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Classics vs. Moments of Insanity

Posted by lanktank on August 12, 2009

Remember the songs that took the world by storm. I’m not talking about your average number one that spent a couple of weeks on the billboards. I’m talking about the songs that we all went mental over!

I’ve been pondering over a few and as I reflect, I feel that with some of the songs, we were justified in playing them over and over and over again. They were/are Classics.

But then there were the ones that we’re all guilty of listening to and when I think back on it now…really, what were we thinking? These were our Moments of Insanity.

Here’s my list…what do you think?


Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Hey Ya – Outkast
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Yeah – Usher
Hit Me Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
In Da Club – 50 Cent
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Jump Around – House Of Pain
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Sandstorm – Darude

Moments of Insanity:

Macarena – Los Del Rio
The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup
Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
Blue – Eiffel 65
Umbrella – Rhianna
Kriss Kross – Jump
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
Who Let the Dogs out – Baha Men

On the Fence (I can’t decide):

Wannabee – Spice Girls
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
YMCA – Village People
500 Miles – Proclaimers
“MMMBop” – Hanson

Anymore? What do you guys think? Have I categorised appropriately?

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Remember the classics

Posted by lanktank on February 24, 2009

Advertising is just not the same anymore, don’t you think? Most of the adverts I see nowadays are either shite or not shite, except that I can’t remember what they were advertising, thereby still making it… shite.

I suppose a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are so many more mediums of advertising, than there were 15 years ago; the main focus not necessarily being television anymore, so companies have to balance their resources accordingly.

But there were some goodies when we were growing up hey? Some, I’ll never forget, probably for as long as I live… as sad as that sounds. But that’s just great advertising people… a marketer’s dream.

Therefore, because of my nostalgia for the greats and possibly as an urge to advertising agencies to maybe up their game a little, or perhaps all they need to do is go back to basics; I’ve decided to introduce a new category namely: Remember the Classics…

The T.V. Bar Ad:

Undeniably one of the best adverts ever made. I’m talking about the one where two young boys are in their school uniforms and waiting at the bus stop. They’re hiding under a jacket because it’s pouring with rain. They both look very disgruntled with life and feeling rather sorry for themselves when Boy A says:

“I’m hungry!”

Boy B turns to him and begins asking him to imagine eating a delicious, magical treat which is so well described you can’t help but be engrossed to the television to find out what he’s talking about. He goes on for about 20 seconds and as he is about to reach the climax of the story…

“…Swirling in a whirlpool of chocolate, crispy rice and coconuts-“

He is interrupted by Boy A, who can’t take it anymore, and screams, “Stop! Stop!”

But the grand finale is when Boy B, turns to Boy A and with a wry smile pulls out a Beacon TV Bar chocolate and says:

“Imagine eating all of that…NOW!”

Glorious, truly glorious.

I wonder what has happened to those two boys. They must be in their thirties by now. I hope they’ve gone on to great things, maybe met someone special and started a family; because both performances in this advert were worthy of a Cannes award at least.

Got any vintage ads you think are worthy of being called a “Classic?” Email them to lanktankstuff[@]gmail[dot]com

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