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Beer ad from the early 90s - help a girl out

  • 12-12-2022 6:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭

    Because my family all think I made this up and I'm genuinely starting to wonder if it was all a fever dream. But I *distinctly* remember an ad for beer that used to be on Irish TV in the 90s It had the song "Oh Sit Down" by James in it and featured a woman in a short skirt with the tops of her stockings showing walking into a bar and getting absolutely letched on by the men sitting at the counter.

    Neither Google nor repeated interrogations of my family and friends have turned up any evidence of its existence. Did I actually dream it?





  • Posts: 5,121 [Deleted User]

    Rings a bell but can't remember what exactly it was for.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,471 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Sit Down came out in 1990 so you'd need to look at 90s ads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,591 ✭✭✭buried

    Only Irish advert I remember from the eighties is that Christmas ESB advert with the young lad letching at the pub

    "You have disgraced yourselves again" - W. B. Yeats

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    @L1011  90s then. It's not like I was setting 1980-1989 as a parameter in my searches anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭WesternZulu

    Smithwicks was it?

    You're definitely right about their being an ad with that song though.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    Yeah, I thought Smithwicks but, again, Google is denying all knowledge!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,118 ✭✭✭Idle Passerby

    Yeah I remember it. I'd say it was more mid-late 90s. Possibly Heinaken or something equally generic

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,873 ✭✭✭eggy81

    this is hardly it wrong song though

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭Oops!

    Was it an ad for Bass? I remember it too....

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 21,391 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

    Because my family all think I made this up

    Did you? Be honest

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,563 ✭✭✭Feisar

    Pretty sure it was Heineken, I remember the lady in the little black dress and he lads having a look as she walked by.

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,004 ✭✭✭sully123

    You didn't imagine it

  • Registered Users Posts: 78,180 ✭✭✭✭Victor

    Ask James's label Rough Trade Records.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,352 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Just chalk it up to the “Mandela Effect”, or a glitch in the matrix and move on

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,720 ✭✭✭Hangdogroad

    I remember it well. Think it might have been a mainly instrumental version of Sit Down used except for the end when the chorus kicks in. Im pretty sure there was some kind of gimmicky camera angles used, or maybe split screen. Cant recall what drink it was for.

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,344 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm

    They also did a follow up ad during the World Cup when some girl walked past the TV while a match was on. It was a crowd chanting it.

    pretty sure it was Heineken.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    Glad I'm not going crazy. There's absolutely zero evidence of it ever having existed to be found online, though. Or at least with any of the search terms I'm using. Maybe it got cancelled. It was horrendously sexist, in fairness. That's actually why I remember it, I absolutely hated it, even at the time, and I was only about 8.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,080 ✭✭✭✭Maximus Alexander

    I 100% remember there being an ad with that song. Couldn't tell you what it was for though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,324 ✭✭✭jetsonx

    Thanks for posting that video eggy81.

    That was one of the most under-rated ads for a beer brand ever! Subtle, slightly mysterious but also down-to-earth with a perfect sound track. A really timeless ad. It also throws in a very subtle dig at Guinness hinting that it's just a womens drink. 😁😁😁 . Compare that ad to an ad for Rockshore....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,563 ✭✭✭Feisar

    Cancelled was hardly a thing back then, why was it so sexist?

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,985 ✭✭✭✭Grayson

    I tried searching yesterday. And ended up with that song stuck in my head. I'm going to try again over the weekend. Now I just need to know what it was in.

    There was one time pre internet where me and a group of friends remembered an advert with the line "Tuesday, nothing ever happens on a Tuesday" and we had to wait for it to go online before we could figure out what it was.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,113 ✭✭✭Buddy Bubs

    What was it?????

    This thread is bad enough already!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,194 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    I don't remember that ad - and it sounds like the sort of thing that I'd have noticed as a horny teenager in the 90s. I do have a vague memory that the song was used in an ad or likely multiple different ads.

    There are hours of UK and Irish tv ads from the 90s on YouTube so if you put in the time you'll surely stumble across it. I'm looking for one for Volvic mineral water circa 1992 with women playing tennis and at the end of the ad for a split second one of their skirts blows up and shows her knickerless arse. No info on it online, nothing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    Another one that sounds like it may since have been cancelled. It's not exactly the done thing anymore to present women as literal sex objects to shift a few pints or bottles of water or whatever.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,985 ✭✭✭✭Grayson

    Quality street. Two old women sitting on a bench. One says that and a marching band walk past immediately after.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,985 ✭✭✭✭Grayson

    So, I did a quick search for volvic adverts and couldn't find anything. Then I thought, maybe another brand. Seems like it might be evian based on the type of advert they ran.

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 37,925 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,366 ✭✭✭Star Bingo

    And oldie but a refreshie.