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AMEX Jerry Likes to Shop (commercial, 1999)
 
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Near the end of the run of his show, Jerry Seinfeld did a few commercials for what was said to be rather high prices. This was one of them. This is the long-form version and shows Jerry doing all the shopping he wants to with his AMEX card. He even wins the millionth shopper award at a store. It's full of comedy bits, it's rather entertaining. The shorter form (30 seconds) version is actually a bit funnier, because some of the bits (like the guy trying to open the produce bag) aren't milked so much. However the bowling scene is removed in that one, and that's a bit of a drag. This spot aired during A&E's "The Story of the Gun" part 2, Saturday February 20th, 1999.
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Game Boy Camera
 
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1999 TV commercial shows off the black and white camera peripheral for the Game Boy Pocket. This device was only capable of drawing 4 levels of gray, so the pictures taken are very rudimentary. The commercial shows the Game Boy Printer also and the animations the Game Boy Camera was capable of drawing on top of pictures that were taken. Having a camera with you in your pocket was novel at the time and apparently this device could turn photography into fun-tography. The music used is a reworded version of "Smile, you're on Candid Camera". This commercial aired during a 1998 showing of South Park.
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The Gap LL Cool J (commercial, 1999)
 
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The Gap ran a series of commercials featuring dancing and singing in front of a white background. These were popular and led to several spin-offs, including variants for Christmas, kids gap and these celebrity musician series. This one features LL Cool J (I hear ladies love him) doing what started him out, freestyle rapping. He is plugging "easy fit jeans", which was the Gap's version of the oversized jeans style of the late 90s and early 2000s. This spot aired during the episode "Return to la Grunta" of King of the Hill on FOX on Tuesday, February 23rd, 1999.
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The Gap Aerosmith (commercial, 1999)
 
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The Gap ran a series of commercials featuring dancing and singing in front of a white background. These were popular and led to several spin-offs, including variants for Christmas, kids gap and this celebrity musician series. This one features Aerosmith (Steve Tyler and Joe Perry) putting together a few notes on guitar, drums and harmonica. This was selling The Gap's "easy fit jeans" which were The Gap's version of the oversized jeans style of the late 90s and early 2000s. This spot aired during the episode "Screaming Yellow Honkers" of The Simpsons on FOX on Sunday, February 21st, 1999.
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Mercury master of disguise
 
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1998 commercial features a manhunt for a man in a new Mercury Cougar, one who is a master of disguise. We see the man approach a roadblock, he is quizzed whether he has seen the man in question and then it is revealed he has disguised himself as a beautiful woman and he drives away from the roadblock. This spot was one of Mercury's "Imagine TV" series which tried to frame ads as short films/stories. This 30 second spot aired in 1998 during a showing of South Park.
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Miller Lite twist to open (commercial, 1998)
 
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Miller Time series spot shows a man pulling a Miller Lite from his refrigerator and being puzzled at what he sees on the cap. He then begins gyrating to a musical beat. He looks again, closer and we see the top says "twist to open". After the top hasn't lept off from his first attempt he begins dancing even more vigorously. This 30 second spot aired during an SF Giants baseball game.
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Beggin' Strips (Commercial, 1998)
 
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One of the all-time classic commercials of the era. Turns out some frantic voice work and a fake dog nose attached to a camera makes comedy gold. Who knew? Beggin' Strips from Purina. "Dogs don't know it's not bacon."
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M&M Crispy Deidrich Bader in my Place (commercial, 1999)
 
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In 2001, M&M brought out crispy M&Ms for a while. They were very similar to current pretzel M&Ms except they came in a blue package. This is one of the anthropomorphic M&M commercials, one of the Crispy M&Ms tries to convince Deidrich Bader to see things his way. Mr. Bader obliges and sees a bowl full of people. He continues munching, indicating to Orange that he is eating his relatives and friends. This spot aired during the episode "Return to la Grunta" of King of the Hill on FOX on Tuesday, February 23rd, 1999.
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HBO cable man interrupting service (commercial 1997)
 
