Weirdest commercial I ever saw

James / February 18th, 2013

Here’s a commercial from the 80’s I don’t think I ever saw before, but now, I’m obsessed with it. Just watch.

I can’t get that jingle out of my head. If I saw this as a kid, I would have definitely been lured into the sparkling gaze of that naked dancing space-floating gremlin, and would have called that number. And from that point on, what would happen? I don’t know. The number’s been disconnected.

Does anyone remember this commercial? Anyone ever called the number, and can tell us what it was all about? It would be really awesome if someone had a recording of it, like the Wally bear line, but I know that’s unlikely. Also, did Freddy Freaker appear anywhere else? Was he a character? A toy? Or just a product of this warped commercial?

 

Comments

  • February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    One of the strangest things I have ever seen.
    It kind of reminds me of that thing from Return of the jedi
    in jabbas place.

  • February 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Most of the time it was just an automatic recording kinda like when I called the 1-900 number to talk to Bill Clinton and he dedicated his Saxophone solo to Marky. MY name isn’t Marky.

    • LightningLuigi

      February 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      What?! Did Bill Clinton sign off on that? What?!

  • Frow

    February 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “Hear what’s scamming from New York to L.A.” LOL

  • spoonshiro

    February 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I don’t remember this commercial, but it is oddly catchy…

  • February 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The 80’s were awesome! I don’t remember this commercial, however I have always had the trashy tv show from Robocop stuck in my head at the part when the guy on tv says, “I’ll buy that for a dollar”. Yea, I’m weird too.

  • culwin

    February 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Here’s a shirt with him on it…
    http://freddiefreaker.com/
    And yeah apparently someone actually registered the domain name heh…

    • Kenshiroh

      February 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      This is the first time I’ve seen this commercial. That is weird. I would not have called it if I had seen it in the 80s, but I have never called any 1-900 numbers in my life.

      WhoIs Info on FreddieFreaker.com

  • Tim

    February 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    490-FREA… so wait… is the K in the phone number actually even part of the number? Or is it just there to make the word “freak”. Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before…

    • February 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Wow, I didn’t even think about that. This commercial gets more interesting all the time.

      I like how the only thing the freak says is “two dollars a call.” You’d think he’d be talking about the fun stuff, but instead he mentions the business side of things.

    • culwin

      February 19, 2013 at 1:38 am

      They used to do that all the time in commercials.
      Make 1-800 numbers too long, just so they could make some word out of them.

  • ToadRoad

    February 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    One of the related videos is 1-900-490-CREEP to talk to Ghosts and Zombies. Another phone number that seems to long. They could probably use pretty much the exact same jingle though.

  • Steelebourne

    February 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What the hell did I just watch? And why can’t I stop watching it? I think my IQ drops 20 points each time…I’m in the negatives now.

    • Steelebourne

      February 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, replying to myself…I’m some kind of freak.

      The lyrics sound like something school bullies would sing to make fun of the little freaks.

  • February 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Some times james my friend you have the weirdest ways to show something like a commercial.

  • February 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Dude, james, the CREEP PHONE, 1900490CREEP, reminds me of your Street Fighter 2 for GAMEBOY! Video. lol

  • Dani Francine David

    February 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    According to the YouTube comments, when you call the number, he just screams and says “This is Freddy Freaker!” then hangs up.

    • ToadRoad

      February 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Easily the best possible way to spend $2.

  • February 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I am 95% sure that the voice in that jingle is Stan Bush, the 80s vocalist that sang “The Touch” and “Dare” from 1986 The Transformers movie. He’s still around today, and man, what a voice he has. Very cool, haven’t seen this before.

  • mutt12

    February 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Holy crap, I remember that! That yellow dancing guy is nightmare fuel.

    • mutt12

      February 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Also, I’m surprised those 900 numbers aimed at kids raising their parents’ phone bills lasted so long. I remember during the 90’s they charged by the minute and the commercials teased with the offer of free toys if you stay on the call long enough to get an address to send a postcard to.

  • LordJason1986

    February 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

    another way to rank up your parents phone bills causing your entire family to go bankrupt.

  • February 19, 2013 at 3:48 am

    What commercial? There’s nothing showing?

  • February 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Dunno if you’ve noticed it, but at the end of the commercial it says “Starwest Entertainment” and “L.A. Toys”. I guess that could be a hint?

  • February 19, 2013 at 4:23 am

    WHAT……….THE……..FUCK…………DID……I…..JUST…..SEE….?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 19, 2013 at 6:18 am

    • Lukas Sprehn

      February 19, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Oh, and the Fredy Freak thing was a terrible rip-off with a lame recording of Freddy Feeaker. Nothing in return but a theft of your hard-earned allowance money! 🙁

  • February 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    It was something to do with MTV. I don’t remember much else about it though.

