Tuesday Throwback: Chase Sapphire, An Expensive Dress, And Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”

A lot of these Tuesday Throwback posts come from hearing a song that triggers a commercial memory. Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” is an absolutely beautiful song. This 2009 Chase Sapphire commercial evokes some of the class of that tune by showing a kinda wealthy looking married couple, with the man explaining that they can use their Chase Sapphire points to “take a break.” Two problems with this spot though: first, the dialogue sounds too much like an ad, and not how regular people would talk. Second, the revelation that the wife used their points on a dress, albeit a rather attractive one, is pretty obnoxious. The husband is played by David Starzyk, and the wife is Molly Culver. Here’s the dress commercial, and a few more featuring the same couple from this campaign.

 

Tuesday Throwback: The Mitsubishi Outlander And Telepopmusik’s “Breathe”

I randomly heard Telepopmusik’s gorgeously chill song “Breathe” today, and that brought me back to 2003 and this lovely commercial for the Mitsubishi Outlander. The song’s success was buoyed by this ad, and it became a minor hit on the US charts, reaching #78 on the Hot 100, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination. Enjoy!

Tuesday Throwback: The Move Over Butter Song

YouTube says this commercial is from 1993, and that sounds about right. The song is super catchy, with the cow’s moo being quite amusing. Also, Move Over Butter is still made…I had no idea.

Tuesday Throwback: This Beautiful Bell’s Whisky Ad From South Africa Shows An Elderly Man Learning To Read

I wrote about this one in 2014, and it’s a post I wished got more views, since the ad is just so good. The story of an elderly man learning how to read seems like an odd one for a whisky ad. But this South African Bell’s Whisky spot created by ad agency King James and directed by Greg Gray makes it work beautifully. We see the man slowly learning to read…he makes some mistakes along the way, but sticks with it, buoyed by the kindly support of his wife and friends. The payoff is absolutely triumphant and heartwarming. Here’s the ad, followed by a behind the scenes video.

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?

 

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