I’m not sure how it started, but my family got involved in commercials for the briefest of moments. I wish I knew the circumstances that brought this about, but somehow we have two commercials to our name.
This first one just has me in it. I got tapped to play… of all things, an eskimo. I think this was circa 1987, right when Matchbox released a new line of toys called “Linkits.” Sort of like Legos, but different.
You’ll see me wearing a huge fur coat, sitting in front of an igloo playing with the toys. If you’re quick, you’ll see that just to my right (in the background), this dog pops his head up for just a split second. This commercial was filmed in a warehouse near Glendale Mall, and it was the middle of summer. Totally uncomfortable.
I’m also in the group shot, where everyone’s lined up in all their Benneton glory, arms entertwined and singing (on the far left, way in the back).
After this commercial was shot, I kept my eye out for Linkits… hoping they’d become this huge craze and somehow I’d get called back to do another commercial. Sadly, almost noone I’ve talked to has heard of Linkits.
Weird and random trivia: in the large group shot with everyone swaying/singing, the girl in the front row in the red outfit is Ingie Bruggeman. Several years later, when I was in high school, I would eventually date her older sister, Dzintra. Somehow, we discovered that both of us took part in this very bizarre (and seemingly obscure) commercial. Weird!
Catchy song though, am I right? Partly it’s the awesome synth drums, and partly it’s the tune that sort of buries itself in your brain.
Me and yoooouuuuu oooooooo ooooooo ooooooo ooooooooo.