Licorice Pizza Ad, 1982

Licorice Pizza Ad 1982

Men at Work’s Business as Usual and Michael Jackson’s Thriller are the first two cassettes I bought. Almost every album advertised here is now a classic:

Missing Persons’ debut, Spring Session M (“Walking in L.A.”, “Destination Unknown”); The Clash’s Combat Rock (“Rock the Casbah”)—I bought this one too; Marvin Gaye’s Midnight Love (“Sexual Healing”); Foreigner’s “best of” compilation Records; Culture Club’s debut, Kissing to Be Clever (“I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”); Led Zeppelin’s final album, Coda.

I also see Neil Diamond’s Heartlight, which I got (with my dad’s money) my mom for Christmas that year. The title track—inspired by E.T.—is easily one of the worst songs ever recorded.

(Image via The Daily Mirror)

2 Responses to “Licorice Pizza Ad, 1982”


  1. 1 His friend J December 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I remember the song, but until I just watched part of the vidoe (and can we have a separate discussion about the hair?), I never had any idea about the ET over tones. Of course I was only 7 at the time.

  2. 2 Tim May 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I was about 12 when the song “Heartlight” was popular. At first I didn’t really pay much attention to it, then suddenly it dawned on me: heartlight + young boy = E.T. When I tried to convince my mom, she figured it was just a coincidence because Neil Diamond wouldn’t do something cheesy like that.


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