Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Review of Random 80s Commercials, and an Announcement

Before I delve in to the 249th post on The Canon Review, I have a slight announcement to make. As the two people that read this blog on a regular basis know, earlier in the year I attempted to undertake a project in which I would watch one video from every single entry featured in the WWE Encyclopedia. Well, as of now, that project is on hiatus. The main reason is that I have found the posts to be too long and really kind of dull, plus it takes like eight hours to do one post. So, that's that for now. Now onto some commercials that aired in the 1980s. Why? you ask. Well, I don't know, but after watching the first video featured in this review, I was just inspired to watch more 80s ads.

Commercial One: WSPA "We're the Team" Promo

WSPA is the CBS affiliate in my neck of the woods, and in 1987 the masterminds at WSPA put together this one minute promo for their news team, proclaiming that "We're the Team". The team of what is never quite explained, but whatever. In this ad, the Eyewitness News team works on stories while weatherman Jack Roper brings a pizza for everybody, because I guess he didn't have anything else to do. While this commercial is about as cheesy as that pizza, and the song isn't very good, I actually prefer commercials like this for the news instead of the crap we get today, where they basically tell you that you should be afraid of everything and anything and you'll suffer great hardship if you don't tune in at 5, 5:30, 6, 11, 11:59, and 4:20 a.m.  Compared to that, I'd much rather watch a bunch of newscasters trying their hardest to be the team.

Commercial 2: Exxon Commercial from 1989

With gas prices about to go up to $7.95 a gallon, here's a look at a gas station commercial from 1989, where Exxon promises that they have the correct fuel for all the ten million people buying a new car that year. Also, there's a lot of shots of a tiger in this commercial, so one could say that this commercial is running on 'tiger blood'. The most notable part of this ad to me was the lame jingle in it, which goes as follows: 'Turn the Key, Feel Free, Eeeeexxxxxxxoonnn Gasoline'. Of course, Exxon had a whole lot of other troubles in 1989 besides a lame theme.

Commercial 3: 1984 Cool Whip Commercial

This commercial features a family sitting down to eat some pudding when the wise cracking announcer shares his disbelief that the mother is only going to serve plain pudding. He strongly suggests, along with the help of a jingle singer, that she slathers some Cool Whip on it, and her husband and daughter agree. Way to usurp her authority there announcer guy. Another lame jingle is included in this commercial, with the lyrics being 'couldn't they, shouldn't they, wouldn't they love it more with Cool Whip?' Personally, I wouldn't, but to each their own I suppose.

Commercial 4: Commodore 64 Commercial from 1982

Those clever people over at Commodore 64 had a great idea in this commercial. They decided to ask the competion's computers which is the best value to buy based on price and memory, and guess what? Each computer, the IBM, the Apple, and the Radio Shack, all said Commodore 64. Sure, they could have just made a program designed to display the words Commodore 64, but since when have you known advertisers to mislead the audience about a product? To test this theory out, I asked my computer which is the best value on the market. For some reason, the answer that came up was a Digitus 1000, so I think I should rewrite the program. For all I know, the Commodore 64 was the best computer on the market at this time, but I wouldn't trust the claims of this commercial as far as I could throw it. Although, it would be mighty hard to throw a commercial, but I digress.

Well, it's getting late, so I'm going to bed. Hopefully, you've enjoyed this mini blast from the past. Well, thanks for reading, and if you any ideas for future posts, or thoughts about this post, than either leave a comment on the blog or send them to me at e-mail at KtheC2001@gmail.com.

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