After years of ignoring the holiday parody song “Ding Fries Are Done,” rightfully or wrongfully, Burger King finally shows it some love.
Way back in 1993, in the infant stages of the internet, a “Carol of the Bells” parody song entitled “Ding Fries Are Done” began appearing on message boards and in email chains. The song is from the point of view of a seemingly mentally disabled man named Billy, who works at the fast-food chain, Burger King. There is actually a full album of Christmas songs featuring this Billy character, entitled “A Very Spastic Christmas.” You can find the album hosted here at madmusic.com. If you end up digging a bit more yourself and see the song attributed to Robert Lund, that is false. Lund included the song on a 2008 album of offbeat Christmas tunes.
I do want to add a short disclaimer here before moving on. The album seems to solely exist to tastelessly make fun of people with down syndrome. We at Unruly Stowaway do not condone that. Eleven year old me in 1993 found the “Ding Fries Are Done” song hilarious, but then again I was a dickhead 11-year-old boy in the ’90s.
So let’s get back to it. If you don’t know the original song which the parody is based on, you certainly will after you give a quick listen. Here’s a pretty freakin’ epic version by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
“Carol of the Bells” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
Pretty safe to say you are up to speed now.
The “Ding Fries Are Done” Parody:
Unless you’re a child who doesn’t know any better, this doesn’t really hold up to any modern sensibilities, right? Well, not according to Burger King. For many years the burger giant ignored the parody, but in their latest commercial, for better or worse, they have given it a nod.
The December 2020 Burger King Commercial:
There are several variations of this playing on television, but the above was the one I was able to find online. The commercial is not up in any form on Burger Kings official YouTube page. Telling, perhaps. Through the bulk of the commercial the line “Ding fries are done” can be faintly heard being repeated. At the end of the video the line is sang loud and drawn out, as a punctuation to the spot.
Family Guy did it:
In the 23rd episode of the fourth season of the Fox show in an episode titled “Deep Throats” the family patriarch, Peter Griffin plays the Billy role, in an almost identical parody of the original video.
What Do You Think?
Should Burger King have incorporated the song in its advertising?
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