It’s just time to do some fun, mindless chatting about commercials. Most are forgettable, and a lot of them are memorable. The ones I remember most are usually paired with interesting music or visuals that are compelling, and of course, are funny.
Many times, favorite commercials tend to be ones we remember from childhood, or nowadays, are targeted. I think what’s pretty interesting is how marketing has changed over the years — it’s obviously more sophisticated in some ways, more annoying in other ways — obvious manipulation, screaming pitchmen/women, and the godawful commercials for local businesses.
Anyway, here’s a couple that I’m fond of.
Present day: The Kia Sorrento commercial “Joyride Dream,” which debuted on the Super Bowl (though I didn’t see it then), with the stuffed animals coming to life and enjoying the wild life — bowling, Vegas, and the one that cracks me up — the monkey getting a sewn-on “Mom” tattoo. The music: The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now.”
Going back a few years…I love this video, um, commercial for The Gap (“Khaki Soul”) from back in 1997, when the stars aligned to bring landmark music video director Hype Williams together with Bill Withers’ song “Lovely Day” and a multi-racial, joyful bunch of dancers in a tight 30-second spot that makes me wish that we were really a post-racial society. It seemed closer then than now. There’s a great write up about the video and the Gap campaign here.
OK, really going back — 1969. This one was memorable because I saw it so many times as a kid and laughed every single time. Clearly I was easily amused.
OK – head on over to YouTube and share your favorites in the comments.
West Virginia’s billionaire GOP governor busted for Trump-like business corruption while in office
This article was produced in partnership between the Charleston Gazette-Mail and ProPublica. By Ken Ward, Jr.
Last fall, Gov. Jim Justice called reporters to his office in the West Virginia Capitol for a hastily arranged news conference.
Sitting behind a table and flanked by GOP lawmakers, the governor touted the latest budget surplus and announced a proposed pay raise for teachers and a plan to fix the state’s underfunded public employee health care plan.
Trump may ‘undo his presidency’ — with Republicans backing impeachment: CNN’s conservative anchor
President Donald Trump's presidency is in peril as Republican lawmakers condemn the administration for green-lighting Turkey's ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria.
"President Trump this week set fire to the emoluments clause by announcing his own resort would host the G-7 summit. His Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, set fire to his boss’s innocence admitting on camera to the very thing Trump is being investigated for and possibly impeached over," CNN's S.E. Cupp said.
"Donald Trump has put the Republican Party through a lot. Most have gone willingly along with him -- kids in cages, a trade war, protecting Putin, honoring Kim Jong-Un, breaking the law, the lies, the insults, the fake news, the rape allegations. Defending the president over the indefensible has become something of a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers, few of whom have ever dared to call him out," she noted.
Boris Johnson said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit — but just asked to extend deadline
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain's October 31 departure date.
In a phonecall with European Council President Donald Tusk after the vote, Johnson said he would send the letter mandated by MPs to seek more time, a EU source told AFP.
"The PM confirmed that the letter would be sent to Tusk today," the source said.
"Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react. This may take a few days," he added.
Tusk said on Twitter that he was "waiting for the letter".