I was wondering if you could help me find a commercial that I haven’t seen since the ’90s. I think it was an advertisement for a car stereo system. In the beginning of the ad you see the inside of an alien spaceship with a couple of aliens looking down on Earth. One of them says something like, “This is Earth which is home to humans, a friendly race.”
Next we’re on Earth on a country road and a guy pops a CD into his stereo. He cranks up the volume of a death metal song that has a guy screaming, “DESTROY! DESTROY!! DESTROY YOU!!!” The song is so loud that the aliens can hear it from space. They are offended and now sense that humans are a hostile species instead. They lock a target on Earth and blast it away. I’m not sure if it actually showed the planet exploding or it just showed the logo of the product being advertised.
It greatly impacted me because it introduced me to the idea that music could be used to offend and anger others as well as have a cathartic effect on the listener. I went on to order a bunch of GWAR and Slayer albums from my Mom’s Columbia House ordering catalog. I eventually started listening to death metal, black metal, or any kind of aggressive, loud, or fast music I could find.
My Wife, Step-son, and I were looking up funny commercials on YouTube one night when I told her to try to find it. We had no luck. All we found was the black and white Pioneer car stereo commercial where it shows the guy listening to his metal so loud that it’s shacking the entire bridge that his car is sitting on.
Also, I’m in the midst of making a documentary about painting and I was hoping you post this preview of it….
Phil Mertz of Grimpressions