New York City EXTRA!
I also included a number of national and regional spots just because I remembered them so well from my Long Island childhood that I figured others would find them memorable too. There's also quite a few Christmas commercials that I omitted from the NYC collection because I had already put them on my "Christmas & Toys" compilation. Unfortunately, there are some repeats from the "NYC Local" collection--an oversight on my part--but only a few.
Jet Net - Some junky outdoors toy, the kind with metal hinges that pinched the crap out of the web between your thumb and forefinger, usually leaving a blood blister. Fun!
Pathmark - James Karen
Mays - Summer
Fun Fountain - By Wham-O! This one always made me laugh cuz the last kid running through the fountain gets clocked by the plastic clown hat.
Korvettes - Memorial Day sale
WHN - Freddie Fender.
Good Morning New York bump, WABC
Pulsar watches - Really racy for a commercial which aired during afternoon cartoons. ("It's the time of desire! Pulsar! Pulsar!")
Pure Gold LP, K-Tel (slight announcer flub at end)
Slinky '77 - Groovy orange shag carpet.
Star Wars Early Bird kit '77 (mailed in early '78)
Korvettes - Election Day
Mike Douglas WCBS card (Elton John in NYC)
Koch for Mayor, partial
Korvettes - car care sale
Burger King - in person, Sayreville NJ, 6/10/78
WABC Musicradio, brief
Two Guys - white sale
Look of Love LP
Two Guys - Dollar Days
Nemark & Lewis - That guy.
Mays - "Pre-Washington's Birthday sale"
Crazy Foam - robot cans ("Foam-a-tron")
Crazy Eddie - electronics
Dumb Ditties K-Tel LP - animated (Morton Meatball)
Korvette's - music sale
Music Magic K-Tel Lp
Mays - Spring menswear. Polyester vested suits, $49.99. Sweet.
Power Play LP, K-Tel ("In tune with the 80's")
Chams du Baron - The Chams man, who seems like a real turd. But discolicious!
Bonjour - A&S (to tune of Frere Jacques)
Goldiggers jeans by Jetset. Really pushing the jeans craze on the kiddies.
Crazy Eddie - Christmas in August
Ferrari Jeans - Cafeteria disco!
Crazy Eddie 84 - computers
Musicland - New Wave! Stupid!
Woolworth & Woolco - AFX race sets
Sergio Valente - Roller disco! (With, I think, Stephen Shortridge, lesser Sweathog.)
Pathmark - 30th anniversary sale, 3/28/81
Ohrbach's - Strawberry Shortcake shop ("for girls," they add needlessly). Says on-screen announcer, "There is exciting big values [sic] coming your way."
Tale Lord Jeans '81
Full Tilt LP, K-Tel (Strange, brief scene of Darth Vader watching Debbie Harry)
Spiderman Fluff Flyer - According to VO, "almost everyone" will love it. Were they worried about a lawsuit?
Superhero Power Shields by Funstuff
Burger King Star Wars glasses, Jayne Modean, until 2/2/1978
Pathmark - James Karen, 3/15/81
Mays - 9th store in Scarsdale (shortly before dropping back to four stores), shows old footage of founder Joe Weinstein
(Coupla cool quickies in here)
McDonald's sports mugs
Two Guys - Preschool toys
Luv-It clothes, Dana Plato, 1980 ("I used to dress like a real dog...")
RIF (Reading is Fundamental) PSA, Ed Asner
Crazy Eddie - Richie Rich in-store appearance, NJ, 10/22/83
Mays - Election Day (down to four stores)
Dancing Madness LP, K-Tel (Weird VO sounds like a cross between Otto Mann and Bababooey.)
Two Guys - Back to school
McDonald's grand opening, 1972. This actually aired in the Detroit area, but I recall this national spot so well (and the old blue uniforms) that I included it.
Dunkin' Donuts, Mason Reese for Munchkins. Odd boy.
Super Puff basketball. Mom pretends to play, but is really only blocking the furniture. She knows it's just foam rubber, but she can't help herself.
Burger King, Knicks tickets offer thru 12/30/78
Korvette's - Food processors and hair dryers
ABC Sunday Movie open
Shop Rite - 2/10/79
Willoughby camera, Manhattan. Really bad actor.
Carvel, Valentine's Day, Cupie the Chocolate Nut. Tom chuckles.
WPLJ ("Caring about you and the music.")
Woolworth Woolco, Halloween (Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Holly Hobbie)
Music Machine LP, K-Tel, Robby the Robot gets down.
Solid Gold LP
Crazy Eddie - Christmas
WHT (Superman, 10)
WCBS radio promo, brief
Kids R Us
Two Guys - Race sets, Lionel trains
Mays - Christmas
Mays - Back to school girls
Woolworth Woolco - Albums
Ice Capades, Dorothy Hamill (MSG, Nassau Coliseum)
Crazy Eddie '83 - Stereos ("...the all-new compact disc system.")
Macy's '83 - After Christmas clearance
I Love NY Lottery - Estelle Harris (George Costanza's mom)
Mays - Father's Day
WPIX "We'll return..."
Toys R Us - Halloween (Yoda, Big Bird costumes), animation, '80
Macy's & Bambergers - Billy the Kid boys' fashions. Scott "Flick" Schwartz shops (with a guy I hope is his father) and gets way too enthusiastic about it.
