Original TV Commercials for Classic Albums

We all fall down the YouTube rabbit hole every once in a while. Most of the time, it’s an inane abyss, but every once in a while, you stumble upon something that makes your day. That’s exactly how we came upon the treasure trove of music history you’ll find below — a set of notable TV commercials for some of pop and rock’s most popular and influential albums. What makes these clips so interesting is that they were made before the records in question had been sanctified by critics and/or certified platinum, giving us a glimpse at how legendary albums were introduced to the public. See Kurt Cobain give birth, Michael Jackson in neon, and Blondie go disco after the jump.

David Bowie’s Lodger (1979)

Since Bowie had already cast aside his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke personae, his marketing team apparently tried to make an alter ego out of “The Lodger.” If this commercial is any indication, The Lodger is a guy who DJs, writes graffiti, wears confusingly belted shirts, and succumbs to the advances of wonton young ladies in the street.