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.

Tuesday Throwback: Eddie Money And Geico Have Got Two Tickets To Paradise

Rocker Eddie Money, performer of fratty classics such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets To Paradise”, died on Friday at the age of 70. In this 2012 Geico ad, Eddie Money happily runs a travel agency. He gleefully sings to a family that he’s got two tickets to paradise…of course though it’s a family of four. Hah.

Tuesday Throwback: That Milky Way Commercial With The “No Regerts” Tattoo

I guess this is a bit of a Tuesday Throwback copout, since this Milky Way commercial is only from 2016. But I never wrote about it on this blog, so here we are. Anyway, the woman in the spot is tattooing a tough-looking gentleman. When the guy looks down and is dissatisfied that the tattoo says “no regerts”, she snarkily replies “sorry, I was eating a Milky Way.” Yes, tattoo lady, Milky Ways are pretty awesome. Haha. The hapless tattoo artist and Milky Way enthusiast is played by Jade Tailor.

Tuesday Throwback: Ragu Shows A Kid Who Horrifyingly Walks In On His Parents

With the news that Barton F. Graf will be shutting down at the end of the year, I’d like to do a little throwback back to 2012 for one of its most memorable ads. The kid in Ragu’s commercial is so excited to show his mom something, and then so, so horrified to see what’s going on when he opens the door. It’s been a long day of childhood for him, and he’s learned the important lesson that you should always knock. But it’s looking up after some spaghetti with Ragu. Ahahaha.

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