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HBO commercial features two cable guys up on a pole repeatedly interrupting and connecting cable for an entire town a few miles away. Cheers and aaawws can be heard from the town as a whole as the man connects and disconnects the cable TV (presumably the cable carrying HBO). The ending line is "It's not TV. It's HBO." HBO's ads now seem to focus particularly on their original content and not just on their entertainment value as a whole. This 30 second spot aired on FOX during a showing of the Simpsons on October 27th, 1997, the night of the premiere of Treehouse of Horror VIII (but during the showing of a different, older episode).
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Pepsi girl goes all Pesci (commercial, 1999)
 
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1999 commercial for Pepsi featuring that cute little Pepsi girl Hallie Kate Eisenberg. When patronizing a local soda fountain, she is informed she can't get a Pepsi, instead she must have a Coke. She then goes all Joe Pesci on the server (Pesci's actual voice is dubbed over) explaining calmly and cooly that she will have a Pepsi or things won't go well. Hallie's Pepsi commercials were very popular. Previous commercials had put the voice of the Godfather (Marlin Brando) into her mouth. Hallie graduated from high school in 2010. Does that make you feel old? This 1999 commercial aired during the season premiere of The Simpsons.
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Got Milk Drysville (commercial, 1997)
 
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One of the earlier Got Milk? ads. This is one is from the California Fluid Milk Processors Board, who started the campaign. It was later backed by milk concerns nationwide. We are introduced to the town of Drysville, a small town with no milk. We see the horror of donuts and birthday cake without milk and cereal wetted with water. A bluesy song plays and explains the story. A boy pays another schoolkid merely for a view of a picture of a jug of milk. A later commercial "still no milk" gives us an update on the plight of this town. This spot aired on KRON (NBC affiliate at the time) during Hard Copy after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Got Milk Drysville - still no milk (commercial, 1997)
 
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One of the earlier Got Milk? ads. This is one is from the California Fluid Milk Processors Board, who started the campaign. It was later backed by milk concerns nationwide. This one is in black and white, giving a somewhat newsy feel and showing the plight of the town of Drysville, a town (still) without milk. The news report concludes with the horror story of a teacher serving peanut butter sandwiches, a flashback to the original Aaron Burr Got Milk? ad. Then an add for creamy, refreshing milk comes on and everyone in the diner shows their lamentation that they don't have any milk. The waitress turns off the radio to end the torturous tantalization. This commercial is an update to an earlier Drysville commercial. I recognize the actor in the still frame (asking for milk), but I don't know his name. This local insert ad aired during a showing of Entertainment Tonight on KRON on October 23rd, 1997 after the Baseball World Series on NBC (KRON was NBC at the time).
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Pepsi One Kim Cattrall and the Bears (commercial, 2001)
 
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Kim Cattrall's character on Sex and the City was portrayed as a maneater. Cattrall scores a commercial plugging Pepsi One with the Chicago Bears. Hilarity, and a play on the Grimm 3 Bears fairy tale ensues. Years later, Kim Cattrall is now hawking "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter". Pepsi One was, to be quite frank, basically Coke Zero but from Pepsi and a decade ago. It used the relatively new sweetener Acesulfame Potassium plus Aspartame (NutraSweet) or Sucralose (Splenda). Pepsi One is closely related to Pepsi Max and in fact Pepsi Max existed before Pepsi One in several countries. Pepsi One did okay in the market (in the US at least), and had a closer to sugar taste than Diet Pepsi. However, Coke brought out Coca-Cola Zero in 2005 and positively buried Pepsi One. Coca-Cola has taken off like a rocket, partially because of its less-diet taste and partially because it is marketed as "calorie-free" instead of "diet", offering a somewhat more "manly" profit compared to a diet drink. Pepsi has responded by ramping up Pepsi Max and trying to position it as a diet drink that is acceptable to men. Pepsi has gone head to head, even using Coke Zero in their Pepsi Max ads. This spot aired on FOX during a Sunday, January 14th, 2001 airing of The Simpsons.
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Chevron Techron taxis (commercial, 1999)
 
