Applebee’s And “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

Applebee’s continues a campaign where they pair their products with songs from the past. In this case, it’s their new loaded fajitas and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” They also have another spot featuring Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe.” And Applebee’s also made a pharma parody about how those loaded fajitas can help “low sizzletonin.” It basically was a faux-depression medicine ad (think serotonin), and has since been pulled off of Applebee’s YouTube channel for understandable reasons. It’s rather preposterous that someone thought that was a good idea. Here’s an article about it.


That Applebee’s All You Can Eat Commercial With “Let’s Get It On”

Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” is an absolute classic, but it’s also a song that’s completely overused in pop culture. So it seems natural that a generic chain like Applebee’s wouldn’t have the most imagination in music to advertise its All You Can Eat deal. Although when you think about the spot’s food porn-y imagery, maybe it was a bit of an inspired choice. All You Can Eat riblets, tenders, and shrimp at Applebee’s…y’all pumped?


Applebee’s Has All You Can Eat Riblets And Tenders

You’ve definitely heard “O Fortuna”, even if you didn’t know what it was called. It’s pretty much a pop culture cliche at this point. And now Applebee’s is in on the act…getting ridiculously overdramatic to promote all you can eat riblets and tenders in this spot.

This Dad And Daughter Jam Out While Waiting For Applebee’s Carside To Go

It’s aggressive dorky, but also endearing. I think that’s what Applebee’s was going for here. The rapping dad is played by Damian Cecere. His flow and gestures are on point. And it’s cool that the daughter is enjoying a song from about 15 years before she was born, a category some young people might call “dinosaur music.” That song, of course, is “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory, though most people just know it as “Everybody Dance Now.” But maybe the daughter has heard it before, since it’s been used in pop culture so much. While we’re on that topic…here’s the famous Vivian Banks dance scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And the infamous gay steel mill from The Simpsons. And the ending of that episode too! Simpsons references are excellent.

Stop Yelling At Me, Applebee’s

Not a fan of the voiceover man. I always feel like he’s narrating with almost a restrained yell. It also doesn’t help that Applebee’s is my least favorite of the casual American chains (T.G.I. Fridays, O’Charley’s, Ruby Tuesday, Chili’s). It’s also interesting to notice the beverages that adults are drinking in any commercial for these chains. The men always have a beer, and the women always have wine or a colorful cocktail. Even with kids there, both parents are still drinking. Just a subtle, but notable observation.

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