Fad-Tastic! Spuds MacKenzie

    April 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Spuds MacKenzie and his Bud Light

    There is a reason they are called fads. It’s because they disappeared just as quickly as they blew up in popularity.

    Today’s Subject: Spuds MacKenzie

    Spuds was a fictional dog character created for an advertising campaign marketing Bud Light beer in the late 1980s. He first showed up in a Bud Light Super Bowl ad. Known as the “original party dog,” Spuds liked two things — beautiful women and the King of Beers.

    Here are some things you probably didn’t know about the fictional pooch:

    Shortly after Spuds’ rise to fame it was learned that the dog, who was portrayed as male in the commercials, was actually female.

    In 1992, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, charged that Anheuser-Busch was pitching the dog to children.

    The dog’s real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye. She died in 1993 of kidney failure.

    In his late-1980s anti-“sellout” anthem, “This Note’s for You”, Neil Young says he “ain’t singing for Spuds” in the title track. The dog also appears throughout the music video for the same song.

    Several Spud parodies have appeared in cartoons such as Futurama, The Simpsons and Family Guy.

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