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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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.

Tuesday Throwback: Jim Beam’s “The Girlfriend”

Jim Beam’s “The Girlfriend” ad is one that I kind of wish had been released when I was writing this blog, because I know it would get a ton of pageviews. It’s also sexist as hell, and a commercial that would never be made today. The “he can do whatever he wants” line is particularly cringeworthy. Despite the weirdly muddled accent of the girlfriend (Is she Latina? Eastern European?), she’s actually Australian. That makes sense though, since this was a commercial originally broadcast in Australia.

Tuesday Throwback: Subaru’s “Baby Driver”

It’s 2019, which means we’ll be seeing “Best of the 2010s” lists pretty soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Subaru’s “Baby Driver” on lists of the best ads of the decade. It’s a sweet commercial that I’m sure you all remember, but what makes it even nicer is that it features real-life father and daughters. Andy Lyons is the father, Georgie Lyons is the younger daughter, and Lanna Lyons is the teenage daughter who’s driving away.

Tuesday Throwback: The Chili’s Baby Back Ribs Jingle

If you’re of a certain age and someone mentions Chili’s Baby Back Ribs, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll think of the classic jingle, introduced all the way back in 1986. The jingle was brought back in 2017, but with far less ubiquity, and emphasizing Chili’s other offerings too. I can’t find the original, but here’s an early-2000s version with NSYNC. And also here’s a video with the guy (appropriately named Guy Bommarito) who wrote the jingle. Interestingly enough, Guy Bommarito has never eaten one.

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