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“Blown Away Guy”: Iconic music image


The Blown Away Guy campaign did boost Maxell's sales as did their Israelites advert ( and The Skids (, they were up against TDK at the time and to be honest the TDK audio cassettes probably just had it.

Sticking with an Audiophile theme, I was surprised to learn its 50yrs of the Technic's SL 1200!?!

In the UK in the early 90's you couldn't get these for love nor money, not A stock, not B stock, not C stock because of the Rave/Acid house culture taking off (along with the de'rigueur Stanton cartridge), which is why this ( will bring back some massive grins for some people! You know who you are! ;)


And it boosted sales of LC2 chairs. We've got one in our foyer. A licensed "Cassina" one


> Sticking with an Audiophile theme, I was surprised to learn its 50yrs of the Technic's SL 1200!?!

I'm trying to fetch one. At 1099 EUR it's kinda a steal: only 100 EUR more than a non-anniversary / unlimited one. And the (non limited) used ones anyway can easily go for 800 EUR.

It's not as epic as the 1995 limited run of 5000 gold-plated units (which, I'm sure, are now worth a little fortune so I'll never have one of these), but at 12 000 units that 50th anniversary run looks like a real bargain and the closest I can get to that 1995 collectible one.

Are you getting one?


I think the MK4's were technically the best on paper but from what I've read they were only sold in Japan. Dont forget things like leaded solder is no longer used today.

Maybe one day but dont have the time for it.


I bought a broken one for 340 Euros in 2006. Replaced the cables and the needle light and it was good to go.

Still alive and kicking in 2022


Decades later, and I can still remember all the words on the Isrealites and Skids ads and can't listen to either song without singing along with those words.


I remember buying 2 new SL-1200s for $400 a pop 15 years ago. I have 3 of them collecting dust in my parents basement. Shocked to find out that a pair of new ones will cost over $2k today.


Not only that, but I am sure you could dust off those 1200s and sell them for over $400 each. Even beaten up mk2 models can fetch that much.


Your last link is incorrect


I dont understand?


Bicep Glue is relatively recent. It's not from the early 90s: people may not realize they're showing images where insane rave parties took place.

FWIW I've got the original version of Bicep Glue in my car as well as a one hour non-stop repetitive loop. I sometimes listen to that when driving. I love it.


I don't know why but yesterday, all the other links opened the videos, but not that one. It kept going to some page saying 'You browser is capable of viewing Youtube' or something like that.

Today it worked however!


My favorite cosplay of this was when Ryan Dunn dressed up as him and they used a fighter jet to blast him with 200C air.


As a teenager, I had a modified version of this hanging on my room; someone had added a yawning cat on top of the speaker, and re-captioned it "Tuna Breath."

Back in my day we walked uphill to school both ways in the snow and bought our memes on paper at Spencer's Gifts.


That cat thing is brill. Thanks for starting my day with a major larf.


Blown-Away Guy may be the most iconic still image, but I'd say the most iconic moving image with sound was the commercial for Memorex cassette tape with Ella Fitzgerald and the "Is it Live, or is it Memorex?" tagline: It was so popular, there were various sequels.


I bought Maxell for all my cassette tape copying needs but "Is it live, or is it Memorex?" is what lives on in my memories today.


Oh man, the embedded youtube clip of the spot is priceless in the fact that there is an hiss so dominate in the audio just as if I was listening to one of the discussed Maxell tapes! It had me looking for the NR button.


Even with a standard bias tape, with a halfway non shitty deck one could do a little bit better than that though. Linear VHS audio which this clearly is (on an aged tape) has especially bad SNR and response, much worse than a compact cassette. On the other hand, HiFi VHS audio for a time was basically practically the best at home recordable audio format (reel to reel was cool but quite a bit less common).

I’m not sure what speed that tape is running at but I’m going to guess LP, + the effects of age +/- dirty tape heads — someone with too much time on their hands could analyze it and figure it out. It looks like the original ad was shot on 16mm film.


I'm aware the sound wasn't from a cassette, but it's strikingly ironic to me. Very fitting.

Coincidentally, I used to record a weekend radio show that was on for 6 hours straight on to VHS tape HiFi tracks for playback later without having to flip the cassette.


Indeed, was not ragging on your comment. The opposite… now that cassettes are hipster Hi-Fi these days for some dumb reason. Compact cassettes were a fantastic design and set of engineering compromises for their time - a time that has long passed.


What’s NR and SNR?


NR is noise reduction. It’s the thing that made Dolby a household name:

SNR is signal to noise ratio.


noise reduction and signal to noise ratio, presumably.


NR = Noise Reduction


As a Bauhaus fan, reading the article was "Eh? It was Peter Murphy" - and then I found it was a different ad in the UK.



Was that the actual ad? It's not nearly as impressive is it? It just looks like some random clip of a music video. It just doesn't have the same sense of the commotion is caused by the tape to me.


Not as good as the American version. Which seems to be a recurring theme.


nice save at :25


I've been looking for this for a long time but couldn't put a good description to it since I saw it as a kid.


Another contemporary parody I remember is from the comic Bloom County.

(Don’t be fooled by the url date, that’s just the date gocomics reran it)


I had not seen this before, but I have seen many parodies of it which retrospectively make sense.

I found this collection of some of them:

When i was a kid, we used to call these 'Simpsons moments' referring to the feeling of seeing the parody before the original. As the Simpsons has many cultural references, but is also popular with kids, many of us who grew up watching it had various 'now I get it' moments.

What's interesting is that's it's not obvious that there is a parody or reference at all if one is not familiar. I remember the Simpsons having terminator, 2001, and many other film references that I would have an aha moment years later when i finally understood it.


My memories are very fuzzy but I feel like Maxell tapes lived up to the hype and they were better than the usual dreck I had. I’d put my “good stuff” on any Maxell I could find.


Maxwell may have won the tape print ad war, but TDK definitely buried this TV ad in my brain in the 80's. (I think the singer is Aussie, so I wonder if this was also a global commercial).