Hunt’s, the well-known producer of ketchup and other tomato products, has picked up the song “Tomatoes,” by local stalwart songwriters Ménage for a national television advertising campaign. Sarah McDonald, who wrote the playful tune, said she recently caught the 15-second version on daytime television. “I saw it during a soap opera,” she says, offering up the caveat that she was tuned in because, “I’ve been glued to the TV trying to see it.”
That version, as well as a 30-second spot, have been airing on the Lifetime, TNT and Bravo networks, and popped up during an Oprah broadcast, McDonald says.
The song was originally released on the album Miss Conduct, but the version played on the commercial is from the band’s 2005 release Seven Songs. They have since released the album Tell Me.
In the meantime, the band is gearing up for the Shakori Festival in upstate New York and our own upcoming Lake Eden Arts Festival. They are also putting together a winter tour with Chris Barron, former front man for the Spin Doctors. That lineup will appear at the Gray Eagle in December, McDonald says.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer