Archive | June, 2011

Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston have a chat!

27 Jun

I don’t know about you guys, but I really love those old print adverts they used to have. The ones that had a big, attention-grabbing headline, a big picture and plenty of copy.

Probably my favourite one of all time is the rather surreal effort for the long-defunct airline Braniff International that you can see above. For some reason, Braniff thought it would be a good idea to pair-up art legend Andy Warhol with former Heavyweight Champion of the World Sonny Liston in order to encourage people to fly on their planes. Sadly, it didn’t work.

This advert is partly attritubted to creating the downturn in fortunes that would eventually cause Braniff to wind down completely in the early 90s, and was said to have alienated the airline’s many business travellers when it first appeared in 1968. But if you ask me, it’s great – I mean Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston. You just couldn’t find that level of iconic-ness these days, can you?

Unfortunately, you might not be able to read it above without straining your eyes, but the actual copy in the ad is nothing short of hilarious. Not the least the suggestion that Andy Warhol flies Braniff because he likes their “girls”!

Luckily they made a TV ad of this barmy classic and you can check it out below.


Great Ads You Might Have Forgotten About!: Dime bar… Armadillos!!!

13 Jun

Having spent the middle part of last week in Bergen on a lovely business trip, I’ve been reflecting on the best bits about foreign travel recently.

I’m not too proud to say that one of my favourite parts of any foreign holiday is holing myself up in the hotel (preferably on the first night!) and watching some local telly with a big bag of sweets exclusive to the country of my holiday. This “passion” has helped me build up an impressive knowledge of confectionary from around the world. Why, it would be my specialist subject on Mastermind!

Perhaps the best region for sweets and chocolate (outside the mighty UK, of course!) is Scandinavia; birthplace of the incredible Dime bar. Or Daim bar, if you’re from outside the UK.

Ah, I bet you didn’t know that Dime was Scandinavian, and it’s probably as a result of these none-more-British adverts for the chocolate fave starring Harry Enfield.

I wonder how many of you will be quoting this advert all day tomorrow? And I wonder how many of you will now be craving a Dime bar?

Great Ads You Might Have Forgotten About!: Honey Monster Signs For Newcastle United

2 Jun

After observing Turkish Airlines’ campaign to congratulate Manchester United on winning their 19th English league title on the MEERKAT Works homepage*, I couldn’t help but cast my mind back to other football team/brand tie-ins.

Of course there have been many, but one of my all-time favourites has to be this mid-90s match-up for Sugar Puffs between the Honey Monster and Kevin Keegan. One went from bewitching kids in the 70s to cutting a rather sad and dated figure in the modern age, and the other is the Honey Monster! Only joking, Kevin… We still love you!

The gist of this ad is that the Honey Monster signs for Newcastle United (although they obviously didn’t grant permission to be named directly or have their kit used in the ad) and heads the side to glory in a big Wembley cup final after KK takes a gamble and brings him on as a super-sub. It’s hard to say which aspect of this fantasy is more unlikely; the Honey Monster being allowed to play professional football… Or Newcastle winning a trophy!

A big, hairy good-with-his-head number nine at Newcastle? These days the Honey Monster would be sold to Liverpool for £30m! Golly, I’m tart today, but I do love this ad. Weird how 90s football, while being just as commercial, seems infinitely more charming than the sport today. Nostalgia, eh?

Get in there HM and KK!

*Why no congratulations to Man U this week? LOL! Not that I’m bitter or anything… I’m a Wolves fan!