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1970 Dodge Charger RT Promotional photo from summer 1969

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1969 Dodge Charger 500 by Greg Gjerdingen
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Because I am a loser, I figured that I would put together 100 of the things that most people skip through to get the good part of tv. Commercials! (more masterposts)

1950’s
Kool Aid ● First Barbie Ad ● Jell-O and Racism ● Ipana Toothpaste ● Hamm’s Beer ● Tootsie Roll Pops ● Pepsodent Toothpaste ● Swiss Creme Sandwich ● Skippy Peanut Butter ● Ritz Crackers ● I can’t do anything, but thanks to the copy machine that doesn’t matter! ● Doctor’s recommend smoking! ● “let’s make this woman’s face radioactive to test our cream” ● Ajax Cleaner ● Colgate ● Halo Shampoo ● Rapid Shave 

1960’s
Moutain Dew Soda ● The Flintstones support Busch Beer ● Cereal sold by a creep clown?? ● Coke keeps you thin! ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee ● The Flintstones reccomend Winston Cigarettes ● Pink Panther Flakes ● Dick Tracy silent ray gun ● Tang ● Cracker Jack ● Swing Wing ● Polaroid Swinger ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee, part two ● Even a woman can drive this! ● Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum ● Twister ● Green Giant ● Mattel “V-rroom!” ● Robot Commando ● “We put human souls in life like dolls” ● Cheerios ● Gillette razor ● Hoover ● Surf washing powder 

1970’s
McDonald’s ● I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing ● Star Trek Communicators ● Say Cheeseburger ● Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow ● Tang, for earthmen ● Astronaut Breakfast ● Big Mac ● Faberge Shampoo ● Shake & Bake vs House-i-tosis ● Folger’s coffee ● Kool-Aid ● Land of the Jawas Playset ● Millenium Falcon Kenner ● Baby Laugh A Lot ● Star Trek: the McDonald’s meal ● Whirlpool Portable Washer ● 22 Explosive Hits ● Dodge Charger 500 

1980’s
The Apple Bra ● Kentucky Fried Chicken ● Nintendo Cereal System ● Pepsi Generation ● Connect Four ● Micro Machines ● Chia Pets ● Wham-O Slip-n-Slide ● Castle Grayskull ● Dino-Riders ● Smooshees ● Do The Arches ● Ayds ● You & Your Johnson ● ET the Video Game ● Zack the Lego Maniac ● The Slim Suit ● Color Computer ● It’s Gonna Be A Great Day 

1990’s
The new mobile phone, from radio shack! ● KFC with MC Hammer ● Nintendo 64 ● The Wunder Boner ● Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies ● Apple Jacks ● Ecto Cooler ● WHAM-O Bubble Thing ● Skip It ● Gotta have my pops! ● Nerf Arrow Storm ● Liquid Cool ● “Bud” “Weis” “er” ● Batman & Robin ● How to enjoy Disney World, Larry 

2000’s
The Brother/Sister Folgers ad ● Dude Dell ● M&M’s ● Capri-Sun Coolers ● Go-Gurt ● Trix - Fashion Show 

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The Strokes - Hard To Explain

Footage of The Strokes playing “Take It or Leave It” from MTV2’s Two Dollar Bill concert is used in the video. Amongst stock footage, the video contains clips from Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider (both of which are credited), a clip from the film Brainstorm, a commercial for the 1970 Dodge Charger 500 (scene of a woman sitting in a car), a clip from the film WarGames, NASA footage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in orbit, the rocket engine firing of the Saturn V and image of particle tracks in a bubble chamber (which forms the American album cover for Is This It). Some of the stock footage was taken from the film Koyaanisqatsi, which was presented by Francis Ford Coppola. (according to Wikipedia)

I almost wasn’t going to write about “Hard To Explain”. But it’s one of my favorite songs, and it felt wrong not to talk about it. It’s so clean and orderly sounding - they’ve often been described as having a metronomic sound - which is something you can really hear here. It’s very precise. And yet the lyrics, by contrast, are messy, disorganized, chaotic. All of these things that are wrong and difficult about life is packaged together into this neat, clean soundtrack.

Something that comes across to me in this song is how much of it is about trying. “Saying the right things but act the wrong way”, “pretend to be nice so I can be mean” - it’s full of contradictions. You’re sort of meandering around, trying to act like a human being the way you are supposed to, but feeling like you’ve been shortchanged somehow. You’re trying to convince yourself, as well as everyone around you, that you aren’t like them at all.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a naiveté to this thought process. It really worked for me in high school because I was convinced that I was the same way - I was different, I wasn’t going to be like the rest. It’s a superior attitude, one I’ve thankfully grown out of. Now I just hear a lot of desperation and loneliness in this song. At times, it sounds like a break up song. But what are you breaking up with? A dead end relationship? Society? Your past? Where are you going from here? I just want to put this song on repeat and take a long road trip, never looking back.