Friday, December 21, 2007

Boone's Farm Christmas

It's the Holiday weekend! And what could be better after a long hard day going broke, than to settle back with a fine libation?

We're going local today, with a fine little tune by Illinois' own The Driveway Drinkers.

Here's what singer and guitarist Tom Compton had to say about this little Holiday nugget:

""Christmas on Boone's Farm" started out as a rural tribute to Pat Boone, but due to excessive drinking of cheap wine it took a turn for the better."

Pat Boone and wine in a twist-cap bottle? Sign us up! More on the band here.

We're taking the weekend off, but we'll be back on Monday for a special beer-goggled celebration of Shane Macgowan Eve.


Driveway Drinkers: Christmas On Boone's Farm (mp3)

The Salvation Army bell ringers are still out there. Instead of having that "one more for the road" at closing time, please consider dropping that money into one of those famous red buckets.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bowery Santa

We're staggering towards last call here at the Barstool Mountain Holiday Bender. One more round tomorrow before we close up the bar until New Year's Eve (you didn't think we could resist a New Year's post, did you?). After that, we'll return to our normally scheduled posts on all songs Drinking, and the slow pub crawl that is our continuing coverage of The Top 100 Drinking Songs (via Big Rock Candy Mountain.).

Today we've got Paul Sanchez detailing a special inebriated Xmas experience, and The Michael Packer Blues Band taking us on a Holiday tour of the bowery.

Good times.

Paul Sanchez: Drunk This Christmas (mp3)

Michael Packer Blues Band: Christmas On The Bowery (mp3)

Ah, hell, it's the Holidays. Give a little something at your local food pantry. Seriously, sometimes a warm meal or a blanket can be the greatest gift.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas (High) Ball

The incomparable Bessie Smith weighs in (sorry for the pun)today. She's heading out to a big Holiday party, and there might be a beverage or two consumed.

The song features the immortal lines: "Christmas comes but once a year/And to me it brings good cheer/And to everyone/Who likes wine and beer."

Iechyd da!

Bessie Smith: At The Christmas Ball (mp3)

Support your local speakeasy this Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mum's Xmas Helper

One week to go until Shane Macgowan's birthday. More toasts then.

Red Star Belgrade offers up a cheerful little number about Mommy's little helper on Christmas. Apparently Daddy's not the only one drinking up Christmas. Apparently this song is meant to convey some kind of adolescent rage revisited as an adult. What follows, though, is an unintentionally hilarious Holiday drinking song, which, well, makes one want to have a tipple.

Red Star Belgrade: Christmas Day (mp3)

Support your local, independent emo busker. They hate Christmas. And they mean it, man.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Drinking Up Christmas

An inebriated Holiday morning to you (yep, that's a very loose Tom Waits paraphrase).

We're continuing, a bit, our theme from Friday. Santa got busted with his hand in the liquor cabinet, but he still hasn't learned his lesson. Stupid Santa.

"Santa Came Home Drunk" by Clyde Lasley and the Cadillac Baby Specials is by far our favorite Christmas drinking song. Nothing else comes close. It's a shuffling blues tune about Santa on a bender. One hell of a bender, if you consider the laundry list of drinks Santa consumes in this classic tale. Essential.

Filthy punks, The Dwarves, detail another Santa bender, including a brawl between Ol' Saint Nick and Frosty. Good times.

Sanitas bona!

Clyde Lasley and the Cadillac Baby Specials: Santa Came Home Drunk (mp3)

The Dwarves: Drinking Up Christmas (mp3)

Dive bars are warm and welcoming places during the Holiday season. Hmmm mmm.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Recycling for the Holidays

Hey folks. Past and future contributor to Barstool Mountain Sean has weighed in with a tune for the Holidays. Take it away Sean:

Here's a bonus post -- and while it's a little bit of cheating, that's been known to occur in just a few watering holes over the years.

Carnival of Shame released its "Happy Alcoholidays EP" in late 1993 and most definitely put the "filth" in Philadelphia with its assault on holiday "standards." I wrote about this EP last year during the holiday season -- continue back to my original post to learn a little more (and to hear two more tunes) or just feast yourselves on the perennial favorite...