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One of the man Aardman animated (or at least Aardman-inspired) Chevron commercials with anthropomorphic cars talking about how much they love Chevron gas. They like it so much better than that off-brand stuff. Chevron ran a lot of these commercials with all different kind of cars. They even made a series of model cars which looked like some of the ones in the commercials. Early versions of these commercials had the cars talking about how they ran better (or made more power) on Techron, but this was deemed to be not supportable by facts, so they switched to talking about how Techron keeps your engine cleaner, which was supportable. Also, initially Techron was called "Techroline", which probably was a bit too chemical-sounding. The pigeons at the end are dead giveaways of the Aardman heritage. The eyes also are pretty characteristic. Serta runs a set of commercials with numbered sheep (for counting) lamenting the loss of their jobs due to Serta's great mattresses. Chevron has deemphasized Techron lately, instead talking about their nitrogen-enriched gasoline. Although at least until 2010, a Chevron ad on the left field wall at AT&T Park in San Francisco had a cartoony car on it. Initially the eyes (headlights) of the car lit up but this had to be toned down or disabled as it was considered to be distracting. This 30 second spot aired during a US showing on Speed Channel of the 1999 Monaco GP (May 16).
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3Xtreme
 
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1999 commercial for videogame 3Xtreme, which was kind of a Road Rash for extreme sports. Players had to reach a goal before opponent players and bodychecking and other rough play was part of the game. This game was published by Sony's 989 Studios for the Sony Playstation (PSOne). The graphics were a great departure from the past, using polygons instead of front-facing sprites. Despite this, the graphics were still somewhat compromised even compared to other games of the same generation and platform. This 30 second spot aired during as showing of the 1999 Monaco GP in the United States. The game was released on April 21, 1999.
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new Dodge Ram Quad cab (commercial, 1997)
 
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This commercial talks up technical improvements, including engine power, better interior and the availability of a quad cab. I can't remember the last time I saw an auto commercial where they didn't even drive the vehicle, but this is one. Dodge had recently hit upon a bit of success with their front-end styling that made their trucks look like a semi cab. The Dodge name has been dropped and new Ram trucks are just Ram trucks, not Dodge Ram trucks. This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997. The voiceover is Edward Herrmann.
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MasterCard priceless baseball (commercial, 1997)
 
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MasterCard ad from way back when the "priceless" stuff hadn't been worn threadbare yet. It's a baseball-oriented ad and in this case airing during a baseball game. This spot aired during the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 tortoise and hare (commercial, 1997)
 
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Jeep ad from 1997 shows the tortoise pursuing and passing the hare using what was at the time the world's fastet SUV. SUVs were a new market and still concentrated on value (price) not speed, so it wasn't really all that fast. The SUV market would change in the following years. This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Got Milk? Ants (commercial, 2001)
 
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Ants are enjoying some chocolaty crumbs that fell off the table at a picnic but with nothing to wash it down with. Luckily, a milk spill soon ensues, but it is blocked from reaching the ground by a cheese puff. The ants soon dispatch Ben (an ant) to undam the milk, but he is stopped before he can reach his goal. This is another of the earlier Got Milk? ads from California, just before the campaign was taken over by national milk concerns. This spot aired on FOX during a showing of Malcolm in the Middle on Sunday January 14th, 2001.
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Intel bunny dancers in New York City (Pentium II MMX ad) (1997)
 
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Intel's bunny (clean room) suit ad campaign for the multimedia features (MMX) of Pentium and Pentium II was very popular. So in one of the follow-on commericals, the bunnies are on the road bringing their bright colors and dancing expression of joy to New York City. Also featured is a rather futuristic-looking (in a 70s/80s sort of way) RV. The bunnies become fast friends with top hat and tails clad human women and together create their own Broadway-style chorus line. The ending is a full-screen logo and Intel chime featuring MMX in the upper left and Pentium II at the bottom. This logo, with the text around changed or removed has been near-ubiquitous as a quick hit in the corner at the end of Windows PC ads ever since. MMX and Pentium II (which included MMX) made possible much more advanced media processing. During this period, playback of full-motion audio and video was becoming possible on the most advanced personal computers and MMX was designed to make it more efficient and thus possible on lower-end (mainstream) computers also. Also, video was struggling to increase from small postage stamp sized video (160x120 initially, moving up to 320x240) to full-screen 640x480 and MMX was a big help with this. MMX spawned many follow ons, although most are under the name SSE instead of MMX. The strange black rectangle door on the side of the RV which opens above the computers is actually in the shape of an Intel Pentium II processor, including the large white text and the multi-colored rectangle representing the chip itself (although the rectangle was actually a hologram). Intel used a large, cartridge-style module (called Slot 1 or SECC) for the Pentium II because it made changing the chip easier. It also allowed Intel to move the cache SRAM off the motherboard and onto the CPU package where Intel could charge for it and profit from it instead of the profit going to motherboard vendors. When Intel later in the Pentium II & III cycle moved the cache SRAM on to the CPU die itself, they moved to simplify the expensive module introducing SECC2 which dropped the casing on the back of the module and SEPP for cheaper Celeron processors which eliminated the plastic enclosure completely. Later they went away from processor slots back to CPU sockets. This spot aired on FOX on October 27th, 1997, during the premiere of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VIII.
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Honda Accord V6 coupe secret lair (commercial, 1997)
 
