I used to be so against YouTube when it first came out, simply because I’m an old Gen-Xer who grumbles against the instant gratification and availability that so pervades today’s modern society. Yes, just imagine me in my old rocking chair, saying “You darn kids have it so easy these days. Back when I was your age, I had to go the library, etc. etc.”
But lately I’ve been embracing it, for the increasingly easy access to long-lost gems from the golden days. Lately I’ve been seeing great compilations of old TV commercials from the ’70s and ’80s. The one above is Part 1 of a great montage of commercials from 1976 to 1978, from that precise time of my life when I first started paying attention to TV marketing campaigns. Even if I don’t vividly remember these commercials, they still provide the great, grainy texture of what I remember from that era.
I’m impressed by the pristine quality of the commercials, and totally grateful to whomever took the time to compile them all (and even split them into several volumes). I wonder if this is from an archive tape from a TV station. Aw man, what I would do to work in a TV archive. Wouldn’t that be the best?
But wait…there’s more! Here’s Part 2 and 3.
@6:13, the Almond Joy/Mounds commercial still rings true after all these years. I still remember that jingle note-for-note. Whoever wrote that totally nailed it. Even the drool-inducing visual of that silky milk chocolate pouring like a thick ribbon over the mounds of almond-topped coconut make me want to go buy an Almond Joy bar right now. According to the wiki for this candy:
During the 1970s, the Peter Paul company used the jingle, “Sometimes you feel like a nut / Sometimes you don’t / Almond Joy’s got nuts / Mounds don’t,” to advertise Almond Joy and Mounds in tandem. In a play on words, the “feel like a nut” portion of the jingle was typically played over a clip of someone acting like a “nut”, i.e., engaged in an unconventional activity, such as riding on a horse backwards.
@7:19, I also remember the Kool-Aid commercials where he always comes crashing through walls or whatever obstacle in the way of some thirsty kids. Who can forget those commercials?
@1:08: Holy crap. I had that freakin’ Energized Spiderman toy. I can’t believe it. I have no idea where the hell it went, too. I remember being stoked that the toy was huge and that it could climb and stuff, but then quickly being disappointed that it had no points of articulation like a real doll. Ah well.
Which commercials do you remember? Let me know!