Carnival of Shame -- The Grinch (MP3)

Don't be afraid to let your hearts (rather than your waistlines) grow a little this holiday season.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Santa Grog

See that picture up above? Yep, Santa's leaving his local tavern, and he looks a little worse for the wear. Surely he'll take public transportation home. Or perhaps a cab. Yeah, Santa will definitely call a cab to get home. Right? Ummm...maybe not. Looks like Santa's opting for naughty over nice. Surely nothing good can come from this (and don' call me...oh, never mind). The Tiger City Jukes and Sherwin Linton survey the consequences.

Tiger City Jukes: Watch Out Santa's Been Drinking (mp3)

Sherwin Linton: Santa Got A DWI (mp3)

Please support your local train conductors and bus drivers this festive Holiday season.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dad and Santa Walk Into A Bar

What could more fun than family at Christmas? That's right...nothing!!! The only thing better than your funny Uncle is dear old Dad. Pops enjoys a beverage now and again, and when the in-laws pay a visit for the Yuletide season, and all the pressure of being a caricature of the '50's ideal as the breadwinner, and Santa for a day, begins weighing heavy on his uni-brow, that beverage becomes a life saver. Just ask Commander Cody and John Denver.

But don't blame Pop. As we can see from our third (and best) song of the post, from the brilliant Robert Earl Keen the Holidays are a time for the whole family to tie one on. It's one of the Mountain's Top 5 Xmas songs of all time.

Na Zdravi!

Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen: Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas (mp3)

John Denver: Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas) (mp3)

Robert Earl Keen: Merry Christmas From The Family (mp3)

Stock up early this year. You never know who will be coming down your chimney.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa Nog

More festive toddy's today.

We're gonna reach back 3 years and offer up a couple of tunes that proved to be the runaway favorites in our very first Holiday Extravaganza over at the parent site. A very special gift especially for you

Rockabilly rabble-rousers The Rimshots are a little peeved at Old Saint Nick. Seems he's been dipping into the liquor cabinet.

While living in Denver, I saw Western swingsters, The Dalhart Imperials more times than I can count. Here, they'd like to talk about Old Man Spivey's special recipe for Holiday joy.


Rimshots: Santa Stole My Whiskey (mp3)

Dalhart Imperials: Old Man Spivey's Eggnog (mp3)

Support your local liquor cabinet this joyous Yuletide.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Still

Another fine libation for you Holiday revels.

The Minus 5 are no strangers to tunes with an alcohol bent. Led by Scott McCaughey, formerly of the seminal Young Fresh Fellows, and featuring a revolving cast of musicians from Peter Buck and Robert Pollard to Jeff Tweedy, among many others, The Minus 5 have dipped their collective toes into many a moonshine still.

Here, The Minus 5 tell us exactly how to turn those Holiday blahs into a twirling cascade of happy, dancing lights. Hint: it comes in a bottle, and no prescription is needed.


The Minus 5: Your Christmas Whiskey (mp3)

Please support your local distillery.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Gin and Juice Santa

Sheesh it's been awhile. We've been busy with The Big Rock Candy Mountain Holiday Extravaganza. But we haven't forgotten about the ole Barstool Mountain, no sir.

As a matter of fact, we're gonna mirror our main site for the next two weeks, making Barstool Mountain another must go place for Holiday music. With a twist. Of lime or lemon. We at Barstool Mountain are giving you all the Holiday drinking songs you need to get you through the Season. Daily!

We'll kick things off today with a little booze-sodden weepie from Truckin' giant and serial cheese merchantRed Sovine. Red's having a few martini's to get him through a lonely Christmas Eve. The trailer park living room church organ only adds to the misery.


Red Sovine: Here It Is Christmas (mp3)

Support your local, independent liquor store this Holiday season.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Smokey The Bar


Sad news.

We lost Hank Thompson.

I'm continuing a post from over at Big Rock Candy Mountain, where I have a longer tribute to the great man, and one of our all time favorites at the Mountains. Head on over and read it, if you're so inclined.

Thompson placed three songs in The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs, and could easily have had more. He was one of the great practitioners of the Country suds 'n' bubbles tradition, possibly only bested by George Jones.

You're only half a drinker if you haven't spent a late evening with a bottle and Thompson's classic album "A Six Pack To Go".

On this site, I'll let Hank's music speak for itself. Below we've got his three songs from the Top 100, and a bonus.

Raise a toast for Hank, then. A great big glass.

