16 vintage Detroit TV commercials you might not remember

There once was a time where skipping commercials between programs wasn't an option. But back in the day, you wouldn't dare skip some of these now vintage gems. Low tech, low budget (with infectious jingles), these retro Detroit TV commercials are a true blast from the past.

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Mel Farr Superstar: "And they cannot fly either!"
Though born in Texas, Farr played for the Detroit Lions, then retired from football and acquired a Ford Motor Company dealership. Though his business failed in 2002, he's still well-remembered for the commercials that cast him as a cape-wearing superhero flying over the city.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Mel Farr Superstar: "And they cannot fly either!"
Though born in Texas, Farr played for the Detroit Lions, then retired from football and acquired a Ford Motor Company dealership. Though his business failed in 2002, he's still well-remembered for the commercials that cast him as a cape-wearing superhero flying over the city.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Bob-Lo Island: "Let's Twist Again" 
Just before Bob-Lo closed, it ran this catchy TV spot over and over to try to outshine Cedar Point.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Bob-Lo Island: "Let's Twist Again"
Just before Bob-Lo closed, it ran this catchy TV spot over and over to try to outshine Cedar Point.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Detroit Institute of Arts Commercial: "You Gotta Have Art!"
This 1976 commercial borrowed the popular show tune from Damn Yankees to drum up business for the art museum.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Detroit Institute of Arts Commercial: "You Gotta Have Art!"
This 1976 commercial borrowed the popular show tune from Damn Yankees to drum up business for the art museum.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Detroit Zoo: "Zoo Stars"
This goofy little spot from local agency Doner caused many a chuckle, with the menagerie's animals cast as temperamental performers experiencing the jitters before a big show. Silly, yes, but if you don't giggle you don't have a heart.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Detroit Zoo: "Zoo Stars"
This goofy little spot from local agency Doner caused many a chuckle, with the menagerie's animals cast as temperamental performers experiencing the jitters before a big show. Silly, yes, but if you don't giggle you don't have a heart.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Father & Son Construction Company: "No job too big ..."
The friendly jingle and the somehow likable animation make this spot a keeper in heavy rotation through the 1980s.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Father & Son Construction Company: "No job too big ..."
The friendly jingle and the somehow likable animation make this spot a keeper in heavy rotation through the 1980s.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Walt Lazar Chevrolet: "Super, Super Dealer"
Speaking of jingles, the Walt Lazar Chevrolet jingle gets a reprise in this old spot, though not with the big finish. Search a little beyond this spot and you'll find some wag has remixed it for some laughs.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Walt Lazar Chevrolet: "Super, Super Dealer"
Speaking of jingles, the Walt Lazar Chevrolet jingle gets a reprise in this old spot, though not with the big finish. Search a little beyond this spot and you'll find some wag has remixed it for some laughs.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Highland Appliance: "Practicing the Piano"
A kid so gawky-looking he could give Napoleon Dynamite a run for his money has a problem: His mom wants him to practice the piano, but his friends want him to toss the pigskin around. With a little help from Highland, everybody will feel they got their way.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Highland Appliance: "Practicing the Piano"
A kid so gawky-looking he could give Napoleon Dynamite a run for his money has a problem: His mom wants him to practice the piano, but his friends want him to toss the pigskin around. With a little help from Highland, everybody will feel they got their way.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Ray Whitfield and Alan Ford: "Here, Dog"
The cartoon hillbilly with the banjo and the 10-gallon hat urging his dog to go to the dealership was used so often sometimes the voice got overdubbed for another dealership.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Ray Whitfield and Alan Ford: "Here, Dog"
The cartoon hillbilly with the banjo and the 10-gallon hat urging his dog to go to the dealership was used so often sometimes the voice got overdubbed for another dealership.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
 Faygo: “Comic books and rubber bands” 
What Faygo has to do with this creepy boat ride, we have no idea. But this earworm from the ‘70s is as sweet as high fructose corn syrup. 
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Faygo: “Comic books and rubber bands”
What Faygo has to do with this creepy boat ride, we have no idea. But this earworm from the ‘70s is as sweet as high fructose corn syrup.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Highland Appliance: "Try to Better Fretter"
We weren't able to find the spot where Ollie Fretter says, "I'll give you five pounds of coffee if I can't beat your best deal." But this spot also offers a glimpse at Fretter's hardworking regular-guy persona.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.
Highland Appliance: "Try to Better Fretter"
We weren't able to find the spot where Ollie Fretter says, "I'll give you five pounds of coffee if I can't beat your best deal." But this spot also offers a glimpse at Fretter's hardworking regular-guy persona.
Video and photo courtesy of YouTube.