Thunderbird is the word
“If your taste buds are shot, and you need to get trashed with a quickness, then ’T-bird' is the drink for you. Or, if you like to smell your hand after pumping gas, look no further than Thunderbird. As you drink on, the bird soars higher while you sink lower. We highly discourage driking this ghastly mixture of unknown chemicals unless you really are a bum. Avaliable in 750 mL and a devastating 50 oz jug.”
“Look for the pigeon feces and you’ll find this old bird. As soon as you taste this swill, it will be obvious that its makers cut every corner possible in its production to make it cheap. Self-proclaimed as ‘The American Classic’…
“The history of Thunderbird is as interesting as the drunken effects that one experiences from the wine. When Prohibition ended, Ernest Gallo and his brothers Julio and Joe wanted to corner the young wine market. Earnest wanted the company to become "the Campbell Soup company of the wine industry” so he started selling Thunderbird in the ghettos around the country.“ Radio ads featured a tune with the lyrics:
‘What’s the word? / Thunderbird / How’s it sold? / Good and cold / What’s the jive? / Bird’s alive / What’s the price? / Thirty twice.’
It is likely that the radio ad jingle, advertising Thunderbird, inspired the song, “Surfin’ Bird,” by The Trashmen.
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