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Subject: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:07 PM

I remember (with the occasional waking up in cold sweats) the beer campaigns of the 60s and 70s when the big breweries were trying, unsucessfuly, to fight CAMRA and fool the populace into believeing their pseudo-foamy-mouuthwash stuff was beer.

Now, don't get me wrong here, the beer was awful but some of the campigns were quite menorable. Who remebers

It's a big-head bitter, Trophy bitter
The best that you ever bought
Whitbread, big-head, Trophy bitter
The pint that thinks it's a quart!

It was followed up with the 'How do you do it Stanley?' campaign which was nowhere near as good.

The worst of the lot, arguably, was Watneys Red Barrel, but there adverts to the tune of the Beer Barrel Polka were quite classic but I only remember bits of it - Can anyone else remember it? I could look it up of course but whwere's the fun it that ? :-)

One that was probably just local to us, North West England, Was Greenhall Whitleys

"I wish I was in Greenhall Whitley Land" adverts which really were quite tunefull and well sung by an unaccomapnied singer. Anyone else remember those?

Or does anyone have anything else they want to share?

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:18 PM

Chas'n Dave singing "Gertcha!"?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:20 PM

Ye Gods! I hope not. I've been watching the new re-run of Fawlty Towers and I still have conniption fits every time I see they're serving Watneys Red in the bar.

Mind you. I've heard it suggested that Ewan MacColl probably wrote the Drinking Song after watching one of those damned Watneys Red adverts.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,John Foxen
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:21 PM

Thankfully for me the these songs have remained as unmemorable as the "beers" they tried to sell.
However, let us remember with gratitude for the song and the beer the wonderful Keith Marsden's hymn to Old Peculier.
Mudcat old peculier thread


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:22 PM

Dunno if i saw that, Will. I Remember the song but don't relate it to a beer advert. What was it advertising?

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:23 PM

to the tune of 'Cushie Butterfield'

If you want a beer that's perfection indeed
I'll give you a guide to fulfilling your need.
At home by your fireside, in club or in bar
The sign of good taste is the famous blue star..

It's the strong beer, it's the bottled beer
With the north's biggest sale
For complete satisfaction
Newcastle Brown Ale...

that was sung on a Tyne Tees TV advert by Owen Brannigan in the 60s- the beer was OK then, unlike the crap sold under that name nowadays!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:29 PM

Dunno if i saw that, Will. I Remember the song but don't relate it to a beer advert. What was it advertising?

Courage Best!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 12:59 PM

It's obviously already happened!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 01:09 PM

Ahhhh - Of course. Had to have been a London Brew. Thanks Will.

Good point, Steve! :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 02:09 PM

As a callow youth of 18 I remember the Meggies singing a hymn to the late lamented Hewitt's Ales of Grimsby. Possibly written by John Conolly and/or Bill Meek. It was sung to the tune of the threshing machine and went something like:

I once was a weakling of 7 stone 10
I daren't take me shirt of before other men
I wrote to Charles Atlas and told him me tale
He sent me a crate full of Hewitt's best ale

Chorus

It won't fail, it can't fail that ubiquitous liquid called Hewitt's best ale.

My brother had trouble with marital bliss
Each night in the bedroom not even a kiss
Now his wife's fierce embraces they turn him quite pale
He washed his pyjamas in Hewitt's best ale.

Ch

If your natural functions are proving a strain
And you've been to the doctor again and again
When the syrup of figs and the senna pods fail
try just half a teaspoon of Hewitt's best ale

ch

Forgive my failing memory for any remaining verses or the versimilitude of those quoted.

