Last week, I took a chance on a very large lot of homebrew VHS tapes, and my God, it really paid off. I’ve been at this for 20 years, and this was probably my best-ever score. I’m now sitting on more ancient TV commercials than I could ever hope to write about, which I suppose is a good problem to have.
Below are some recent acquisitions. May watching them on YouTube bring you as much joy as finding ‘em on dusty videocassettes brought me.
New Coke at McDonald’s! (1985)
We just talked about New Coke on the latest Purple Stuff Podcast, so this was a lucky find. In summary: Back in ‘85, Coca-Cola changed its flavor to more closely mimic Pepsi’s sweetness, in the hopes of grabbing back lost customers.
It didn’t quite work out that way, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Here we had McDonald’s celebrating New Coke’s arrival, and you can tell that McD’s was confident about the soda, because they practically married it to their Big Mac in this commercial. That was a pretty major endorsement.
The commercial seems to imply that McDonald’s had New Coke even before many stores did. I so love the idea of people enjoying a night out at McDonald’s just so they could sample New Coke. (Bonus points if McDonald’s actually used those swank Coke-themed paper cups.) Read More…
It’s a new year for the Purple Stuff Podcast, so we’re gonna celebrate with a show about new things. New old things, I mean.
This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit tackle all sorts of new old stuff. From New Coke to Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, so long as it has “new” in the title, it’s fair game. Finally, a chance to talk about how much I love Suave Skeletor from The New Adventures of He-Man!
Thanks so much for your ears, and for sharing the show around. If you didn’t know by now, the Purple Stuff Podcast is also on Patreon, where you can gain access to monthly bonus shows and occasional photos of our kitchen cabinets.
Some spoiler images for this week’s ep: Read More…
Cure your post-holiday blues with Dino Drac’s first Funpack of the new year!
AVAILABLE FOR THREE DAYS ONLY! UNITED STATES ONLY!
You know the drill by now! Funpack subscriptions are $25 a month (including shipping), and for as long as you remain subscribed, you’ll keep getting new boxes filled with retro nonsense each and every month!
The January 2019 Funpack includes around a dozen items, ranging from rare old toys to awesome trading cards to delicious snacks. As always, my goal is to provide you with (at least) one night’s worth of weird entertainment, where you can spread out on the living room floor and revel in trivial bliss. Read More…
Earlier this week, I kicked off a new series on Dino Drac: Old Junk Food in Old Movies. Now even the worst movies are worth watching, because who knows, maybe I’ll spot a can of discontinued Pringles hiding in the background.
You can read the first volume over here, but if you ask me, this batch is way better:
Movie: Encino Man (1992)
Junk Food: Ninja Turtles Pies!
When Stoney takes Link to the convenience store, there’s a barely-visible yet unmistakable shot of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pudding Pie. I’m so proud of myself for discovering this! If you remember me for nothing else, “found a TMNT Pie in Encino Man” is solid enough.
Fresh from the sewer to you, the pies were filled with vanilla pudding and smothered with green icing. Biting into one was somewhere in the area of biting into a giant beetle, which isn’t something I say from experience yet still say with confidence. Read More…
Whenever I watch old movies, I keep an eye out for old junk food. Sometimes I spot it during a kitchen scene. Other times it’s while characters zip around supermarkets. Whatever the case, spotting old junk food makes me lose track of the movies’ actual plots as I bittersweetly contemplate a world without Giggles cookies or Micro Magic cheeseburgers.
Below: Five classic snacks hiding in various flicks from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Movie: They Live (1988)
Junk Food: Giggles Cookies!
In a key scene, Nada (Roddy Piper) tests his magic sunglasses and realizes that we’re surrounded by aliens. This goes down in a little supermarket. Pause on the wide shot just as Nada enters the store, and you’ll spot an honest-to-goodness box of Giggles cookies!
Those things were legit. Think of them as the midpoint between Oreos and E.L. Fudge. I’m still shocked that they didn’t become a cornerstone brand for Nabisco, because the way I remember it, everybody loved Giggles.
The happy-faced cookie sandwiches with the two-tone centers were damn tasty, and the way that those kids from the commercials caught laughing fits from them was just so much fun to imitate. A+ on Giggles. (And on Nada, too.) Read More…