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Old 11-07-2004, 09:43 PM
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Finding your favorite 1980's PSA

What's everyone's favorite PSA from 1980? Mine is the "I learned it from watching you dad!" anti-drug commercial. As well as the "This is your brain on drugs" commercial. (follow up question, anyone know if these gems are anywhere on the internet?)
Old 11-07-2004, 10:00 PM
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:04 PM
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I'm gona flip this -- it's not the PSA I admire, but what was done with it.

Busta Rhymes sampling a 1983 PSA to the platinum selling "Dangerous" (1998) single:
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....."Dangerous" claims an unusual source a Long Island Regional Poison Control Council PSA from 1983 warning children not to take prescription medicine they may find around the house. Rhymes himself cannot recall having heard the ad or how the tune came to him, but the evidence pretty much speaks (in a falsetto) for itself. The barbershop quartet of little green pills sings:

This is serious
We could make you delirious
You should have a healthy fear of us
Too much of us is dangerous...
Talk about a silk purse from a sow's ear.
Old 11-07-2004, 10:18 PM
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Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

Actually, it's more of a 1970's PSA, but...

*clears throat*

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Old 11-07-2004, 10:25 PM
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What's everyone's favorite PSA from 1980? Mine is the "I learned it from watching you dad!" anti-drug commercial. As well as the "This is your brain on drugs" commercial. (follow up question, anyone know if these gems are anywhere on the internet?)
Those two ads aren't that old, are they?
Old 11-07-2004, 10:36 PM
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Those two ads aren't that old, are they?
[url=http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/fyi/interactive/news/brain/brain.on.drugs.html]This CNNfyi.com link says that the "this is your brain on drugs" ad debuted in 1987.

"I learned it by watching you" I can't establish a year for. When I google it I get 4 kablillion hits because it somehow became a watchword of the blogosphere at some point and it seems like everybody and their mother was parodying it in their journals. Also, there's someone named "Alli with an I" who has a song with that title, so add that to the confusion. I do know for certain that it was after the egg one.
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Oh, fudge!

This link.
Old 11-08-2004, 01:04 AM
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Any of the ones from the G.I. Joe cartoon.

"Now I know!"
"And knowing is half the battle."

It's just too easy to squeeze that into everyday conversations...
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:10 AM
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What's everyone's favorite PSA from 1980?
The airline.

After all, their smile's weren't just painted on.
Old 11-08-2004, 01:22 AM
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Some of these PSAs are probably on old-school sites like RetroCRUSH.com or X-Entertainment.com. I'm pretty certain I've seen the G.I. Joe spots on one of these sites (or perhaps I-Mockery.com), at the very least.
Old 11-08-2004, 01:57 AM
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Any of the ones from the G.I. Joe cartoon.

"Now I know!"
"And knowing is half the battle."
On that note, I remember Aquaman telling a pair of bikini-suit-clad preteen twins that hitch-hiking was dangerous, but not specifically telling them why.

Damn it, Aq, don't hold out on us!
Old 11-08-2004, 02:03 AM
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I'll bet Aquaman didn't know why, either.

We're talking about a "super" hero who gets himself captured by the Legion of Doom almost every week.
Old 11-08-2004, 02:37 AM
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Aquaman made great bait.
Old 11-08-2004, 03:31 AM
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My favorite was in the late 80s. It showed a guy in a small room looking at the camera who said, "I do cocaine, so I can work more" the camera pans back and he starts walking in circles in the room and adds, "so I can make more money, so I can do more cocaine." He says it faster and faster and kept going in circles around the room.

Gotta love the 80s!
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:08 AM
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Hmmm, I don't have a cite, but I am almost positive the "I learned it by watching you" ad was somewhere around 83/84.
Old 11-08-2004, 10:55 PM
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My favorite was One Dumb Move. I think it was an anti-drug PSA. It started in a highschool classroom and then this black teacher starts doing a rap song (this was the early 80s when rap was still mostly underground). Then the rest of the class starts joining in.

