Remembering Michael Jackson - The Pepsi Commercials

Today is retro commercials Monday here at the PopArtDiva blog and with the world still in shock and mourning over the death of Michael Jackson it seemed like a good idea to remember those wonderful, fun commercials he did for Pepsi in the eighties.

Do you remember this series from 1988?:

This was the one where his hair caught fire during the filming:

Here's a very rare Japanese commercial for Suzuki - long before all the plastic surgery. I think this one is from the 70s but if anyone has any more info on it, please leave me a comment.

This one from 1984 was one of my favorites - it features a very young Alfonso Ribeiro (best known as Will's cousin, Carlton Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel Air) as a Michael Jackson fan and imitator running into his Michael on the streets as he dances and impersonates his hero:

Michael Jackson could even turn a soft drink commercial into a full blown musical with story line and great soundtrack!

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  1. Although I remember "Part 1" of the Pepsi spot built around the song "Bad", I don't recall the follow-ups. They were fun to watch though. The Pepsi spot the Jacksons did with Alfonso is still one of my favorites.

    I really enjoyed the Suzuki commercial, I didn't even know it existed. It was most likely made in either 1979 or 1980.

    By the way, you may have heard about the passing of Gale Storm. I just finished a post about her and Karl Malden.

  2. I did not know Gale Storm had passed away - and Karl Malden too? I guess the death of Michael Jackson pretty much overshadowed all other celebrity passings.

    I remember Ms. Storm in My Little Margie, and, of course, Karl Malden in so many movies and The Streets of San Francisco.

    Thanks for letting me know.


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