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The mythical Superchunk British Knights commercial

For many many years, I've heard about an early-90's commercial for British Knights sneakers featuring music written by Superchunk. It appears lost to the mists of time. UNLESS you know where I can find it or see it, or heck, even just listen to it. Anyone?
posted by 41swans on Jul 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Bewildering ads featuring incoherent men

I'm searching for commercials featuring a very specific aesthetic: grown men, overcome with Feelings about Something Profound, mumbling incoherently to themselves. To sell things. Because commercialism. The ad should be played completely straight; no wink to the camera. Two very recent examples linked below. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jun 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Commercials About Bugs?

Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

90's commercial selling EXTREME nature/animal documentary video set?

My Googling is coming up with nothing - details I can remember below. [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Mar 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Why do well-known celebrities do commercials?

Why does Samuel L. Jackson do Capitol One commercials? Why did Shatner do Priceline ads? And I just saw Mario Lopez in a toe fungus treatment spot. Do they really need the money? Especially Shatner, who I imagine has tons of residuals from Star Trek. Other specific examples appreciated, the more ridiculous the product and well-known the celebrity the better.
posted by desjardins on Feb 6, 2016 - 31 answers

So, who was the first "Flo"?

My hubs and I were talking earlier about the character "Flo" in the the Progressive commercials and got to wondering... who was the first Flo-like character? I'm thinking Mr. Whipple of "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" fame, I'm sure there must have been someone earlier than that. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 24, 2015 - 22 answers

How were mail-order product commercials ever viable?

In the 1980s and 1990s more than today, there were tons of commercials for products that you had to call or write to an address to order from. Putting aside the fact that nobody would really want most of the stuff that was being advertised, how did they ever expect the following to happen... [more inside]
posted by basehead on Nov 16, 2015 - 23 answers

"But Wait, There's More!" Pom-Pom Toys Sold on TV

On the Qubo channel (we like "Animal Atlas"), we saw a commercial for sets of little velcro pom-pom things that kids could stick together to build various shapes (bugs, mushrooms, rockets, etc). The schtick was that you could undo them and build something new. They were called something ridiculous of course (Squishoos? Stickums?) and my Google-fu is failing me. Ring a bell with anyone?
posted by nkknkk on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

What's with you, Hulu?

Did the amount of ads shown during Hulu Plus shows suddenly double or triple? I could swear we were only getting 30-45 seconds of ads at a time during shows. Now, it seems like we get 90 seconds worth and at more regular intervals. Did I imagine this? If it is happening, is it happening everywhere? Or could they have been tamping down my ads while I was a new subscriber and then ramping them up later?
posted by Comrade Doll on Jun 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Who is the boxer/fighter in one of last year's Gatorade commercials?

Does anybody know the name of the woman working the heavy bag in this commercial? Is she a big deal in the fighting world, or just someone Gatorade wanted to use in their spot? [more inside]
posted by millions on Jun 24, 2015 - 1 answer

Can you find this Southwest Airlines commercial online?

I'm recalling a TV commercial where a wealthy businessman is walking through an airport, talking on his cellphone. He indicates his tremendous wealth by saying into the phone something like "Ten million dollars, twenty million dollars, what's the difference?" Then he walks up to Brand X Airlines's ticket counter and asks to buy a ticket somewhere. They say it'll be like $3,000, he's stunned, says nevermind and walks over to the Southwest counter to buy a ticket for much cheaper. It was probably on the air between 10 and 20 years ago.
posted by Dec One on Apr 14, 2015 - 0 answers

Identify the actor in this Southwest Airlines commercial

Help me impress my 14-year-old daughter (for once). Who is the young actor portraying the college student in this Southwest Airlines commercial? She thinks he might have been in one of the Harry Potter movies. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Talk Show Guests: Running Away

Why do so many late-night talk show guests leave before the commercial break? [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Nov 11, 2014 - 11 answers

"Commercials" on NPR

I am looking for data on how many minutes there are of programming in a typical hour of public radio. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Oct 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Does advertising work anymore?

I, and likely most of you reading, consider myself jaded towards advertising. But I've been wondering, have marketers effectively come up with ways to influence people like me who routinely ignore ads? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Oct 20, 2014 - 43 answers


How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
posted by michaelh on Oct 17, 2014 - 9 answers

"Futuristic" 1990s instant soup ad from Latin America

I'm trying to track down a television ad for instant soup that aired in Latin America in the 1990s. A young woman arrives home, prepares the advertiser's instant soup, and sits down to eat in front of a computer. On the screen, a man is waiting to welcome her to dinner, which was science fiction when the commercial aired. [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Commercials where kids are in a school play, in crazy costumes?

I'm looking for as many examples as you can find of commercials where young kids are in a stereotypical "kindergarten play", wearing costumes like "tree" or "caterpillar" or "broccoli". I found this example on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vbzeA2Hsk and I'd like to find more. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jul 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Old TV ad with a boy who'd been camping

What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding LL Cool J Song - "Leave It on the Floor"

There was a Gatorade commercial released in 2000 featuring an LL Cool J song, and I'm looking for a way to track it down. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How does one get into commercial writing?

How does one get into commercial writing? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Jul 6, 2012 - 7 answers

But wait, there's more!

Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Apr 28, 2012 - 2 answers

What's the song in this commercial?

Help me identify this song. I've tried searching by lyrics to no avail. YouTube link.
posted by danburzo on Apr 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Best PSAs in the last year?

