FIRST KNOWN CASE OF SUBLIMINAL ADVERTISING ON US TV: An advertisement that aired [in the USA] during the 1973 Christmas Season for the game featured subliminal cuts, with the phrase "Get It". Even though subliminal messages are commonly believed to be ineffective, the FCC [Federal Communications Commission, the body that regulates broadcast TV in the US], after receiving a complaint about the ad, issued a public notice calling subliminal advertising "deceptive and contrary to the public interest." The Premium Corporation of America voluntarily removed the commercial from the air, claiming that the subliminal message was inserted in the commercial by a misguided employee.
ORIGIN OF NAME FOR U.S. ROCK BAND: The name of the game is spelled with macrons to emulate Scandinavian letters with macrons over them (even if macrons are only used in hand-written text). The game was also the source of the name of the US punk rock band Hüsker Dü, replacing the macrons with umlauts (maybe inspired by other heavy metal umlauts).
Sub(lim)in(al) Mes(sa)ges A(re) E(ver)ywh(er)e(?) by Ransom Riggs - June 25, 2008 - 10:57 AM
Subliminal: from the Latin for “beneath the threshold.” First described by psychologists around the turn of the last century and coming into widespread use in the late 50s (a theater operator falsely claimed that brief flashes of “Hungry? Eat popcorn!” drove concessions sales through the roof), subliminal messages were outlawed after they appeared in a 1973 commercial for a Danish memory game called Hūsker Dū? (”do you remember?”). Flashes of the message “Get it!” prompted complaints from viewers, and the FCC responded by saying that subliminal ads were “contrary to the public interest” and “intended to be deceptive.”
except Husker Du was not anything like a heavy metal band. So inspired might be more tongue in cheek. The were one of the great bands from Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Husker Du was one of first punk bands that I ever heard, along with circle jerks and blag flag, ugly americans and agent orange. A lot of the bikers/skaters back in the mid 80's played Husker Du for their routine songs. They didn't get the fame that other bands did during that era such as Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not a metal band that is for sure. Lyrics were social awareness issues as a punk band would have.