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glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

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Thanks to the magic of youtube, even the most ephemeral parts of our culture are now preserved forever. We can go back and recapture fleeting memories. Commercials we are nostalgic for, ones that are funny, and ones that are terrible. Our favorites and least favorites!

A prime example: television ads. We can now go back and amaze ourselves with just how low-tech and corny commercials were.

No specific rules for this thread, besides I want to focus on old commercials, which for me means before 2000 and preferably before 1990, but I know the nostalgia window will be different for some of you. Posting from all countries, and all sorts of products, is encouraged.

Low-fi and problematic are bonuses here.

Also, if anyone wants to get help identifying a commercial, this is the place to do it!

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glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

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Just to start out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gKQ8paZ8Lc

The interesting thing about this video is that at the time, this was a big budget, high production value video. Its for a national product, it has multiple actors and scenes that are cut between themselves, and it has its own jingle! This was a big deal in the 1980s!

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

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Here is a low production value commercial from the 1980s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3uonDnrvZU

Its just someone sitting in front of a table, talking about the product. With a few intercut shots of the product being used. And an announcer's voice. Like this commercial looks like it was made in two hours for a few hundred dollars. And it was played a lot, mostly during daytime television.

Its hard to imagine how this commercial would be made today, or if it would be made at all.

gleebster
Dec 16, 2006

Only a howler

Pillbug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8K73EcYQWM

In which a grown man literally steals from a child.

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

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gleebster posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8K73EcYQWM

In which a grown man literally steals from a child.

The entire scenario where a small child sits next to an older man on a train, is also something that couldn't happen today.

WITCHCRAFT
Aug 28, 2007

Berries That Burn


I swear this commercial was on every channel during every year of summer vacation when I was a kid.

GONNA BE ANOTHER SCORCHER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rqZZgVxnCk

Poor Miserable Gurgi
Dec 29, 2006

He's a wisecracker!


Edit: gently caress, you've gotta be kidding me.

This is from the 90s, but it's seared into the brain of anyone growing up around that time:

https://youtu.be/4rqZZgVxnCk

It includes a feature of every commercial from that time: interior lighting that looks like a supernova has gone off outside.

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

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p-hop posted:

I swear this commercial was on every channel during every year of summer vacation when I was a kid.

GONNA BE ANOTHER SCORCHER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rqZZgVxnCk

Where did you live? I never saw that commercial, but I grew up in Washington/Oregon, where air conditioning wasn't as common. I never had a house with air conditioning growing up.

McCracAttack
Feb 21, 2006



Please enjoy this hour and a half long compilation of old Japanese commercials for Sony TVs and VCRs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEWUxv2yUHs

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



The star of this ad was in area commercials for years and years. His personality was always supercharged in them, but harmless. Then this popped up. I can't find the follow-up, which starred the female.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR3XEosZVjc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KJBFdu8A8w

Now for something national.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh1kmVwS4Hw

Zamboni Rodeo
Jul 19, 2007

NEVER play "Lady of Spain" AGAIN!






p-hop posted:

I swear this commercial was on every channel during every year of summer vacation when I was a kid.

GONNA BE ANOTHER SCORCHER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rqZZgVxnCk


Poor Miserable Gurgi posted:

Edit: gently caress, you've gotta be kidding me.

This is from the 90s, but it's seared into the brain of anyone growing up around that time:

https://youtu.be/4rqZZgVxnCk

It includes a feature of every commercial from that time: interior lighting that looks like a supernova has gone off outside.

Boy am I glad I read before posting or this would've been in here a third time.

7c Nickel
Apr 27, 2008


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCwn1NTK-50

HHHUUUUUAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up!



How is it that people thirty years ago had facial expressions that I can't even parse? I mean, I know it is an advertisement, and its exaggerated, but those facial expressions are hard to even understand.

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

How many commercials are inspired by modern art?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIIU2JvoMX4
1986

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up!


Mister Kingdom posted:

How many commercials are inspired by modern art?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIIU2JvoMX4
1986

Growing up in the 1980s, when we had three types of candy bars, and food was much less diverse than it is now, I remember seeing these commercials and they just seemed like the most sensuous, sophisticated and foreign food item available.

Even though, of course, Nestle's claim to "make the very best" is suspect.

cmndstab
May 20, 2006

Huge Internet Celebrity!

Fat Norm was an icon of Australian commercials throughout the 80s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuqDlF8DUuY


And speaking of iconic Australian commercials...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngBp3sTsho

cmndstab has a new favorite as of 06:54 on Dec 26, 2016

JnnyThndrs
May 29, 2001

HERE ARE THE FUCKING TOWELS

Mister Kingdom posted:

How many commercials are inspired by modern art MTV?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIIU2JvoMX4
1986

ALL of them, for a bunch of years. The Maxfield Parrish angle was novel, though.

Anyway, someone had to do it:

https://youtu.be/cjmxmHpBj4E

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up!