Anyway, what I remember most about it was right in the middle there was this incredibly dorky, Pat Boone-looking white jock teen. He had this ridiculous smirk on his face and was ungainly rocking his head back & forth as he was, um, trying to get down with homey's rap. The shot of him only lasted a second but god it was unbearable...
Old 11-09-2004, 01:24 AM
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I recall this one from the 80's, but it may predate that:

Anyone remember the "Have You Hugged Your Kid Today?" PSA's?

"'Can't you see that I'm on the phone?'
'Hold it down! I just got home!'
'Isn't it enough that I work all day?'
Please! I need a chance to get away!'
Dishes! Diapers! Dirty rags!'
'Bosses, bills, and nag-nag-nags!
'Daddy!'
'Shut up, kid! You're in the way!'
'I'm so mad, I could slap your face!'"

Cut to a kid crying, saying, "Did I do something wrong?"

Then the cheesy music starts.
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I guess Busta and I have something in common.

This is serious.
We could make you delirious.
You should have a healthy fear of us.
Too much of us is dangerous.

Doctors tell the pharmacy.
The kind of pills that you will need.
And they know the harm that we can be.
If we're not taken carefully.

We are not candy (you need us!)
Even though we look so fine and dandy.
When you're sick we come in handy.
But--we're not caaaaandy! (ohhh noooo!)


From memory.

I didn't know that played only on Long Island. The rest of you missed out. That ad was awesome.
Old 11-09-2004, 01:44 AM
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I guess Busta and I have something in common.

[i]This is serious.
We could make you delirious....


I didn't know that played only on Long Island. The rest of you missed out. That ad was awesome.
I remember this, myself, so it must have played in Montreal (or maybe just on one of the upstate New York network affiliates, like WPTZ Plattsburg).
Old 11-09-2004, 03:19 AM
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Yakov Smirnov's poignant and haunting vignettes about the horrors of the Soviet state, which were often run between saturday morning cartoons. (Right after the Honeycomb commercials.)

"Heh Heh Heh!" ::Sniff:: Such a brave, brave soul...

After that, I suppose, I've always had a fond place in my heart for the public literacy ads that'd come on after some holiday specials. (Garfield, and the California Raisins, if I remember right. Maybe Charlie Brown, too.)

Lorenzo Music...if you're out there, somewhere, I will visit my local public library!
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There was one that I would love to see again about registering for the Selective Service (the Draft, if you didn't know). All these hip (white) 80's guys, dressed kind of like Michael Jackson, strut on down to the Post Office to register... and then celebrate their success by break dancing. Poifect.
Old 11-09-2004, 05:53 AM
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Drugs drugs drugs,
some are good, some are bad.
drugs drugs drugs,
ask your mom or ask your dad!


and not exactly a PSA, but a Church of Latter Day Saints ad about how lies snowball and turn into bigger lies. I can't remember the tune for the life of me though.
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I guess Busta and I have something in common.

This is serious.
We could make you delirious.
You should have a healthy fear of us.
Too much of us is dangerous.

Doctors tell the pharmacy.
The kind of pills that you will need.
And they know the harm that we can be.
If we're not taken carefully.

We are not candy (you need us!)
Even though we look so fine and dandy.
When you're sick we come in handy.
But--we're not caaaaandy! (ohhh noooo!)
Showed in CT and Pennsylvania as well... I don't have time to search for it but my "We were children once and young" thread has a link to this commercial (and it really brings back memories).

From memory.

I didn't know that played only on Long Island. The rest of you missed out. That ad was awesome.
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Heh. There was one I saw once about how you shouldn't trash-talk your mother behind her back. "Treat your mother--treat your mother right."

There was another personal favorite that started out with a kid walking down the street. He fell down. Other kids laughed at him. Then it shows him walking down the street. He falls down again. He hides the trip by breakdancing. Everyone thinks he's cool. Yeah, right.
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