1980s

Duncan Hines - 1980's

As we press ahead into the 2010's, time has come to announce our newest page. You can find it within the Era section, the 1980's.

Although small now, we look forward to seeing it blow-up bigger than Shasta soda.

This Duncan Hines commercial circa 1980 uses subliminal messaging to to sell vanilla cake, with chocolate frosting.

Frank Zappa: Crossfire - 1986

Frank Zappa appeared on CNN's Crossfire and debated the issue with Washington Times commentator John Lofton in 1986. Zappa's passion for American politics was becoming a bigger part of his life. He had always encouraged his fans to register to vote on album covers, and throughout 1988 he had registration booths at his concerts. He even considered running for President of the United States.

Hertz Commercial with OJ Simpson & Friends - 1984

Here is a ad for Hertz I found on a old VHS. It features O.J. and Arnold Palmer with cameos by Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith living large on their Miller Lite "less filling, tastes great" fame. I wanted to doctor the commercial but it is pretty hilarious on its own. O.J. gets a little irate.

Simpson's amiable persona and natural charisma landed him numerous endorsement deals. He was a spokesman for the Hertz rental car company. He would be depicted running through airports, as if to suggest he was back on the football field.

Bill Cosby for New Coke - 1985

New Coke is the reformulation of Coca-Cola introduced in 1985 by The Coca-Cola Company to replace the original formula of its flagship soft drink, Coca-Cola (also called Coke). Properly speaking, New Coke had no separate name of its own, but was simply known as "the new taste of Coca-Cola" until 1992 when it was renamed Coca-Cola II.

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