It’s July, so that means it’s probably Lobster Fest or Shrimp Fest at Red Lobster (it’s always one or the other, isn’t it?). Well it may be, but actually, it means it’s “Can Can” time at ShopRite.
I remember this being big in the ’80s when I was a kid—and I was not at all surprised to hear the radio spot for it just the other day. (If it ain’t broke…) The annual event started in 1971 as January tradition, then grew into a twice-annual stock-up sale on (you’ve probably guessed), yes, canned goods. (Though, contrary to the name, it also includes non-canned items as well. Boo!) The Summer Can Can, which runs in July, was added in 2002.
The catchy commercial jingle, set to a can-can tune of course, would boast a chorus singing the lyrics:
“Now, Shop Rite does the can-can
Selling lots of brands of everything in ‘Cans.’ Cans!
Today, it’s great to save some cash
So go to ShopRite’s Can Can Bash”
[then it would close out with:]
Now’s the time to shop at ShopRite’s Can Can Bash!
Now’s the time to stock up while the values last!”
You can take a look back at more videos of the commercials through the years at ShopRite’s own youtube channel.
I love this mid-eighties ad for the Canadian CJOR radio. It is interestingly written and using their President, Harvey Gold as spokesman, grounds it in reality. My favorite line?
“You know, our research says that radio listeners under 35 just want to rock the night away or the day for that matter.”
So ask yourself people? Do you wanna rock? Or would you rather be interesting? You cannot be both…
Nightfall was a CBC radio drama series that ran on CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. It focused mostly on the supernatural/horror subjects with the occasional detour into Sci-Fi and mystery. Unfortunately it was not in my listening range when I was growing up, but I have become acquainted with it recently and it is a great show to listen to when you need a good scare.
In the mid eighties they started to release the show on cassette and they used this wonderfully creepy commercial to sell them…
Want to give Nightfall a listen? Tune into any one of the episode from this player courtesy of the Internet Archive.
I have shared many print and video fast food advertising memories here on the site. One area I have not shared a lot of is radio, mostly because I personally did not record many commercials when taping off live radio. This seems to have been the norm, because searching online does not reveal many of those classic radio jingles that I heard on family road trips or while playing computer games late at night in my bedroom.
Here is a jingle from 1988 for McDonald’s. It is part of one of their very memorable “It’s a good time for the great taste at McDonald’s” ads and hopefully will trigger some swell radio memories.