Tuesday Throwback: Remember When Compilation CDs Advertised On TV?

When was the last time you bought a CD? Chances are that it’s been a while. For me, it was shortly before I left for college in August 2004. But there was a time when direct-response compilation CDs advertised all over the airwaves. I haven’t seen one of these in about 10 years, though my viewing habits have also changed. For this post, I’ve chosen a few that I remember the best. We’ve got the new-agey Pure Moods, the hyper-current Top 40 NOW series (they still make these and they’re up to NOW 74 in the US), and the poppy alt-rock Buzz.

Tuesday Throwback: Pepsi’s Awful Kendall Jenner Commercial

All of the protests and unrest currently going on reminded me of Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner ad from 2017. It was a prime example of a #brand completely missing the point and making a mockery of a social movement. I don’t need to go too deeply into detail since you probably remember it, but have you ever seen a “Join the conversation” sign at a protest? After backlash occurred, the ad was quickly removed and Pepsi apologized. It now serves as a case study for brands as what not to do when wading into the murky waters of social consciousness. One small bright spot: If you can separate it from the commercial, the song used (Skip Marley’s “Lions”) is pretty good.

Tuesday Throwback: British Airways And “To Fly To Serve”

The global pandemic has devastated many industries, and airlines have been among the hardest hit. British Airways might cut up to 12,000 jobs, which is more than a quarter of its workforce. But let’s focus on better times, like their stunning advert from 2011 focusing on aviators. Copywriting, voiceover, visuals, and music…everything about this is on-point. It’s the kind of commercial that gives you chills.

Tuesday Throwback: Revlon, Cindy Crawford, And “Move This”

The Internet can be an amazing place. I vaguely remembered a lipstick commercial with Cindy Crawford and a techno-y song. Within a minute, I’d found it on YouTube. It’s a little hard to describe how popular Cindy Crawford was in the ’80s-’90s, but she was huge. The song in these is Technotronic’s incredibly catchy “Move This” (which I always thought was called “Shake That Body”). The song was originally released in 1989, but its usage in this Revlon campaign from 1991-92 led to its rerelease, where it peaked all the way at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tuesday Throwback: John Jameson Attends His Own Funeral

This Jameson commercial from 2009 (I think?) is fantastic. It tells the mythic story of Jameson Irish Whiskey founder John Jameson. During the Great Storm of 1781, he lost a barrel of his beloved whiskey into the sea. He went in after it, encountering a giant octopus along the way. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t a good idea. Weeks later, John Jameson showed up at his oceanside funeral, carrying the barrel of whiskey on his shoulder. Badass. Love it. John Jameson also saved his beloved whiskey from the Great Fire of 1789.

Tuesday Throwback: The First Post On Commercial Society

I haven’t written one of these Tuesday Throwback posts in a while. But seeing as I started this blog 9 years ago today, it seems like a good time to put up the first post I ever wrote on here. This one is for DiGiorno’s Pizza and Cookies. Thanks everyone!

These guys remind me of JD and Turk from Scrubs.

It’s been a few months since the introduction of DiGiorno Pizza & Cookies, and honestly I’m stunned nobody had started it sooner. The Consumerist reports that Nestle’s recent purchase of DiGiorno from Kraft allowed this beautiful marriage to happen. Also new from DiGiorno is its Pizza & Wyngz box, complete with the obnoxious spelling that suggests regular wings are too uncool for the kiddies.

Looking at the consumer base of frozen pizza, two stand out for me. One is busy families with children. The other is drunk/stoned collegians. Being more familiar with one than the other (guess which one?) I can say it’s brilliant. As an aside, I’m surprised you don’t hear about more kitchen fires occurring in college apartments. College students are often intoxicated and thus forgetful, inexperienced in the kitchen, and living in hilariously crappy dwellings.

So how do Pizza & Cookies stack up? Kelley from The Impulsive Buy gives it a good, but not great rating. But at 2 AM on Saturday night, I’m thinking the rating goes up exponentially.

Tuesday Throwback: Listerine Debuts Its Cool Mint Flavor With “Tarzan Boy”

Listerine, inventor of the term “halitosis”, only had one flavor until 1993…its original yellow antiseptic formula. That all changed with the introduction of Cool Mint Listerine. Now how often do you see people buy the original formula of Listerine? Not much, right? The success of this ad was also buoyed by the catchy music…the song is “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora. “Tarzan Boy” was a one-hit wonder in the mid-’80s, which briefly re-entered the charts because of its use in Listerine’s campaign and in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles III. Fascinating!

Tuesday Throwback: Kobe Bryant Obeys His Thirst For Sprite

The world has been shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Kobe Bryant. As you surely now know, Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on Sunday. So for this Tuesday Throwback, I’m posting a few commercials with Kobe. There were certainly a lot to choose from, but some of his most memorable were for Sprite. So take in these bittersweet pieces of nostalgia. Mamba out! RIP Kobe.

Tuesday Throwback: That Rolling Rock UK Commercial With “Drinking In L.A.”

On the occasion that I write one of these Tuesday Throwback posts, it’s usually about a commercial that I remember. This fun Rolling Rock ad from the UK is one that I hadn’t seen before, but I just randomly found on YouTube. It’s from around 1998 and uses Bran Van 3000’s evocative song “Drinking in L.A.” That tune was popular in the UK…hitting a peak of #3 on the charts. The cinematography and overall style seem heavily influenced by an infamous music video from this era. Do any of my UK readers remember this one?

Tuesday Throwback: Marty And Joe Go Krogering

Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman will be calling his last series for the Cincinnati Reds starting tonight. Growing up in Cincinnati, Kroger commercials starring Marty and his long-term booth partner Joe Nuxhall were omnipresent. This spot from 1994 is the one that I remember the best, and also the first result that came up on YouTube when I searched “Marty and Joe Kroger.” So farewell, Marty. It’s been a good time.

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