Beach Bummin’

Come on! We need to get you back out into the water with the rest of the whales!

Sit back, chill out and relax!  It’s the start of my weekend, and why not let it be the start of yours as well.  There, comfy?  Now let The Nest take care of your humpday entertainment needs with the next ballyhooed entry in my Top 30 Iconic Songs I Can’t Stand countdown!  Please allow DJ Scratchy pour you a good, long drink of musical hemlock while you lay in your hammock and get fanned with palm leaves by Sponkies in loincloths.  There, now isn’t this the good life….?

#26. “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

Who wouldn’t want to just get away from the hectic, humdrum madness of the real world and pull up a lawn chair on the beach while sipping on a drink so colorful that looks like it was made in the kitchen of Barbie’s Dream House?  Well….. I wouldn’t find that to be the least bit enjoyable or fun.  But obviously the tropical lifestyle has been glorified enough in pop culture to be one of the most sought after escapes from the shittiness of everyday life.  It can be the only possible explanation for why people would pay princely sums to jet away to resort destinations south of the Tropic of Cancer that are surrounded by urban hellholes with murder rates just slightly above a world war death toll…

Ahhhhh, the roar of the ocean, the cries of the dying in the streets…

In 1977, professional beach bum Jimmy Buffett penned the song that would become the official anthem of those who wish they could live life like they were the star of a Corona commercial…

“Margaritaville” is the only reason Jimmy Buffett didn’t go down the collective memory drain with most of the rest of the huge morass of country folk singers that populated the musically diverse 70’s.  It’s not only Buffett’s signature song, but as I alluded to above, has transcended just being another radio hit to represent an entire lifestyle that helps get us through rainy days and Mondays.  It’s too bad the song is so unlistenable, that it’s like drinking a sour cocktail a stray seagull took a shit in…

Though that would still taste better than Zima

Jimmy Buffett is such an enigma for me, because a lot of the other schlock he released in the late 70’s ranks anywhere from enjoyable to a huge guilty pleasure.  “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Fins” are both awesome, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.  Hell, I even love to listen to “Pencil Thin Mustache,” which isn’t just cheesy, it’s government cheesy.  But “Margaritaville” will always be the alpha and omega of any Buffett playlist on radio today… and I’m going to need a damn vacation myself if I have to listen to this boring ass, poor excuse for schmaltzy pop music just one more time…

Has anyone seen my lost shaker of nuts?

Come back next Wednesday for more musical waste that washed up on the beach…


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41 Responses to Beach Bummin’

  1. ouch…. that song needs 87 margaritas or more …. ;O) cheeers!

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like that song…..I never have…..he sounds like he has a tremendous hangover as he sings it and even slurs some phrases for that little touch of authenticity! I realize it’s probably borderline sacrilegious to NOT like Buffet’s anthem for sun, surfers, and booze buffs but – well – I don’t. Now hand me a margarita and I’ll go away quietly……I promise.


    • I think the worst part of the song is that clopping noise. It’s not cowbell, but it’s something that’s just nauseatingly persistent, and I hate it! Stop writing annoying songs, and just go look for your salt already!

  3. Piglove says:

    I’m still looking for that lost shaker of salt here somewhere….. snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  4. It was waaaaay overplayed. I can’t tolerate it any longer either although I liked it a bit when it was new. I also hate Alan Jackson’s take on it – Five O’Clock Somewhere. Too close for comfort that one.

    I love they first picture! 🐳 indeed.

    • Ha! I almost titled this post “It’s Monday Somewhere,” but figured the irony’s lost when it’s actually Wednesday. I don’t like that or just about any of the other country songs that have suddenly taken over the PA system at work…

      Hopefully the picture will be enough to distract the Parrotheads before they show up and let me have it for dissing this song…

  5. Not enough alcohol for me to like this song either. Fins up! 🦈

  6. franhunne4u says:

    What song? Never heard this one .. I think …

  7. fanrosa says:

    I like a lot of Jimmy Buffett, I might even have a cassette or two….. I mean, who can’t like a guy that devotes an entire song to perhaps the best pick up line ever? Why don’t we get drunk and screw, indeed! Margaritaville? Eh, it’s okay. My standard of okay is, I’ll sing along with the chorus, but not the verse and not loud enough to have to roll up the car windows.

