Sunday 70s Spots: Honda Motorcycles & McDonald’s (1975)

Cops & robbers action with the Honda 360. (1975)

Cops & robbers action with the Honda 360. (1975)

“Good things happen on a Honda.”

Having a nice, lazy Sunday? 1975 weekend continues now with another pair of commercials from the year.

First up, a fun spot for the Honda 360 with a bank robber theme. Following that, a classic Big Mac jingle from McDonald’s. You know the one, “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun…” Both spots were produced in 1974 and aired in January of 1975.

Honda Motorcycle ‘Bank Robbers’ Commercial, 1975

McDonald’s ‘Big Mac Song’ Commercial, 1975

Previously on 70s Spots: Pat Morita & Jamie Farr For Dodge (1975)

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Saturday 70s Spots: Pat Morita & Jamie Farr For Dodge (1975)

'Hey, Charger!' (Jamie Farr for Dodge Charger, 1975)

‘Hey, Charger!’ (Jamie Farr for Dodge Charger, 1975)

“Hey, Charger!”

Commercial time for a holiday weekend! It’s 1975 (just because) and we’ll start things off with two spots for Dodge Charger.

First up, we find Pat Morita (not yet co-starring in Happy Days) making an appearance. After that, Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H*) shows up as a toll booth operator. Both spots were produced in 1974 and aired in January of 1975.

Dodge Charger Commercial With Pat Morita, 1975

Dodge Charger Commercial With Jamie Farr, 1975

Previously on 70s Spots: Federal Express & La Pizzeria (1979)

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Funshine Friday: ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ – ‘Fireworks’ (1976)

Independence cartoon style.('Schoolhouse Rock,' 1976)

Independence, cartoon style.(‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ 1976)

Happy Friday and happy 4th of July tomorrow! Have a safe and fun holiday. Here’s an episode of Schoolhouse Rock entitled, “Fireworks.” The segment originally ran in July of 1976.

Schoolhouse Rock: ‘Fireworks,’ 1976

Previously on Funshine Friday: ‘The Most Important Person’ (1972)

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Rad Ads: Levi’s Sportswear ‘Fleeced’ (1978)

Levi's Sportswear 'Fleeced' ('Popular Mechanics' magazine, July, 1978)

Levi’s Sportswear ‘Fleeced’ (‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine, July, 1978)

“Panatela Separates. You’ll stand out from the herd without getting fleeced.”

Yeah, look again. Those are sheep people back there. Levi’s Sportswear ‘Fleeced’ originally appeared in the July, 1978 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.

(Source: Popular Mechanics)

Previously on Rad Ads: Adidas Sports Shoes (1976)

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Music For Monday: The Rubettes, ‘Sugar Baby Love’ (1974)

'Didn't mean to make ya blue...' (The Rubettes, 'Sugar Baby Love,' 1974)

‘Didn’t mean to make ya blue…’ (The Rubettes, ‘Sugar Baby Love,’ 1974)

The Rubettes debut single, “Sugar Baby Love,” went to the very top of the UK charts and made a respectable dent in the US Top 40, nestling in at #30 in early 1974.

I don’t know if I’d ever heard this tune before, but it’s got a crackin’ falsetto vocal and a chugging, 1950s-meets-glam style. How does your memory serve?

The Rubettes: ‘Sugar Baby Love,’ 1974

Previously on Music for Monday: Ramones, ‘Road To Ruin’ Mini-Concert (1978)

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Sunday 70s Spots: Federal Express & La Pizzeria (1979)

'Rubblehuff, if this package isn't in Peoria by tomorrow. etc...' (Federal Express commercial, 1979)

‘Rubblehuff, if this package isn’t in Peoria by tomorrow. etc…’ (Federal Express commercial, 1979)

“When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.”

Our 1979 weekend continues today with another pair of mind-tickling commercials. Firstly, we have a spot from a long-running series of ads from Federal Express (pre-FedEx days) featuring a “Pass the buck” theme. This one aired in February of 1979.

After that, enjoy a look at La Pizzeria’s frozen pizza from the summer of ’79. You’ll have a hard time finding a box of La Pizzeria in your local store these days. The brand appears to be extinct.

Federal Express (FedEx) Commercial, 1979

La Pizzeria Frozen Pizza Commercial, 1979

Previously on 70s Spots: Computer Perfection & Sunkist (1979)

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