Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- Memorable Commercials

TV commercials are a reality of life.
Sometimes-OK many times- it is an annoying reality of life.

But, than you have the ads that just stick with you.
We get bombarded with so many and most are forgettable.

But, some are funny or clever or just stay with me.
I am sure we all have them.

This Tuesday's Ten Things is Commercials that are Truly Memorable:

1. Willie Nelson in a commercial for H&R Block
  The premise was that Willie didn't pay taxes( can you imagine?) and in order to pay what he owed he had to do a shaving cream commercial. He screamed "My face is burning."
Best thing I ever saw Willie do. Willie sucks.

2. Oscar Meyer Wiener
  Who doesn't remember that song? Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener. That is what I'd really like to be. Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener everyone would be in love with me.

3. The I'm in debt up to my eyeball commercial by Lending Tree

 Makes me laugh and very true in oh so many ways.

4. The Reese's two great tastes together commercials
  They had more than one and they all ran along the same lines. One person was carrying a chocolate bar, the other person is carrying a jar of peanut butter and they run into each other and the chocolate bar ends up in the jar of peanut butter and they realize peanut butter and chocolate really DO taste great together. I have been known to eat peanut butter from a spoon. But, who would carry around a jar of it? Those wacky 70s commercials.

5. The Snickers "I am Batman" commercial
  A football player gets hit pretty hard and somehow thinks he is Batman.
Years later and I still love it.

6. "Where's the beef" commercial
  I am sure we all remember this Wendy's commercial with the old lady that can't see squinting at all these burgers asking "Where's the beef?"
So many people loved these ads. My mom always hated them. Not sure why but "Where's the beef?" irritated the crap out of her.

7. Big Mac commercial from McDonald's
  When big macs started, the jingle of what was in one was everywhere. Everyone knew the song.
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
Really, the special sauce tastes eerily similar to Thousand Island Dressing.

8. Mr. Dumass commercial from A&W
  During an interview this guy was doing his best to make a good impression and called the interviewer Mr. Dumb Ass.
The guy tells him " My name is Mr. Doomas". Funny stuff.

9. That fella's from New York City commercial for Pace Picante Sauce
Cowboys sitting  around a fire eating and laughing at one of the guys for not knowing what real picante sauce is supposed to taste like since he's from New York City and Pace comes from San Antonio.
Not my favorite, but I remember it.

10. Hefty garbage bag commercial.
   Lift a wimpy bag full of trash and the bag falls apart. But, if you lift a Hefty bag, you got it made.
Wimpy, Wimpy, Wimpy. Hefty, Hefty, Hefty.

By the way, if I ever have an occasion to reference Willie Nelson, there will always be a "Willie sucks" tacked on to the end.
He does suck and it is just fun to say.
Willie sucks.


  1. The Willie Nelson was is hilarious.

  2. You brought some memories and laughs. I loved the Lending Tree video. It is true for the vast majority of us.
    When I was a kid we sang the Oscar Meyer Wiener song all the time.

  3. OT, I have looked for that one online and I can't find it anywhere.

    Belle, I used to sing it a lot too.

  4. Ahh...the Hefty bag commercial is a classic.

  5. You could switch the words around in "Willie sucks" and watch all the fun which ensues!
    I like the Snickers commercial with Betty White, "That's not what your girlfriend says."
    Plus, that original Energizer Bunny commercial (when I didn't expect it) had me rolling off the couch laughing.
    I even dropped my two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles,onions, on a sesame seed bun.
    Oh, and after my trip to the Dominican Republic, I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, too.
    But, that's okay, because I voted to raise my family's debt ceiling. So it's all good.

  6. Al, Leave it to you to make Willie dirty in another way besides nasty greasy hair.
    Snickers makes a lot of great commercials.
    Glad you had a great vacation. Debt ceiling- good stuff!

  7. Great post, Ruth. You know, I of course remember the Reese's and jingle but never thought "WTH -- someone's carrying a jar of peanut butter around?!" Guess I was too focused on the chocolate.

  8. Robyn, Chocolate is ALWAYS a good focal point!

  9. Geez there are a lot of commercials for yummy yummy junk food out there...I'm sort of fixated on the Reece's commercial description right now...

  10. I tend to shut out the commercials when I watch TV, which is rare any more. But I do remember a few of the ones you mentioned. I hate it when they show the fast food commercials at night. I usually tend to go the next day and get whatever it was I saw and am usually disgusted, sick, and remorseful afterward. I'm such a sucker to try new fast food items.

    Tossing It Out

  11. Sandra, Are you counting down the days til you can indulge in some good junk food?

    Lee, Those commercials always make the food look so good. More often than not, I am disappointed.

  12. Thanks for reminding. I almost forgot yhe where's the beef commercial. My husband even had a baseball cap the had "where's the beef written on it. Sadly though the debt commercial is probably a reality for some of us. This is Munir over here at Focus.


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