“There was this ad with gerbils and a cannon—” Lydy said.
“Yup. They did another one with a marching band and wolves. Can’t remember who did it,” I said, typing gerbils “marching band” wolves into Google. “… Got it!”
Lydy asked whether I’d ever seen the Mountain Dew Bohemian Rhapsody ad. I hadn’t, so we watched that, and the EDS Herding Cats ad, because we both love it, and the Carlton Draft Big Ad because she’d never seen it and everyone should. Then of course I had to look up the other two Carlton Draft “Made from Beer” ads I remembered, Canoe and Big Metal Thing. That was a good campaign.
Then there are the ads I can’t place. Which one had the guy named Bob who’s got his own parking spot, lane on the freeway, etc.? Who did the beer ad that’s a complete fantasy short story about a miraculous ever-flowing bottle of beer? And a long time ago, there was this great Bollywood ad for pappadams I saw that had a really brilliant Elvis impersonator. I have no idea.
(I don’t think Stan Freberg commercials ever aired in our area. I’ve managed to catch up on a few: Butternut Coffee Subliminal Advertising, Chun King Chow Mein, and Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.) (Also, thanks to JBWoodford, the Great American Soups extravaganza.)
Jim Macdonald tracked down the story of The ever-flowing bottle of beer. It’s a Budweiser. Bob Oldendorf identified the tale of Bob, the guy with his own expressway, toll lane, and parking space, as an ad for the ‘91 Nissan Sentra. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet found a video for it online. And Claude Muncey says there are still more good Carlton ads, most notably Flash Beer and Shed.
Will Entrekin said:
I’m so torn. Commercials! I used to produce commercials. I was going to blog about them myself, in fact, and so I have a bunch of links to my favorites on youtube. It’d be a long comment, though.Well, yeah, that would be okay. Check out Will Entrekin’s list of great commercials, which is much longer than mine and has some spectacular stuff on it.
Would that be okay?