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Giant magazine digs up even more "eighties" commercials

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 12th 2006 9:02AM
Joe IzuzuApparently the folks at Giant magazine have a lot of time on their hands. After last week's feature on what they thought were the 50 "greatest" commercials of the eighties got a big response, they decided to dig up 50 more commercials from that era and list them along with embedded YouTube videos of each.

Again, this list suffers from the same problems last week's did: their definitions of "greatest" and "eighties" are a little loose. In fact, two of the ads on the first page, for Lifecall ("I've fallen and I can't get up!") and Encyclopedia Britannica, were both from the nineties (the Britannica ad even clearly displays a 1991 copyright date... pretty sloppy, Giant!). But the main complaint I have is that not all the ads are worthy of the name "greatest." For instance: of all the Miler Lite ads to chose, they chose an obscure one with... Joe Piscopo?

But, like last week, there were some memorable ads on this list, like a Joe Izuzu ad, an ad for Juicy Fruit that was packed with more double entendre than an episode of Match Game, a cheesy PSA that said "crack is whack" (I remember that one, since it was for a NJ-based outreach center), and a Burger King ad with Andrew McCarthy and Elisabeth Shue.

There's enough stuff here that, if you added it to the best stuff from last week's list, you'd probably come close to 50 classic commercials. But this unabridged list is i good example of how there can be too much of a good thing.

[via Pop Candy]

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ryan brown

What the hell happened to GIANT magazine? The first 2 or 3 issues were brilliant (features on "Battle of the Network Stars" among other things) and it quickly devolved into a cheap immitation of SOURCE magazine, with horrible pictorials of Beyonce, etc.

December 12 2006 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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