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Man goes into his secret lair much like Batman. After we see a smattering of gizmos, he presses the "transport" button so he can be on his way. His first car (a green muscle car) is being repaired and he's unhappy with how cramped his yellow supercar is, so he presses the button a 3rd time to yield a black Accord V6 coupe. Voiceover is by Richard Dreyfus. This promo aired during an October 26th, 1997 showing of X-files. This was season premiere week for Fox, although X-Files did not premiere until the week after.
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New Nissan Frontier Supercharged (commercial, 2001)
 
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In the early 21st century Nissan got the idea of jumping up their small pickup truck by putting a supercharger on it, instead of just putting a bigger engine in. With a supercharger, the 3.3L Nissan VQ engine made 210HP. Nissan offered it in limited quantities for some reason, it's unclear if it was unpopular or if Nissan just didn't offer many. 3 years later (2004), Nissan redid the truck and dropped the supercharger, instead putting in the largest displacement VQ engine ever made, a 4.0L making 265HP. So much for that experiment. The supercharged engine had the same fuel economy as the non-supercharged Frontier, although the later, more powerful 4.0L V6 made significantly better mpg (and more power) than either of them. A decade later, supercharging (including turbocharging) is now bursting out all over the place, including in trucks (but not gasoline Nissans, at least not yet). This spot aired on FOX during a showing of Malcolm in the Middle on Sunday January 14th, 2001.
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Eldorado Drive the Dream (commercial, 1999)
 
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1999 Cadillac commercial flashes back to the 1959 to see a young man's eyes wander from his date to a woman driving by in a beautiful Cadillac Eldorado convertible from 59 or so. Years later the man, now older, drives by the same theater (now a multiplex) in his 90s Eldorado and a young woman turns from her date to ogle his car. The tagline is "Drive the Dream". I like Cadillacs, but the 1990s Eldorado was no '59 Eldorado. There's just no Harley Earl around right now. This spot aired during A&E's "The Story of the Gun" part 2, Saturday February 20th, 1999.
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The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn
 
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1998 commercial for Comedy Central's The Daily Show (with Craig Kilborn). The Daily Show was not a standout performer for Comedy Central at the time. Craig Kilborn's run was almost over at the time this was aired, and Kilborn would be replaced by John Stewart, changing the trajectory of the show completely. Stephen Colbert appears in this clip (twice without glasses), as he appeared on the show a year before Stewart did. This 30 second spot aired in 1998 (I believe) during an airing of South Park.
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Gateway Essential PC (commercial 1999)
 
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In 1999, Gateway 2000 had dropped the 2000 from their name and was making a little more noise than usual because now their cheap PCs were below $999, including a monitor and everything! The sub-$1000 PC was new to the market and bizarrely, some doubted there was a market for it. Well, there sure was and not long after there was no market for the over-$1000 PC. The ad reminds you that other cheap ($999) PCs don't include monitors and don't come with all the "helpful" free software pre-installed to clog up your hard drive and slow your machine down. It also tells us you'll get free internet (*for a year, $3.95 for rural access that's a heck of a twist for a company that uses cows as their logo, also don't go over 150 hours in a month or you'll pay surcharges). This internet was of course dial-up, which wasn't considered bad at the the time, but the other limitations were probably a bit annoying. The mini-tower shown seems to come with a pair of stereo speakers and a 13" CRT monitor, plus of course a keyboard and mouse. The ad ends by telling you it comes with an Intel Celeron processor and with the Intel Inside jingle. The jingle at the end was relatively new at this time, but continues to this day. Every ad with that jingle at the end is partially paid for out of Intel's ad budget. This 30 second spot aired during a 1999 showing of Pirates of Silicon Valley.
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Tommy Hilfiger jeans The Faculty
 