Imagine the internet furor if a Jif commercial was launched today:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4M2gHprbMM

doodlebugs
Feb 18, 2015

by Lowtax


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pq8TFptKR4


have a gay time

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

- Ska du ha maito i kaffet?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unDSDMuilDQ

Mind where and when you smoke a red Boston; not everyone can withstand the power cigarette.

Jokymi
Jan 31, 2003

Sweet Sassy Molassy


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnZi0YTmuo

I saw this commercial so much as a kid that to this day I can't hear most of these songs without expecting them to instantly transition into the others.

flapy vajannawings
Nov 26, 2016


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csp4_uQcoZI

EASY COOKING QUICK AND EASY COOKING QUICK AND EASY COOKING QUICK AND EASY

Spinning Robo
Apr 17, 2007


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0V68c1ybw

food

GOOD..........

slinkimalinki
Jan 17, 2010


cmndstab posted:


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And speaking of iconic Australian commercials...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngBp3sTsho

Not quite Australian.

Speaking of which:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Ii_IlmrFk

"Don't say sorry to me, say sorry to his kids!"

Khazar-khum
Oct 22, 2008

Cat Army
2nd Battalion


glowing-fish posted:

Where did you live? I never saw that commercial, but I grew up in Washington/Oregon, where air conditioning wasn't as common. I never had a house with air conditioning growing up.

Neither did I , and we lived in the loving desert.

Strangely, when my Dad had to be home for several summer weeks, it suddenly got installed. Timing was downright uncanny, I tell you.

Strange Matter
Oct 5, 2009

Ask me about Genocide


Hannibal Smith posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnZi0YTmuo

I saw this commercial so much as a kid that to this day I can't hear most of these songs without expecting them to instantly transition into the others.
The music choices, voice over and production value on that commercial make it indistinguishable from an SNL parody commercial from the same era.

Mr.Flibble
Jul 23, 2008


I've got something for you!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e4nlfdRI

And the sequel featuring Mancow Muller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPzV0YgqtRY

Goober Peas
Jun 30, 2007

Check out my 'Vette, bro




Read Time and Understand!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaKrZj1B3Nk#t=9s

This commercial series does a good job of encapsulating the early-mid 80s

Pastry of the Year
Apr 12, 2013



Goober Peas posted:

Read Time and Understand!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaKrZj1B3Nk#t=9s

This commercial series does a good job of encapsulating the early-mid 80s

so BUY TV Guide

and READ TV Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZOUhxLib3g

ninjahedgehog
Feb 17, 2011

It's time to kick the tires and light the fires, Big Bird.




Direct from Europe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZJSjrox_2s

wormie
Nov 7, 2016



To this day I still mutter 'At the Wintergarden Theatre' anytime I talk about a cat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii9AvilpXzY

AKA Pseudonym
May 16, 2004

A dashing and sophisticated young man

Doctor Rope

A man so mean he once shot a man for snoring too loud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8kZDZ4eXXk

Also this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftFwtwMKLe0

Now you can just Google this poo poo. But back then they could just dangle this stuff in front of you. I wanted these books so bad as a kid.

Lincoln
May 12, 2007

Ladies.

Are young people today even aware of the "Chinese laundry" stereotype? I just watched this one and still knew almost every line by heart.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJP5f-fsHrs

You Are A Elf
Apr 26, 2010

Black Gold!



Not gonna lie, this commercial always filled me with dread and unease whenever it came on, but goddamn did I want those books. I scored a few at Goodwill awhile back, and they are every bit as cool as I thought they would be.


This commercial is still cool 30 years later. All that's missing are Saturday morning cartoons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md_uz1dKMTM

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

The 70s had great jingles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbgkkvIvswU

YeahTubaMike
Mar 24, 2005

*hic* Gotta finish thish . . .


Doctor Rope

wormie posted:

To this day I still mutter 'At the Wintergarden Theatre' anytime I talk about a cat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii9AvilpXzY

One of my weird early childhood memories is that my great-grandmother had a paperweight that looked like that floating thing the cats are standing on.

I don't know why this commercial is seared into my brain -- I never watched Roger Ramjet in my life, but I could sing most of this promo from memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPcGZSNsPaQ

Pneub
Mar 12, 2007

I'M THE DEVIL, AND I WILL WASH OVER THE EARTH AND THE SEAS WILL RUN RED WITH THE BLOOD OF ALL THE SINNERS

I AM REBORN


YeahTubaMike posted:

I don't know why this commercial is seared into my brain -- I never watched Roger Ramjet in my life, but I could sing most of this promo from memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPcGZSNsPaQ

Cartoon network used to run this Speed Racer promo a lot for a while:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT0-UjS2NNs

Years later I realized they didn't write that background music just for that commercial... (skip to 2:45):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOeyQQSQAuo

Rusty Rickshaw
Apr 30, 2008


Hey man! Is that FREEDOM ROCK?

Guy Mann
Mar 28, 2016
Probation
Can't post for 4033 days!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4_fLIPAfoY

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You Are A Elf
Apr 26, 2010

Black Gold!


Rusty Rickshaw posted:

Hey man! Is that FREEDOM ROCK?

WELL TURN IT UP, MAN!

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