1980sTV Ads

TV Ads – 1984 – Levi 501 Jeans + Energizer Batteries + Converse Shoes + Sani-Flush Toilet Cleaner


5:01 Blues is a song written by Michael Garvin and Jeff Tweel, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard….which was released in April 1989 as the first single and title track from the album 5:01 Blues. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart From the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s the Levi Strauss company advertised their button-fly 501 jeans heavily on MTV….and during prime time on the major TV broadcast networks….so there is a strong possibility that this song and the album title are a play on the Levi’s advertising campaign. Blue Jeans are a type of trousers….which is typically made from denim or dungaree cloth….which were invented by Jacob W. Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss & Co. in 1871….and patented by Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873.

The Energizer Battery Company has its foundation in the Eveready Battery Company….which in 1980 changed the name of its Eveready Alkaline Power Cell to Energizer…..then in 1986….Eveready Battery Company was sold to animal and human food manufacturer Ralston Purina. In 2000, Ralston spun off Eveready….and it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange as Energizer Holdings, Inc..

Converse is an American shoe company that primarily produces basketball shoes and lifestyle brand footwear and apparel….which was founded in 1908…..and has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003. During World War II, the company shifted its manufacturing from the public, and instead made footwear for the military. It was one of the few producers of athletic shoes and for over a half century the company dominated the American court shoe market. From the 1970’s, the company lost its dominant position after other companies presented their own styles. Converse shoes are distinguished by a number of features, including the company’s star insignia, the All Star’s rubber sole, smooth rounded toe, and wrap-around strip….as Bone Daddy says that he wore green Converse All Stars just like the ones that Celtics Bill Russell and Bob Cousy wore back in the days of the Celtic dynasty.  

Sani-Flush was a brand of crystal toilet bowl cleaner formerly produced by Reckitt Benckiser….which had a main ingredient sodium bisulfate….along with sodium carbonate….as well as sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, sodium chloride, fragrance and dye.  When sodium bisulfate is mixed with water, a highly-corrosive acidic solution is produced….which dissolves accumulated minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium from the bowl….which due to environmental concerns….the product was discontinued by 2013….when its original US trademark was cancelled or allowed to expire.



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