That ad seems vaguely familiar to me, but I'm not sure if I ever saw it on TV or not...I think I would remember for sure if I had. Where was it banned and (I can maybe guess) why exactly?
I can see why some might find it shocking to their sensibilities, parents of young children and the elderly, but then, they aren't even close to the target audience and a commercial like this would have only run during adult programming hours in the U.S.
It's definitely an American made ad, and reminds me of plenty of 80's and 90's computer and console ads for the American market. But I don't recognize any of the listed sales outlets, and of course prices in English pounds, so it must have been run in the U.K. I doubt, if it was released in the U.S. market that it was/would-have-been banned here though. The irony is that English and European TV standards are a lot more liberal in at least sexual content than the U.S., but maybe the shocking and violent content is more liberal in the states? After all, we all carry guns around as an accessory to our fashion.
LOL! when I was in elementary school and junior high, my father used to cut my hair with clippers himself, and my hair cut did actually look like Moe's! I used to be made fun of at school for it. I quickly learned of hair gel I would put on after leaving the house to do anything with my hair rather than the bowl-top cut! I of course rebelled in high-school and grew my hair out like James Hetfield in the 80's. Now, I have about the same hair style as James has now-short.
I'm sure, in time, I can find a picture from when I was a lad, with the bowl-hair cut, possibly one from my college days...maybe...but I have very few pictures of myself actually or of my family and friends. I have old family photos that are passed down generation to generation of all these people from 100 years ago that I don't even remember who they are and they were all dead long before I came along. I still have about 7 rolls of film tucked away in storage, that I never bothered to develop, from a cross-country trip I took with a college friend back in the 90's. Most of that would be landscape shots though, with maybe 10% pictures of each other,etc. I just couldn't be bothered to care much back in the day, though now I wish I'd more pictures of my youth.
I know I never had my picture taken in front of my Atari, or any computer or console, ever. Most pictures friends took of me were in pubs, at pool tables, out camping, etc. I think I have on or two pictures of me in college playing pool and a couple taken with my date at my fraternity's annual formal dinner parties. Remember the song 'Tall cool women in a black dress?" (or was it red dress?) in any case, one of my formal dates was a Russian exchange bomb shell, Miss Universe quality, I think I still have that picture. Long black hair, long, long, legs...her name was Kira...I had a VERY similar looking girl friend in high school, she was half Caucasian and half Arabian...OH...MY...GOD...was I ever stupid to let her go...Leila.
I'm old enough to remember seeing this advert, the 1st time around
Atari had previousily prefered to market the ST via magazine advertising, TV advertising was bloody expensive and they had limited funds (by comparison i remember CBM pushing the CD32 with a lot of TV advertising).
Can't recal off hand who did the advert, but it was very clever in it's approach.
Wonder how many ST's Atari actually shipped as a result?
Atari UK always spoke about expected sales, very reluctant to comment on actual sales..
Advert was dreamed up by:John Cook and Noel Hasson, writers for:
The Harari Advertising Agency.
Not sure if they were UK or US based.
But there ya goes..some triva to go with the advert
Nice detective work there, LD.
Are we saying that the Amiga was already squeezing the ST out of the market place by this time or was it just a lousy campaign/shortage of STs around which perhaps led to disappointing sales (which I presume they were - as you say, Atari wouldn't be all that forthcoming on that point!)