Commercial Break: It's a rave from the grave but the Scotch guarantee won't die
There’s been a lot of hoo-hah and kefuffle over the fact that we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the arrival of Wallace & Gromit into our lives. Frankly, we couldn’t give a toss – the old man’s a prick and the dog’s a sly, self-serving arsehole.
There – you probably won’t read opinions like that everywhere else. Of course, W&G were created by Aardman Animations, and we reckon they’d shot their bolt long before the chummy clay fools pitched up. For us, they’ve never beaten Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video and this advert for Scotch video tapes, starring a posh skellington covering Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. Actually, it was the last song that the bequiffed rocker ever performed before his death, so maybe the skellington is supposed to Holly himself.
Incidentally, if you’re wondering if the Scotch video tape lifetime guarantee is still in place, it seems that it is. Blogger Ian Mansfield contacted Scotch in 2008 to ask them what would happen if someone wanted to return a tape that had degraded in quality. He says:
“While Scotch itself ceased to sell VHS tapes over 10 years ago – the company will still honour that ages-old guarantee and if you past (sic) an old tape to them, they will send you a free BASF tape as a replacement.”
Hooray for Scotch… and singing skellingtons!