    However, I must strenuously disagree with the notion that this is the only thing keeping him in the public consciousness. Haven’t you ever heard of the Parrotheads? They’re like Deadheads in aloha shirts and boat shoes….

    • I noted the Parrotheads in a previous comment. Comparing Buffett to The Dead doesn’t do much for me. They’re probably the best known cult act in rock history, but that fact alone is probably their Margaritaville…. the one thing regular people know them for.

  8. Trisha says:

    I’ve always been indifferent to this song, although the background music is really annoying and I couldn’t make it all the way through when I listened to it just now to refresh my memory. As for the lyrics, everyone can have their hot, sweaty, bug-infested tropical vacations. My dream vacation is Iceland. People look at me like I’m nuts but Iceland is beautiful and I hate hot weather. Why would I pay money for more of it?

    • Iceland has lots of natural hot springs, so you can have the best of both worlds! They also have a lot of volcanoes, but I’m sure they’re not due for an eruption anytime soon………

  9. That is also one of my top two favorites. The other is Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s American Dream. I could probably listen to both songs all day long.

    • Congrats on being the first one to support this song so far! This is the third song in a row where there’s much more agreement with my dislike than people telling me I’m nuts… which makes me wonder if I’m doing this countdown wrong.

  10. Thomas Bonafede says:

    I like Buffett. I saw him in concert once…it was the final show of their tour that year…and I had a tremendous amount of fun. I like “Fins”, “Volcano”, and a bunch of other tunes. But I am sick to death of “Margaritaville”. As I am of most songs that have gone beyond mere popularity to represent something bigger. Another example would be “Sweet Caroline”, especially with the “audience participation”. Liked both songs well enough…at first…but now they are the musical equivalent of Ryan Seacrest. Inescapable. I think “Margaritaville” crossed the line for me when we were eating at the Margaritaville Restaurant at Universal Studios in Florida. Every 20-30 minutes or so, stilt walkers would come in, and the diners/drinkers would join in for a rousing singalong to the damn song. By the end I was about ready to add a regurgitated dinner to their Margarita mix. The food was fine but I would never eat there again unless I had super powerful noise cancelling headphones to shut that song out of my ears.

    • God, that sounds even worse than eating at Chuck E. Cheese! I’ve never really cared for this one, and the overplay just completely killed it for me… especially when there’s so much good Buffett out there that I never hear anymore.

  11. ody N biskit; agreed with dad on this one; take it ore leeve it N we most lee leeve it ~~~~~ 🙂 ♥♥

  12. Fins. Pencil Thin Mustache. Hell yeah.

    Margaritaville. I get it. Good post. Made me smile.

    • I realized after I posted this that I never really explained WHY I don’t like this song, other than the overplay. I don’t think I can even describe it…. the song’s just…… blech….

  13. ghostmmnc says:

    I like a lot of his songs, including this one, but I agree, it has been played way too much. 🙂

  14. Ladybuggz says:

    I didn’t want to like this post! You all suck salt for not liking it! Maybe because I’ve never been out of Canada and grew up on a beach! lol…

  15. Quirky Girl says:

    I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I’ve always found this particular song to be very…blah. I wouldn’t say I hate it, but I’d be perfectly fine never listening to it again. 😛

    • Ha! I kinda just used that same reasoning behind why I don’t like Margaritaville…. other than the annoying clopping, there isn’t one thing I can point to and say “That sucks”… the whole song’s just crappy…

  16. randomlyerin says:

    I need some tequila right about now…

  17. draliman says:

    Coincidentally I once accidentally drank a sour cocktail a stray seagull had taken a shit in, and it was way better than this song.

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