I love the dancing cats in this 1987 Japanese TV commercial for a CD player

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What’s Michael?

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I can’t get enough of this! Do they have anything in a boogie-woogie beat?

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It’s either “What’s Michael?” or a rip-off of it.

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Wait, it’s because CD has the same first letters as Cat Dance? Isn’t the first rule of marketing to not create market confusion?

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text says “michael’s CD”

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The way the first VO says “nyaaahhh” will haunt my dreams.

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I’m sure that somone thought the play on the initials was clever, but compact disc is a mouthful with the Japanese syllabary. It’s pretty common for difficult to pronounce foreign words to be swapped out for easier foreign words, even if the result is unrecognizable to your average native English speaker.

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NEC…oh!

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