballmer fan. Until today, I had only witnessed the dancing video, and assumed that this was another pathetic attempt by some corporate stiff to be artificially wacky and zany to push a product. I had him placed right down there with morning show rock DJs. But your vid changes everything. Ballmer really and truly is off his tit. I mean that in only the most complimentary way. Hell, I bet he’s even a Python fan.
Wow, maybe mega-corporation CEOs and I aren’t so different after all (excepting of course the assloads of cash, fame, travelling the world, trophy wives, mistresses, high-powered business negotiations, political influence… okay I’ll stop there).