TV adverts are supposed to be the bit where you get up off your bahoochie and put the kettle on. To do this, however, means that you could be missing some of the best material ever committed to the small screen. Take this 1980s KitKat ad as an example. It features a young-ish Gavin Richards (of ‘Allo ‘Allo and EastEnders infamy) as a weary A&R man, reluctantly meeting a gormless young band to briefly entertain their demo tape. Not only was this the best ad on telly in its day, the song, ‘Alien Invasion’ (“Alien invasion / what on earth are we gonna do?”) was so catchy, it hasn’t left my head for the past two decades. Incidentally, one of the girls (I’ll leave you to guess which) is reputedly the beautiful Scots model and TV presenter, Carol Smillie, in her pre-blonde days. Not entirely sure about that but it’s wonderful to watch this over and over again regardless.
6 thoughts on “Ad Break – KitKat’s “Alien Invasion””
brilliant! I was only four yrs old in 1985, and I completely remember that dude on the right playing rhythm on the white vase. Funny, I’ve always had an uncontrollable urge to eat chocolate whenever I see a porcelain vase
Nick – this clip has just missed the 2 seconds at the start where he spins one of the sticks and drops it on the table. The only downside to this ad was that my dad entirely related to the A&R man’s grimace, in the time-honoured way of parents ‘not understanding’ modern music. And my mum, a former hairdresser, didn’t like their (quote/unquote) “punk” hairstyles either.
Great ad! What a memory too. And now the song is stuck in my head! Ahhhh…
does anybody has got this song
and i am all ears and if you do
send it to this e-mail address
if that will be greatfull thanks.
(retro advert fan and frankie smales movie and yv review uk)
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