Toward the end of my senior year of high school, I got a job working at the Revco drug store in the local shopping mall. I did a lot of different jobs there, including cashiering, stocking shelves and taking trash out to the compactor. Because we were the mall’s lone drug store, we sold lots and lots of bottled beverages, typically to people working in other stores. The one particular job I remember doing most often, in fact, was restocking the coolers with all the Coke, Pepsi, Arizona iced tea and Snapple products that they could hold.
Around this time, I was listening to a lot of classic rock, with those tastes being further refined by whatever classic rock WDVE was playing. Ted Nugent was a big part of ‘DVE’s rotation and even though I wasn’t a big fan, there were a few of his tracks that made their way into my consciousness.
These two seemingly unrelated anecdotes would collide because one of those beverages that I was refilling on a daily basis was Snapple’s “Mango Mango” flavor. Naturally… or at least to me it was natural, this led me to think of Ted Nugent’s “Wango Tango” (as well as an obscure MLB pitcher whose name I perhaps willingly misremembered as “Urbango Lango” from my card collecting days). I still can’t help but think of the “Wango Tango” every time I see mango-flavored beverages. Fortunately, it’s one of the better tunes from the Nuge.
Wango Tango – Ted Nugent