#ThrowbackThursday Will Be Drier

…we’re SURE.

It happened again – two more commercial blocks that I’ve managed to overlook as Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday are finally getting their due.

I had to double, triple, and quadruple check this, that’s how much I strive to bring the “new,” while appreciating the nostalgic.

Not old. Nothing is old here.

Today’s commercial block was recorded on August 22, 1998, during a “Best of” Saturday Night Live episode that seemed to air frequently during the summer of 1998. These were a common thread at one time, with certain types of sketches getting primetime specials, and the ones dedicated to cast members airing in the normal time slot.  In the case of this recording, it was “The Best of Eddie Murphy.”

Featured in this block…

How to choose the team you’re going to root for during football season…the 1998 edition!




Confident deodorant!


The newest Budweiser spokes-animal!


The beginning of finding alternatives to holding up lighters at concerts!

So, true story – when I saw Chicago last year, we had to turn the flashlights on on our cell phones and wave them during “You’re the Inspiration.”  That was something new, and it was awesome!

It lacked the late 1990s cell phone green light, but it looked like thousands of fireflies!


Joan Lunden…for allergy relief!


I dream of Old Navy Surplus Pants!




$10 copies of Titanic, on VHS!


New names for networks…


…until the name changes again.  And again.  And again.

Anyone staying up after Saturday Night Live?


SHINY hair!


Only at Yankee Stadium!


We’ve got promos, movie previews, products, services, food, and cars!

Just a note, the Volkswagen commercial hit a copyright, and I decided to mute the song in the commercial.  For the interested, the song is “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space,” by Spiritualized.  It sounded great in the commercial, but the entire video would have been blocked in several countries, and we don’t need that!

I also removed a commercial promoting the VHS release of Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley, as it had Saturday Night Live clips that would surely have hit copyrights.

Don’t want that!

And speaking of Chris Farley, this was the following week’s rerun…


It wasn’t like the Phil Hartman one, where I was depressed afterwards.

Coming up tomorrow, another commercial block, one of the first to be included in my archives (added back in early 2008!), that surprisingly (shockingly?) hasn’t been part of a Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday article.

Until then, have a great Throwback Thursday!

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