VW Golf 'changes' by BMP

3.8 4 Votes

No ad from the 80s better captured the materialistic spirit of the decade than BMP's "Changes" spot for the Volkswagen Golf.

The commercial told a perfectly-judged story to support the endline: "If only everything in life were as reliable as a Volkswagen".

It opens with a gorgeous-looking Paula Hamilton storming out of her lover's mews house in the early morning, tossing aside house keys, ring, pearls and fur coat as she does so.

Only when she gets to the point of dropping the car keys down the drain does pragmatism take over and she ends up driving away in a Golf.

The pace of the plot is set by Alan Price singing Changes, a song he wrote for his friend, Zoot Money, when his marriage broke up.

This ad was taken from the Arrows Archive. The archive, administered by the History of Advertising Trust, is composed of all ads nominated for the British Television Advertising Awards since 1977.

Share On:

Released: 03 June 1987



Barry Greensted

Art director
Graham Featherstone

David Bailey

Production company
Paul Weiland Film Company

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Related News

Classic ads revived by Thinkbox

Classic ads revived by Thinkbox

Relive the classic UK TV ads referenced in the new Thinkbox ad to promote television advertising.

The Guardian 'points of view' by BMP

The Guardian 'points of view' by BMP

The director Paul Weiland cites the Guardian's "points of view" commercial as the best he ever made. And it's easy to see why.