Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Colonel in Kentucky Fried Chicken ads

My friend Kim has the best line about Kentucky Fried Chicken changing their name to KFC to hide the fact that they fry the stuff: "YOU MOVED THE HEADSTONES BUT YOU DIDN'T MOVE THE BODIES!" she says. Heh, point to Kim.

I do remember when Col. Sanders himself was in the ads, and they were downright weird. He was no actor, which is kind of awesome, but he was also really awkward. And he said each piece of chicken was dipped in "egg WARSH."

Also notice how he kicks this girl off his lap. Why even start the commercial with her there? It's like an SNL skit.

The one Kentucky Fried Chicken jingle I remember has some ballader kind of singing all wistful-like "Kentucky Fried Chicken, I'm taaaaaking you back hooooome. To make up for the time I've been awaaaaaaay...just sit around the table, with my friends and fa-mi-ly. Kentucky Fried Chicken, coming home feels goooood to me!"

If anyone can find that one, please post the You Tube URL to prove I'm not insane.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Kenner Trail Tracker

So if I can gather it correctly from the ad, Kenner Trail Tracker was a little toy van that would follow a crayon line. And ... that's about it. I am not sure if I am not imaginative enough to understand how this could translate into hours of creative play or if it's just a not that great toy.

It wins points though for being advertised during the "Star Wars Holiday Special." (See yesterday's post.)

Says one person in the Rifftrax forums: "It works on the power of cheesy music."

Do you remember this one?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Star Wars" holiday special with 1978 commercials

Here's the whole "Star Wars Holiday Special," complete with 1978 commercials from its one and only airing.

Via Teirersias on Twitter

Don't miss the Rifftrax version.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Night That The Lights Went Out in Georgia'

Loved story songs in the 1970s, and I also loved Vicki Lawrence, who famously got her job on "The Carol Burnett Show" because she looked so much like Carol.

So of course, I loved "The Night That The Lights Went Out in Georgia." 

Cheating! A hanging! Revenge!

I don't know which line is better, "don't trust your soul to no backwoods southern lawyer" or "you see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun."

Remember this song? What's your favorite story song of the Seventies?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Bradys or Partridges?

I love this classic 1970s ABC ad promoting both "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family."

Personally, I always preferred the Bradys -- the Partridges felt a little too old (???) for me. But I loved, and still love, the Partridge family music. I think I love you! (Of course, I had a crush on Greg Brady, but Keith Partridge was not hard on the eyes, either.)

Did you watch both family shows? Did you have a preference? Or a crush?

And if you're a Brady fan, take this trivia quiz on foods of the Brady world.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Body on Tap shampoo

Everyone who was of a certain age in the 70s or 80s remembers Body on Tap shampoo, although some of us don't remember the name...they just remember it as "that shampoo with beer in it."

The Wikipedia entry pedanticly insists this information is not verified, but I remember this too: "The original formula contained 1/3 beer which people used to believe made hair fuller and softer. Whether it was the beer which enhanced the fullness and softness of the hair or not, the shampoo did leave hair very soft and full, especially after blow drying."
You can still buy it at the Vermont Country Store, which also has Lemon Up and Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific. But it's not made with beer, apparently, although it does have barley and hops. Also, I miss the old bottle.

Here's an interesting post from the guy who was the purchasing manager for the shampoo. The beer was Budweiser, but the company wouldn't let them reveal that because the beer had to be "denatured" so it wouldn't be taxed as alcohol, and also they weren't so high on the idea of beer being part of something poured on yout hear rather than consumed. 

Here's an old commercial with Kim Basinger. BUT DON'T DRINK IT! Back then, all you needed to do was say that, however jokingly. Today you'd probably need an official warning label or something.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bootie socks with pom-poms

Were bootie socks with colored pom-poms a 1970s or a 1980s thing?

Who knows, maybe they existed before then, but I sure remember them being a part of my childhood.

Are they still around? Probably, but maybe not as popular as they once were.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Oranges Schmoranges

Whenever the word "oranges" comes up in casual conversation, certain Xers take it as an excuse to burst into this song: "Oranges Poranges," also known as "Oranges Schmoranges," from HR Pufnstuff, in which Witchypoo musically demands to know "who says...there ain't no rhyme for oranges?"

Remember this sketch? Did you watch Pufnstuff? Did Witchypoo scare the crap out of you? If you ask me, Puf was pretty terrifying too.