Throwback Thursday: Roll a Pair Of Winning '80s Las Vegas Commercials
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According to the following videos, Las Vegas in the 1980s was about as much fun as a saxophone player belting out a solo in front of a neon sign.
It’s once again that time of the week to rummage through the memory bin and find some truly great travel treasures.
This week we take a look at a Las Vegas that was heading into the '90s. Long before the “What Happens In Vegas” campaign, there was something that was so purely '80s about the city, you can smell the Aqua Net just watching the ads.
The first commercial is apparently from 1986, and it features the amount of pixilation and graininess we might expect from the decade.
We assume that the blurry images down below feature the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Siegfried & Roy, Dolly Parton and Frank Sinatra.
It was the American way to play, which may or may not mean losing your paycheck at the roulette table.
By 1989 smooth jazz took over the city and rendered all other forms of music obsolete—at least that’s what we get with this iteration of the same campaign a few years later:
Wayne Newton is out for a horse-riding stroll, some lady in a bikini catches the cameras looking at her and another dives straight into a "Las Vegas" pool.
The decade’s idea of fun seems to be water slides, pools and heavy saxophone solos in the background.
In fact, you may want to bust out the "Miami Vice" suits from the closet, crank this baby up and play some poker tonight.
Even Joan Rivers and Jay Leno get in on the action-packed thrill ride that is this 30-second spot for the city.
It’s a good thing that Vegas has a crack marketing squad, because nobody would ever know that this bastion of golf, flashing lights and catchy slogans ever existed.
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