On an Irn Bru Christmas

Irn Bru.

Until Wednesday I’d never heard of it. Then, on a few blogs I read I saw a link to a Christmas commercial they did last year that had been posted to YouTube.

Sadly, the YouTube version of the commercial wasn’t especially good. Mainly, it was pixelated.

I found a link to the Real Deal. I’m much happier. πŸ˜‰

Irn Bru, by the way, is a Scottish soft drink. It’s pronounced “Iron Brew.” Supposedly, it’s made out of used girders.

The commercial! A few words about that.

A boy and his snowman take flight over Scotland. Yes, it’s The Snowman, and this just goes to show how creative British commercials are and American commercials aren’t, that they can parody the truly sancrosect things. Like The Snowman. πŸ˜‰

I find the music in it haunting. It’s sad and wistful, and it has a nice comedic punch to it at the end. Yes, it’s “Walking in the Air,” but the lyrics are just masterful. Again, sancrosect, yadda yadda yadda. πŸ™‚

Check it out. An Irn Bru Christmas. It’s charming and touching and wistful. And maybe even a little bit magical. And definitely a little bit mean.

Too bad Irn Bru is illegal in the United States. I’d have to buy some just to know what the fuss is about.

4 thoughts on “On an Irn Bru Christmas

  1. There is a reference to the drink in the excellant Elvis Costello Christmas song The St. Stephen’s Day Murders,
    knew of two sisters whose name it was Christmas
    And one was named Dawn of course, the other one was named Eve
    I wonder if they grew up hating the season
    Of the good will that lasts ’til the Feast of St. Stephen

    For that is the time to eat, drink and be merry
    ‘Til the beer is all spilled and the whiskey is flowed
    And the whole family tree you neglected to bury
    Are feeding their faces until they explode

    There’ll be laughter and tears over Tia Marias
    Mixed up with that drink made from girders
    And it’s all we’ve got left as you draw your last breath
    And it’s nice for the kids as you’ve finally got rid of them
    In the St Stephen’s Day Murders

    Uncle is garglin’ a heart-breaking air
    While the babe in his arms pulls out all that remains of his hair
    And we’re not drunk enough yet to dare criticize
    The great big kipper tie he’s about to baptize

    His gin-flavoured whispers and kisses of sherry
    His best crimble shirt flung out over the shop
    While the lights from the Christmas tree blow up the telly
    His face closes in like an old cold pork chop

    And the carcass of the beast left over from the feast
    May still be found haunting the kitchen
    And there’s life in it yet we may live to regret
    When the ones that we poisoned stop twitchin’

    There’ll be laughter and tears over Tia Marias
    Mixed up with that drink made from girders
    And it’s all we’ve got left as you draw your last breath
    And it’s nice for the kids as you’ve finally got rid of them
    In the St Stephen’s Day Murders

  2. Irn-Bru isn’t illegal… the problem is that it has a “secret ingredient” that they will not reveal to the FDA, so they banned it (in its Scottish form.) However, they do make it in the USA, just very slightly reformulated, and you can order some at http://www.irn-bru-usa.com.

    It is quite a funky color, but I SWEAR it’s the best stuff in the world. Search around and you can find some more great commercials they have. I love this one because it hits has many Scottish places and things in it that are instantly recognizable (Falkirk wheel, Loch Ness, St. George’s Square, etc.)

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