Roger


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: 12-stringer
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 02:49 PM

Drink Falls City Beer, it gives you more
Drink City, Falls City
It's got what you're looking for
Drink City, Falls City
More fun, more flavor, more quality
It's pasteurized and bitter-free
Drink City, Falls City Beer, yes indeed

To the tune of "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat" and performed with banjo by David "Stringbean" Akeman. In my drinking days, I was a Falls City consumer (if nothing 80 proof+ was available, of course), and this song is still trad in my house. Falls City went under in the late 70s, after an ill-advised launch of "Billy Beer," named for the (his 15 minutes had already expired but neither he nor Falls City were yet aware of it) brother of Jimmy Carter.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 03:00 PM

"A Double Diamond Works Wonders" sounds like another tune. Probably when somebody tells me which tune I'll say "Of course".


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 03:20 PM

Double Diamond! Aye that was the other stuff. Just found this gem of a site that reminded me it was to 'There's a hole in my bucket'

Some grand reminisces in there too. I'm off to the folk club but will enjoy it later

DtG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 03:28 PM

(Guest was me fB)Thankyou DtG. As soon as I posted I remembered the 'proper' tune. I believe Chas and Dave did a few Courage advert tunes.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 03:45 PM

It's hard to think of any beer that would be as appropriate to Fawlty Towers as Watney's Red.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: gnomad
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 06:27 PM

Sir Roger's quote up above also appears with other breweries mentioned (Batemans being one such). Additional verses, XXX being your choice of brewery:

If your bath and washbasin are both far from white,
And your lavatory too is a terrible sight, (Alt; ..all covered with shite)
When the Domestos and Harpic both fail,
Just flush down a gallon of XXX best ale.

If you have no children, and your wife wants six,
And you've tried and you've tried all the usual tricks,
Go down to an alehouse, take with you a pail,
And sup down a bucket of XXX best ale.

I also have childhood memories of a shot of beer being rolled into a pub in wooden barrels to a song:

Beer, beer, beer from the barrel,
Stones' beer is a good strong beer,
Let's have a cheer,
'Cause it's beer from the barrel.

I assume it was some sort of campaign against new-fangled metal barrels, or possibly keg and/or top pressure systems. I was too young to know about such stuff at the time.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 06:57 PM

I wonder if "Nottingham Ale" was the original beer advert :-)


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 07:06 PM

Some folksogns become beer / lager adverts however - Tennents Caledonian used Dougie McLean's 'Caledonia' a few years ago to great effect; don't believe it was shown in England tho I think it is available on youtube -- memorable advert!

(Adam MacNaughtion's 'Jeely Piece Song/Skyscraper Wean' was used by Milanda Bread


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 07 Jan 13 - 08:41 PM

Gallus Moll beat me to it there: it was Frankie Miler's version of Dougie's song that did it: but is it no back on agin the noo?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZrdo1PuUvQ


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 03:59 AM

Then there were:

'Do yourself a power of good, ask for a Manns' (bottled brown ale), to the tune of 'Lieber Augustin'

'Go for a Bull's Eye Brown' (Greenall Whitley bottled beer) to the tune of 'Oh Susannah'...
"If you want to get your whistle wet, go for a Bull's Eye Brown."

I'm sure there was a Mackeson song as well.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 04:10 AM

Oh, and...

"Magnetize yourself with a Magnet
The strength is surprising in a Magnet
If you're looking for a brew
That's strong enough for you
Try the magnetizing Magnet Ale"

(Tune: 'Daddy wouldn't buy me a Bow-wow)

I presume this was a John Smith's product.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Will Fly
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 04:23 AM

"Mann's is the best brown ale, best brown, best brown ale,
"Mann's is the best brown ale, let's buy some now!"

"Guinne-ess is good for you!"


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 04:38 AM

Dave:
Good thread, but ...
It's a big-head bitter, Trophy bitter
The best that you ever bought
Whitbread, big-head, Trophy bitter
The pint that thinks it's a quart!

It was followed up with the 'How do you do it Stanley?' campaign which was nowhere near as good.

'Stanley' was not a follow-up. It advertised Whitbread's slightly more expensive bitter "Whitbread Tankard"
"How do you do it Stanley?"
"It's Tankard that helps me excell,
After one I do anything well!"

Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 04:51 AM

Whitbread also parodied Percy French's Abdul The Bulbul Emir:

Whitbread Best Bitter advert, 1982

Now stories are told of a brave man of old
Whose interest was Whitbread best beer
But he new a klutz who drove him nearly nuts
That was Abdul the Bulbul Amir

Now that snake in the grass was a pain in the neck
Claiming Whitbread tastes best from the jar,
And this man most irate, with his own glass quite straight
Was Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

Well those boastful old goats went out canvassing votes
But one thing they both did forget,
Be it straight glass or jar, Whitbread's not particular,
'Cos the best "Best" needs no etiquette.


They did another advert in the same vein where Abdul & The Count argue about whether to drink in the snug (with the ladies) or in the bar.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:12 AM

Brian - Well remembered:-)

And Nigel - I had forgotton about the beer that mustn't be spoonerised :-) You are spot of course!

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: gnomad
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:26 AM

Another from the John Smiths bow-wow stable-

"Magnetize yourself with a Magnet.¬
Magnetize yourself with a Magnet.¬
If you take a glass or two,
It will cheer you through and through,
And they generally call it mag-net-izing."

¬ is a dee-dah blast on a trombone, and if memory serves the whole was repeated several times. I have vague recollection of shots of someone being picked up by a crane by means of a giant horseshoe 'magnet', also of someone juggling using club-sized horseshoe 'magnets'. Yeah, John Smiths still use the magnet symbol on their cans and (I think) also on their pumps.

Power of advertising, eh? We didn't even have a TV until some dozen years after these adds that I remember, so this is all from the relatively short exposure I got when visiting friends.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:30 AM

Ah ! Titbread Wankard ! That brings back memories ! And drinking vile Watneys Red Barrel in Gibraltar after a year on Tiger ,Swan, Castle,and San Miguel ( what songs / tunes of they ,pray ?? ).

         But I digress ! What of cider ,say I ? Every time Nicola (for such is her name ) says " We're going shopping ; let us get our coats " , I inexplicably burst into " Coates comes up from Somerset ,where the cider apples grow !" ---- such is the subliminal power of advertising . The major success story ,of course , is the Magners advertisement ; I often watch it on "youtube" , performed by the great man himself ,with Sharon Shannon ,Donal Lunny , and other Irish luminaries --marvellous !And definitely established in the folk world , I feel ?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:56 AM

Coates comes up from Zummerzet"
Ah, yes, yet another parody of Fred E (Danny Boy) Weatherly.
Original words Here


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:57 AM

No


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 06:26 AM

Thanks for doing the blue clicky link to Frankie Miller singing 'Caledonia' Tattie B -- is there any way of linking to the actual advert (is that allowed?) 'cos it really had such amazing impac; plus I think I like that vesrion better!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 06:28 AM

"No"

I must admit, I haven't taught them to my kids, so perhaps not.

Some more (memory a bit vaguer here):

"Worthington E's the beer [possible contravention of Trades Descriptions Act there]... de-dah de-dah de-dah ...the Worthy Worthington".

"Beer at home means Davenports"

"The pint that thinks it's a quart!"

Or: "that thinks it's a short". Or: "that's as flat as a fart".

And what about the Tetley Bittermen, who didn't have a song but did have those thumped chords on the piano followed by the big riff in the brass, as they strode up to the bar in their (if my memory serves) Arran sweaters. Maybe they were folkies all along.

Slogans:
"Looks good, tastes good and, by golly, it does you good" How true.

Then there was one for Watneys starring Peter Cook, who recited:
"Watneys Pale, good clear ale
Watneys Brown, drink it down...
And if you don't drink Watneys I'll smash your face in"
Ah yes, here it is...

