Month: July 2007

Retrotisements — Marlboro Cigarettes

Retrotisements — Marlboro Cigarettes

Retrotisements
Yeah, I know that most of the old ads I post have to do with cigarettes. For some reason I have always been fascinated by cigarette advertising. I guess part of it is that these types of ads might have been some of the first to market a lifestyle as much as a product. I mean sure, they all talked about the "flavor" and even the reduced tar levels — ignoring the point that they had any tar at all — but what it really boiled down to was that these companies had to find a way to make a smoke inhalation device seem appealing. Watching them find ways to rise to the challenge has always interested me. Oreos pretty much sell themselves after all. Same with beer and cars. But flammable paper tubes that allow you to suck on hot smoke? Now that takes marketing acumen. Marlboro is of course synony
Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Music
Inspired by Jess's brave admission that he hasn't seen some of the most popular movies ever, I feel the need to come clean myself. But for me, it's all about the music. Despite owning hundreds of CDs and having thousands of songs in iTunes, I know there are some pretty big holes in my collection. When it comes down to it there's just not enough time to listen to all the bands I'd like to, so some tough choices must be made. David Bowie - I know some of his biggest hits ("Space Oddity," "Changes," "Let's Dance") and like them all. Still, I never really bothered to dig into his catalog any deeper. I downloaded a 2-disc greatest hits set today and am checking it out, however. U2 - I remember really liking the video for "Sunday Bloody Sunday," which MTV aired about every 20 minutes ...
Countdown: 10 Most Attractive U.S. License Plates

Countdown: 10 Most Attractive U.S. License Plates

Featured Posts, Listcruft
This countdown first ran in 2007, and is now updated through the end of 2012. While a few plates have changed since '07, only one was drastic enough to merit a change in the rankings -- Kansas lost the #7 spot to Nebraska. License plates are one of the most effective ways for a state to advertise itself to the world. And since a license plate design is usually much more long-lasting than an ad campaign, the choice of design is very important. This is a topic that weighed heavily on my mind as I drove home from Cape Cod last weekend, believe it or not. So in an effort to be as scientific (anal) as possible, I rated all 50 U.S. plates based on the following criteria: Typeface -- Fonts used, as well as their arrangement, are considered. Text -- Includes mottoes, slogans, or any other...
Hit the road Jack

Hit the road Jack

Mental Debris
I can't believe I missed this while I was away, but apparently last week it was announced that WCBS-FM, the long-running New York oldies station, will be returning to the airwaves this week. This is great news not only for oldies fans (of which I am one), but also for listeners who felt shafted by WCBS's unceremonious departure in June 2005. The details of the switch from oldies to Jack FM are chronicled here, but here's the short version - After 33 years as an oldies station (and with still healthy ratings), WCBS was yanked off the air with no notice and replaced by the Jack FM format. Local institutions like Cousin Brucie Morrow were dumped after decades of service, and loyal listeners were left in the lurch. The change was a slap in the face to fans of the station, and epitomized ...