Thursday, July 3, 2014

I want Spuds MacKenzie to be cool again

Last week I was in a restaurant that had a Spuds MacKenzie lamp sitting on the bar.  If you're not familiar with (or somehow don't remember) Spuds MacKenzie, from 1987-1989 he was the original party animal.

After gaining massive fame and popularity during his brief reign at the top, Anheuser-Busch decided to eliminate Spuds from its ad campaigns because of criticism that they were marketing beer to children.  There was probably some merit to this, because 11-year-old me thought Spuds was the greatest thing on the planet.  I definitely owned a stuffed animal Spuds, which the existence of in itself probably proves the point.

Although I also was certainly not drinking any Bud Lights in 1988, so who knows...





The sunglasses he's wearing in the first commercial have been all the rage again the last few summers, so maybe it's time for Spuds to be back in style as well?  And while they're at it, I'd love to see Anheuser-Busch reinvent those scary Bud Ice penguins too.


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