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1998 commercial for Tommy Hilfiger jeans and "The Faculty". The commercial features many of the young cast members of the movie, including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett and Usher. This 30 second spot aired in 1998 during an episode of South Park.
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Drug-Free America Everclear
 
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Band Everclear does a PSA for Drug Free America telling you drugs can screw up your life, because it sure screwed up theirs. From the time of the Reagan administration, there were a lot of anti-drug PSAs on TV. Soon after MTV started, RAD (Rock Against Drugs) and then the Partnership for a Drug-Free American tried to get the message across using spokespersons that younger people were more familiar with. This 30 second PSA aired in 1998 (I believe).
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Jack in the Box slammer (commercial, 1997)
 
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For a short period early in Jack's return, he was flanked by a crew of sassy antenna balls. One here catches a guy looking to steal a classic Corvette and explains that if he's caught, he won't be able to get a Sourdough Jack. Clearly this would be a great hardship and maybe we all should appreciate our own Sourdough Jacks a little more. This local insert spot aired on FOX on October 27th, 1997, during the premiere of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VIII.
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Taco Bell Grilled Steak Taco nicknames (commercial, 2001)
 
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Four guys at Taco Bell bite into their Grilled Steak Tacos and start making up nicknames for each other "Steak, Tex?", etc. There's not much else to this other than the names and motions become more exaggerated as you go. I remember this ad from the time, who wouldn't with the "One Eye!" line in there? It was funny then and it's still funny now. I'm pretty sure the guy who is shown 2nd but speaks last saying "Zeke", "Shorty" and "Red" is Joshua Gomez, Morgan Grimes from "Chuck". This spot aired on FOX during the Sunday, February 25th, 2001 showing of The Simpsons.
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Reebok Emmet Smith (commercial, 1997)
 
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1997 Commercial from Reebok uses a documentary style and gives Emmet Smith the opportunity to tell us how important his shoes are on the field and how they help his confidence. Advertising how something can build your confidence is a frequent fall-back when there are no easily provable advantage to a product over its competitors. This promo aired during an October 26th, 1997 showing of King of the Hill.
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IBM internet hype (commercial, 1997)
 
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A businessman relates that he has just read that the internet is the future of business and then indicates that that means his company has to get on the internet. He laments that there isn't even an explanation as to why the internet is the future of why. IBM's "Solutions for a Small Planel" all used blue bars top and bottom, ran during the .com boom and expressed various forms of the sentiment "in the future, a business that isn't on the internet won't be in business" (this exact phrasing was used in one ad) in an attempt to drum up business for their internet solutions consulting. Just call them and BAM! they would put you on the internet, whatever that means. The .com boom produced huge growth (real or portrayed) for some business and many thought that meant every business had to adapt to this new reality to remain competitive. The idea that a tiny company can do business worldwide over the internet was frequently related both as an indication of the power of the internet to small companies and the threat of the internet to the continued dominance of the current large players. This wasn't completely true, in general people still don't buy their products from a pastiche of tiny companies on the Costa del Sol or in Kathmandu. This promo aired during an October 26th, 1997 showing of X-files. This was season premiere week for Fox, although X-Files did not premiere until the week after.
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Infiniti QX4 split personality (commercial, 1997)
 
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Do you think that a vehicle can be both a utility vehicle and luxurious? Of course you do, it's 2011 and there are luxury SUVs all over the place. But back in 1997 you probably didn't. In 1997, Infiniti was jumping into the nascent luxury SUV market, introducing their luxury SUV to the broad market in the US. Land Rover had been there a while but was a very specialty marque and the Acura SLX (Isuzu Rodeo) had been introduced only the year before. Infiniti had to show off how their vehicle could be rough on the outside and soft on the inside. It was a slightly modified Nissan Pathfinder, so the outside part was the easy part, and a quick spiff-up of the interior brought some trappings of luxury. The normal arbiters of luxury, the European marques, were way behind on the SUV trend and wouldn't show up with luxury SUVs for another 4 years (Mercedes ML) or more. This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Gateway 2000 computer all-in for $1499! (commercial, 1997)
 
