You know, of all the alcoholidays that grace us yearly, I would venture to guess that Cinco de Mayo is going to eclipse St. Patrick’s Day in the American Southwest very, very soon. It’s one of those days that certainly has a lot of cultural significance to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the U.S., but for those who just love a good celebration, Cinco de Mayo is a great one.Â The liquor isn’t limited to Tequila or Mexican imported beer, and the food is just sublime-or just meh depending where you’re eating.
So to get you in the mood for a good party, I’ve assembled a little mix while you eat, drink and be merry.
“Mas Tequila,” Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas (download)
Might as well start with a gringo tune that celebrates multiculturalism as the act of switching from Scotchy Scotch to Tequila.Â I’ve actually had one of Sammy’s Waboritas at a party once, and I gotta say that if you want to get drunk fast, try this potent cocktail.
“Cinco de Mayo,” War (download)
One would think that with a tune like this, it would be one of the biggest favorites of this holiday.Â Nope. War’s “Cinco de Mayo” is pretty much a sleeper — even though the song itself is blend of that classic War sound with early ‘80s synths of the Rick James variety.
“Maria,” Ricky Martin (download)
Say what you will of Ricky Martin, but this version of “Maria” just sizzles like marinated beef fajitas on a hot skillet. Yeah, I know, what I just wrote sounds racist. What can I say, I’m not at my best when composing a simile.
“Jarabe Tapatio,” Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco (download)
So while trolling the Internets looking for “The Mexican Hat Dance,” it was almost like finding a gem in my parent’s record collection when I found this tune.Â The fact that the album was put out by Reader’s Digest just screams “kitsch.” But you know what? This tune is one of the most popular on iTunes — well, when looking for “The Mexican Hat Dance.”
“La Cigarra,” Linda Ronstadt (download)
There’s something about Linda Ronstadt belting these songs of her father that just caught fire with the record buying public (Yes kids, people actually used to buy music). Even though I don’t speak Spanish, I can’t help but crank this song and try to sing along in a kind of faux Spanish.
“Foo Foo,” Santana (download)
I love Carlos Santana for bringing a wonderful sense of whimsy to this song.Â Too often Santana’s music has a serious and transcendental quality to it. So refreshing to hear him just kind of cut loose and have a good old drunky time.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!