Did you know that today, October 4th, is National Taco Day—an event apparently notable enough to become a nationwide trending Twitter topic? How about that, huh? Frankly, we can’t even name a single song that Taco has released since the Indo-Dutch crooner’s weirdo new wave cover of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” went top five in 1982, but if restaurants across the country want to devote a day of free food to the one-hit wonder, we’re certainly not going to complain about it.
Plus, it’s always a treat to have an excuse to watch the “Ritz” video. In case you were wondering (and of course you were), our five favorite things about this incoherent post-apocalyptic mess of audio and video:
5. The super-creepy guy who sings the “Dance to the music / nice and easy” part while wearing what looks to be an entire-face-covering Phantom of the Opera mask.
4. Taco’s unbearably toothy grin and winking expression while singing the “high hats and arrow collars” line, before perhaps the first-ever instance of making it rain in MTV history.
3. The impossibly wrinkly old people that show up for two seconds towards the video’s end, looking like they walked in from the set of Genesis’ “Land of Confusion.”
2. The archival picture of Gary Cooper that appears the first two times Taco mentions GC, presumably to cover up the fact that in the video’s controversial original cut, the “super-duper” response was mouthed by two backup singers wearing blackface. (The same reason you only see the legs of the dancers during the tap-dance sequence, by the by.)
1. The blue lightsaber walking stick that accompanies Taco throughout the video. Anyone know where we can get one of those for Halloween?