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This commercial from Gateway 2000 tells us how we can get a computer including printer and display for only $1499 (plus shipping and tax). Gateway 2000 was known for low-cost computers and despite what it might look like now, this was one of them. $1499 was a good deal at the time. It was still possible at this time to assemble a computer from parts yourself for less than buying one assembled from a low-cost company at this time. Better purchase contracts and presumably lower labor costs would reverse this over the next couple years. At that time, assembling your own computer actually became common not to save money, but to make a more capable (gaming or overclocked) computer. Note the presence of the Intel jingle at the end, this was not ubiquitous as it is now, in fact even in commercials from two years later, some Gateway ads omitted this jingle and forwent the co-marketing money it brought from Intel. Also notice the lack of mention of the internet in this ad. This wouldn't last much longer after this, by 1999, every computer mentioned the internet and most included a modem so you could access it, and probably a little bit of "free" internet thrown in too. See other ads I have from Gateway from 1999 showing the rapid drop in pricing that took place in this period. This promo aired during an October 26th, 1997 showing of X-files. This was season premiere week for Fox, although X-Files did not premiere until the week after.
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Nissan Pathfinder and Maxima (commercial, 1998)
 
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Nissan combined ad for the Pathfinder and Maxima shows an impromptu race through the countryside between the car and the truck. The Maxima employs its powerful 190HP V6 (actually rather powerful for the time) to zip up the road while the Pathfinder uses its 4WD and off-road capability to cut through a nearby section of stream to get ahead of the Maxima. In the end, Nissan says they're both good vehicles and by the way you can get $2000 back if you buy either one or any new Nissan. The background is unidentified flamenco music. This 30 second spot aired during an SF Giants game in 1998.
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Ford Mustang don't walk (commercial, 1997)
 
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Ford style commercial. I dunno what to say other than it shows a lot of places in L.A. Not a lot of facts and sell here, strict aspirational marketing, wouldn't you like to be doing this? Maybe you would be doing it if you owned a Mustang. The guy jumping with a briefcase is jumping in front of the WIlshire Tower. This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Ford Escort ZX2 sport coupe (commercial, 1997)
 
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Ford Escort ZX2 with Zetec engine and dual air bags! It's a blast to drive! Drive a California action hero (car). This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Carl's Jr. Laundromat
 
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1998 TV commercial from Carl's Jr. where an attractive man and woman compete to drip food on their clothes, then take them off and launder them. The woman is eating ice cream, the man a drippy Carl's Jr. burger. The slogan at the end is "if it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face", but actually this was one of the first ads that went beyond just the goopiness of the burgers to mixing sexiness and food. These ads would later escalate until they became a minor national debate. This ad aired during the 1998 season premiere of The Simpsons.
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1-800-COLLECT Jeremy McGrath (commercial, 2001)
 
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This 2001 ad represents the tail end of the long distance boom. The industry was in a steep slide, never to recover. 10-10- dial around services were in eclipse and the collect-calling business was mopping up the last few dollars before the landline long distance business succumbed to cell phone plans with free long distance. Also extreme sports were big in the 90s and still going at a reduced rate in the early 2000s. This ad combines the long distance boom and extreme sports and brings up motocross star Jeremy McGrath and Alyssa Milano in her Eva Savelot persona. Long distance was big business in the 80s and 90s, with the battle lines drawn first by trying to get people to switch carriers, then by offering "dial around" (10-10-) services for cheap calls and finally by offering 1-800 access and other 10-10- services targeting specific portions of the market. 1-800-COLLECT hit gold and then collect calling became a major focus of advertising, even though collect calling had been a rarity and near curiosity for most customers. The long distance industry had been a huge source of ad revenue for TV stations right up there with beer companies but shortly after this, all the angles had been played out and long distance became a low margin industry with little money or reason to advertise. Big long distance finally succumbed to nationwide free long distance (and free roaming) plans on cell phones starting with Sprint PCS' service in 1995. Far from a big business, long distance is now a cheap or free service thrown in as a kicker to all-in-one voice plans. This spot aired on FOX during a showing of Malcolm in the Middle on Sunday January 14th, 2001
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Pepsi One Wise Guys (commercial, 1999)
 
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Pepsi One commercial mixing Scorsese-style mafia with Cuba Gooding, Jr. clowning. The mobsters show up and Cuba convinces them to try a Pepsi One over their reservations. Meanwhile, Cuba accidentally triggers a car bomb. Pepsi One was Pepsi's attempt at an alternate diet formulation in the US. This commercial implies it's geared towards men instead of women. It was not successful although it did have a distinctively different flavor due to using different sweeteners than Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke. Coke would later attack the same market with Coke Zero and hit it big with the male market. Pepsi would adapt their Pepsi Max product to be more like Coke Zero (including the black bottle color). The background music is "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle (as heard on Cops). This spot aired during the episode "Screaming Yellow Honkers" of The Simpsons on FOX on Sunday, February 21st, 1999.
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New Audi A4 Avant coming in November (commercial, 1997)
 
