5. Surge, Josta, Prince, National Debt

We add the Nineties beverages Surge and Josta, as well as Prince and the national debt to the List of Every Damn Thing.
Phil and Jake expand the List of Every Damn Thing by ranking the extreme beverages Surge and Josta, plus the artist known as Prince, and the concept of national debt.

  • The Democratic Primary was won by Joe Biden months ago but the actual nomination at the convention was still disappointing to Jake & Phil (avowed hermanos Bernardos), though of course we are going to vote in November and so should you.
  • The original marketing concept for Mountain Dew had a L’il Abner type theme. There's an old bluegrass song called Mountain Dew that's about moonshine, not soda.
  • Here's the Surge cow-milking machine. We're not responsible for what you may do with this info.
  • The tagline from the movie Blue Crush was “If you want to feel the rush, you have to take the risk”. This tag line informs all of the decisions we make. It’s the second-best tagline after Predator vs Aliens: “Whoever wins... we lose.”
  • The Pepsi Challenge is a long-running gimmick that Pepsi goes off with, where they show that Pepsi will win a taste test. In the 80's they were maybe actually making some inroads vs. Coke. Phil & Jake took the Pepsi Challenge in the early 2000's in San Francisco's Union Square, and Pepsi won.
  • Coca-Cola Freestyle machines are really bad. Phil's son tries to make the grossest things you can imagine, like Diet Dr. Pepper mixed with Orange Crush.
  • Little Red Corvette is just a beautiful song. It’s a work of art. Other songs mentioned in this episode include Manic Monday, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Last Christmas, Walk Like An Egyptian, Nothing Compares 2 UBatdance and The Glamorous Life.
  • The sequel to Purple Rain was called Graffiti Bridge, and it was considerably less well-received than its predecessor. It currently has a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Garfield is an orange cartoon cat who hates Mondays and loves lasagna. He’s not Heathcliff. We couldn’t find any pictures of him but trust us on this.
  • It looks like Eric Clapton never said the quote that Jake references. Eric Clapton’s opinion is questionable anyway. He’s said some awful racist stuff, and his I Shot the Sheriff is nothing special. Tears in Heaven taught Phil to be careful leaving windows open once his son was born. Jake really likes the use of Layla in Goodfellas.
  • Prince dunked on everyone during the performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute to George Harrison.
  • At the beginning of the COVID-19, the Prince Estate streamed the 1985 concert film Prince and the Revolution: Live in its entirety free for one weekend. You can still watch it in smaller chunks.
  • RIP Charlie Murphy. He told the story on Chappelle's Show about playing basketball against Prince.
  • What’s a cudgel? It turns out it’s just a club, but if you search for images you see mostly spiked clubs.
  • Here's something said by economist John Maynard Keynes, which we like to think about once in a while: "If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again (the right to do so being obtained, of course, by tendering for leases of the note-bearing territory), there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is. It would, indeed, be more sensible to build houses and the like; but if there are political and practical difficulties in the way of this, the above would be better than nothing."
Gambit of the X-Men * Jolt Cola * Guarana Antarctica * Hank Williams

Below is the List of Every Damn Thing as of this recording (for the most up-to-date list, go here):

1. Prince (person)
2. Hank Williams (person)
3. air (element)
4. intro to Back That Azz Up (music)
5. land (element)
6. crows (animal)
7. sea (element)
8. coffee (beverage)
9. national debt (idea)
10. band t-shirts (clothing)
11. lightning rounds (idea)
12. generation ships (idea)
13. sardines (food)
14. Tommy Bahama shirts (clothing)
15. blood (substance)
16. Oreos (food)
17. sports team jerseys (clothing)
18. Josta (beverage)
19. Gambit (fictional character)
20. Surge (beverage)
21. Double Stuf Oreos (food)
22. Jenny McCarthy (person)
23. Hank Williams Jr. (person)

The theme song for this episode is by Jade Puget.

Podcast cover art by Jason Mann.

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