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Classic Ads From Simpler Times

Your favourite telly ads reviewed by a rubbish suit and a great CD.

Welcome to a podcast hosted by unemployable fourth-rate advertising suit Steve Cooke and eminently-employable award-winning advertising creative and TV commercial director Tony Williams (no not that one - the other one).
Latest Episode4/13/2021

Maxell - Me Ears Are Alight (feat. Desmond Decker)

Ep. 25
Hello pod people and welcome back to Classic Ads from Simpler Times, where the tone of recent email correspondence suggests that if this podcast were the prize at the end of the race people would be learning to run backwards.Some of our listeners, or at least those who are not permanently glued to the sunny window in a fugue state, may remember that we recently reviewed a 30 second ad for lemonade that managed to shoehorn the brand name in 24 times.Well brace yourself, we’ve been contacted again by Ireland’s best-selling solo musical artist and it’s safe to say that’s she’s unhappy with the current podcast content, sending us an abuse burger with the lot to get her point across while managing to drop the f-bomb 37 times in just under 3 minutes.Elsewhere in this week’s episode we follow the mind-blowing revelations about how Lexus source the leather for their car seats with some less mind-blowing esoterica about Mondegreens.What’s a Mondegreen I hear you ask? You have two options here - option a - look it up on Google and then have a nice lie down or option b - have a listen...you'll find out why Jimmy Hendrix is kissing a guy.So, strap in, buckle up, take your meds, brush the crumbs off your onesie and join rubbish suit Steve Cooke and his co-host, award-winning advertising creative and TV ad director Tony Williams, as they take a look at a telly ad from 1989 that won the Cannes Grand Prix.If that’s not enough for you we’ll hear how Steve won the lottery of life and got the non-farty chair, find out which on-screen father and son duo shagged the same Nazi and get all nostalgic about Sunday nights at 6pm on Radio 1.So, don’t go out tonight, everything’s going to be alright, there’s a bathroom on the right.Have a look at the ad on our YouTube channel here https://youtu.be/JZ07FbgQkqk and give us a review whydontcha it would make everybody involved extremely happy:)
4/13/2021

Maxell - Me Ears Are Alight (feat. Desmond Decker)

Ep. 25
Hello pod people and welcome back to Classic Ads from Simpler Times, where the tone of recent email correspondence suggests that if this podcast were the prize at the end of the race people would be learning to run backwards.Some of our listeners, or at least those who are not permanently glued to the sunny window in a fugue state, may remember that we recently reviewed a 30 second ad for lemonade that managed to shoehorn the brand name in 24 times.Well brace yourself, we’ve been contacted again by Ireland’s best-selling solo musical artist and it’s safe to say that’s she’s unhappy with the current podcast content, sending us an abuse burger with the lot to get her point across while managing to drop the f-bomb 37 times in just under 3 minutes.Elsewhere in this week’s episode we follow the mind-blowing revelations about how Lexus source the leather for their car seats with some less mind-blowing esoterica about Mondegreens.What’s a Mondegreen I hear you ask? You have two options here - option a - look it up on Google and then have a nice lie down or option b - have a listen...you'll find out why Jimmy Hendrix is kissing a guy.So, strap in, buckle up, take your meds, brush the crumbs off your onesie and join rubbish suit Steve Cooke and his co-host, award-winning advertising creative and TV ad director Tony Williams, as they take a look at a telly ad from 1989 that won the Cannes Grand Prix.If that’s not enough for you we’ll hear how Steve won the lottery of life and got the non-farty chair, find out which on-screen father and son duo shagged the same Nazi and get all nostalgic about Sunday nights at 6pm on Radio 1.So, don’t go out tonight, everything’s going to be alright, there’s a bathroom on the right.Have a look at the ad on our YouTube channel here https://youtu.be/JZ07FbgQkqk and give us a review whydontcha it would make everybody involved extremely happy:)
4/6/2021

Honda - Cog

Ep. 24
In this episode we will deliver a piece of trivia about how a well-known Japanese car brand sources the leather for its car seats that will literally. Blow. Your. Mind. Your mind. Will. Be. Blown.*This week the Pound shop time machine that is our podcast about old ads makes a crash landing in 2003… where I haven’t slept for two years, Tones is probably still out and about with Jennifer Love-Hewitt hanging off his every word and everyone’s worked out that if you’re doing an impersonation of Morgan Freeman and you say the words “Titty sprinkles” you’re pretty much a shoe-in for a job as his double.In this episode Tony decides he’s taking over researching the year’s event during the actual recording and whilst it's not actually a car crash there is a total absence of any information about Ken Barlow.Have a listen as we look at an ad for the 7th generation Honda Accord, a car so boring that it’s quite possible to believe that a Klingon cloaking device came as standard on the base model.And yet…the ad that launched it is a thing of balletic, kinetic beauty, that nearly 20 years later has yet to be matched for the complexity of its simplicity.Find out how a commercial that would take £1m to make was pitched using the Mousetrap board game and a clip from a film that features the world’s worst Cockney accent, what Heath Robinson and Rube Ginsberg have in command have a listen to the 20 year old rap song Honda thought would help the brand get down with da yoof innit.Have a look at the ad on our Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/_RzULJpl8Jw*Terms and conditions apply. Some minds may not be blown.
4/4/2021

QANTAS - I Still Call Australia Home (feat. Wolf Kahler)

Ep. 23
In this week’s drama-filled episode Tones let’s his guard down and reveals that he’s still not recovered from the shock of finding out that Tommy Cooper didn’t do the voiceover for the Lego Kipper ad.He snaps out of it just in time to seize the opportunity to go full-Bill Clinton during the intro then indulges himself with some vintage Jimmy Saville / Operation Yewtree references before insulting the entire population of Ireland.Perhaps more importantly we’re treated to some phone-in action when the one and only Wolf Kahler calls up to personally thank us for reviving his career after the positive review of his performance in the 1993 Ferrero Rocher advert. This week we're taking a look behind the cat litter box of history and rewinding to 1993 with an advert that set a new record for lack of casting diversity whilst managing to bin more cash in production than had ever been spent before in the making of an Australian telly ad.Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Geoff Dixon from QANTAS and John Singleton from Singleton Ogilvy & Mather had a love child and it wasn’t rock and roll, it was an advert that became an icon of Australian advertising, central to the building of a global brand. And it all came about because the Chairman of QANTAS has no mates and had nowhere to go on New Year’s Eve in 1997.So two big egos and a shedload of cash. Global locations. Busloads of cute children. Boab trees. The outback. Random blokes on horses. Footy. Don Bradman. Sam Kekovitch. Lamingtons. Drop bears. Mullets. V8 utes. The Sydney Harbour Bridge. Mrs Mangle. The Wiggles. I still call Australia home. All the ingredients are there…But after Singo had edited out all the ugly kids did the end product have the consistency of a week-old QANTAS bread roll or was it as light and fluffy as Geoff Dixon’s Filofax?Check out the ad on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/zr0qV1r0aUM.