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.

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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.

Tuesday Throwback: Let’s Remember The Time Michael Jordan Sported A Hitler Mustache In This Hanes Commercial

Michael Jordan is the kind of person who can pretty much do whatever without being seriously questioned, because he’s Michael Jordan. But like, was he not aware that he had a Hitler mustache? That’s hard to believe. This 2010 Hanes ad is also amusing because of the Jeff Foxworthy-looking doofus who has a “bacon neck.” Of course, Charles Barkley had something to say about the whole situation. And here’s a funny video about it.

Tuesday Throwback: Taco Bell And “I Melt With You”

Modern English’s “I Melt With You” is a classic ’80s song that’s widely considered to be one of the best (some say the best) one-hit wonders of all time. It’s a romantic, catchy tune about making love while an atomic bomb is dropped (the ’80s really had some great songs about nuclear war). Anyway, in this 2007 commercial, Taco Bell took “melt” in a different direction to advertise its Cheesy Beefy Melt. The peoples’ stupidly happy faces are amusing, and the Grim Reaper enjoying a Cheesy Beefy Melt with a middle-aged man on a park bench is darkly hilarious. I feel like I also remember “I Melt With You” being used in a Burger King commercial when I was a kid, but I can’t find that anywhere.

Tuesday Throwback: This Young Couple Wants No Onions In Their McDonald’s Drive-Thru Order

In this McDonald’s commercial from 2000, a teenage girl is on the phone with her friend. She says her boyfriend hasn’t kissed her yet since he’s really shy, but thinks tonight is the night. Later, we see the couple hit up the McDonald’s drive-thru. They get two Quarter Pounders with cheese, and she’s insistent on no onions. You know, because of the kissing thing. He has a sheepish look when he realizes. I guess McDonald’s is also advertising the electronic board here, so you can see that they actually got your order down right. It’s a cute and innocent ad that’s also pretty corny and dated.

Tuesday Throwback: The Budweiser Clydesdales Pay Tribute To 9/11

This Budweiser 9/11 tribute commercial was only aired once but it’s a touching piece of work that’s still remembered to this day.

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