Hank Thompson: A Six Pack To Go (mp3)

Hank Thompson: On Tap, In The Can, Or In The Bottle (mp3)

Hank Thompson: Hangover Tavern (mp3)

Hank Thompson: Smoky The Bar (mp3)

Please support your local, independent Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Barstool Super Hits


Took a wee sabbatical, didn't we? Couldn't pull ourselves away from the neon lights or sumsuch to post.

Actually we had some issues with Blogger on our parent site which caused us to reevaluate a bit. But Big Rock Candy Mountain is back (and that link is safe to click), and so is Barstool Mountain.

To celebrate, we're offering up a mix MP3 of the Top 20 Drinking Songs as voted on by yours truly. This is not the Top 20 of the final Top 100 Drinking Songs, as presented by the panel of judges, but my own personal Top 20. Confused? Lost in an alcoholic daze? Never you mind then. Just enjoy 20 fine songs of vice, perfect for your next house party.

Regular posting will resume next week. Really. We swear on a stack of PBR cans.

Link to MP3 follows the track listing.

Barstool Super Hits

1(20). The Piano Has Been Drinking(Not Me)(Tom Waits)
2(19). Whiskey Do Your Stuff (Louis Jordan)
3(18). Rye Whiskey (Tex Ritter)
4(17). Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard)
5(16). Pass The Booze (Ernest Tubb)
6(15). Whiskey In The Jar (The Dubliners w/The Pogues)
7(14). Bubbles In My Beer (Bob Wills)
8(13). Barstool Mountain (Johnny Paycheck)
9(12). Bad Bad Whiskey (Amos Milburn)
10(11). Quiet Whiskey (Wynonie Harris)
11(10). Don't Come Home A Drinkin'(With Lovin' On Your Mind) (Loretta Lynn)
12(9). One More For My Baby(And One More For The Road) (Frank Sinatra)
13(8). Whiskey You're The Devil (The Clancy Brothers)
14(7). Little Ole Wine Drinker Me (Dean Martin)
15(6). Chug A Lug (Roger Miller)
16(5). One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer (Amos Milburn)
17(4). Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me (Wynonie Harris)
18(3). White Lightnin' (George Jones)
19(2). Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Stick McGhee)
20(1). There's A Tear In My Beer (Hank Williams)

Barstool Super Hits (mp3)

Please support your local, independent brewery.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Paging Mr. Sandman

Yes, another voice making itself heard here at Barstool Mountain. I'm Sean, one of the judges on the original panel. My usual homes are Deadly Tango and the Malt & Barley Chronicles, but I've been meaning to chime in here more frequently.

Today's contribution is a song that I remembered too late to make it part of the entire judging process therefore leaving it just outside the Top 100. Treat Her Right was a leading light in the rebirth of the Boston blues-rock scene in the late 1980s. Mark Sandman and Billy Conway went on to be the driving forces behind Morphine, who went on to have a good deal more success outside of Boston (though they never quite clicked for me).

THR's trademark sound was dark, swampy, languid, and thick. Their first big hit on Boston radio was this selection, I Think She Likes Me (#113) It takes a social interaction at the local tavern into unexpected (though not unfamiliar) territory, and is well worth your time.

Treat Her Right: I Think She Likes Me (mp3)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Honkytonk Angels

Music to follow, but first an announcement.

As many of you have noticed, since you most likely came here from there, my main site, Big Rock Candy Mountain has had a few...problems...over the past week. I got hijacked, and Blogger has completely cocked up the situation. The site is now on it's fourth owner, and is a virulent site. Please do not go there anymore (you may notice I'm not providing a link). Luckily, I've managed to recover the blog itself, and moved it to a new address, Big Rock Candy Mountain ( The name's still the same, the content is still the same, but the address is slightly different. I have given up trying to recover the original URL. It's been an exercise in futility. If you have linked to me at the old address, please update your links. The link to Big Rock Candy Mountain on the sidebar has been updated also, so you can now click on it with confidence. I'll have a new, real post up on Friday. I'm sorry for the inconvenience this has caused anyone.

Now, on to the music.

Fats Domino's "Whiskey Heaven" came in at #66 on the Big Rock Candy Mountain/Barstool Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs List. It's been moving up my personal favorites list for awhile now.

Essentially Fats doing Country, the song lopes in a lazy rolling piano and steel guitar haze. I think it's virtually impossible for Domino's voice to actually twang, being a boogie woogie R&B man, but his phrasing is dead-on honkytonk bar ballad. It's a swell little number, finding that spot of paradise in a bottle. It also features one of my favorite lines in song: "Flyin' high with honkey-tonk angels in whiskey heaven."

