Songs from the Past: Advertising

I’ve not been feeling very musical lately, life has been hitting a bit of a flat note recently so I’ve missed the last few weeks of joining in with Hugh’s series of posts ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 weeks‘. However, today’s theme of old songs used in new-ish adverts immediately conjured up Cadbury’s 2007 drum-playing gorilla putting his heart and soul into Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ – I’ve always been partial to a bit of Phil Collins even from his Genesis days, so here’s both an actual and extended version of the 2007 ad  🙂

PS I just love the way he cricks his neck from side to side before beginning! 🙂



13 thoughts on “Songs from the Past: Advertising

  1. Hugh's Views and News July 26, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I remember just how big this commercial was when it came out, Ruth. People went mad for it and I’m sure Cadbury’s sold a lot of chocolate bars from it. Just goes to show how the marketing people can sometimes get it so right.

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    • Ruth July 26, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      It’s funny how ads stick in our minds for years after, isn’t it? Someone at work the other day was singing ‘Everyone’s a Fruit and Nut-case’ all day, and that one was from decades ago! 🙂

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      • Hugh's Views and News July 26, 2017 / 5:16 pm

        It was Frank Murr who sang the song to that commercial. He was also on ‘Call My Bluff.’ Certain ads always stay with us. I always remember the OXO family, and then there was Nanette Newman with her soft washing up hands. “Mummy, Why Are Your Hands So Soft?” When I asked my mother that question, she answered: “so it won’t hurt so much, when you’ve been naughty, and I slap your legs.” 😀

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  2. ghostmmnc July 26, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    What a cool commercial! I hadn’t seen it before. I’ve always loved that song by Phil Collins, though! 🙂

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    • Ruth July 26, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Well I’m very glad to have introduced you to it – it was a really great ad! 🙂

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  3. Marie July 27, 2017 / 12:11 am

    Wow. New commercial for me. Cadbury not a big advertiser in the US. I love this commercial, yet it makes me sad because the gorrilla probably went back to an enclosure after it was over.

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    • Ruth July 27, 2017 / 9:27 am

      It wasn’t actually a real gorilla though – it’s a man in a gorilla suit 🙂

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      • Marie July 27, 2017 / 10:18 am

        Oh, now. You have burst my bubble. It looked so real. I just thought it loved to beat on drums. 🙂

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        • Ruth July 27, 2017 / 10:26 am

          It’s really well done though, isn’t it? 🙂

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          • Marie July 27, 2017 / 10:33 am

            It fooled me. A great costume.

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