Even though I lived through the late sixties-early seventies, I can’t readily explain this Datsun publicity shot. Can you?
“Erma, my wife found out about us and she is taking a scorched earth approach. She said it’s either you or the Datsun….well, Erma, it’s been real.”
Ha–that’s pretty close to what it looks like!
“don’t worry darling, i’ve disguised the tardis as some piece of shit machinery…”
Skinny man: “She is nothing to me now. I have left nothing standing of the life that she and I once had together. Let’s create a new life together with our groovy matching ascot and headscarf.”
Woman in red: “I have the Datsun! Ha!”
Datsun: the car you can rely on when all else lets you down
Lance and Erica were moments from discovering that not only was the legend of the Lady of the Lake really true, but also that she drove a Datsun in need of a ring job.
Lol, best caption here jpc, your prize is exclusive use of the Datsun for a year!
I traded in Excalibur for a Datsun. Was that wrong?
Smoke from a Distant Fire… Sanford Townsend Band. That is the appropriate soundtrack for staring at this photo.
It looks to me as if Peter, Susan and Lucy have just arrived in Narnia by way of the magical Datsun……………………..Now where the hell is Aslan?
Man: Even though I haven’t eaten in weeks, I’m still not skinny enough to fit inside that stupid Nissan Sunny! Madge, I need a real woman with a real car… Madge, I need you.
Madge: Steve, there’s someone else… someone who has his own car! I’m sorry.
Man: (yelling) I’ll be right over, Blanche! I was just giving this lady directions to the new Roller Disco Rink!
That’s unfair lady.
Just took some mushrooms, trying to figure out if the lady standing next to the Datsun is real or a ghost or just some sort of hallucination. More importantly, is she against us, or with us?! Fuck! Why did we drive all the way to this creepy lake to take these shrooms? I don’t want to see Nessie, man!!
Then the fog rolled in and a piano could be heard playing “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” softly, off in the distance. They looked again and the lady was gone. All the greens turned to purples and the sky got mean. The dandy man with the scarf and the girl in the blue sweater huddled beneath a rock outcropping and as one sneezed, they both watched their fears blow out across the meadow in waves. They laughed maniacally – it all made sense! Time doesn’t exist!
The next morning they awoke at noon to a Datsun sunk a foot deep into the mud, both with knots in their stomach having to poop very badly!
romantic story..punch line ending..well developed tender tale (hollywood better grab this one!)
The highbrow version of Deliverance.
She couldn’t tear her eyes away from his manhood as it threatened the integrity of his impossibly tight flared pants. She was glad for Datsun’s front wheel drive that allowed her mother to take the car far onto the muddy peninsula. Datsun, We Are Driven!
Who knows what the Datsun folks were thinking, but this seems to have inspired several rock songs. Here we are at the Clash band house and…
Mick Jones: Oy, look at this ad.
Joe Strummer: Good one. Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust.
Paul Simonon: Righto! Engines stop running, the wheat is growin’ thin.
Topper Headon: ‘ow ‘bout this: London is drowning, and I, I live by the river.
Mick Jones: And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?
All: Where’s my ax? This will be a hit!. Plug in my amp.
Here’s my Clash story: I was at the grocery with my then-wife shopping for produce about two years ago. I wasn’t really paying attention to the Muzak, but somehow the words “The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in. Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin.” crept into my consciousness. As I looked upwards at the nearby speaker with a look of horrid disbelief that then changed into open mouthed dawning comprehension, my ex (who knew my musical proclivities) said “Yes, that’s the Clash playing. Joe Strummer’s sold out to Kroger”.
Were you lost in the supermarket? Could you no longer shop happily?
Trying to understand the thinking of late 60’s or early 70’s ad men would require mental gymnastics I am incapable of doing. A modern analogy is Weiden and Kennedy doing the Old Spice campaign. BBDO and J.Walter, et al were equally cryptic.
Hmm. An early 70’s orange Datsun with no wheel covers marooned on a defoliated island. Someone’s channeling Dow Chemical.
Or saw this twenty years later in a magazine at the dentist’s and was inspired to make ‘Lost’.
You alls are cracking me up ! .
At first glance I thought that car was a Datsun F-10, and thus was not going to question anything at all about the picture.
She says “…But what about us?” as ‘The Loco-motion’ plays softly in the background
“We’ll always have the Datsun. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Cincinatti. We got it back last night.”
“…When I said I would never leave you…”
“And you never will. But I’ve got some coke to do, too. Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Buffy, I’m no good at being sober, but it doesn’t take much to see that the automotive problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.”
(’70s emission carbureted engine vainly turns over attempting to start while the Grand Funk Railroad soundtrack continues to play)
– dramatic looks passing back and forth as the engine finally catches –
“Now, now, Gandalf’s looking at you, kid”
Eventually, he dumped her.
That baby-doll dress might have camouflaged her fat ass, but there was no hope of doing the same for the rear end of her wretched Datsun…
It wasn’t a promo shot, it was a shot on the set of the failed original Live Action Scooby Doo TV Show. Shaggy and Scooby were not present in this particular shot. But you can see Freddy, Daphne and Velma. They were on a tight budget and couldn’t afford either a Ford or Dodge van, so yeah, someone tossed in their Datsun.
That might be Vicki Lawrence on the island. holding up that fallen tree, with her right shoulder.
I thought the same thing!
Bob and Linda were madly in love…unfortunately, Bob’s ex, Sarah, relentlessly stalked them with her ugly little red Datsun.
Not much longer now honey the tide will come in an sweep your mutha and her car away.
yeeeaaaah..thaazzrite..the opihi river in temuka of ’86 !!
(that was the one!)
Thunderstorm clouds drift away and the resulting flash flood isolates Cameron and Crystal from Zelda and her Datsun. They stand together soaking wet from the sudden downpour, and Cameron is transfixed on Crystal’s now transparent blouse. As his hands plunge into his pockets, he shivers as the cold wind passed though his equally drenched shirt. Meanwhile, Zelda wonders how the hell she is going to get off the newly created Island.
Im pretty sure it’s all got something to do with the strange smelling smoke. Nothing wrong.
I’m sorry honey, it was so small I thought it was a two-stroke. We’re just going to have to walk to David Crosby’s party from here.
Speaking of David Crosby… maybe this dude is trying to talk his girlfriend into having a threesome with this other chick in the back of the Datsun. Doesn’t look like it’s going that well!
Very strange. It looks like an alternative ending to “Apocalypse Now”, except they’re using a Datsun instead of a Swift boat. I wonder if Colonel Kurtz’s head is in the trunk?
This was going to be the cover photo for Rust Never Sleeps til Datsun threatened Neil Young with a lawyer
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