The Best Super Bowl 50 Commercials

If you are a big Broncos fan or really love defensive play, then you probably enjoyed the game. If not, well…at least we had the commercials.

I’m not sure there was one ad during last night’s Super Bowl broadcast on CBS that will go down as an all-time favorite, but there were some very good ones – Puppies, a meaningful PSA, Superheroes, two well placed songs, and a casting that probably was cooler to some than others.

At times, you wondered “They really paid $5 million for that?” Like that detergent that nobody’s heard of…or the F’ing PuppyMonkeyBaby. I’m good not spending my money on Mountain Dew for a long time. Was there really a Scientology ad too? Glad I didn’t notice that one.

When you’re forced to sit down and remember what stuck out to you the day after, these are the commercials that worked.

“Commander” Audi

For those of us who are still looking up at the stars to see if Bowie is winking back down at us, this ad was cool. Audi also chose to use my favorite song choice from Oscar-nominated “The Martian”, which I’ve listened to at least 3 times a week since seeing it in theaters.

 

“Ultrasound” Doritos

This may not have been as funny to expecting mothers as it was to me, but come on…Doritos picked a solid one from their annual Super Bowl ad contest. Considering I was a baby shower the day before, it tickled me a little more.

 

“Hulk vs. Ant-Man” Coca-Cola

It felt strange not seeing any polar bears from Coca-Cola this year, but like Bud Light pointed out early on…”everybody loves Paul Rudd.” Believe it or not, I thought this pop commercial was better than any of the Batman v. Superman trailers and teasers we’ve gotten so far.

 

“Wiener Stampede” Heinz

You can’t go wrong with puppies, and Heinz nailed it. If I had a Top 3, this is certainly in there.

 

“Give A Damn” Budweiser

Budweiser didn’t give their Clydesdales much air time in their previous ad (which was really dumb in its own right. Why waste money ripping craft beer when your company acquires those same brewers right and left?) However, Helen Mirren made up for all of that and then some giving a very necessary message with the right platform. Don’t drink and drive, dumbasses.

 

“Getaway Car” Toyota Prius

Two things make this commercial awesome, to me at least. 1. The Sobotka family from season 2 of The Wire (Chris Bauer, James Ransone and Pablo Schreiber) 2. in a Chicago “Blues Brothers”-like chase scene. They almost made driving a Prius look cool.

 

“Someone To Love” Honda

Queen in any ad works. Sheep singing one of their better ensemble songs and a “voice over” works even better. Also in my Top 3.

 

“The Walken Closet’ Kia

How could you not love Christopher Walken…”Punch it, Richard!” killed me in my recliner.

 

“Cranky Marilyn” Snickers

I hope Snickers never runs out of ideas on this campaign. Betty White playing football and Abe Vigoda (*skypoint*) getting decked a few years ago, Danny Trejo as Marsha Brady…Willem Dafoe isn’t quite on Christopher Walken’s, but he’s one of the best angry actors to ever put a dress on. I’ll stand by that hyperbole.

 

What were your favorite commercials from Super Bowl 50? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter

 

A Day Remembering Bowie

I woke up from a bad dream this morning, around 3:30 AM. I checked my phone, opened Facebook to get my mind off whatever scared me and caught this from WXRT Chicago DJ Jason Thomas.

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What does that mean?!

Was the new stuff bad? Did something happen? Then I open Twitter and it’s there in front of my face. The man whose music hit me in a way when I was younger, that forced me to explore and find more like it.

gone.

I thought my nightmare was still going, that I was stuck in the weird place between being conscious and unconscious. Nope. Wide awake. I shared it with the person who I connected with the most on things like this, without any regard for the time…then eventually fell asleep with the Ziggy Stardust riff in my head. It’s still there.

Instead of writing a long and exhausting tribute, which I totally could, I want to just update this page with thoughts, memories, moments, trivia and links that I come across throughout the day…to share with fans who feel the same way.

This page will be updated throughout the day, so feel free to keep checking back.

 

The transformative GIF that you’ll see across the internet all day. Coincidentally saw it make the rounds all last week as well.

 

David Bowie on Dick Cavett in 1974, with a young Luther Vandross singing backup.

 

93XRT and morning host Lin Brehmer hit the right spots with Bowie music and interviews all morning. I imagine it will be great to hear all day, so tune in here.

 

A tribute concert that was already planned at Carnegie Hall will now be a memorial. March 31st, featuring The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson, Perry Farrell and Jakob Dylan.

 

 

 

Paul on Bowie.

 

The Rolling Stones

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Win Butler from Arcade Fire

 

 

Iggy Pop

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Nile Rodgers

 

Jimmy Page

An excerpt from a 2012 Rolling Stone cover story on Bowie regarding Page.

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U2

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Planet Earth is blue – Bono

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Queens of the Stone Age

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See you in Valhalla Black Star

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Queen

 

Bowie and Queen

 

Pete Yorn

Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!

 

Broadway’s Reaction

Michael C. Hall from Dexter is starring in “Lazarus”, based on the music from Bowie’s latest album. He performed the new single on Colbert.

 

I’m glad CoS included “Starman” from recent Oscar contender The Martian.

 

The Michael Beschloss Treatment

 

Ricky Gervais (being vulnerable)

Where their relationship began…

…and what it led to.

 

“Bowie was a step ahead of Cool.” – Kristen Schaal

 

 

Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick

 

 

Bruce Springsteen

Bowie on the first time he saw Springsteen perform…

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Kendrick Lamar

Bowie was inspired by Kendrick when recording his latest album.

 

Weird Al

 

HAIM

 

Pixies

 

Germany

 

 

NASA

 

 

 

Check back for more throughout the day! Pass any thoughts and memories of your own to either Facebook or Twitter

Movember Matchup of the Day: Freddie Mercury vs. Frank Zappa

 If you haven’t noticed by now, there’s a theme with each daily Movember matchup. Today we’ll vote on two of the all-time great musical mustaches (and the rock geniuses who wore them

Also a quick reminder: If you are participating in Movember this month, share your pics to the Facebook page or Twitter, and you will get your own matchup! 

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mustache

vs.

Frank Zappa

Zappa stache

For more, follow along on Facebook and Twitter.