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In the 90s, Audi was still recovering from their sudden acceleration issue with the Audi 5000 during the 80s. Audi had immediately renamed the Audi 4000 the Audi 80/Audi 90 in 1988 and when the new version was released in 1996, it was renamed again to the Audi A4. The A4 was off to a good start due to a good combination of style, performance and price. Audi plowed a lot of improvements into the car immediately, improving the power of the base 1.8T engine from 150HP to 170HP, nearly putting the higher end 2.8 engine into the shade (this process would be complete with the 2.0T pushing all V6s out of the A4 15 years later). By late 1997, the A4 was leading a strong comeback to the North American market by Audi and Audi brought the A4 Avant (station wagon) along to broaden their offerings. A 3rd body style, the A4 cabriolet (convertible) would come to the US market several years later. As of 2011, Audi is progressively removing their Avants from their lineup in the US. The S6 Avant went first, the S4 Avant next, and the next A6 Avant will be gone after the current model year. Only the A3 (all are hatch/Avants in the US) and A4 Avant remain. Oddly, those two probably overlap the most of any of Audis Avant offerings. This commercial shows a couple seemingly making whoopie in their A4 Avant but actually changing clothes to go bodyboarding. This spot aired during KRON's show "Sit Down with Gary Radnich" directly after the 5th game of the Baseball World Series on NBC on October 23rd, 1997.
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Generation As 1999 scouting prospects
 
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1999 promo showing GM Billy Beane, Manager Art Howe and coach Ron Washington (manager of the 2010 AL champion Texas Rangers) scouting some future prospects. These prospects are shown to be little leaguers. The As at that time (and until 2010 at least) didn't have a lot of money to spend on journeymen players, so they relied on scouting and young talent and the "Generation As" campaign played upon this. This 30 second spot aired in 1999 during a showing of the Monaco GP.
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Kodak Advantix (commercial, 1998)
 
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1998 commercial for Kodak Advantix system. Jim Gaffigan shows off the various features of the Advantix system which was Kodak's branding of APS. APS' advantages included drop-in loading and multiple image shapes including panoramic, which was experiencing a jump in popularity at the time. 35mm point and shoot cameras had been widely offered for about a decade and dominated the camera market. APS was an attempt to streamline and simplify further and correct a few of the remaining shortcomings of 35mm, which was never designed for P&S use. APS had a few advantages, but also was more expensive to buy, more expensive to process and the breadth of cameras was low. 35mm P&S cameras improved more and more, even adding features like drop-in loading. APS cameras were able to be slightly smaller but when P&S cameras finally were miniaturized sufficiently to make this advantage of APS apparent, the dawn of digital photography was upon us and as APS was in a weaker position than 35mm to start with, it quickly exited the market. This 30 second spot aired during the 1998 season premiere of The Simpsons.
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Old Navy Eartha Kitt
 
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1999 Old Navy commercial for surplus pants. The assignment is to find magic and Eartha Kitt is there with him. This is part of the series of Old Navy commercials with Carrie Donovan and magic (the dog). This 30 second spot aired during a showing of South Park.
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Reebok Noise in the Bushes (Commercial, 2000)
 
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These was originally two commercials that were aired about 40 minutes apart. The first is obviously a setup for the 2nd. I spliced the two together in this clip. Additionally, I spliced on a segment of the Survivor: Borneo Reunion show where Reebok used some of their sponsorship dollars/time to have these two actors blatantly mug for the camera for 10 seconds. I'm not sure how this was a good use of their ad dollars. These ads with these two showing poor outdoors skills was initially just a co-market with FinishLine. You can see one of the earlier commercials on here also. After Survivor took off like a rocket, Reebok hastily adapted the commercials to tie in with Survivor, culminating with this commercial with B.B Andersen (the 2nd Survivor voted off) appearing out of the bushes. Survivor 1 was such an event in the US that even the survivors who didn't win or even come close had a bit of stardom. Viewers remembered B.B. for telling everyone else how to do things and so that's what he does in this commercial. The characters or perhaps actors are identified in the reunion clip as Don Lee and Jake Safford. It is unclear if these are character names or the names of the actors themselves. For the record, this ad is trying to sell you shoes. These spots aired on CBS during the finale episode of Survivor: Borneo (season 1) on August 23, 2000 near the beginning and the end of the hour. The extra segment is a section of the reunion episode of Survivor: Borneo (season 1) which was a lead in to a commercial break.
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Toyota Camry Northstar (commercial, 1999)
 
