Down the sink it goes

So somehow I ended up on this Coca-Cola New Zealand mailing list and a couple of days ago they informed the masses that “One of New Zealand’s favourite beverages of the 80’s [sic] is back by popular demand to quench your thirst this summer.”

It turns out this “favourite beverage” is Mello Yello, which was such a favourite that they stopped making it in the late ’80s.

The only thing I remember about Mello Yello was the TV ad, which featured a lady with giant frosted blonde hair (like Princess Diana, but sluttier) at the beach, who sculled back not one but two bottles of Mello Yello, with each drink preceded by a rhyme. Then the voices sang, “Mello Yello makes you feel so good so fast from your head down to your toe. Mello Yello makes you feel so good so fast. You just can’t drink it slow.” This was, like most ads, a dirty lie. It was also not a cool ad, because I remember it being mocked in the playground at my school.

I don’t remember drinking much Mello Yello in the ’80s. Soft drinks were a special occasion drink, and when I had a choice, I would have probably gone for Fanta or the more grown-up, sophisticated choice, Coke.

But not only is Mello Yello being brought back (for a limited time only), it’s also being promoted with an ’80s nostalgia angle. There’s even a MySpace page for it where Mello Yello’s favourite TV shows include The A Team, Knightrider, The Dukes of Hazzard, and CHiPs.

This morning I noticed Mello Yello in the fridge at my local dairy so I bought a bottle. It seemed to only be available in a 600ml bottle, which is ridiculously large and even more than the two bottles the ad lady sunk back in rapid succession.

I drank a bit and it was not a the magic liquid nostalgia experience I seemed to have been promised. It just was this cloyingly sweet, murky yellow fizzy beverage. It didn’t even have a pleasing citrus tang.

But maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe the only way to properly enjoy Mello Yello is to rapidly drink it, to slurp back 302 kilocalories in mere seconds and get so high that all your worries disappear and then enter a parallel universe where it’s like the ’80s but without bad coffee, sexism, shops closed on Sundays or that prime-time TV show about dogs herding sheep.

So I won’t be buying any more Mello Yello. It can happily retire to the land of unwanted ’80s nostalgia. And besides, Mello Yello didn’t even accept my MySpace friend request, so, really, it can just piss off.


I want to party like it’s 1999. It was only four years ago, but stuff was ok then. President Clinton was being a naughty boy. I had a cool job. Space Shuttles weren’t blowing up. I had a few more cool friends. The World Trade Center was an ageing office building/tourist attraction. I lived in a cool inner city flat. Things seemed better. I want to party like it’s 1999.

(I’m going to read back on that, probably in less than 24 hours and smack myself for being melodramatic).

Hey, this is cool. Half my hair smells like raspberries, the other half smells like coconut. I went to a shop that sells hair cair products looking for some stuff that make the curly bits of my hair behave. Sometimes I straighten it, but Auckland is so humid in summer that it never stays straight for long.

So the lady in the shop showed me a few products and put some in my hair, the raspberry-scented balm on one side, the coconut-scented spray on the other. I looked in the mirror. It looked terrible, like those cheap wigs they sell at Geoff’s Emporium. I got home and my hair looked even worse. The coconut side was limp and greasy, the raspberry side was dry and crispy. It brushed right out, leaving my hair oddly straighter than it normally is. So it looks ok now, and it smells nice, but I didn’t buy either of those products.