If anyone has been watching TV lately, you might have seen the new commercial for the Toyota Corolla, you will see a a sequence of events featuring pop culture from the last fifty years, but somehow they manages to jump from 1995 directly to 2013 in the last part, somehow neglecting the 2000-2010 span. This idea is not new, and it was done by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their Dani California music video about seven years ago.
Let’s see how they stack up:
Of course, there can be more information about pop culture put into a 5 minute music video than a 1 minute commercial. Also, the Chili Peppers are more focused on the evolution (or the devolution) of rock music over the last sixty years, from the days of Elvis to My Chemical Romance, including the punk elements of the Sex Pistols and the Misfits.
The thing is, these little historical skits are tiny bits of information about the lifetimes of the Gen X-er, with a little of Baby Boomer added,but there has been
so much both of these mediums have missed. It is fun to watch them both, and think about the better times, and wonder how certain things happened the way that they did, at least on stage or on TV. Cannot quite get past the dude with the possessed arms at the end of the Toyota commercial, and I’m sure most of the viewing audience is still trying to figure that out, but as Bilbo Baggins said, “It was just a bit of fun!” Let’s see what happens when we get the One Ring back from the Republicans, and wait for Chic‘s “Good Times” to happen again.