“Get the ultimate green invention / For your fly prevention!” This poem really only works when recited by Billy Mays. A later Flies Away commercial kept most of Billy’s dialog, but the new voice talent sounds like my second cousin trying to imitate Rudy Ray Moore as Dolemite.
An unusual example of Billy Mays at a lower volume, and minus his poetics. Simoniz wanted his selling power but toned down his trademark style for their car care product pitch. We think it’s a waste of Billy’s talents, especially since “Simoniz” is so easy to rhyme.
Here are the openings of 30 TV commercials from the late, great Billy Mays. Most of them including his famous line, "Hi, Billy Mays here..." Commercials include:
iCan Insurance ("The most important product I have ever endorsed.")
Vidalia Chop It
Vidalia Slice Wizard
Big City Slider Station
Infomercial fans, check out:
A true classic, with all the Billy Mays hallmarks: demonstrations of how to use the product creatively, like sticking up a shelf, sealing a leaky pipe or even replacing the handle of a coffee mug. And then the show-stopper – Billy uses Mighty Putty to connect cables pulling an 80,000 lbs. tractor-trailer down the road. And more verse: “Any job / Big or small / Mighty Putty repairs them all.”