Archive for category: Commercials

Ritz Crackers and the New Kids on the Block: An Existential Crisis

There’s a point in everyone’s life where they realize they’re old. I’ve had brushes with this in the past– hearing Billy Joel on the “oldies” station, attempting to purchase Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun album on CD in 2014 only to have Target employees ask me: “CD, like for a computer?”, and trying to explain what Crystal Pepsi was to 7-11...

Cereal Origin Stories Hollywood Style

Look, you read this article title and were like, “Really?  Cereals with a backstory?”  Well, Hollywood has been doing it with everything else for years.  I mean, there is a Battleship movie.  Really?  Did that need a deep origin story?  Well, somewhere between the Battleship movie and Mrs. Butterworth 2: Meet Mr. Butterface lies a whole chain of untapped mascots...

Beyond Ecto Cooler: Hi-C Teamed Up with NKOTB?!

When many people of our generation think of Hi-C, they immediately think of Ecto Cooler– the highly successful Ghostbusters juice box tie-in that outlived the cartoon series it was based on and even went on to see a successful resurgence in 2016 (but has since been discontinued). Ghostbusters’ Ecto Cooler wasn’t the only 80s/90s promotional campaign that Hi-C had going....

SCTV’s Poochare All Meat Dog Food vs. Bonjour Jeans

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a huge SCTV fan. One of my favorite sketches is a commercial for the fictional Poocharee dog food, led by Eugene Levy: I mean, how can you not love this. It’s so bizarre– the images of Eugene Levy strutting his stuff in his new wave fashions, browsing the supermarket for dog food...

Pop Rewind Podcast: PSA Party

In this episode of the Pop Rewind Podcast, our fearless leaders battle against each other in a PSA Party! Get it? Like Pizza Party… PEEE-SAAAH Party? We’re here all week! Lee and Linz battle to the death over which country has the most ridiculous Public Service Announcement commercials. Will it be #TeamLee representing America with a Gilbert Gottfried smoke alarm,...

Remembering L’Eggs Pantyhose

As a child, I was always fascinated by the big displays of L’eggs pantyhose, or as I thought: Easter eggs filled with nylons! If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, you knew that a plastic egg shaped container held untold riches. From quarter machines to those weird chicken coop vending things, cheap prizes were doled out in...

That Time Phil Collins Watched a Man Watch a Man Drown in a Michelob Beer Commercial

Hands down, one of my favorite, if not my ultimate favorite, urban legend has to do with Phil Collins. Specifically his song “In the Air Tonight”. The story goes that Phil witnessed a guy watching another guy drown. The first guy could have helped the drowning one, but chose not to. This also begs the question: Why didn’t Phil help?...

Orbitz and Independence Day: A Match Made in 90s Heaven

We’re no stranger to Orbitz here, having uncovered a bottle of Blueberry Melon Strawberry Orbitz, hoarding a flyer for an Orbitz CD offer and rollerblading championship contest, and even taking a trip back in time to look at the official Orbitz.com website before it was a travel company. And today we present another piece of Orbitz history. Bringing us back...

The Argument for a Combos Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Combos (or Pizzeria Pretzel as we have now) are some tasty little bites. Combos were always a prime snack for me. A pack of Combos and a Slurpee from 7-11 were a weekly treat (ok, daily back in high school when my metabolism was bangin’). When I was younger, I used to love eating Combos in the shower....

For When You Have the Urge to Herbal: Herbal Essences

Am I writing a post about shampoo? I’ve written about more mundane things, but this isn’t any shampoo, I’ll have you know. This is Herbal Essences we’re talking about here. I remember being perplexed and oddly curious about the Herbal Essences commercials when I first saw them in the 90s. I was only vaguely familiar with the brand at that...