There is indeed some subliminal power there. Some of those were on TV when I was a dozen years too young to buy beer legally, but the jingles still stuck.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 06:32 AM

me again -- I just checked and youtube has the Frankie Miller / Dougie MacLean song advert when you google

Tennents advert 'Caledonia'

- definitely worth watching!
Tattie Bogle please put clicky link?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 07:43 AM

Will they become folk songs?

I give you Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross Buns, one a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns. etc etc etc.

Was that an advertising jingle or what? Or do folklorist prefer the soubriquet "Street Cries" ?

There are many more, but "Hot Cross Buns" is the most memorable.

And was around when Jones' Ale was New, Me Boys, When Jones' Aaaaaale........ was New!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 08:23 AM

I give you Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross Buns, one a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns. etc etc etc.

Was that an advertising jingle or what? Or do folklorist prefer the soubriquet "Street Cries" ?


Wikipedia claims that it started off as a street cry before being buffed up and published in the form of the nursery rhyme some of us remember from our youth. Seems to have been a traditional seasonal song as well.

The thing about the beer ads is that, although they have clearly stuck in our minds, I doubt they were ever sung for fun by the general public. 'Nice One Cyril', on the other hand, was an ad slogan for a bakery, that was turned into a football chant by Tottenham fans (or did the commercial record come first?) and spread like wildfire. People to this day still say 'Nice one!' in conversation.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 10:24 AM

If we're side-stepping onto street cries you can take 'Three Jolly Fisherman' back to Lady Nairn's 'Caller Herrin' and then back to the Edinburgh street cry.

Great thread!

Brian, that's an interesting and debatable thought....in order to be classified as a folk song it has to pass through familial generations; generations perhaps, but in a much wider sense.

For instance the terrace cries fulfil all the criteria for folk song but have not necessarily been passed down through families.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 10:44 AM

Back in the early '70s, when the Watneys Red campaign was at its height, I was unfortunate enough to live in a part of west London which could best be described as a beer drinkers' desert. The overwhelming majority of the pubs around those parts were owned by Watneys and the few which weren't sold stuff which was equally as bad.

I was also a member of a miniscule Trotskyist sect which was one day going to sieze power in the name of the people and usher in the socialist paradise. (Thinks. (Sigh. Where did it all go wrong?))

Anyway, one day I was grousing to a group of comrades about the state of the muck which was being passed off as a product of the red revolution; I'm sure you'll remember the adverts and the phoney Russian accents. And I opined that, come the real revolution, there would be wall to wall real ale and every last drop of it would be free.

One guy who hadn't said a word up until this point, interjected with a sentence which has given me sleepless nights ever since.

He said, "Come the revolution there won't be any beer".

We asked why not and he said, "Because under socialism, the need for stimulants will disappear."

Needless to say I left the said organisation shortly afterwards and went off instead in search of the perfect pint.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 11:30 AM

I don't recall any adverts for old beer?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 11:51 AM

Who said anything about old beer? Watneys Red would have corroded the casks it was stored in if it had been left for any length of time.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 12:33 PM

It's teh Worthing taste that satisfies,
Your worthy Worthington - Only bit I can remember.

What about

"Any Tom. Jack or Walt
Who likes the taste of Malt
With love the Malt
in a Colt 45"

And the subsequent jokes

Can I have a Colt 45 please?
Sorry, not got any.
OK. I'll have a Luger and lime...

:D tG


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 01:33 PM

Whoops - WorthingTON tastr that satisfies...


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 01:40 PM

Having lived in Central Scotland for many years I distinctly remember,
"Aye! McEwans! The best buy in beer!" They made Export and Heavy, both of which were delicious, but not as good as Adnam's brewed in Suffolk. Is there a song about Adnam's?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 02:49 PM

There was Newcastle Brown TV ad to the tune of ... ....... ..... (guess what) which went something like;
"Oh me lad, Newcastle Brown's a winner
Seven or eight on a Saturday night
Three or four with Sunday dinner"


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Gurney
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 02:54 PM

It has been done the other way around, as referred to by DavetheGnone halfway up there. Nottingham Ale jingle to the tune Lillibullero.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Rumncoke
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 03:55 PM

I remember the new pub which was built in Portsmouth city centre, right by the Guildhall and which had the machine gun of the war memorial pointing at the back window before the powers that be rotated the statue onto a less amusing target.

It was owned by the local brewery, the name of which escapes me, but I remember they put a big tank on the roof to catch the stuff they sold as beer.

That is Portsmouth in Hampshire on the South coast of England.

Hang on - it was Brickwoods.

I don't think anyone ever sang about it.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: ollaimh
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 05:08 PM

the canadian brewery olands had a beer called scooner export. a grandson of the brewery owner wrote a jingle for it "the bluenose is sailing once again"   . olands brewery was the major funder to rebuild the bluenose. the jingle was so popular michael stanbury--ther writer, wrote a whole song which is still sung around nova scotia.   it\s a good song.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 06:04 PM

was little brown jug ever used?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 07:30 PM

Just for Gallus Moll.....you can buy me a cider at the next Ballad Workshop, and I'll teach you how to do "blickies"!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX9h558Tz1E


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 09:00 PM

I used to annoy my parents in the car by leading my siblings in rousing renditions of beer commercials. My favorite was:

    Let's get together with a glass of Schlitz,
    A friendly glass of Schlitz.
    Brewed with pride and just a kiss of the hops [smack!],
    It puts real gusto into every drop.
    So, let's get together with a glass of Schlitz,
    A friendly glass of Schlitz.
    Real gusto in a great....light....beer.

Our other favorite was:

    I'm from Milwaukee, and I oughta know,
    It's draft-brewed Blatz beer,
    Wherever you go.
    Smoother....fresher....less-filling, that's clear;
    Blatz is Milwaukee's finest beer.

I found out much later that Blatz was terrible, but I still like their advertising jingle. Hamm's beer (from Minnesota) was cheaper (15 cents a glass in 1970), so lots of people in Southeastern Wisconsin drank Hamm's:
    From the land of sky-blue waters,
    Capturing the frosty enchantment,
    Hamm's Beer,
    Refreshing Hamm's Beer.
-and-
    From the land of sky-blue waters,
    From the land of pines, lofty balsams,
    Comes the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's, the beer refreshing. (click)


-Joe, born in Detroit (home of fire-brewed Stroh's) and raised in Racine/Milwaukee (home of Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz, and Miller's)-


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Subject: Hamm's Commercial
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 09:06 PM

Here are more complete lyrics to the Hamm's commercial:

        From the Land of Sky Blue Waters,
        From the land of pines, lofty balsams,
        Comes the beer refreshing,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing.

        Brewed where nature works her wonders,
        Aged for many moons, gently mellowed,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing.

        From across the rippling water,
        Through the whisp'ring pines and birches,
        Comes the beer refreshing,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing.

        Comes a call to cool enchantment,
        Comes a call to cool refreshment,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing.

        Hints of lakes and sunset breezes,
        Dance and sparkle in each glassful,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing,
        Hamm's the beer refreshing.

Source: http://www.beerknurd.com/store.beers.process.php?brew=6719


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Acme
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 09:28 PM

Hamm's Beer Commercial - land of sky blue waters, the original black and white commercial I remember. Here's one in color.

Here's the YouTube search.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Semofolkie
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 12:07 AM

What better to go with a good beer folk song, than a good irish chili folk song. "Something's cooking at the Kelly's and it's good good good." *laughs* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrIId2m9Rdw


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 01:28 AM

"If you've got the time, we've got the beer, (Beer after beer),
Miller tastes too good to hurry through..."

"Here's to good times, tonight is kinda special,
The beer we pour must say something more somehow;
So tonight, tonight, let it be Lowenbrau."


