Back in the day male hairstyles were a lot more interesting than they are now. This was probably because people weren’t afraid to look silly in the name of fashion, and then what actually happened was they inadvertedly ended up looking good. Most of the time. Why else would the Jheri curl have caught on? Lol!
Sprite recently unveiled their new advert featuring emcee of the moment Drake (below). I like the concept of the commercial and feel what the makers were trying to convey really worked.
A celebrity in a soft drink ad is now nothing to blink twice at, but although technology has progressed quite a bit in recent times, some of the best soft drink endorsement clips came out in the 80s and 90s.
These were all the rage in the UK back in the late 80s and early 90s! The French clothing brand NAF NAF was seen as chic and stylish, and their jackets and body-warmers, which were stuffed with feathers and incredibly warm and ‘puffy’, hence the name, came in a range of bright colours, as well as black.
They were also a bit pricey, about £120 if I remember correctly, so you either had to have a Saturday job, or very generous parents to get one. I had neither unfortunately.
If you were a child growing up in the mid 1980s, you will definitely be familiar with Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. These cards (which peeled off to become stickers) parodied the Cabbage Patch Dolls, which were also very popular in the 80s. Each card featured a cartoon version of the doll with some comical abnormality, and an equally funny name which related to their ‘condition’, written at the bottom of the card.
Although they were supposed to be light-hearted, some of the pictures were actually quite disturbing, but as a kid, the more disgusting something looked, the better, and these cards were one of the best things about the 80s, if you were a kid!
Back in the 80s ‘Shame guy’ was a phrase widely used among young people. It was usually uttered when something embarrassing happened. For example, if someone tripped over in front of all their friends or got cussed out by their parents, again, in front of a group of friends, or even one friend… In other words any kind of public embarrassment was worthy of a ‘shame guy!’ No one wanted to be on the receiving end of a ‘shame guy!’, but boy did it feel satisfying saying it to someone else.