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Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« on: October 28, 2018, 01:09:39 PM »

Every place has these. When I lived in St. Louis we had some outright horrendous ads.

#1 Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center: The ads are cheesy as hell ("Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, don't suffer in silence!")

#2 Assorted car dealerships. There's one with assorted "western" noises like bullwhips and cowboy sounds. There's also one for a dealership called Johnny Londoff Chevrolet. The ads have been the same for years. You'd think by owning the building and lot he would have more money to make better ads? Dave Sinclair was just as bad. He would have "editorial" style ads.

#3 Mattress Giant. Need I say anything else?

#4 The Pasta House Company. From what I've heard, they're on their way out.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2018, 01:28:43 PM »

Chicagoland has a fair number, but this one takes the tamale.

Eagleman from Eagle Auto Insurance.  He (yes, he) was an egg laying eagle used in the ads.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Insurance

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2018, 01:34:04 PM »

Bruce Boudreau did this ad when he was the Capitals' coach:



Now that they've won the Stanley Cup, there's a new ad for a truck starring current goalie Braden Holtby that has a similar theme; I think most of us assume it's a tribute to Boudreau's ad. I can't find it online, though, perhaps because it's currently on TV.


The following from the early 1980s is a legendary DC-area ad. It originally aired in 1983 after the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII. The following season, they went back to the Super Bowl but lost, and if you listen closely you can hear the somewhat sloppy editing job where they removed the words "World Champion."



This one aired for years (without the captions). The singer is Nils Lofgren of E Street Band fame. He even put this recording, minus the two kids at the end, on his boxed set. If you lived around here in the late 1970s/early 1980s, you found this ad to be somewhat ubiquitous on the TV. I have a feeling the PC Police would probably object to the two kids today.



Finally, the following from Baltimore is obviously fake. Warning, lots of profanities—be careful where you decide to watch this. It's a classic, though.

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2018, 01:54:54 PM »

Any list of local DC ads that doesn’t include the old Lavar Arrington Eastern Motors ad is incomplete.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 02:00:55 PM »

Any list of local DC ads that doesn’t include the old Lavar Arrington Eastern Motors ad is incomplete.

There are so many cheesy Eastern Motors ads that I couldn't decide among them. I think the cheesiest was this one starring Ovechkin, which was so bad it never aired as a commercial (it did air on TV, just not as a commercial). I like it when he sounds out "SUVs" as a word:

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2018, 02:33:10 PM »

The “More Dams, No Trains” ads around Fresno are an ever present reminder that people around here hate the current Governor and think there is some great untapped source of water in the Sierras. 

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2018, 04:10:54 PM »

You will always see a "NO LINE" sign on someone's front yard or by the highway near where a power line is due to go up.

My question - why post these signs.  What makes these schmucks think I care about this?
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2018, 05:55:44 PM »

Almost any used car ad is usually pretty bad. Many locally-made new car ads are equally bad.

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2018, 06:01:07 PM »

If you lived in Sacramento or Los Angeles in the 1970's and 1980's Cal Worthington did his tacky ads.

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2018, 06:03:34 PM »

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2018, 06:06:02 PM »

Hi Kids Ads in the Bay Area back in the 1970's and 1980's but the spokesguy in the commercial was allegedly a a fraudster behind the scenes.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2018, 06:09:37 PM »

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2018, 09:07:33 PM »


Here is the tackiest ad of this decade and it is the Celino and Barnes ads.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2018, 01:03:43 AM »

Long before Bob’s Discount Furniture expanded nationwide, you had folksy ads like this in Southern New England.

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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2018, 08:11:17 AM »

I realize the fact that they’re hokey and don’t use professional voice actors is supposed to be part of their charm, but my God do I hate the Penny Mustard Furnishings ads.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2018, 10:55:16 AM »

Long before Bob’s Discount Furniture expanded nationwide, you had folksy ads like this in Southern New England.


I thought that ad was dead and buried.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2018, 11:43:14 AM »

For Michigan, I can't stand the Sam Bernstein Law Firm commercials.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2018, 12:37:34 PM »

This thread seems tailor-made for a couple of places in Upstate New York.

First, we have Airport Plaza Jewelers in Buffalo:

Then you have the Fuccillo chain of auto dealerships:

Foggs Automotive near Albany is a perennial offender. Their radio commercials often have Bush, Clinton, and Trump impersonators (sadly, I can't find any of those), but I did find some equally cheesy TV ads:
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2018, 12:41:56 PM »

For Michigan, I can't stand the Sam Bernstein Law Firm commercials.
I don't know.  The wall-to-wall political ads here are particularly annoying to me this election cycle.  I cannot wait for November 7th.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2018, 12:43:53 PM »

WBZ Radio has increasingly had on-air personalities do ads for several local businesses, typically with the "I'm a customer, you should be one too."  angle.  This sort of thing rankles me, because it immediately raises the question "OK, what sort of break are you getting for promoting this service on the radio?"

But the latest cheesy ad I've heard is for the pending public stock offering from High Times.  The ad itself, which lasts about 20 seconds, isn't that bad.  But the 45 second disclaimer that follows it is downright hilarious.  For one thing, it starts with the warning "Do not purchase this stock unless you can afford to lose your entire investment."
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2018, 12:57:40 PM »

That old car is worth money!



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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2018, 01:02:42 PM »

Then you have the Fuccillo chain of auto dealerships:

The Fuccillo ads always made me laugh out loud. 
To see them in "rapid fire" - priceless!! 
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2018, 01:11:59 PM »

This thread seems tailor-made for a couple of places in Upstate New York.

First, we have Airport Plaza Jewelers in Buffalo:

Then you have the Fuccillo chain of auto dealerships:

Foggs Automotive near Albany is a perennial offender. Their radio commercials often have Bush, Clinton, and Trump impersonators (sadly, I can't find any of those), but I did find some equally cheesy TV ads:
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in DC would do commercials with some godawful celebrity impersonations. Including one of Ozzy Osborne that was really just some guy slurring his words while some of them were bleeped out.
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Re: Cheesy/Downright awful local ads
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2018, 02:55:20 PM »

That old car is worth money!





Victory Auto Wreckers got their money out of that ad.  It ran for three decades, starting in 1985.
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