I have roughly 3 anjillion tapes of old TV commercials from the 50s through the late 80s. That includes just about any compilations you've seen at the store, and darn near most of the offerings you might find on eBay. There are actually a few that I always get outbid on, but I'm sure I'll nab them eventually. How else will I have a commercial for the "Sgt. Pepper" movie with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees?
I could watch nothing but commercials for at least an entire weekend without repeating a tape or disc.
Why do I have so many? Honest to God, I can't give a good reason other than that they interest me. The older ones, pre-me, are fascinating in how things were marketed. The ones from my childhood are interesting because I remember jonesing for those toys and snacks.
Out of the thousands of commercials in my collection, there is one (aside from the "Pepper" spot) that has eluded me thus far: the famous "Who Broke My Window" PSA produced for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Despite not having seen it since its heyday, I can still sing the whole thing -- stone sober, mind you.
My exploring on YouTube and other video sites were likewise bereft of satisfying the itch. It's not even that I like the thing so much, though I kinda do.
I haven't been able to get it out of my head. Part of collecting all this stuff (and writing about it) is a kind of exorcism of sorts. If it's on tape or written down, I don't have to keep it stored in my head.
Well, about five minutes ago, I made my weekly check, and holy cow, it was there.
So here it is (as long as it stays up on YouTube -- your mileage may vary):