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Once upon a time... memorable commercials


#1

Across the 80s and the 90s there were funny and original commercials, so peculiar that they are still good nowadays.

Let’s start with this one.
A child missed the bus school to return home. It rains. The only way to return home is by foot.
Suddenly, a meow meow catches her attention…


#2

I remember the music but I didn’t know it comes from the Opéra Sauvage by Vangelis:


#3

Nor did I, until YouTube suggested me the video you posted.
We are living in a magic time, where the knowledge is at our fingertips.
In this era and time, ignorance is a fault.


#4

Unfortunately, it’s as readily available as knowledge, if not more so.

As for commercials, I remember at University they’d host movies once or twice a month (not sure what projector they had, but for a full-length movie it required changing the roll once or twice). One thing they showed every year were the most funny commercials from around the world (and I gladly paid to see them!). Now I can’t even remember the last time I actually watched (much less paid attention) to an ad.

One that stuck (not from the '90s, but not long after), was that one:


#5

The only Xbox commercial I remember is the one with the mosquitoes:


#6

You know, in Italy this xbox commercial lasted only a few days, after that it had been removed because it was too rude.


#7

There’s one commercial that actually tells the truth (“Life’s too short”) and that one gets banned! :smile:


#8

This one is very special:

I wonder, why are there barely any jingles in commercials nowadays? Up to the 90’s almost any spot had a jingle and sometimes even a complete song. Isn’t that exactly the sort of thing which makes a commercial memorable?

Every Kellogg’s flavor had its own song.
Especially this one I never forgot:

And this one is from the town I live:


And here is a video of the sad state of the abandoned factory building:

#9

Wasmachines leven langer met Calgon…

Yeah, that stuff sticks around in your head.


#10

Very funny!
I’ve understood only the “PIZZA” word, though!


#11

That’s true, here’s one of the most memorable ones, TABU (small liquirice pieces in a rounded case):


#12

Another commercial, this time it involves a can of paint.
You can paint every surface, it’s easy (so easy that even a girl can do it :open_mouth: ), directly on rusty parts.
“Brava, Giovanna, brava!” it’s the jingle that sticks in mind!


#13

There is also an English version.

Some more nice commercial songs:

When Opel bought the song from Eric Claption:

And I wonder, why wasn’t this catchy song played for the rest of the world:

And Maggi with the knot in the spoon and still with the jingle:

And this was my first IBM compatible PC (warning: video is very loud!):

And when a ring tone has to be license free, you pick just a few notes from an old composition:


#14

Like Ice In the Sunshine is especially catchy :notes:
…wait, did that kid at 1:13 just give someone the finger?! :laughing:

And that Karstadt PC ad is wonderfully cheesy.


#15

Another one
:notes:want het leven is meer dan afwassen alleen


#16

I don’t really remember how Dreft goes. Maybe I’ve only seen it in magazines or something.


#17

(If you like that one, Here is some more of him with subtitles/in English)

And when things are soooo bad and tasteless they are actually funny/good commercials:


(Those two extra dancers :joy:)

#18

I think it was “Per”!


#19

Oh boy… “because a woman’s hand is made for more than doing dishes” :man_facepalming:


At least commercials were much more laid back, back then. And they still featured Lookie the lion in between.

Can’t find that Per jingle though


#20

It’s possible, but this random article says Dreft too. :smiley: