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(Slate)   Here's why you will never forget that the phone number to Empire Carpet is 588-2300; it's all about the Sounds of Capitalism   (slate.com ) divider line
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2012-09-09 04:15:43 PM  
I've probably seen their commercials 500 times. The phone number looks completely unfamiliar.
 
2012-09-09 04:18:18 PM  
What about Scruff McGruff, Chicago, Illinois 60652?
 
2012-09-09 04:26:59 PM  
Ca-stanza
 
2012-09-09 04:33:05 PM  

ArkAngel: What about Scruff McGruff, Chicago, Illinois 60652?


I had either forgotten this one, or stuffed it in some filing cabinet in the darkest regions of my brain, but as soon as I read it, it came right the fark back :|
 
2012-09-09 04:47:35 PM  

RodneyToady: I've probably seen their commercials 500 times. The phone number looks completely unfamiliar.



You have to sing it in your head. Five eight eight, two three hundred, Empire!
 
2012-09-09 05:34:45 PM  
Don't forget

7 7 3

2 0 2

*boop bop boop beep*

LUNAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 
2012-09-09 05:39:17 PM  
867 5309 is now stuck in your head
 
2012-09-09 05:40:43 PM  

Oldiron_79: 867 5309 is now stuck in your head


Jenny is a whore!
 
2012-09-09 05:41:08 PM  
i2.kym-cdn.com

CO-STANZA
 
2012-09-09 05:41:11 PM  
 
2012-09-09 05:42:17 PM  
This can have the opposite effect, too, I think. I remember my mom flipping out when Tommy Hilfiger used Fortunate Son to sell blue jeans.
 
2012-09-09 05:42:51 PM  
I'd like to buy the world a Coke,

and keep it company....
 
2012-09-09 05:43:46 PM  
I grew up in San Francisco in the 70s/80s and there are two jingles to this day that I cannot shake

"Pete Ellis Dodge, ten ninety-five west El Camino Real, Sunnyvale"
And
"Dublin, Berkely, San Leandro, Cupertino, Sunnyvale"

I dont even recall what the second one was for. But man, those lists of cities in a sing-song fashion are embedded
 
2012-09-09 05:44:46 PM  

kimwim: RodneyToady: I've probably seen their commercials 500 times. The phone number looks completely unfamiliar.


You have to sing it in your head. Five eight eight, two three hundred, Empire!


Call today....
 
2012-09-09 05:45:02 PM  
Century III Chevrolet Lebanon Church Road Pittsburgh
/minutes from the mall
 
2012-09-09 05:49:35 PM  
A Slinky, a Slinky...
 
2012-09-09 05:50:37 PM  
Everybody knows two addresses:

1. Their own address.

2. P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.
 
2012-09-09 05:51:51 PM  

kimwim: RodneyToady: I've probably seen their commercials 500 times. The phone number looks completely unfamiliar.


You have to sing it in your head. Five eight eight, two three hundred, Empire!


Yooouuu know how!
 
2012-09-09 05:55:00 PM  
For those of you who grew up in the NYC area:

Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop
 
2012-09-09 05:56:11 PM  
Anyone who grew up on the seacoast of NH can sing you the Water Country jingle. It's been well over a decade sing I lived there, but I can still sing it verbatim.
 
2012-09-09 06:02:39 PM  
"When you're in despair and you need a chair, get a futon from Water Bedroom
When you wanna lofa on a comfy sofa, get a futon from Water Bedroom"

I think I last heard this jingle in about 1985 and it still goes through my head about twice a week.
 
2012-09-09 06:02:41 PM  
For all your Oriental rug-cleaning needs, just one call to Joe Hadeed!

/I'm pretty sure that one's still on in the DC area
 
2012-09-09 06:02:54 PM  
0118999881999119725 3
 
2012-09-09 06:03:01 PM  
I'll just leave this here for South Jersey residents

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-09 06:03:02 PM  
Has anyone else noticed it seems like mattress places always have the catchiest jingles? And why are there so damn many of them? It seems like Portland alone has 6 or 7 I see ads for. How many mattress stores can one mid-size metropolitan area support??
 
2012-09-09 06:03:09 PM  
For anyone living in, or have lived in South Jersey should be familiar with these.

i45.photobucket.com

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-09 06:03:12 PM  

RodneyToady: I've probably seen their commercials 500 times. The phone number looks completely unfamiliar.


Sing the number.

*Call Five-Eight-Eight. Two-Three Hundred. EMPIRRREEEEE!* Call us today.
 
2012-09-09 06:03:15 PM  
773. 202. Luuuuuna!
 
You save big money. You SAVE big money... when you shop Menaaaaarrds!
 
2012-09-09 06:03:30 PM  
0118 999 881 999 119 725

3
 
2012-09-09 06:03:36 PM  
One other...and I have searched online for the add and cannot find it (didn't look this time) was a commercial for Grapevine shorts being sold by Miller's Outpost.

It was a bunch of real grapes with human lips superimposed singing "everybody's wearing them grapevine, grapevine, everbody's wearing them grapevine shorts"
 
2012-09-09 06:03:55 PM  

Fissile: For those of you who grew up in the NYC area:

Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop


Grew up just outside Albany and we got WPIX and one other VHF channel. Got all of those commercials.
 
2012-09-09 06:04:05 PM  
wtf.. Fark is acting retarded for me..
 
das
2012-09-09 06:04:41 PM  
GA1-2323, GA1-2323.
 
2012-09-09 06:04:44 PM  
zoom
box 350
boston mas
02134

send it to Zoom!
 
2012-09-09 06:04:45 PM  

styckx: wtf.. Fark is acting retarded for me..


Yeah. That was weird...
 
2012-09-09 06:06:13 PM  
What's sad is that this is the most consistent way to make money making music (unless you're a tech but then you're a tech and not really "making music", just helping well)
 
2012-09-09 06:08:38 PM  
"Here's why you will never forget that the phone number to Empire Carpet is ***-****; it's all about the Sounds of Capitalism"

Fixed that for you subby.

http://www.fark.com/farq/posting/#Posting_Rules
Don't post private/contact information no matter how easily obtained.

/Just kidding
 
2012-09-09 06:09:35 PM  

BigLuca: "When you're in despair and you need a chair, get a futon from Water Bedroom
When you wanna lofa on a comfy sofa, get a futon from Water Bedroom"

I think I last heard this jingle in about 1985 and it still goes through my head about twice a week.


www.comrealestateservices.com
 
2012-09-09 06:09:50 PM  
Jim "THE HAMMER" Shapiro! One eight hundred, five-four-six, seventy-seven seventy-seven!

And I live in farking Canada!
 
2012-09-09 06:10:22 PM  
I'm Ernie Boch,
COME ON DOWN!
 
2012-09-09 06:11:41 PM  

aug3: zoom
box 350
boston mas
02134

send it to Zoom!


========

I'm gonna Zooma, Zooma Zooma Zoom!
 
2012-09-09 06:12:02 PM  
Pete Ellis Dodge, Long Beach Freeway, Firestone Exit, South Gate.

Pete Ellis Ford, 91 Freeway, Lakewood Exit, Bellflower.

Never thought of buying a car in either place. Capitalism at work?
 
2012-09-09 06:13:05 PM  

moshi8:
"Dublin, Berkely, San Leandro, Cupertino, Sunnyvale"


Denevi Camera - Dublin, Berkeley, San Lorenzo, Cupertino and San Jose

http://www.denevi.com/about-denevi/
 
2012-09-09 06:13:10 PM  
five...
 
2012-09-09 06:13:45 PM  

hollowmoon: Anyone who grew up on the seacoast of NH can sing you the Water Country jingle. It's been well over a decade sing I lived there, but I can still sing it verbatim.


Yup. Also, anyone in New England who breaks their windshield calls "one eight hundred fifty-four giant...". It would never occur to anyone to do otherwise.
 
2012-09-09 06:13:57 PM  
As a kid in Chicago in the 60's, the earworm before Empire was a fake indian chant with a tom-tom beat behind it:

Call, MOW-hawk FOUR, Four, one-HUNdred, C.E.T., C.E.T.

And in the 70's, White Hen Pantry used psychology to make you complete the jingle yourself;

When you
Run out
Run out
to
White Hen
When you run out of anything,
run out
to
White Hen
when you
run out
run out
to.....


........

.....


(fuuuuuuuuuuuuu!)
 
2012-09-09 06:14:15 PM  
I noticed awhile after I started buying cheapo 45s at flea markets that I wasn't buying only songs I liked, I was buying songs I was simply familiar with from hearing them a couple dozen times on top-40 radio years earlier. How many times have I heard the Empire Carpet jingle? Tens of thousands.
 
2012-09-09 06:14:45 PM  
cdn.smallbusinessbranding.com

/hot
 
2012-09-09 06:15:39 PM  
farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-09 06:15:39 PM  

Any Pie Left: As a kid in Chicago in the 60's, the earworm before Empire was a fake indian chant with a tom-tom beat behind it:

Call, MOW-hawk FOUR, Four, one-HUNdred, C.E.T., C.E.T.

And in the 70's, White Hen Pantry used psychology to make you complete the jingle yourself;

When you
Run out
Run out
to
White Hen
When you run out of anything,
run out
to
White Hen
when you
run out
run out
to.....


........

.....


(fuuuuuuuuuuuuu!)



Dammit, Any Pie Left, as a kid living in Chicago in the 80's that was NOT cool.
 
Although in the 80's it was more of a jingle than an indian chant, IIRC.
 
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