When you Google “Lokos,” you get roughly 381,000 results.
Probably because the name is in the chorus of Keith Urban’s current No. 1 “Wasted Time.” And also because of the controversy surrounding the brand’s heritage as a caffeinated alcoholic drink, especially popular with underage teenagers.
Fortunately, Urban never touched the stuff growing up. So when he got to that part of the song with co-writers Greg Wells and James Abrahart, he admits he had to Google “Lokos.”
“I didn’t grow up sippin’ on Lokos, but I grew up sippin’ on some nasty stuff,” Urban recently told ABC Radio. “We had UDL, which stood for United Distilleries Limited, and it was a prepackaged mix of bourbon and cola — cola wanna-be and bourbon wanna-be — jammed into a can.” UDL also made a vodka drink.
“And it was like the worst,” he added. “Awful, just awful. But it was cheap and it would do the trick. Lokos sang better than UDL.”