California Lottery Uses “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” To Advertise Its Pac-Man Game

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” was an evocative #1 hit in 1985 that’s now most famous for its usage in The Breakfast Club. Now, California Lottery puts that ’80s cachet to work in its newest ad, created by David&Goliath. We see a group of Gen-X aged friends biking somewhere while clad in the stereotypical fashion of the time. They’re heading to the convenience store, where a present-day woman is taken aback by their appearance. And they set down a roll of quarters for a new Pac-Man Scratchers game.

Tuesday Throwback: Skip-It!

I never had a Skip-It, nor did I want one. However, I am aware that the very best thing of all is there’s a counter on this ball. So there’s that, I guess.

The Lost Footage From That Classic Grey Poupon Commercial Involves An Amazing Car Chase

Grey Poupon had an absolutely classic commercial campaign in the ’80s. The original spot, which introduced the famous “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” “But of course!” exchange between two men riding in Rolls Royces debuted in 1981. And now tonight during The Oscars, the alleged lost footage will debut.

Car chase! Golf club jousting!  Shooting! Fire! Caviar slicks! Bridge jumping into a grocery store! Brilliant!

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Cape Cod Potato Chips Are Delicious, Especially On The Beach With ’80s New Wave Seagulls

Cape Cod is beautiful, and Cape Cod Potato Chips are damn good. Though if you see a flock of seagulls singing A Flock Of Seagulls…that might be a little worrisome.

Commercial Society Goes Retro: The Pringles Rap

This morning, I woke up with the words “if potato chips are gonna cross your lips” stuck in my head. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I present this Pringles commercial. It was made sometime in the late ’80s-early ’90s. And damn, it really IS dated.

Matthew Broderick’s/Ferris Bueller’s Day Off In A Honda CR-V

A lot of Super Bowl commercials are being released early online this year. It also looks like car companies will be heavily represented in the advertising, a cautiously good sign that consumers might be more willing to take on big-ticket purchases. One of those spots that has already been a viral hit is for the Honda CR-V. It features a now middle-aged Matthew Broderick reprising his breakout Ferris Bueller role. Only that it’s Matthew Broderick skipping out on a day of filming. Here’s the extended version.

It’s an entertaining spot and a nice tribute to a classic movie. People love ’80s nostalgia (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out in June 1986, when I was 2 months old…) The commercial is a centerpiece to the Honda CR-V Leap List campaign, of which I found the first two released spots to be fairly stupid. The only question: will having these spots up before the Super Bowl reduce their buzz impact during the big game? Oh, and this is an article from Adweek about how the ad came to be.

State Farm Takes A Journey

We’ve already seen ’80s nostalgia from State Farm. This one also builds on their accessibility. The song at the end, of course, is “Any Way You Want It” by Journey.

The Classic Campbell’s Ad Where A Snowman Becomes A Boy

Wow. A classic. I remember seeing this when I was a little kid. Some research says that this commercial has been around since sometime in the ’80s, which means the boy is well into his 30s, if not pushing 40. Watching it makes me feel as warm inside as hot soup on a cold winter day.

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