Crazy Eddie Christmas
Two Guys - More preschool toys
Shrinky Dinks, Puffi-Fuzzi
Ceaser's Bay Bazaar, Christmas
Romper Room, WOR
Bonjour - Macy's (eerie shot of WTC in background, small plane flies toward it)
Playworld - one with little kid "singing" baritone at end
Jack LaLanne - So very 70's.
Coca-Cola - Christmas ("I'd like to buy the world a home, furnish it with love...")
MTV ("You'll never look at music the same way again.")
Tropicana, Atlantic City
Ferrari Jeans (Couple lays down, their denimed asses creating a vast horizon. You'll see.)
Activision hockey, Phil Hartman
Crazy Eddie '81 - clearance
Beefsteak Charlie - "Feast for One" (with creepy, cartoon-voiced nephew character)
The Admiralty, Mammoth Beach, NJ
Stride Rite, Strawberry Shortcake, Harry's Shoes in Manhattan ('81?)
Crazy Eddie '81 - Telephones
Crazy Eddie '81 - video
Mays - Mother's Day
Caldor - Christmas sale
Crazy Eddie '83 - microwaves ("Chicken not included.")
Crazy Eddie '83 - Christmas
Crazy Eddie'83 - Steve Miller LP, Abracadabra video
Fussy Customer Stores, NJ, animated
White Castle '80 - Serendipity Singers (check out the bad lip synching of the last line!)
Zena jeans - Boating fun with a trio of small-chested ladies. Must've been the thing at the time.
Beefsteak Charlie - Free shrimp!
Crazy Eddie '82? - Christmas
New York Telephone
Jordache - Macy's, amusement park, Radio City Christmas show offer
Sands, Atlantic City (This woman looks just like Lana Clarkson, but I can't say for sure...)
Crazy Eddie '80
WCBS news, Jim Jensen, Rubik's Cube story
Toys R Us - Christmas '76, animated
Toys R Us - Arte Johnson
Woolworth & Woolco - Christmas
Penn Estates, NJ
Better Business Bureau PSA, Abominable Snowman puppet
Kahn's Meats - animated
Phone Guard (Some NY radio announcer for a phone tap warning system!)
Weekly Reader books, Sweet Pickles '77, with animation
Chardon jeans - Larry Bird in an arcade
Penn Hills, Poconos ("For lovers only...")
Toys R Us - Superheroes in person, '80
Emerson ("Mamasan! Papasan! Emerson!")
Wildcats by Buster Brown
McDonald's - Winter Magic
The Bowery - Joe DiMaggio
Life cereal - Mikey!
Energy PSA (Earth's fuel gauge hits empty: "What then?")
Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum ("Time was...")
FDNY PSA, stay out of empty buildings
White Plains Galleria - Christmas
Duncan Yo-yos - Disco Duncan, one of my favorites.
Korvette's - Fall and Winter sale (read: going out of business sale)
International gourmet pan
Zimm Zamm ("Kazoo not included.")
WPIX movie card
Medic-Alert bracelets, Dana Plato
Magic Show kit, Marshall Brodein (you know, Wizzo the Wizard).
NBC stars (such as Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce) wish you "Merry Christmas." Includes WNBC's Jack Cafferty and Sue Simmons.
Jay & the Americans Greatest Hits (with Jay Black in his electric blue satin outfit, yeesh)
Zena jeans - Bo Derek lookalike
Shrinky Dinks - Glow in the Dark
Chock Full o' Nuts coffee - Page Morton Black and Pinocchio
Koch for governor
Flemington Cut Glass - NJ, Founder's Sale
National Kidney Foundation, Gary Coleman
Lite Beer by Miller, Billy Martin
United Way - Staten Island Meals on Wheels, Wesley Walker
Reflections LP, K-Tel
Emotions LP, K-Tel
Freezy Freakies gloves at A&S
Jordache at Macy's
RIF, Carol Burnett
Lite Beer from Miller - Bowling tournament with Rodney Dangerfield, Billy Martin, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkis, John Madden, Ben Davidson, Boog Powell, Steve Mizerak, et al...
Greater NY Blood Program PSA
ABC nutrition PSA - Timer makes "Wagon Wheels!"
Lite Beer, Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner ("You're hired.")
Money Store, Phil Rizzuto
Crazy Eddie '84 - Video
Fortunoff, Lauren Bacall
McDonald's - Winter Fun
WOR news, Jennifer Valoppi, '88
WOR, Rolland Smith, '88
Avenue I Flea Market
Harrow's - Election Day Christmas sale, '88
PM Magazine - Uncle Floyd segment, '82 I think
Amityville Horror '79
Let's Disco instructional LP, K-Tel
United to Broadway show tours - actual casts of A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Annie, Dracula (Frank Langella)
Magic Cow, Dairy Association - Add drink mix to milk and then add a scoop of ice cream. I blame Magic Cow for kick-starting the obesity epidemic.
WOR 9 All Night open
Bamboo Steamer - Great for when you want all your food to taste the same.
TV Guide - Valerie Bertinelli cover, 3/5/83
Manhattan Special coffee soda - Al Passaro, Mr. Personality.
Apex Tech - That guy. He can't call you.
Jamaica tourism- ("Make it Jamaica, again.")
United to Broadway - casts of Cats, Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, plus the Rockettes and Brooke Shields
WOR Million Dollar Movie
Carvel - Cookie Puss! (His real name is Celestial Person, BTW.)
WOR News Digest with Denise Richardson
WPIX FM - Air Supply, Will Vinton claymation
WHT - Star Wars
Ultra Brite toothpaste - A really dumb early 80's effort to close it out.