Last year, I asked this question about innovative and original public service announcements, and I got some very helpful answers. I was wondering if any new ones have come out that I should know about. [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Feb 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Finding cheesy commercial rock jingles

I like cheesy rock commercial jingles such as this, this, and this. I'm looking for songs such as these.
posted by Query on Nov 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Selling with "World" Music

Asking for a student: we're looking for TV commercials that have any kind of identifiably "world music" or more generally non-western musical styles in their soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Apr 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Best PSAs

What are the most interesting, thought-provoking, and innovative television or internet public service announcements of the past few years? [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Mar 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Does State Farm Want to Take Over the World!?

So, anyone seen the new State Farm commercials? The recent series stars a mid-30 something guy either walking into a coffee shop, browsing a news stand, waiting by the curb in a city where a server brings him his....coffee.....and some other ones... [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Jan 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Creating a manifest of manifestos

Point me towards recent mainstream media man-ifestos -- jokey calls for the reclamation of masculinity, like the recent Dockers campaign (static screenshot here) or less-recent Miller High Life campaign (manifesto here (PDF)). [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Jan 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Quisp vs. Quake: How did the voting take place?

How did Quaker tally the votes in the great Quisp vs Quake cereal war? [more inside]
posted by GaelFC on Jul 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Ads that use text messaging lingo?

Can you point me to any commercials or print ads available online that use text messaging or instant messaging lingo? Along the lines of this.
posted by iamisaid on Jul 8, 2010 - 8 answers

What Commercial am I Thinking of?

Commercials!Filter-- help me track down an old 80s/90s commercial [more inside]
posted by rubah on Jun 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Need to find a SPECIFIC laugh track

LaughTrackFilter: Trying to find a specific laugh track featuring this annoying little boy's giggle, which seems to be prominent in all commercials featuring children at play. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

When did rock become the mainstream music in television?

When did rock (or at least faux rock with rock instrumentation) become the mainstream music in television themes and commercials? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Apr 18, 2010 - 10 answers

OCD memory of 7-UP commercial!

There is a commercial from the late 1980's that I really want to watch. I can't find it anywhere so far. It is a 7-UP commercial and in the commercial it's really hot, then people open up 7-UP and it starts raining and it all looks so merry and refreshing and there is a song in it...the only part I remember is when they would sing, "Gotta take a break, I wanna play in the rain and take a break". This has haunted me for years and I would LOVE to see this commercial again.
posted by gypseefire on Feb 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Asian tennis star Michael Chang is "little, yellow, different."

I'm looking for a video link to Nuprin commercial with Michael Chang. Slogan:"Little, Yellow, Different." [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jan 9, 2010 - 8 answers

What do commercial actors get paid?

What do actors in nationally televised commercials typically get paid? Do they get paid each time it airs or a flat fee up front? [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Willie or Won't He?

What are some examples of racism [subtle, or not-so-subtle] in advertising? [more inside]
posted by quelindo on Oct 14, 2009 - 43 answers

Does anybody remember this beer commercial?

Apologies in advance for the lack of details. I'm trying to find a beer commercial from, probably, about ten years ago. It said something to the effect of, "we've never sent a man to the moon. we've never cured a disease. we just make beer, but we do it well. pursue your passion." Does anybody remember seeing this? Do you know what beer it was for? Do you have a link to it on YouTube?
posted by LDL707 on Oct 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Help Me Move From Pro Tools To Logic Without Losing My Mind!!!

ProAudioFilter! Help a long-time Pro Tools user switch to Logic. My major concern is audio EDITING more than creating. Bonus Question: I have Logic Pro 8 and I'm considering upgrading to 9 if it's worth it. Is it? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Sep 29, 2009 - 17 answers


I'm looking for a video of an Italian vespa commercial from the early 60s (probably aired on the show Carosello), which featured the scooters driven by the boys and all the girls sitting side-saddle behind them. It had snappy music that was punctuated every few seconds by the single lyric "Ves-PA!" (The commercial I'm looking for isn't this one... It was instead made earlier and the kids should be dressed more formally.) Can you help me find it?? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel on Jul 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Can you help me spot the spots?

Could you help me identify some commercials my girlfriend found to be adorable? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Mar 27, 2009 - 1 answer

Yes, fine, I'll even take Baywatch.

I need a reasonable quality video stream captured from recent US network television, with the commercials still in it. Oh, and no subtitles. And, actually, maybe more than one, if that's possible. The usual pirates, you see, conveniently strip the commercials. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Mar 14, 2009 - 3 answers

I really don't know what to put here for this...

My favorite beer commercial ever... I remember it but can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Feb 28, 2009 - 4 answers

I don't know why, but I really want to see this ad again

Can you help me find a specific Wendy's commercial? (Not the banned one, and certainly not the "where's the beef" one.) [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Jan 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Commercila music ID with no details

Music in a commercial: can't remember the commercial or the artist. Futile! Help? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Oct 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Vintage Total Cereal Commercials

Where can I find an old school commercial of "other" cereal bowls in which they compare how many bowls it takes to equal the nutrition in ONE BOWL of Total? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins on Jul 29, 2008 - 3 answers

All politics is a multidimensional lexial space; and also local.

Where can I access transcripts of currently running political ads and/or political speeches? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Jun 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Indie songs in TV commercials

Indie songs in commercials? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Mar 25, 2008 - 65 answers

"Me and My Dog" song in a tv commercial

There's a tv commercial that I can't get out of my head! I think it was for heartworm med. There's a little girl singing, "me and my dog. . ." It describes all of the fun things they do together. I think she was a redhead. It hasn't been on in a few years. Does anyone else remember this?
posted by beachplum on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

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