Behold the grim future of a 1980s boombox ad


43 Responses to “Behold the grim future of a 1980s boombox ad”

  1. Philboyd Studge says:

    These Bioshock games keep getting weirder and weirder.

  2. Christopher says:

    Thank you for that reminder of why I always say that, if you love the Eighties, you weren’t there.

  3. Edward says:

    Aah the 80′s

  4. Nash Rambler says:

    The future’s going to need a lot of batteries and cans of hairspray.

  5. mrfantasy says:

    I owned a GE boombox for most of my college years.  It was awesome.  Dual cassettes, and an aux in for when I got my portable CD player.  I also had used it as external computer speakers for a while at work (did I mention it had detachable speakers?  Sweet!)

    Also, that’s really what the 80s was like.  How soon people forget.

  6. John T. says:

    You know it’s the 80s too when the lead guy has longer, poofier hair than one of the women in the background.

  7. kmoser says:

    It’s like the “1984″ Mac commercial meets Footloose.

  8. Jim Schmidt says:

    I remember this ad. I thought it was a bit over the top, even then. I did like that cassette flip, though.

  9. HOTDAMN says:

    God I hope this is accurate

  10. Lupus_Yonderboy says:

    You know, screw all that SCA/RenFaire/Steampunk BS.  I’m going to start cosplaying  as someone from a retrofuturistic 80′s timeline.

  11. franko says:

    yep – that’s pretty much how it was. he really has amazing hair, though, gotta say.

  12. Are those the same cocoon-pod things that they used in ‘This is Spinal Tap’ ? 

  13. Nell Anvoid says:

    Meh. You youngin’s don’t know bad taste unless you came of age in the early 70s. One word to rule them all: disco.

  14. mccrum says:

    Aw yeah, crank up one of your five equalizers, let those lower mid-range rock the house!

  15. Gilbert Wham says:

    I love boomboxes. Some friends of mine have a low-power FM transmitter & do semi regular events where they provide the music, and everyone brings what they’ve got to amplify it. Sort of like Swarm War tactics, but applied to illegal parties. Lots of fun.

  16. For 30 years now I have mis-remembered this ad as being for Memorex. And 8 yr-old me thought this ad was AWESOME!

    • axoplasm says:

      I also remember this as an ad for Memorex. Without narration, and with more electronicky music. It made an impression on me. Unironically.

  17. Hey, notice those double deck boom-boxes? They were supposed to kill music industry you know…

  18. Editz says:

    Was Jack Donaghy involved with this project?

  19. noah django says:

    post-apocalypse, everyone goes back to tapes.

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