Tuesday Throwback: John Jameson Attends His Own Funeral

I wrote about this Jameson commercial early in Commercial Society’s history, and I still love it. So badass.

Jameson’s Iron Horse Commercial

When I think of the brand that does my favorite commercials, Jameson Irish Whiskey would be a strong contender. In the past I’ve written about the Hawk of Achill and the ad where John Jameson arrives alive to his own funeral. Awesome. And now, Jameson has a new spot along similar lines. This one concerns a runaway train called the Iron Horse. I’m so glad the whiskey was saved and Ireland avoided the Prussian Incursion of 1807. Enjoy!

Jameson’s Hawkish Commercial

This is a great ad. I still think I prefer the story of John Jameson’s rescued whiskey barrel, but they’re both awesome. The Hawk of Achill is massive. Badass. The song is “Danse Macabre”, originally composed by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Only Man Who’s More Interesting Than The Most Interesting Man In The World

Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” is a great advertising campaign. I’m sure you know the commercials, but in case you want to see them again, here’s the entire collection. The ads work, well, simply because the character is so damn interesting. He’s the guy you hope you sit next to on a plane instead of the snoring man or obese woman you’ll inevitably sit next to. He’s had great adventures, Chuck Norris-style hyperbole is applied to him, and he gives very manly advice. The campaign was a huge success for Dos Equis, increasing their sales, and exposing America to a Mexican beer other than Corona.

But as interesting as The Most Interesting Man in the World is, did he ever do what John Jameson did?

Badass. Maybe it’s because this commercial combines three things I love: history, whiskey, and Ireland. But to me, this singular ad surpasses anything of Dos Equis. Which is a big accomplishment.

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