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brainsewage
08-09-2008, 11:33 PM
For the past week or so I've been racking my brain over this. I've asked friends for help, but like me they remember precious little. It was a commercial that aired in the early to mid-1990s, starring (I'm almost positive) Michael J. Fox. He's driving around with a buddy of his, and they pick up an old chair alongside the curb and drive off with it. But what makes the commercial so memorable is the incredibly ridiculous song in the background: an endless chorus of "Duh duh duh."

Can anyone give me the 411 on this, specifically:

-What was the commercial advertising?
-Who sang that horrendous song?
-Where can I find a video of the commercial?

Thank you to anyone who responds, for helping me sleep better.

lissener
08-09-2008, 11:38 PM
It was a Volkswagen commercial, and it was SO not Michael J. Anybody. The song is the 80s classic "Da Da Da (http://youtube.com/watch?v=BMikAeK8rL0)"* by Trio.


*Link goes directly to video file.

SSG Schwartz
08-09-2008, 11:39 PM
You mean this VW commercial as can be seen here? (http://spike.com/video/2829280) I will give an ETA for the artist who did the song.

SSG Schwartz

ETA: the band that recorded the song was TRIO

SSG S

GuanoLad
08-09-2008, 11:52 PM
You mean this VW commercial as can be seen here? (http://spike.com/video/2829280)Wow. What a dumb ad. "Volkswagen Golf, the car for complete losers".

picunurse
08-10-2008, 12:05 AM
Hubby and I still hum that tune whenever we see a piece of furniture on the sidewalk. :D

Johnny L.A.
08-10-2008, 12:08 AM
I liked the one with Psychic TV doing Roman P. (Couldn't find a video of the commercial.)

Zebra
08-10-2008, 12:20 AM
I want them to make a follow up commmercial.

Two guys driving a VW. They pull up along some some child.

Then you see them and it is a few days later and the make the "I smell something bad" face.

Then we see them dumping the body in some remote location.

It finishes with them driving by a school.

Weirddave
08-10-2008, 03:35 AM
I wanna know how you got Michael J Fox from that ad. Neither of the actors is anywhere even close.


Vee Dubs rock tho.

Little Nemo
08-10-2008, 09:31 AM
The song was included in the aptly named CD As Seen on TV: Songs from Commercials.

Baldwin
08-10-2008, 10:08 AM
You mean this VW commercial as can be seen here? (http://spike.com/video/2829280)On this site, you have to sit through a commercial . . . before you can watch the commercial.

Robot Arm
08-10-2008, 10:14 AM
That commercial spawned a few parodies (http://youtube.com/watch?v=bMGkjomCxco) as well.

Justin_Bailey
08-10-2008, 10:41 AM
Here's the Michael J Fox connection:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Da_Da#Da_Da_Da_in_popular_culture

Following the popular Volkswagen commercial, ABC aired a promo for the sitcom Spin City parodying the car ad. In the original VW commercial, two men drive around and pick up a smelly couch, which they quickly dispose of. In the ABC ad, Michael J. Fox and Michael Boatman's characters pick up Richard Kind's character, who becomes so obnoxious that they throw him out the car.

Clothahump
08-10-2008, 01:19 PM
That commercial spawned a few parodies (http://youtube.com/watch?v=bMGkjomCxco) as well.
Yup. Jay Leno did one of the funniest ones, but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be on YouTube.

Don Draper
08-10-2008, 01:54 PM
Does anybody remember the controversy about the ad? I remember that one of it's first airings was during the Ellen episode in which she came out of the closet. That association, and the fact that these two guys seem to be picking up discarded furniture for their joint use led a lot of folks to assume that they were a gay couple. Of course, there was the usual choir of fundamentalists screaming that this was "validating their lifestyle! Think of the children! Dear God, think of the children!" yadda, dadda, da. (Of course, this was before Will & Grace, back when showing even remotely gay on TV was a big deal.)

mobo85
08-10-2008, 02:36 PM
I remember Popeye's gay orange juice ad, but I didn't realize that this ad had a similar controversy.

TWDuke
08-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Memories are subjective of course, but I remember this being listed as an example of ads that were crafted to appeal to gays without being overt, but it was usually in the context of an interesting advertising trend, not a source of tremendous controversy. I'm sure somebody somewhere was objecting to it, but I don't think it was any kind of media firestorm.

