Objective Insight From A Guy Who Despises Jimmy Buffet
(Or At Least His Music)
I love music.
From traditional rock to punk.
From Willie Nelson to Barry White.
My musical taste spans a wide spectrum.
Sometimes I listen for the soulful harmonies of Sam and Dave.
Sometimes I listen to artists like Kenny Rogers just to fulfill my
daily kitsch quota. In all
honesty, there is very little I won’t listen to.
I tolerate my fellow humans.
From neighbors to family. From
strangers to friends. I have
absolutely no problem dealing with the common idiocies we, as humans,
encounter daily. I smile and politely decline when a mechanic offers to change
out my entire transmission
despite the fact I only asked for an oil change.
I laugh heartily when my dentist inadvertently strikes an exposed
nerve while drilling - then asks if it hurt.
I accept the fact that nobody’s perfect, and plod through my
existence making every effort to be as amicable as possible.
But everybody has their limit.
No one is without a breaking point.
I hate Jimmy Buffet. And
for the most part, I don’t like those who listen to him, either.
I’m not exactly sure from where this hatred stems.
Granted, Buffet’s music is both middling and obnoxious - but so
is a vast majority of other popular music.
If Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” comes across the
radio, chances are pretty good that I’ll simply change the station
without incident. If
preoccupied, I may not even bother. Now,
if Jimmy Buffet was to grace the airwaves, I don’t care if I had just
plucked a drowning child from the pool and was starting CPR – I’m
going to take the 30 seconds necessary to turn off the damn boom box.
Perhaps I have some sort of chemical imbalance.
Maybe something traumatic happened to me as a youngster while Jimmy
happened to be playing in the background.
Or perhaps, quite simply, Buffet sucks like none other.
The music itself is horrible.
The perpetual xylophone, the grating maracas – it’s like having
just stepped into some overpriced roach motel in Bermuda that pumps faux
island muzak through the lobby so the moronic tourists will think it’s
“quaint.” Lyrics about
getting drunk, pigging out, and waking up with some degenerate from the
bar could be considered funny. The
humor wanes, however, when every
song is about getting drunk, pigging out, and waking up with some
degenerate from the bar. Perhaps
Jimmy Buffet considers himself charming as a middle-aged Peter Pan.
I find it pathetic.
It’s Buffet’s rabid fans that take the lunacy to an all-new
The only thing sadder than a middle-aged Peter Pan is the herd of
mindless disciples that idolize him.
themselves Parrotheads. Choosing
a life devoid of identity, these maniacal groupies practice the bohemian
life of debauchery portrayed in their hero’s ditties.
They repeatedly drink themselves sick from caps adorned with beer
cans on either side.
In bars, Parrotheads monopolize the jukebox; blasting Buffet’s
music – completely oblivious of the patrons around them – and dancing
(poorly) well into the next morning.
Once intoxicated, they hit on co-eds half their age.
Once rejected, they proceed to verbally slander their former
targets; unable to understand why intelligent young women would want
nothing to do with an overweight, balding Parrothead who sports khaki
shorts two sizes too small and a screaming Hawaiian shirt that’s stained
with a combination of Corona, ketchup and vomit.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m
all for living the life you choose. I
may not enjoy having to endure a Jimmy Buffet marathon at the local Waffle
House at 3 a.m. while you and your plastered frat brothers sing along with
more emphasis on volume than melody.
Heck, I may even resent you for it.
Nevertheless, I whole-heartedly believe in your right to make a
complete ass of yourself.
So hey, want to waste away in Margaritaville while enjoying your
cheeseburger in paradise?
By all means, knock yourself out.
Enjoy your stay.
Just don’t hurry back.
-- Copyright ©
2001 by J. Bannerman