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Trevor Sheridan
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 03:22 AM

There was a lovely cartoon advert of the McEwans cavalier singing
"McEwans is the best buy, the best buy, the best buy
McEwans is the best buy, the best buy in beer
Best buy McEwans, McEwans, McEwans (then he ran off in the distance)
Best buy McEwans the best buy in beer"

and as Jim B said earlier it was a smashing pint especially in South Shields !!!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 04:28 AM

Tune for the above?
Could it be 'Ach Du Lieber Augustin' ?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 05:56 AM

"For instance the terrace cries fulfil all the criteria for folk song but have not necessarily been passed down through families."

Yes of course, Steve - terrace chants represent my only participation in an authentic singing tradition, so I'm hanging on to them! A lot of what we call folk songs do seem to have been passed on primarily through families, but of course there were other places like pub sings and so forth, where they could be passed across generations. The beer ads, unlike terrace chants, never caught on as mass participation songs, so it's hard to imagine them getting passed on at all - it's hardly the kind of thing you'd sing your kids to sleep with. Or would you?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 06:31 AM

.........& then there's the Spoonerisms:

'A pint of Titbread Wankard & a half of shitter bandy' !!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 07:24 AM

Blimey, must be about 35 years since I last heard Titbread Wankard.

I think I first heard it from an oaring friend who drank in the Auriol Rowing Club (Leander's poor neighbour in Hammersmith). Maurice the barsteward used to sell us housemates a keg of the foul stuff complete with plastic tankard-fronted dispenser & pipes, for our parties in Norf Landon.

However we kept the Fullers ESB in the garage so the cognoscenti could get the real stuff. No doubt the odd Mudcatter found their way in there - I know people used to trek from as far as Croydon, and we hosted a Detroitian, a Louisville Kentuckian, and a Guyanan at various times.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 11:20 AM

I don't think anyone has mentioned "When Jones'/Johnson's Ale was New" or my all time favorite "Dead Dog Scrumpy/Cider."

I mind purchasing a bottle of Dead Dog Cider in Cornwall many years ago; since then my search for a better brew has been curtailed.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 12:14 PM

Now apart from me mentioning it, I don't think anyone else did.

So was it Jones', Joneses, Joan's, Joanses and now I have to consider Johnson's Ale? Methinks all of the above at some stage.

I agree that football chants are far more likely to survive and reach public domain status than commercial fair. But don't forget the Coke ads that simultaneously aired when the group released the non-coke version.

And there is always the modern technique of viral advertising, will it be a song or an ad? Or most likely both.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 09 Jan 13 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Tattie Bogle for the clicky to Frankie Miller / Caledonia / Tennents advert!


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Soldier boy
Date: 10 Jan 13 - 10:53 AM

Roll out the barrel........


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 10 Jan 13 - 10:59 AM

"....delicious, but not as good as Adnam's brewed in Suffolk. Is there a song about Adnam's?"

Jonwithoutan'h', the legendary keyboard player with the Trembling Wheelbarrows, NE Suffolk's premier comedy-rock band, performs the old Kinks favourite 'Dedicated Swallower of Adnams'. Other songs by the faded four also include references to the amber ambrosia.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: ripov
Date: 10 Jan 13 - 04:10 PM

alongside Nottingham and Jones's ales, Watkins ale seems still to be popular, though never advertised by name.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Jan 13 - 04:09 PM

Having been put in mind of the old adverts I decided to try again for the Whitbread ones (Percy French parodies). Now the one I couldn't find in the past, and another, are on the net.

From Here

Now legend lampoons one old humpy galoon,
Who loved Whitbread Best Bitter beer.
But he got an eyeful of his canny rival
One Abdul the Bulbul Ameer.

Now that man with his can really shook poor Ivan
Thinking drinking from tins irregular.
If it's take home he needs let him take home this steed
Reasoned Ivan Skavinsky Skavar

Oh Abdul had this ploy of a female decoy
Fooling Ivan who fools he rejects.
Be it draught or in cans well we don't give a ***
But the best best needs no etiquette.

