Commercial of the Week — Grant Wood Edition

Check out this very annoying commercial for Country Corn Flakes, whatever the hell they are. This is one of those songs where my mind truly did its job and suppressed all memory of it. Until now. I now recall this painful commercial, and now that this song is stuck in my head for all eternity, accompanied by horrible nightmares and night sweats, I thought it was my civic duty to share it with you, the fine readers of VarmintBites.

Interestingly, a little internet research led me to Harvard historian Steven Biel’s book on the cultural impact of Grant Wood’s American Gothic, the painting upon which this commercial was based. This apparently was one of the highest rated and longest running commercials of all time. The song was actually based on the chords from “You Are My Sunshine.” The most brilliant part of the commercial is toward the end when the woman looks directly at the camera for the first time, with these pleading eyes, singing, “Please buy our cornflakes.”

Click on the video at your own risk. And by the way, this is the ad for Country Corn Flakes made with rice!

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2 Responses to Commercial of the Week — Grant Wood Edition

  1. Wow. That’s…hideous.

    “…apparently was one of the highest rated and longest running commercials of all time.”

    Yikes.

  2. Maura says:

    Everyone stopped what they were doing when that commercial came on.
    It still makes me laugh.

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