Monday, April 23

C&T New Coke Mix: A Tribute to Harmonious Flavor

On this date in 1985, Atlanta's own Coca-Cola Company perpetrated one of the biggest corporate fark-ups of all-time. That April 23 the soda giant announced it was abandoning its beloved 99-year old Coca-Cola formula in favor of a new and "improved" version of its signature drink. Coke CEO Roberto Goizueta described the new taste as follows:

"[It's] smoother, uh, uh, yet, uh, rounder yet, uh, bolder ... it has a more harmonious flavor."

Dubbed New Coke, it generated public outcry and Coca-Cola Classic was reintroduced only 77 days after its replacement hit shelves. Not even Max Headroom could rescue the product.

In honor of the decade that brought us New Coke, here's a collection of artists covering songs from the 1980s (well, I cheated for Thin Lizzy... that was 1976). There's probably no relation between any of these and Coke, but whatever.

C&T New Coke Mix: A Tribute to Harmonious Flavor

01. Koala - American Music [Violent Femmes]
02. Jon Auer - Is She Really Going Out with Him? [live; Joe Jackson]
03. Teenage Fanclub - Here Comes Your Man [Pixies]
04. Princeton - Girls Just Want to Have Fun [demo; Cyndi Lauper]
05. Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright - Careless Whisper [live; Wham!]
06. Death Cab for Cutie - Lovesong [The Cure]
07. Spacehog - Senses Working Overtime [XTC]
08. The Boy Least Likely To - Faith [George Michael]
09. Belle and Sebastian - The Boys are Back in Town [live; Thin Lizzy]

10. The Folk Yous - Heat of the Moment [demo; Asia]
11. Cars Can Be Blue - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (theme)

You can download the entire mix from Sendspace [50mb].

If you just can't get enough, visit for the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles & Aretha Franklin, The Troggs, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, The Supremes, Nancy Sinatra, Tom Jones, Golden Earring, and others singing about Coke. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl.


Blogger AmyMeacham said...

Very clever! And Ben Gibbard's voice just made me melt all over the keyboard....

3:54 AM

Anonymous Matthew said...

And Rich, if the songs in question did have anything to do with Coke they would probably be deeply shit anyway.

Well, that sort of coke at least!

4:33 AM

Blogger wharman said...

Plain awesome. Hate New Coke.

1:13 PM

Blogger Rich said...

I don't even remember what it tasted like. I do remember liking Crystal Pepsi though. Apparently, that was just me.

1:34 PM

Blogger tolar said...

i think my favorite coca-cola side project was ok cola. mmmmm

3:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought it was "folk uke"...

4:20 PM

Blogger Rich said...

What, The Folk Yous? They play guitars... ;)

7:10 PM

Blogger mnminn said...

Just came across this post and was wondering if you would be willing to reup this set of songs? I will check back to see if you get this comment. Thanks in advance. J

6:34 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Nope, sorry. Only make a point of keeping things up a few weeks. After that, it's hit or miss.

6:40 PM


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