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"I'd like to give that dodo off the 5 Alive adverts a good kicking," says tom.joad. And luckily, there's tasty, tasty Cillit Bang to clean up the blood stains when you've finished. Tell us about TV adverts.

(, Thu 15 Apr 2010, 15:17)
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This QOTW has just reminded me
I must get down to DFS before their half price sale ends. I'll be gutted if I miss such a rare event.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 12:00, Reply)
Not a TV ad as such...
But still makes me laugh:

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 11:06, 3 replies)
Adverts are the exact opposite of romatic sexy tiem on the sofa.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 11:05, Reply)
beep dot com!
I swear a few years back there was an "advert" on the BBC tv channels explainging about a new "intrnet shopping from the BBC! I'ts beep dot com!" at around christmas one year with a sing-a-long red dot encouraging a karaoke.

Call me mad, but i have searched over the internets and can not find proof of it ever existing! Do you remember anything like this? Or should i reign in my imagination...
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 10:26, 2 replies)
When I was a kid I had the hots for a girl in my class named Toni (blokes name, but the endless hours spent staring intently at her bumpless trousered undercarriage zone during double geography made me pretty damn sure she was almost definately of the female persuasion). While my classmates learned about the plight of South American coffee farmers, I sat there – eyes all squinty – trying with all my might to suddenly develop the powers of x-ray vision. One time I strained so hard I let out a rapid fire succession of machinegun farts and nearly passed out. Toni was not impressed. Nobody wants to go out with a lad with a wibbly arse who’s apparently so unfit he nearly loses conciousness while sat at a desk.

I needed to do something to win her back. Short of stapling a photo of my cock on her homework book, I was completely out of ideas. Then it dawned on me. I saw it in an advert. At the time back in the not-so-PC eightees these bastards were on the TV constantly. They worked. They were fucking hot and to my thirteen year old mind the secrets of seduction contained within the thirty second-or-so segments was pure solid fucking GOLD.

So the next day at lunch I made sure I positioned myself opposite Toni and her mates in the school canteen. I ate my chips, egg and beans in silence and then – my secret weapon – I pulled it out, unwrapped it, and started to eat...

... in exactly the same way they did on the ads.

After a couple of moments one of Toni’s mates nudged her and she stared up. I was scared, but I kept going. I was elated. I had her attention! I was onto a winner! I was definately gonna find out if she was a bloke or a bird!

Then I ran out of chocolate. There was an awkward pause. Then Toni said simply and quietly: “Freak,” stood and trooped off to the playground with her friends, leaving me alone, dejected. Unloved. And most importantly of all un-touched-on-my-tadger.

My best mate Greg siddled up to me: “What the fuck was all that about?”

I explained my devious plan to get a bit of teen quim (though in hindsight I’m fucked if I’d have known what to do with it if my plan would’ve succeeded).

Greg just shook his head: “Now that’s really, really, REALLY fucking stupid. You know that only looks sexy if a woman does it? I mean, seeing a bloke give a blowjob to a Flake is just, well, just fucking weird
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 10:13, 13 replies)
Say the magic word - Mazuma, Mazuma, Mazuma!
The premise of this ad is that washed-up has-been Paul Daniels (accompanied as ever by the not-so-lovely Debbie McGee) can "magic" your old mobile phone into cash! This process is more commonly known as buying and selling.

"I'm going to the supermarket to magic some of my money into food."

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 10:00, 1 reply)
I've always liked this ad
Yet i've come across women and men who, for some reason, thinks it's degrading or inappropriate or something or other (it caused some public discussion when it first aired)

# Ps. I wish there was a preview/GC search engine on QOTW

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 9:56, 2 replies)
Vauxhall are stupid!
Vauxhall used to produce a little box called a Nova. It wasn't really very good, but it was cheap and reliable. It wasn't quick though, not even the SRi version.

Vauxhall realised this, and marketed the car very appropriately in Spain where "No va" means "Won't Go"

Sadly the Spanish interpreted this as poor reliability as opposed to low speed and refused to buy it, so it was given the name Corsa.

It cost GM a lot of money, and led to the GM cars being called by the same name across Europe, whether marketing as Opel or Vauxhall.

What a spectacular failure by their marketing team. Makes me laugh every time I think of it.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 8:40, 18 replies)
OK, a late one here....
I've just been reminded of it from reading about Public Information Films.

A couple of years ago before I moved away from home, I pretty much spent all weekend, every weekend, shut in my mate Carl's room smoking joint after joint and generally hanging out.