Soap, Dynasty, and Melrose Place had had regular characters who were gay (at least Jodi identified as such, even if he seemed to get more women than men). Many, many other shows had recurring or one-off gay characters, and Northern Exposure had featured a gay wedding. I'm not sure when Smithers on The Simpsons was clearly identified as gay, but I'm sure it was pretty widely talked about by then. That's only counting popular U.S. commercial network shows. Fans of Masterpiece Theatre on PBS had been treated to the Love that Dares Not Speak Its Name for decades. The mere presence of an ambiguously gay duo was not a big deal to most television viewers.

Lucky 13
08-10-2008, 04:13 PM
I always thought the guys in the VW ad were roommates, and poor/unemployed ones at that, since they had to pick up discarded furniture on the street rather than shelling out for a new couch. If there was any gay subtext, i must have missed it.

Cisco
08-10-2008, 04:44 PM
Jeez, that ad does not feel like it was that long ago, but the car is noticeably dated.

While we're on the subject, was it also a VW ad that had a couple driving down a street and everything went in time with the song? Windshield wipers, guy dribbling a basketball, possibly the husband tapping on the steering wheel (?), etc?

elmwood
08-10-2008, 04:50 PM
If there was any gay subtext, i must have missed it.

I missed it too. I think many assumed that "Two men together in a small Volkswagen = gay", much in the same way some might assume "Two women together in a Subaru Forester = lesbian". (In the US, the Volkswagen Jetta is supposedly a popular car among gay men. Why, I don't know.)

phil417
08-11-2008, 04:21 AM
Was that the ad where they picked up the chair, noticed a smell, then discarded it? If memory serves, the ad was for the car they were driving.

On a similar note, I've been trying to remember an old McDonald's ad that went, "When you're down to your last, and you don't want to fast." The idea back then was that you could get a hamburger, fries, and a drink for under $1.00, and get change back. Does anyone remember this?

Love, Phil

Justin_Bailey
08-11-2008, 06:44 AM
While we're on the subject, was it also a VW ad that had a couple driving down a street and everything went in time with the song? Windshield wipers, guy dribbling a basketball, possibly the husband tapping on the steering wheel (?), etc?

Yes it was. And the woman in the ad was Sarah Clarke, who would later go on to play Nina on 24.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=x4GCq56bq_k

Oh, and the fat kid from the "Da Da Da" commercial was in The Sandlot and the X-Files vampire/Rashomon episode.

tanstaafl
08-11-2008, 06:46 AM
There was also a parody ad shown somewhere that had Bill Gates and Steve Balmer driving around, picking up a Macintosh they found beside the road, making the face and dumping it out.

Cisco
08-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Yes it was. And the woman in the ad was Sarah Clarke, who would later go on to play Nina on 24.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=x4GCq56bq_k

Wow, thanks. Do you know what year that was? I remember it being . . . '99 or so, but the tape player makes it feel really dated. Then again I think my sister had a 2002 Jetta with a factory tape player.

I felt like such an idiot when that commercial came out. I said, that's so lame! WHAT was interesting?!! And my friend said dude, everything was going in sync with the music. :smack: :smack:

Funny seeing Nina Meyers on there, too.

dalej42
08-11-2008, 12:12 PM
Wow, thanks. Do you know what year that was? I remember it being . . . '99 or so, but the tape player makes it feel really dated. Then again I think my sister had a 2002 Jetta with a factory tape player.

I felt like such an idiot when that commercial came out. I said, that's so lame! WHAT was interesting?!! And my friend said dude, everything was going in sync with the music. :smack: :smack:

Funny seeing Nina Meyers on there, too.

I had a 2002 Jetta and I'm positive it had a cassette player.

Justin_Bailey
08-11-2008, 12:14 PM
Wow, thanks. Do you know what year that was? I remember it being . . . '99 or so, but the tape player makes it feel really dated. Then again I think my sister had a 2002 Jetta with a factory tape player.

Wikipedia says the commerical was from 1999.

And I wish Sarah Clarke would act in more stuff, she was awesome as Nina. But she's too busy having George Mason's babies.

Sattua
08-11-2008, 12:44 PM
Gee. Wasn't it one of those commercials that premier during the SuperBowl? There was a flurry of cute car commercials right around then... also remember the one with *something* plowing under the snow, like in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and then it stops... and you see the red turn signal blinking under the snow?

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