Remember Suicidal Tendencies’ song “Institutional”? In the year It was released on Frontier Records in 1983 and tells the story of lead singer Mike Muir as a teenager. In the song, Mike is trying hard to figure out life but is having a hard time dealing with his parents and the strict conditions they put on him – school, church, family life and more. Everyone is telling him he’s crazy and his parents think he’s on drugs and want to institutionalize him. There’s a famous set of lines in the song about Mike wanting and refusing Pepsi:

I go, “Mom, please get me a Pepsi? I just want a Pepsi.”

And you won’t give it to me.

All I wanted was a Pepsi.

Just one Pepsi

And you won’t give it to me.

Only Pepsi!

Now, 40 years later, Mike’s mother is here to set the record straight. In a hilarious episode titled, “I’m a Mom Who Doesn’t Give Mike Pepsi and You Need to Know There’s Two Sides to Every Story.” Hard TimesNathan Kamal gives voice to Mack’s mother, who is finally able to tell the truth:

I have always done the proper, motherly thing and put my child’s needs before my own. However, I am portrayed as a cross-generational fanboy. My name is Martha and yes, I will not give my son Mike a Pepsi. But you should know that there are two sides to every story.

Read the rest of the episode here to find out why Martha won’t give McPepsi a shot. And listen Institutional If you don’t hear from him again indefinitely. It still feels relevant, almost 40 years on.


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