  • Uncle Sporkums

    February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    You’re really awesome at finding this kind of stuff, James. From the lyrics, it sounds like it’s a party line, although other people here seem to have a better idea than me. Thanks again, that puppet looks cool.

  • February 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    O_O…what the freak!?!

  • February 20, 2013 at 4:50 am

    wtf

  • An Heroic Hippo

    February 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Can that number even have been real? It’s got 8 numbers after the 900. Don’t phone numbers in North America typically have 7? I live in Canada but I’ve never seen a number with more than XXX-XXXX.

  • NoisyPanther

    February 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I was only a little kid when this kind of stuff was goign on, and all I knew about it was that it cost my mom money, which was reason enough for me not to do it. But, what exactly was the point of these 1-900 numbers? Why would anyone call? Was it just like a chat room before hte Internet got popular?

  • February 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

    On a similar note, here’s a commercial for a weird “Dial-an-Insult” commercial from the 80s (WARNING: you will go around singing “Dial him up! He’s gonna cut you down! Gonna let you know that you’re nothing but a clown!” to yourself) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7CesLRx9sg

  • February 22, 2013 at 2:52 am

    3 Simple words to describe what I am thinking after seeing this commercial: What, The, F*ck?!

  • February 22, 2013 at 3:01 am

    From Youtube:
    “I used to call this from number a public swimming pool when I was a kid (alot of places had not figured out that they needed to block 900 numbers yet!)…It was a party line…You could (sorta) hear everyone else who had just called the number…Just a bunch of kids screaming their city and cussing each other out…The 80’s were awesome”

  • peanutbobo

    February 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    James! this is a commercial for the same number, it has more info, it’s some kind of horror hotline! Weird!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oCewHJ-PSY

  • February 23, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Anyone have any idea where the monster footage in this “Creep Phone” commercial is from? (It even uses the phrase “Monster Madness!”) It looks kind of like Troll 2 or something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=e2M5K5T_44M&feature=endscreen

  • Antifrodis

    February 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve had this commercial taped on VHS for years. I’ve thought about posting it to Youtube but never bothered to. It aired in Chicago when I saw it. If I dig up the tape, I’d probably be able to figure out what time of day it aired. I’m guessing late night. I always wondered what you’d hear when you called as well. I was probably only 14 when I saw it, so I wasn’t about to run up my parents phone bill to find out. Whatever it was, it was about as popular back then as it is now. Maybe less.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Silliness! Yeah that commercial is really catchy, though! I still find it incredible that they were allowed to make those, though. You’d think something like that would be illegal from the get go.

  • February 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    No problem, i wouldn´t sleep tonight anyway.

  • taykel

    February 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    That is the weirdest commercial ever.

  • February 25, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I remember the commercial. I can recall where I was while watching it and therefore can date this to the early 90’s. Never called the number. These commercials would come on all the time during USA Up all night, Night Flight or Talk Soup.

  • Amy

    February 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Ok…maybe its just me, but that thing is kinda scary. It kinda reminds me of the *old* mascots for Quiznos. Its so creepy!!!! Or a lamer version of the Fieries in Labyrinth. Not looking the same, just giving the same vibe. Scary!!!

  • Wes

    February 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Has anyone called this number?

  • Wes

    February 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I just call this number, 1-900-2-insult and 1-900-909-creep and all are out of service. Bummer. Gotta call from a LAN line too. I’m probably the only person left with a LAN line in thier home.

  • jox

    February 27, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I think these are illegal now. They were probably just scams to kids to call and take their parents money. Check this link and scroll to marketing to children:
    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel04.shtm

  • ryoga2k

    February 28, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Apparently someone in the video comments did call:

    I used to call this from number a public swimming pool when I was a kid (alot of places had not figured out that they needed to block 900 numbers yet!)…It was a party line…You could (sorta) hear everyone else who had just called the number…Just a bunch of kids screaming their city and cussing each other out…The 80’s were awesome

    so.. pretty much an 80s version of an IRC channel

  • NegaNova

    March 1, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Hahahahaha God I love this.

  • March 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Oh Lord. I remember this commercial. I never called it (because calling a 900 number would’ve caused untold problems with my parents), but the second the song started playing, I had a Freak Flashback!

  • SomeStranger

    March 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    It is catchy.
    You guys at cinemassacre may be interested in this 80s Australian advertisement. It was a response from the massive fear of AIDS in the world at the time. It’s pretty safe to say it’s controversial.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U219eUIZ7Qo

  • March 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Reminds me of that jingle on the VHS at the beginning of Little Monsters with Maurice and all those kids in sunglasses. 1..900..89..MAURICE! I think it was to join some fan club or contest. I’ll never forget it though!

  • Jake Westbrook

    June 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    …………… what did I just watch????

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