There’s something about late-80s early-90s television you can’t help but admire. And by “admire” I mean “wonder how we as a society could have produced such crap.” When it comes to Quebec commercials from the time though, you have something extra special that deserves to be preserved.
Fortunately, some people have taken it upon themselves to do just that. There’s even a blog, Publicités poches du Québec, that has tasked itself with that mission, uploading recordings of these ads to YouTube.
Here are some of my favourites:
- Céline Dion hawking a Dodge Shadow and Diet Coke.
- A Jean-Pierre Ferland song and some underage-looking kids making suggestive gestures with popcorn for a butter commercial
- TV Hebdo is some sort of magic remote control or something
- Distribution aux Consommateurs works hard for their money, with the big hair, purple suits and giant eyeglasses that make the 80s so regrettable.
- Radio-Canada are there pour vous divertir, avant tout.
- La clef de sol offers a Pentium 133 with a Statue of Liberty on its screen for no apparent reason, and you don’t have to pay until 1997.
- Brault & Martineau is so cool it hurts.
- Wal-Mart doesn’t want you to buy too much soap.
- Froot Loops c’est bon c’est bon.