Comic books and rubber bands…

I don’t know why, but I’m tired, lazy, and in a bit of nostalgic frame of mind this morning, which makes coming across this ad dangerous:

Not only that, but Faygo is a Detroit company. At least it was when I was a kid. At least it’s still bottled in Detroit. Ah, yes, Faygo red pop. Pure chemically goodness that no child under around 10 can resist–particularly because it would produce that lovely red pop mustache after drinking.

You may now thank me for having injected that unbelievably infectious (and annoying) jingle into the deepest recesses of your mind, where it will dwell for at least the rest of the day. I figure if I’m now humming it today, everyone else might as well be too.


  1. #1 Patrick
    August 29, 2009

    Not related to the article but are you aware that their are anti-universal healthcare adverts on your page in the Better Health widget?

  2. #2 Jennifer B. Phillips
    August 29, 2009

    So was it the Plaid Sans-a-belt Facebook pants that got you all nostalgic? 🙂

    I love how the flavor of the pop is “red”–as if the taste doesn’t actually resemble any identifiable food for which it could be named.

  3. #3 Mike
    August 29, 2009

    I used to drink Faygo, and DO still drink “Red pop” (where I live, that is the only way cream soda comes, unless it’s “imported”) but I don’t remember this commercial at all.
    Although, I DO recognize Harold Peary, from the Great Gildersleeve.

  4. #4 peterkwf
    August 29, 2009

    I remember that commercial! Isn’t that the now defunct Bob-Lo boat? Recent photos shown on show the boats slowly rotting away somewhere in Detroit right now. At one time, Taking the boats (there were two) from the foot of Woodward Ave. up the Detroit River to Bob-Lo Island an amusement park in the straits of Detroit. Great memories. And yes, Faygo was the pop to drink – not only red pop, but Faygo’s “rock and rye” pop too.

  5. #5 Dawn
    August 29, 2009

    @Orac: You know, I didn’t really need to have that commercial running through my head for the rest of the day. Or is this your punishment for those of us not updated to Snow Leopard at the moment?

    @perterkwf: Ah, yes. The Bob-Lo boat. Only went there once or twice in my life; for some reason my parents just didn’t take us. I was an adult and engaged before I went there for the first time. My parents preferred to take us to Cedar Point every few years.

  6. #6 bigjohn756
    August 29, 2009

    Ah, yes…I remember Herkimer the bottle blower, do you?

    I go for Faygo!

    Never hear of Faygo here in East Texas, but we used to could get Vernor’s at the Kroger store. Haven’t seen it lately though.

  7. #7 Bob
    August 29, 2009

    You do know that Faygo has gained a second life as the soft drink of choice of Juggalos and Jugalettes, afficionados of the Insane Clown Posse…

  8. #8 Shay
    August 29, 2009

    Faygo, even more than Vernor’s, is a sort of secret handshake for Detroit expats.

  9. #9 Donna B.
    August 29, 2009

    I haven’t looked lately because I’ve stopped drinking “pop” but I fondly remember Faygo and it’s been 35 years since I lived more than 20 miles from East Texas, but Brookshire’s used to carry Faygo.

  10. #10 Alan Kellogg
    August 30, 2009

    You have Vernor’s, we have Vernor Vinge. I think we win. 🙂

    As for that Faygo earworm, this is one time my Asperger’s gives me an advantage; it didn’t latch on. Don’t remember the lyrics, don’t remember the tune, and unless I’m a dang fool I don’t think it ever will.

  11. #11 trog69
    August 30, 2009

    Oh, thank goodness I don’t remember that saccharine tune. Around the time that came out, I was stationed in K-town, Germany, watching commercials with real boobage! For the most part, you didn’t need a translation to get the message, and their ads were just as goofy as the ones in the US, but with breasteses.

  12. #12 DLC
    August 30, 2009

    Haha! I remember that stuff. We had it now and again.
    “Red” was definitely the flavor. I can’t really describe it.
    it was just Faygo Red Pop.

  13. #13 lee from norwalk, ct
    August 30, 2009

    The Bob-Lo Boat and that stupid commercial — what a blast from the past, especially now that I’m in Michigan visiting family. My favorite Faygo was Rock n Rye — have no clue what flavors that is supposed to be. And we took the Bob-Lo Boat from the dock in Wyandotte at Bishop Park, at least once a summer (AND we went to Cedar Point about once per year, usually as a school outing).

    Vernors disappoints — too much high fructose corn syrup and no ginger any more. It tasted better long ago (still like it though).

  14. #14 khan
    August 30, 2009

    Spent most of 1976 in Detroit (Warren actually) working at the US Army Tank Command (since closed).

  15. #15 The Blind Watchmaker
    August 30, 2009

    Thanks for replacing the Brady Bunch “Sha-na-na-na-nah, It’s Time To Change” song that has been repeating in my head with something much more appealing.

  16. #16 Phoenix Woman
    August 30, 2009

    Nah, this is only mildly irritating, Orac.

    You want the true Earworm of Death? I have two words for you.

    Afternoon Delight.

    …the horror…the horror…

  17. #17 JefFlyingV
    August 31, 2009

    I remember the ad when I lived in MI, but I never was turned into a red pop swilling machine.

  18. #18 Tezcatlipoca
    September 2, 2009

    The legacy continues. I have introduced two friends who are in grad school here in the mitten to Faygo. They also now swear by Koegel Viennas, Better Made chips and want to open a Quality Dairy store in California when they return.

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