Sunday, August 16, 2009

Soundtracks For Summer: Tequila

Part 14 in my ongoing "Soundtracks For Summer" Series.

Entry #14 in my series of songs that define "Summer" arrives at that staple of carnival games, Tequila. Ok, so this wasn't on my list of upcoming entries, but this song got brought up in conversation by my friend Steve asking me "WHY WASN'T THIS SONG COVERED YET?!" I have no clue, and so I'm making one. So there.

The above video is probably the reason why we all remember the song: The biker bar scene from "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (Song start 2:39 in). And of course you have to do that awesome dance whenever it's played. I know I do. Hell, Mr. Herman pretty much has an obligation to make tribute to one of his finest hours at least once in just about every Pee-Wee project since this movie, and we love him for it. He even busts it out during a tightrope walk at the end of "Big Top Pee-Wee." That's awesome right there.

What doesn't hurt at all is that great rhythm. Duh duh duhduhduhduh duh duh. Duh duh duhduhduhduh duh duh. Duh duh duh duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh duh. Dununununuh, TEQUILA! It' universal, it's catchy, and it's a great song to things to. That's a winner right there.

Since I mentioned carnival games, I've heard this song play during many a round of various shooting games, most notable at the "shoot the water gun at the clown's mouth to make a balloon explode" game.

Since those days of yore, it's the only song that runs through my head whenever I stroll through a carnival or the games area of a theme park. Damn you, Six Flags.

BTW, I'm also taking reader submissions for future "Soundtracks For Summer" entries. The next few Soundtracks For Summer entries will be: Paradise City, Holiday Road and Californication. If you've got an idea, pop me an email at with the name of the song, and a reason or two why it defines "Summer" for you. You'll be glad you did.

Also, does anyone know the name of that Red Hot Chili Peppers song where the music vid was them just riding in a car? That one's perfect for a late summer entry.