The thing I liked about music video television was the act of discovery. Yes, sometime it is lame, but sometimes it could be magical. I was sitting in front of the TV one day in the 1980s when Taco’s Puttin on the Ritz came on. The experience was mesmerizing.
I had heard the song before in older movies and of course in Young Frankenstein, but no way did I ever expect it to “updated”. Nor did I expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The update was catchy and odd. Just the type of think I like and the music video was in heavy rotation. Whenever it was on, I would run into the living room to watch it.
Still, even then I would scratch my head and wonder, “how is this successful?” Then Taco would start singing and I would get a glimpse of that amazing neon cane of his and switch was flipped. I would start smiling and before you knew it, I was singing along.
Really only one way to explain it, “Pure Taco magic.”
Watch the music video for Taco Puttin On the Ritz
Just want to re-state my love for that neon cane. As a kid I was obsessed with canes and would pull them out of the neighborhood trash cans. Eventually I had quite a collection. I would have traded all of them for one night playing with Taco’s neon cane. It was and still is the king of light up canes.