Tuesday Throwback: Ch-ch-ch-Chia!

I don’t do Tuesday Throwbacks very often anymore, but when I do, it’s usually because I randomly thought of an old commercial. After my mom said something about chia seeds, my mind inevitably went to the classic, cheesy, Chia Pet commercials. The “ch-ch-ch-Chia” catchphrase came to be after someone pretended to stutter the name during an ad agency brainstorm. I remember these commercials being played endlessly during my childhood.

Tuesday Throwback: State Farm Doesn’t Think You Should Believe Everything On The Internet

Fake news has been all over the real news lately. In this 2012 State Farm commercial (one of the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog), we’re reminded that not everything on the Internet is true. Useful advice. Mariel Booth plays the woman, Nigel Thatch plays Mike, and Eric Filipkowski is the “French Model.”

Tuesday Throwback: Donald Trump Loves Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust

I remember when Pizza Hut came out with Stuffed Crust. Everyone was eating it, and everyone was eating it backwards, like the commercials suggested. Did anyone in 1995 thought Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential candidate 21 years later?

 

Tuesday Throwback: The Mitsubishi Outlander And “What You Won’t Do For Love”

I guess this Mitsubishi Outlander commercial barely counts as a Tuesday Throwback since it’s from 2013. But I just randomly saw it today, and it’s great. Fantastic, sexy visuals of a night drive from the suburbs to the city. The smooth song is “What You Won’t Do For Love“, by the surprisingly white Bobby Caldwell. The driving woman is played by Laura Maust. I have no idea why I didn’t write about this one when it was on the air.

Tuesday Throwback: Seth Green Goes Cha-Ching In This Rally’s Commercial

Does anyone remember this 1991 Rally’s commercial with Seth Green? The commercial was popular, and Green’s “Cha-Ching” inexplicably became a rallying cry for New Orleans Saints fans. He even got the key to the city in New Orleans. Who knew starring as an annoying teenager working at a price-gouging fast food joint would result in semi-celebrity? Luckily for Seth, it wasn’t the peak of his career.

Tuesday Throwback: This Kid Wants Lunchables Pizza

I was randomly thinking about Lunchables today. If a kid brought in a lunch of crackers, processed meat slices, and “cheese” (i.e. pasteurized prepared cheese product), that wouldn’t be cool. But add a little candy bar, a Capri-Sun pouch, and put it in a snazzy package, and suddenly you’ve got the lunch everyone wants. Advertising certainly made added to the demand for Lunchables , and some research showed that kids felt empowered eating them, because they could put together their own cracker sandwiches the way they wanted. As Lunchables became more popular, they branched out into other food items. In this 1995 commercial, we see a young boy clamoring for pizza lunch every day, only to be disappointed by a steady stream of brown bag sandwiches. When he finally gets Lunchables “pizza”…good times. The boy was played by Alex D. Linz, who starred in the crappy Home Alone 3 a few years later.

Tuesday Throwback: This Rocker Hates Suburbia And The Bourgeoisie, But He Really Loves Ally Bank!

Singing about how you love your bank is about as not ragin’ as it gets, even if it’s a sentiment that’s from the heart. It is cool that he’s so enamored with Ally Bank. I remember writing about this one in the early days of the blog in 2011, and it still cracks me up.

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