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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Saturday 70s Spots: Computer Perfection & Sunkist (1979)

'The perfect electronic game...' (Computer Perfection commercial, 1979)

‘The perfect electronic game…’ (Computer Perfection commercial, 1979)

“In the world of electronic games it’s outstanding.”

It’s 1979 this weekend! Here’s two commercials to get you in that late 70s mood.

First up, a spot for Lakeside’s Computer Perfection electronic game with a family of Coneheads Domeheads. Following that, a spot for Sunkist orange soda featuring “Good Vibrations” and a collection of swimming suits. Both commercials aired in the summer of 1979.

Computer Perfection Game Commercial, 1979

Sunkist ‘Good Vibrations’ Commercial, 1979

Previously on 70s Spots: Ed McMahon For Ford (1976 & ’79)

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Rad Ads: Adidas Sports Shoes (1976)

Adidas Sports Shoes ('Boy's Life' magazine, June, 1976)

Adidas Sports Shoes (‘Boy’s Life’ magazine, June, 1976)

“Great from every angle!”

A classic that stands the test of time. Adidas Sports Shoes originally appeared in the June, 1976 issue of Boy’s Life magazine.

(Source: Boy’s Life)

Previously on Rad Ads: Old Spice ‘Heart Belongs To Daddy’ (1970)

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

'I've gone mental...' (Ramones on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' 1978)

‘I’ve gone mental…’ (Ramones on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test,’ 1978)

OK, let’s get this week started off right. Here’s the Ramones performing three songs from Road to Ruin in a tight six minutes.

“Don’t Come Close,” “She’s The One,” and “Go Mental” as played on the UK’s Old Grey Whistle Test in September of 1978. Six…glorious…minutes. “1,2,3,4!”

Ramones: ‘Road to Ruin’ On ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test,’ 1978

Previously on Music for Monday: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ (1974)

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Rad Ads (Father’s Day): Old Spice ‘Heart Belongs To Daddy’ (1970)

Old Spice 'Heart Belongs To Daddy.' ('LIFE' magazine, June 12, 1970)

Old Spice ‘Heart Belongs To Daddy.’ (‘LIFE’ magazine, June 12, 1970)

“Is there a better reason to give him Old Spice for Father’s Day?”

Awwwww. Old Spice ‘Heart Belongs To Daddy’ originally appeared in the June 12, 1970 issue of LIFE magazine.

(Source: LIFE)

Previously on Rad Ads: Trans-Am Champion Datsun (1972)

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Sunday 70s Spots: Ed McMahon For Ford (1976 & ’79)

Budweiser? Publisher's Clearing House? Nope, this time around it's a Ford commercial. (Summer, 1979)

Budweiser? Publisher’s Clearing House? Nope, this time around it’s a Ford commercial. (Summer, 1979)

“A Ford deal may be your best deal.”

On this Father’s Day, let’s view a pair of celebrity-hosted spots for Ford.

Firstly, Notre Dame coach, Ara Parseghian (and his wife, Katie) extoll the virtues of Ford wagons in February, 1976. After that, everyone’s favorite spokesperson, Ed McMahon hosts a Ford clearance sale in the summer of 1979.

Ford Wagons Commercial, 1976

Ford Commercial with Ed McMahon, 1979

Previously on 70s Spots: Formula 409 (1973 & ’74)

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