Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sweet Lady Niacin

Originally Posted 7-30-08

Really, the commercial thing has nothing to do with Friends. It's not like I follow the '97-'98 season with a commercial from that year. I wouldn't even know how to do that.

I figured a post about a commercial would be a good way to break up the seasons. Also fitting, since it's a blog about a TV show.

The whole thing started when I found that British Colgate commercial on YouTube. That commercial just blew my mind that I had to comment about it on the Internet—because that's what people do now. It just so happened, I was finishing Season One around that time, so it kind of worked out.

In the past, the commercials had nothing to do with the show. This time, I'm doing it differently.

I looked, feverishly, for this commercial. By that, I mean I spent about 15 minutes looking for it. Really, that's a long time to look for an old commercial on the Internet. If YouTube doesn't have it, and RetroJunk doesn't have it, you're pretty much out of luck. A Google search came up with nothing, so we're going to have to settle for this crappy quality that is the result of someone videotaping a TV showing it.

I remember seeing this commercial during the '80s, and even as a kid, I knew that it was very outdated. The people who posted it on YouTube say it's from 1989, but that might just mean that it was still airing in 1989, which is really sad for everyone involved. This commercial very clearly predates the Reagan Administration.

First off, look at the Coke can. Coke stopped using that can design in 1985, with the whole New Coke fiasco. It has also been a long time since Pepsi and 7Up used those cans.

Wait a minute, is 7 Up still around? I mean the whole "Make 7 Up Yours" campaign was within the past decade, but I can't remember the last time I actually saw someone drinking 7 Up. I don't really frequent soda aisles, so I don't really know.

People order 7 & 7 (Seagrams 7 and 7 Up), but is that really 7Up? It could be Sprite for all we know. Can anyone really tell the difference, especially with whiskey thrown in there? And why would a bar that has 7Up, a Pepsi product, have also have Coke? Maybe bars work differently than other establishments.

Don't think I was going to have a tirade about 7Up without addressing the fact that Canada Dry has been thrown in there. Not only was this commercial from a time when Canada Dry had red and black cans (well before anytime I can remember) this was also supposedly a time when Canada Dry was considered a force to be reckoned with in the soft drink industry for Yoo-hoo to take aim at it and lump it together with Coke and Pepsi.

There's also the fact that those hairstyles scream '70s.

I wonder why they would continue to run this commercial well into the '80s.

I also wonder why they couldn't seven kids to pop on screen to say "Yoo-hoo." They have six, but they've slapped some deep-voiced college kid right in the middle, as if no one would notice.

Does 99% Caffeine Free mean 1% Caffeine?

In looking for this commercial, I found that tons of people have made their own Yoo-hoo commercials. In fact, if you were to search "yoohoo commercial" on YouTube, you'd find maybe 2 actual commercials, the rest are fake. It's almost as if making a Yoo-hoo commercial is the high school equivalent of making a diorama in elementary school. Everyone has to do it at one time or another. A lot of them weren't very good either.

Not like the real one above is wonderful.

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