Saturday, June 20, 2015

T'Pau "Heart and Soul"

T'Pau was today's blurred memory. 

I knew the name, but what was their hit? 

YouTubed the answer. And quickly recalled a time I loved this song. Watching the YouTube video, I could sing along -- crooning nearly all of the lyrics like it was 1987 again.

I encourage you to do the same.

Three fun facts about the British group, T'Pau
  1. Got their name from Star Trek...
  2. "Heart and Soul" failed in the UK, but was an American smash hit reaching #4 in 1987.
  3. "Heart and Soul" was featured in a Pepe Jeans commercial. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante TV Commercial 1985

It’s funny how I can’t recall what I wore to work two days ago, yet 20 or 30 years later, a tagline or jingle can magically hit me. Word for word, and sometimes even including visuals. It all just comes back. Does that ever happen to you? Here’s an example.

Recently, we were invited to dinner at a friend’s home. I messaged the daughter of the hostess, “We’d like to bring your parents a bottle of something. Any suggestions.” Her reply? “Mom loves Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante.”  I must tell you, I don’t drink. No, I don’t have “a problem.” I honestly just don’t like any form of alcohol, and if I’m going to indulge on empty cals, you better believe it's going to a gourmet cupcake or something I can actually chew.

Anyway, back to the Asti. Just like it was yesterday, the old 1980's jingle rang in my head. A lovely diva-style songstress belting out, “Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante, when you’ve got good taste it shows.”  Walking through the liquor store, the song played over and over in my mind. I had to YouTube this commercial, like now.  Apparently it dates back to 1985. I was about 13.

And here it is…

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!

Turn your lights on and off 
by clapping your hands!

From the cordless phone to The Clapper, the 1980's brought about so many great technical advancements. Something I had always wanted was The Clapper. With The Clapper, you could turn lamps in your home on and off with a simple clap of your hands. How cool is that? My folks never did purchase us The Clapper, but now as an adult, I'm getting myself something even cooler ...

Today we're having automation installed from our local cable company allowing us to control our lights and thermostat using our cell phones. Now we can turn our lights on and off anytime, anywhere. Like we really need this luxury? 

What kid from the 1980's doesn't remember these commercials for The Clapper? Clap on! Clap off! Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!


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