One of the (few) things that sticks out in my mind is that there would be Public Information Films shown about seemingly random things, such as ladder safety or why you shouldn't beep your horn when driving past horses on the road. Now as slightly random as that is, what made this stuff stick out for me is that these were shown exclusively at around the 2 a.m. mark. 2a.m.??? Really???
Surely anyone who could have found this useful was most likely in bed or off their face somewhere in a club.

Having said that, they did have a sort of strange allure to them that always made me sit up and watch. Maybe they were hypnotising me, maybe it was just that I'd been smoking for the previous six hours or so. Either way, I will always remember what the sound of a stressed out horse is like because of them.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 8:29, Reply)
Last post there
reminded me of Honda's MR2 marketing campaign severely backfiring in France.

'MR2' pronounced the French way (em-merd-eu) means 'shitty'.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 7:10, 5 replies)
Ads don't always work the way they're meant to
This safety campaign reportedly had the effect of convincing many that Kombi vans aren't very safe to drive:

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 4:56, Reply)
Personally i like adverts
at least you know there selling you something unlike tv programmes and films who bombard you with huge amounts of subliminal advertisments.

Seriously everytime i see a snake or a plane i want a pepsi or to anagram my lightsaber .
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 4:40, Reply)
Jimmy Saville circa 1972. Click Clunk
This man has a haircut that really only should be worn by the aspergian. There's something strangely hypnotic about it, like walking in on your dad shagging your girlfriend: you don't want to look but you can't turn away.


Not sure if the nationalarchives Public Information Films archive has been mentioned on these many pages, but it an interesting insight into the concerns of our ancestors.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 2:52, Reply)
While the food is good, they need to update the commerical, this is still shown locally..
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 2:08, Reply)
Here you go, take your pic
(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 1:40, 1 reply)
Windows 95

Anyone remember when this was released? And the song that went with the ads?

The Strolling Bones's - Start Me Up

"If you start me up
If you start me up I'll never stop
If you start me up
If you start me up I'll never stop"

Yes Mr Adman. Very good. Shame you missed out the most appropriate lyrics from the song:

"You make a grown man cry"

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 0:34, Reply)
Heinz Ketchup - stupidest advert ever
Matt Le Blanc from Friends inexplicably balances a ketchup bottle over a hot dog seller then runs down the stairs to catch it before he causes a sauce based accident. I think this advert was dubbed with British voices when they showed it over here but I can't find that one so here's the Yank version

(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 22:35, Reply)
True favorite
How could I forget? The Guinness hurling ad is truly my favorite: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoPM4RwOCW8
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 22:23, 1 reply)
Wanna see some pupppies?
I remember these fondly.

And you learn something new everyday! I had no idea Kenny Everett did the 'Miaow' (insert drug taking joke here)

This is the most important one


'always be worried If your mum talks too long to the milkman'


'Never build towers with matches'
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 22:22, Reply)
Butt Drugs
I'm too lazy to see if anyone has already posted this, but it's hard to beat the commercial for Butt Drug store: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYYdF0zcuSI
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 22:05, Reply)
I'd say...
That the lazy, boring responses to this QOTW are a pretty good advert for how shit the QOTW tends to be these days.
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 21:45, 3 replies)
I hate tampon ads
I like this ad
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 21:28, Reply)
Wow -
2 main posts since 5pm today. Did this QOTW actually jump the shark?
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 21:13, 2 replies)
Best advert ever!
From the early 90's if I remember correctly. It was an advert for Neutrogena shower gel which featured a lully young lady lathering herself up in the shower - and for a split second... YOU SAW A NIP! (a deliciously pert one at that).

Anyway, fast forward some time and I was in Boots buying some Lynx Africa probably and something in my peripheral field of vision caught my eye and jolted my subconscious, making me instantly turn to see what it was. It was an entire display of said shower gel. I didn't buy any but it did make me notice it.

So in summary, the advert contained a nipple, the end.
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 18:19, 9 replies)
I'll have a Babycham....

(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 16:52, 2 replies)
Malibu Advert from years back
If you saw it then I only need to write one line, if you haven't seen it then nothing I say will make sense anyway, so....

"Oh Man, It's total gridlock!"
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 16:40, 6 replies)
Happiness was...
an advert done by Hamlet.

I think what always impressed me with them is that they always seemed to come up with something new. The starwars/ light saber condom one was particularly memorable, and remember seeing that at the cinema when the originals were re-released after being spoiled by the animated additions.
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 16:34, Reply)
Not really one ad, but the disclaimers...
78% of women agreed - Really? 78% of women who were given something for free were happy? No shit.

Mascara ads "Filmed with lash inserts" - FFS

80% of women would recommend this to a friend - This is the best because it's based on CURRENT USERS. So really, 20% of women WHO USE THIS wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
(, Wed 21 Apr 2010, 16:30, Reply)

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