1985 - Nestle Chocolate
"Sweet Dreams You Can't Resist." This commercial is interesting because it seems to want to ride that mid-80's wave of perfume-ad style. You know...Calvin Klein's Obsession, Nestle chocolate, it's all the same, all one big mass of lush imagery and music, people looking meaningfully at each other.
1984 - Shasta
Don't give me that so-so soda, the same old cola, I wanna rock 'n rolla, I want a pop, pop, pop, I want a Shasta.
1987 - McDonalds - Mac Tonight
Yeah, baby, it's Mac Tonight, an ad making the sideways point that you should eat McDonalds at night when it's dark and not, presumably, just for breakfast or lunch or during the day.
1993 - Mentos
From original commercials such as this sprang a million parodies: Mentos, The Freshmaker! For aficionados, the one where our very blonde hero teaches a driver that it's really a good idea to lock all the car doors, because it was only a Mentos-chugging Ken doll this time, but could have been a car-jacking and death and all sorts of disaster.
1993 - Mentos
No. Turning your cute little kiddie baseball cap around backwards and holding up your little fan camera does not fool anybody into thinking you are a professional press photographer. That old dude in the bellman's uniform? That wasn't an expression of "jolly good, young man, you're such a little scamp we can't help but let you in." That was an expression of "you are in a world of hurt if you go through those doors."
1983 - Roll N Roaster
Shout out to my aging Big Apple neighbors. You remember this one, bigger burgers and all.
1986 - Burger King
and Herb the Nerd
Welcome to one of the biggest failures in advertising history. Those who lived through that fateful time, you came out the other side stronger for it.
1990 - Bud Bowl II
The first part of the second appearance of Budweiser's famously-enjoyed Bud Bowl beer ad series.
1987 - Spuds Mackenzie
The Original Party Animal! He seems to have fallen out of favor when a) he (really a she) died, and b) he became an object of protest that, as with Joe The Camel, attracted The Children(tm) to Budweiser beer ads.
1990 - Ginsu 2000
Behold the future! And you can tell it's the future, because the Ginsu Knife has the number 2000 in the LED font. All it lacked was a grid for extra future-icity.
1991 - C+C Music Factory
Everybody drink now! It's the great C+C Music Factory, making you go out and buy Coke right now, I know I want to after this commercial.
1985 - Partager French Wine
Brokeback French Cowboys. After a hard day of ropin' and ridin', a guy and his buddies kick back and break out the good crystal and the designer alcohol. No girls allowed, apparently. This is not a parody, it was a real commercial.
1987 - Justin Wilson for Ruffles Cajun Spice
Justin Wilson, Cajun Cook. Bringer of the word pronunciation "gar-ON-teed" to the masses. And almost twenty years later, I still can't understand what he's saying just after the announcer says "The taste won't leave you flat." I get the hoo-boy, I get the gar-ON-teed, but in between them? A rush of syllables I'm sure makes sense if only I could figure them out.