Thursday, July 19, 2018

JAM OF THE WEEK 7/15/2018

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Tangerine Speedo" by Caviar



Recently I've been catching up on older shows for the 3000 Brigade. One of the fun things watching them from year to year is what becomes a recurring joke. The crew has been mostly intact for their 10+ year run, so it's natural stuff sticks around.

Most people would recognize Red Link being introduced with a fanfare and everyone shouting his name, Princess Peach sleeping around, Toad dying in every show, etc. While every show is always going to be someone's first, these bits make it feel like "Hey, we're all good friends doing this for fun"

Doing my second show with the 3000 Brigade is interesting, because I see first hand what comes back from last year: sometimes it's something the people liked, sometimes it's an old charachter coming back, etc.

Oh right, the song.

"Tangerine Speedo" by Chicago's Caviar, is the song that plays whenever Yoshi comes out. Yoshi, in 3KB Canon, is a sassy rich (?) gay (?) dino who wears a tangerine speedo, which is most likely covering up a horrible deficiency with the costume.

It does fit in with the image the song paints: Mr. Tangerine Speedo is a guy with a lot of money and a beachhouse, who goes crusin' for action and is most likely shitfaced on the least hardest liquor you can imagine right now. The vocals are sleazy throughout, and the crunchy chorus provides a nice counter to the lounge lizard feel of the verses. It works!

"Tangerine Speedo" is also featured in the movies Charlies Angels and The Cat In The Cat.


Caviar only lasted 5 years, breaking up in 2004. According to Wikipedia, the most recent thing they are notable for is their song "The Good Times Are Over" being in a DBZ TV Special for like, two seconds. 

Hmmm... Goofy first single that was in a lot of movies, and then they disappeared after 2 albums? Holy shit, this is what happened with The Vapors!

I like this song, but it could have only happened in the early 2000's where stuff like "Flavor Of The Week", "Teenage Dirtbag" and "Right Now" could be big hits.  

BONUS JAM! "Campfire Song" by Single White Infidel

Also Jeff Webster aka weffjebster aka Single White Infidel put out this track on his side project, "The Sixth Shot" and I liked it a lot.

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