What The Hell Was That?: Psychedelic Levi Commercials From The Early 1970's

May 31, 2018

These are two vintage Levi commercials from the early 1970's narrated by voice-over and recording artist Ken Nordine, best known from his Word Jazz albums of the 1950's and 60's. The first is a trippy evolution of man themed ad, and the second is based on Nordine's recording of the poem 'Flibberty Jib' from the original Word Jazz album. As weird as they are, that was definitely some solid advertising, and I just bought six pairs of Levis off Amazon, all in sizes that I know won't fit me but I won't return. Modern advertisers should really take a page from the 1970's advertising playbook and-- "What? Sit around and do psychedelics all day?" Not a bad job if you can get it. Wait -- can you get it? I'm willing to try new things, here's my resume. "This is a picture of a cat licking a window." I want a corner office.

Keep going for the videos.

Thanks to Christina D, who agrees Dacron polyester was way ahead of its time and was probably space technology.

  • Doog

    This really reminds me of Donald Duck in MathMagic Land - https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • Talon184

    And here I was thinking acid-wash jeans didn't come out until the 80s. Maybe they washed 70s Levis in a different sort of acid.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Actually "stone washing" was invented in the 1950s.

  • Draco Basileus

    Dacron polyester? More like Dank-chronic polyester. AmIright?

    Now someone light me up one of them jazz cigarettes.

  • Jenness


  • TheQiwiMan

    Was anyone in the '70's NOT on LSD?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Disco was kind of an anti-LSD movement... They were more into cocaine, qualudes and other nutso shit.

  • Ollie Williams

    My parents preferred cocaine.

  • The_Wretched

    Reinforced cocaine with rough nibs?

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