1977 - Jimmy Buffett wrote "Margaritaville" about a drink he had discovered at Lung's Cocina del Sur restaurant in Austin, Texas and the beginnings of tourism surging in Key West, Florida. Buffett's highest charting solo single, the song has come to define Buffett's music and career, and has been relentlessly merchandized to capitalize on the song's popularity. The song features three choruses that reveal the narrator is drowning his sorrows over a failed romance, and his friends are telling him that his former girlfriend is at fault.
1982 - The second single from his first solo album, Don Henley, wrote "Dirty Laundry" to complain about mass media sensationalism after the press reported his arrest in 1980 where he was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and quaaludes. Paramedics found a naked 16-year-old prostitute that had OD'd from drug intoxication at his Los Angeles home, and discovered a second 15-year-old prostitute found in the house under the influence of drugs. Don Henley, despite admitting to hiring the prostitutes and supplying the drugs, was only given a $2000 fine and sentenced to two years probation. The song's theme is that TV news coverage focuses too much on negative and sensationalist news; in particular, deaths, disasters, and scandals, with little regard to the consequences or for what is important ("We all know that crap is king").
1985 - The Showboys (Queens NYC based MCs, Orville 'Buggs Can Can' Hall and Phillip 'Triggerman' Price) released a classic story rap based on the TV show Dragnet, complete with a "commercial break", entitled, "Drag Rap". Languishing in obscurity until the early 90's, it became a major contributor to early Memphis rap and inspired the creation of "New Orleans Bounce" music.
1999 - Originally composed and recorded by Cuban musician Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949, German singer Lou Bega sampled the original "Mambo No. 5" for a new song released under the same name on Bega's debut album. The song became record setting European summer hit, staying number one for 20 weeks straight, later peaking in the US at number 2. The song became the subject of a seven-year copyright trial between Prado's estate, the music publisher Peermusic, and Bega's producers. The court's final ruling declared it a new song co-written by Prado and Bega. Lou's massive hit was initially selected as the theme song of the 2000 Democratic National Convention, but this plan was scrapped due to the possibility of people associating the song with Monica Lewinsky.
2023 - Self-professed former "Disco Queen" and wife of "confrontational evangelist" George "Brother Jed" Smock Jr., Cynthia Smock (AKA “Sister Cindy” when preaching) became the focus of a viral TikTok video showcasing her aggressive, racist, homophobic, and boldly intolerant style of slut-shaming; verbally harassing students in public spaces on college campuses. Originally recorded at LSU in February of 2022, the video was reposted to TikTok in May of 2023. In the clip, Sister Cindy creates a disparaging and problematic narrative of a woman who wants their date to buy them a Margarita at a Mexican restaurant . She then proclaims that after one margarita, the woman will "spread her legs", and then perform additional sexual acts for each consecutive margarita (up to 5).
Late May 2023 - On May 25th, 2023, That Chick Angel TV, the channel for actress, writer, and podcaster Angel Laketa Moore, reposted a short from the "Here's The Thing" YouTube podcast with comedian Kev On Stage and Angel watching a clip of Sister Cindy, saying to a crowd, "If you buy her one margarita she will spread her legs." with Angel responding, "This sounds like a rap song,"; prompting her to rap freestyle. Moore's video gained over 20,000 views, also posted to her TikTok page garnering over 570,000 views. Later that same day, TikToker @CasadiMusic posted a remix of the freestyle, garnering over 6.9 Million views in a week. Lizzo posted about the remix proclaiming it "The Song Of The Summer" w/ Wired and the NYTimes both parroting that proclamation.
Mid June 2023 - While preparing for Crumplstock 11, Pimpdaddysupreme used the "Give Me One Margarita" TikTok remix as the basis for a multi-movement mashup in hopes to elicit a gleeful response from peers and friends. Drawing inspiration from one of Tony Skratchere's "Yachtbounce" remixes, PDS recreated the pairing of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" and The Showboy's "Drag Rap", diverging from the straight forward A/B flip and stripping out most of Don's lyrics to transform it into a "Crumplbanger" with multiple acapellas from Jimmy Buffet, That Chick Angel, and Lou Bega; adding in snippets of Sister Cindy and Kev on Stage's "Here's The Thing" podcast.