Ever wonder why you cashed in your promised quince gift of a boob job at the Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery? Well, it's totally because their catchy as hell jingle used to advertise their very superficial services was on the radio all the freaking time!
We down here in South Florida also remember a particular set of advertising tunes those north of PBC have never before heard. These songs drove us to do things like be there at the Fair, get it at the Swap Shop, and even got us thinking that Opa Locka was the place to be! We chanted, "Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins number one!" while waiting for the bathroom at school, in front of the television, and even, sometimes, in our sleep.
What follows are some commercial jingles that from your South Florida youth that will follow you forever.
10. Miami Vice Does Pepsi
If you lived in South Florida during those steamy and dangerous
days, you felt 24-7 super cool. Those neon lit murder scenes let your cousins in Boise know that you were tough as shit, so don't steal your toys! Crockett and Tubbs in their slick white blazers and tropical prints indicated to them that you knew how to pimp a bright pink jean windbreaker like no other.
Pepsi was the hottest beverage in the '80s, figuratively. The company even scorched Michael Jackson and got away with it! Pepsi in the USA also got our hometown homeboys looking mad cool in this 1986 commercial.
9. Santa's Enchanted Forest
Santa's Enchanted Forest was, and is, an ADHD wonderland for the youth of SoFla. A place of first kisses and first acid trips. Let this jingle transport you back to that teenaged drug altered state.
This commercial leads one to ask: "Bro, are you going to Santa's?"
8. Toys R Us
Sure this was a national ad, but we'll be damned if you don't remember every single word to this jingle. With all the corruption and poverty in South Florida in the '80s, most of us were just wannabe Toys R Us kids.
Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.