From Here

From the old hist'ry books come two battling bazooks.
Count Ivan and Abdul Ameer
But on the dot of half five, they knock off feeling dry,
And request Whitbread Best Bitter beer.

Now Abdul likes his jug in the men only snug,
Telling blue jokes not for ladies' ears.
While Ivan's lip curls, "Whitbread's best with the girls."
And I think the advantage is clear.

So we now see Abdul break his 'men only' rule
"But at Whitbread they say 'What the heck'
Drink with ladies or gents" it makes no difference
'Cos the best best needs no etiquette.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,Chris Bealey
Date: 25 Mar 14 - 01:59 PM

I remember the John Smiths add:
To the tune of jona lewie,stop the cavalry.
Got my L.A shirt & my disco trousers
all topped off with an Elvis quiff.
The night is young & I smell like a surfer
want some mates to go out with.
Got a mate called brown & a mate called jones
we're off to see a mate called smith.
Could meet a bird by the name of lulu,
moves like a zulu on a hot plate,
she might seem keen & dance like a dream
but nothing comes between me & my mate.
For a great little mover that goes down smooth
get yourself a mate called smith.
Sad eh?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Mar 14 - 02:59 PM

OBJ! OBJ!
Finest drink in the world today!
Lifts you up when you are down
You will never wear a frown
Oh Be Joyful!

perhaps I imagined it.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 03:41 PM

Going back to the original posting my memory of the Watneys Red Barrel song, sung to the tune of Roll Out the Barrel was

Roll out Red Barrel, let's have a barrel of beer
Roll out Red Barrel (can't remember this bit)
Roll out Red Barrel, making us full of good cheer
What we want is Watneys Red Barrel
It's our favourite beer

The bit I can't remember should be 'our taste buds are clearly queer' if you ever tasted the abomination that was Red Barrel but it was clever of them to get the 'What we want is Watneys slogan in at the end. In fact they replaced the stuff with Watneys Red because sales were so bad (slogan Join the Red Revolution). One pint was enough to persuade me and most people that it was no improvement.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 04:27 PM

I used to play music regularly at the Jolly Roger pub on Sherkin Island, West Cork in the 90s- a dangerous job but someone had to do it. I recall Monica & Geoff, lovely English people who ran an excellent pub telling me that in the first few weeks of their arrival, the locals bemoaned the beer & said it was much better before they arrived.
Monica & Geoff were polite about it but while searching around the stuff left by the previous owners, they found a photo of them standing proudly in front of the beer pumps - Watneys Red Barrel and the dreaded Ind Coope- they produced it and heard not a word more...


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 27 Mar 14 - 06:08 PM

Ask for Younger,
Ask for Younger,
Get Younger every day


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Old Grey Wolf
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 09:55 AM

There was a brilliant ad on German TV for bottled beer in the 70s. I can't remember the beer but tune was unforgetable, pity it wasn't in English as well. I remember a german team singing it on the Nijmegan 4 Days Marches
Do any of our German members remember it?


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 12:48 PM

Big Al, OBJ was the stand out product from Beesleys of Plumstead, sadly bought out by Courage.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:41 PM

I used to play music regularly at the Jolly Roger pub on Sherkin Island, West Cork in the 90s- a dangerous job but someone had to do it."
a Dangerous job? more like am exhausting job, I speak from experience. the Garda could be seen if they were coming from the mainland, so the hours of playing could be long,I SAW THE DAWN ON OCCASIONS.


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,DickMiles
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:43 PM

BUT I NEVER SAW THE LIGHT


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Subject: RE: Will old beer adverts become folksongs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 05:48 PM

OBJ - Dutton's Brewery of Blackburn also brewed and bottled an old English ale OBJ: Oh Be Joyful.


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