Ken Nordine’s iconic voice passed into history at the age of 98 last week. I wasn’t familiar with his “Word Jazz” creation, though I’m not surprised given the memories I have of hearing his vocal tones. While everyone else remembers him for his contributions to art, I remember him more as “that guy who did the voiceovers for those Levi’s jeans commercials that were like animated 1970’s airbrush paintings.” Here’s my favorite example:
If my working starship must be shaped like jeans, I’ll take it.
This next one features Ken and even more 70’s imagery that might remind you of old notebook covers if you went to school in the era of bell bottoms:
So farewell, Ken Nordine, from someone who misses you speaking over proto-CGI garments and garishly colored animations.