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In 1999, the official vehicles of Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe were Toyotas. This produced the slightly odd pairing of hearing the words "Toyota" and "Northstar" in the same commercial. This one shows how a Camry can get you to Tahoe so you can ski or snowboard. This commercial was of course a cross-promotion between Toyota of Northern California and Sierra/Northstar. With the acquisition of Northstar and Sierra by Vail Resorts, the official vehicles of Northstar were Cadillacs during the 2011 season. But, somewhat ironically Cadillac has been moving away from the Northstar engine and doesn't feature the aged DTS, so there were no Northstar Cadillacs on display at Northstar. This spot aired during A&E's "The Story of the Gun" part 2, Saturday February 20th, 1999.
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Chevy Cavalier gizmos genuine Chevrolet (commercial 1997)
 
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1997 ad for Chevy Cavalier has GM bragging about new features (gizmos) that had become available. By this time, computers were beginning to control every aspect of a car's operation. When you open a door, instead of a switch closing a circuit that turns on the dome light, instead a signal is sent to a computer indicating that the door is open and it decided to turn on the dome light. So, with a little software tweak, you can turn off the dome light a few hours later and save the battery even though the door is still open. In the period since the mid 90s, the common car has been able to greatly close the feature gap with luxury cars. For example, every GM car has auto-on headlights, a feature GM sold for extra cost as Twilight Sentinel in the 60s, rapidly followed by Ford and Chrysler. As this is being written (2011), Ford is making great hay with a similar ad campaign showing off the features their greatly computerized and touchscreen interiors are making available at a reasonable cost. This ad aired during a showing of Entertainment Tonight on KRON on October 23rd, 1997 after the Baseball World Series on NBC (KRON was NBC at the time).
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California Cheese love-in (commercial, 1997)
 
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In one of the series of "Real California, it's the cheese" ads, a Tommy Chong-esque hippie explains how he was in San Francisco since 1965. He explains how the Summer of Love and all the be-ins and love-ins are all gone, the only thing that still the same is the cheese. This 30 second local insert spot aired on FOX on October 27th, 1997, during the premiere of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VIII.
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Toyota Sienna birth (commercial, 1997)
 
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This commercial shows a Toyota Sienna coming out of a garage slowly and plays audio to indicate the minivan is being born. The minivan market was a big one at this time, after Chrysler invented it, Honda had hit it big with the Odyssey. Toyota had limped along with adaptations of existing Japanese-market small vans that didn't quite resonate with the American buyer. The Sienna was all-new and definitely influenced by the very successful Honda Odyssey. The Sienna would go on to do very well in the minivan market for several years including the critical boom years of the US minivan market. This spot aired on FOX during a showing of the Simpsons on October 27th, 1997, the night of the premiere of Treehouse of Horror VIII (but during the showing of a different, older episode).
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Gap Kids
 
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1998 commercial for The Gap's "Gap Kids" clothing line. Children jump around, climb things and basically do what they do. The white background visually connects the commercials to The Gap's other series of commercials. The music is from Smashmouth (or at least the lead singer of Smashmouth). This 30 second spot aired in 1998 during the season premiere of The Simpsons.
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Mazda 626 left brain right brain (commercial, 1997)
 
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1997 commercial for the all-new Mazda 626 tries to explain how a car that a car that appeals to your left brain (facts & figures) can also appeal to your right brain (style, etc.). Oddly, the commercial is actually rather short on facts and figures, mostly showing a woman and a little bit of the car. This promo aired during an October 26th, 1997 showing of X-files. This was season premiere week for Fox, although X-Files did not premiere until the week after. This spot aired on FOX during a showing of the Simpsons on October 27th, 1997, the night of the premiere of Treehouse of Horror VIII (but during the showing of a different, older episode).
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