Thursday, April 14, 2005

Way down yonder in the promised land, run and tell your mama 'Here's the NuGrape Man'

NUGRAPE TWINS "I Got Your Ice Cold NuGrape"
It’s springtime (in case you didn't know), which means, when it’s not raining, that it is perfect weather for cute skirts and soda pop, two of my very favorite things, ever ever ever. The excellent Internet Archive has this to say about this song (which might perhaps add a bit of a historical perspective to the "ohhh my" news items surrounding Burger King’s decision to pay rappers to include rhymes about the fast food chain in their songs): Recorded on November 2, 1926. Not much is known about the Nugrape Twins. Based on their few recordings, they might have been a gospel group. This recording may have been a plug for Nugrape, a soda pop popular in the South similar to Orange Crush. Only different.

Meanwhile, everyone’s Dylanologist-slash-boomer-pop-pundit and general smartypants Greil Marcus says this about this tune and another by the NuGrape Twins extolling the virtues of this soda pop in the context of a brief review of that Document collection Sinners and Saints: the Nugrape Twins' odes to a drink that will make you a better person and bring you closer to God. OK, so he didn't have much to say, that barely counts as a mention, but if Greil listens to it, so should you. Right?

I have nothing else to say; I'm still lost in thoughts of skirts and soda pop.

PS: Congrats to Bookforum for printing the best obit of Guy Davenport I've seen yet.


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