Here's a nugget from 1985 Japanese television: Maxell UDII audio cassette tapes and the extremely popular Pop group Wham!
Since I said "extremely popular" and "Wham!" in the same sentence, I'm obviously talking about the 1980s. Okay… the cassette tape part was also a giveaway, though I did use those in the early 1990s, too. And 1970s...
The three TV commercials feature group members George Michael (the better-looking, less gay-looking guy who was the group's lead singer) and the shorter Andrew Ridgeley, guitarist.
They are the core founding members of Wham!
How popular was Wham! ? Well, between 1982 and 1986, these guys sold more than 25-million records… back before downloads and illegal downloads…
What's weird, however, is that by promoting the Maxell UDII cassette tape, Wham! is actually helping promote illegal copying of their recorded materials.
Of course, people used to play a record and record it on the tapes, or use a dual tape recorder to copy tape-to-tape, providing a copy for themselves to use in a Sony Walkman while they performed the 20-minute Workout or to help a friend save $6.99 in having to buy a copy of the album themselves.
That latter part wasn't necessarily a good thing for the record industry back then…
And, in case you were wondering, and why would you, Andrew Ridgeley is so obviously not gay.
Here's a photo of his partner Keren Woodward, formerly of the sexy, all-girl pop group Bananarama. She's a goddess!
|Photo obviously NOT taken in the 1980s. Go ahead and GOOGLE the band and search out photos of her and see if I am teasing you as much as she teased her hair.|
PS: Wham! was never my cup of tea, as I had graduated from The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to The Dead Kennedys and Devo. Okay, I liked The Human League, too, but preferred George Thorogood & The Delaware Destroyers.