70s Spots: Panasonic TVs & Sony Cassette-Corder (1971)

Winner! Bionic Disco’s ‘Coolest TV Set’ award, 1971.

“More exciting ways to watch TV than anyone else in the world.”

Early 70s electronics on the viewer today. First, a supersonic Panasonic spot featuring a silver-suited spaceman and a variety of cool TV devices. Get a look at these TV-tape decks and miniature televisions. They’re future-forward! The commercial aired in November of 1971.

After that, one for the Sony “Cassette-Corder” tape recorder that aired in October ’71.

Panasonic TV ‘Spaceman’ Commercial (1971)

Sony Cassette-Corder Commercial (1971)

Previously on 70s Spots: Hungry Jack (Vernee Watson) & Glade (Doris Roberts) (1975)

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70s Spots: Hungry Jack (Vernee Watson) & Glade (Doris Roberts) (1975)

1975 was a tasty year for Vernee Watson.

“Big-tasting biscuits!”

Another pair of celebrity sightings are on offer today. First, you’ll find Vernee Watson (Welcome Back, Kotter, Carter Country) in a 1975 Hungry Jack biscuits spot.

Second, Doris Roberts (Angie, Everybody Loves Raymond) appears in a funny little spot for Glade air freshener from July of ’75.

Hungry Jack Biscuits Commercial (1975)

Glade Air Freshener Commercial (Doris Roberts, 1975)

Previously on 70s Spots: Robert Blake For STP (1977)

More Doris Roberts at Bionic Disco: Show Toppers: ‘Angie’ (1979-’80)

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70s Spots: Robert Blake For STP (1977)

Mickey Blake from the ‘Our Gang’ comedies – all growed up and driving a cool 70s van.

“I take good care of my wheels on account of I’m cheap.”

Sometimes I have second thoughts about posting old commercials starring folks that turn out to be not-so-perfect human beings. But, the pop history is worth remembering – so on with the show.

Here’s two STP gas treatment spots starring Robert Blake of Baretta fame. The gas station spot aired in November of 1977. The motocross clip in September ’77. And you can take dat to da bank.

STP ‘Gas Station’ Commercial (Robert Blake, 1977)

STP ‘Motocross’ Commercial (Robert Blake, 1977)

Previously on 70s Spots: Carnation Instant Breakfast & Coffee Mate (Agnes Moorehead, 1970)

More Robert Blake at Bionic Disco: ‘People’ Magazine (Robert Blake, 1977)

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70s Spots: Carnation Instant Breakfast & Coffee Mate (Agnes Moorehead, 1970)

Funny, Darwood never asks for a second cup…

“Try it in a cup. You’ll never give it up.”

A pair of Carnation commercials from May of 1970 lined up today. First, we find Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched) backstage with her Coffee Mate.

Second, good ol’ Dave Madden (The Partridge Family) narrates a Carnation Instant Breakfast spot. Tear into it, dahlings!

Coffee Mate Commercial (Agnes Moorehead, 1970)

Carnation Instant Breakfast Commercial (1970)

Previously on 70s Spots: Swiss Miss & Post Raisin Bran (1978)

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70s Spots: Swiss Miss & Post Raisin Bran (1978)

‘Yodel-ey-hee-ho!’

“Give a little yodel.”

Here’s a cozy, quick meal for you. First, mix up a piping hot mug of Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa. The spot aired in January of 1978 and features the Swiss Miss mascot (voiced, I believe, by Sheilah Wells).

After that, pour out a heaping bowl of Post Raisin Bran. The commercial aired in August of ’78.

Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa Commercial (1978)

Post Raisin Bran Cereal Commercial (1978)

Previously on 70s Spots: GE Radio (Sammy Davis Jr.) & Brut (Hank Aaron) (1973)

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Music For Monday: Rufus & Chaka Khan, ‘Once You Get Started’ (1975)

‘Everybody, let’s get on down…’

Monday, Monday, Monday! Time to check in with Cherry Stereo and see what’s on the Seventies turntable. Hey, it’s Rufus featuring Chaka Khan performing “Once You Get Started” on European TV in 1975. Let’s look & listen!

Previously on Music for Monday: The Clash, ‘Complete Control’ (Live, 1977)

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