Every afternoon when I wake up
I say a little prayer and I drink up
I thank the lord for driving me home
Once more

There's an open bottle on the table
And an empty bottle on the floor
Last night I thought I'd died
And I went to Whiskey Heaven

You know the sun never shines in Whiskey Heaven
It rains Jack Daniels all the time
There's a price you pay, hang overs everyday
Flyin' high with honkey tonk angels in Whiskey Heaven

There's a run down bar, it's a open all night
When me and my friends can get tight
Underneath the neon lights
In Whiskey Heaven

Well we drank a little beer and wine
We stay drunk most of the time
We're always raisin' hell all night
In Whiskey Heaven

You know the sun never shines in Whiskey Heaven
It rains Jack Daniels all the time
There's a price you pay, hang overs everyday
Flyin' high with honkey tonk angels in Whiskey Heaven

Flyin' high with honky-tonk angels in Whiskey Heaven
Flyin' high with honky-tonk angels in Whiskey Heaven

The song was featured in the essential box set From Where I Stand: The Black Experience In Country Music.


Fats Domino: Whiskey Heaven (mp3)

Thanks for stopping by. Please support your local, independent distillery.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beer Barrel Heaven

We've got another guest poster, Richard Solensky, today, who's got a bone to pick with us about a classic drinking song we've left off the Top 100 Drinking Songs list. He'd also like to chat with you a bit about #32 on the list. Mr. Solensky, the Barstool is yours:

"Polka is the forgotten genre of world music. Associated with Germans and
Poles, it's deemed "too square" to get the same love and respect that, for
example, Celtic/Irish music gets among today's rockers. It's a shame,
because there's nothing livelier or more suited to partying than a polka.

"In Heaven There Is No Beer" (#32) is one of those songs that everyone knows
the words to. A simple, four-line verse with an easy rhyme scheme (AAAA)
means anyone can create their own versions. And it seems everyone has -
Brave Combo, The Pogues, assorted college marching bands... Perhaps the
earliest recorded version belongs to the great Frankie Yankovic, in an
arrangement by his protégé Joey Miskulin.

Here's Frankie Yankovic's version, and a "klezmerpunk" version from Brave Combo.

Frankie Yankovic: In Heaven There Is No Beer (mp3)

Brave Combo: In Heaven There Is No Beer (mp3)

Another great, traditional polka is the "Beer Barrel Polka" (inexcusably left off the list, in my opinion). Based on a nineteenth century melody, it was given its current form by Czech composers Jaromír Vejvoda and Eduard Ingris in the 1920's. It was an instrumental known as the Polka of Modřany, and got its first lyrics in 1934 from Václav Zeman. His words made it a song about unrequited love, which really doesn't go well with the lively tune.

The song became a hit when a German version was published in 1938. The
English lyrics, that we all know and love, were written by Lew Brown and Wladimir Timm the next year. The Andrews Sisters had a smash hit with it almost immediately. Many others would follow with their own renditions (even the Grateful Dead recorded it!), making it perhaps the best selling polka of all time. And why not? After all, it's about a keg party, right?

Here are the Andrews Sisters showing why The Supremes were the Andrews
Sisters of the 60s with their version, and an instrumental version for two
banjos by Roy Clark and Buck Trent."

Andrews Sisters: Beer Barrel Polka(mp3)

Roy Clark and Buck Trent: Beer Barrel Polka(mp3)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Pink Elephants

Gonna take you into the weekend with a little French today. I'm all Scooter'd out.

I probably don't need to do much in the way of introduction to Serge Gainsbourg. He's a dirty bugger, and you know that. Filthy, really. Sexual deviant, ladies man, drinker of reknown, and icon of cool.

Gainsbourg's song "Intoxicated Man" came in at #26 on the Top 100 Drinking Songs List . It's a sleazy riff on a familiar delirium tremens trip. The translated lyrics are, well, a bit lost in translation, but the beat noir groove and Gainsbourg's typically lecherous, smoky delivery conveys a veritable pink elephants on parade vibe. It's trashed decadence at it's finest, as only Gainsbourg could deliver.

As a bonus we've tossed in some time Bad Seed, Mick Harvey's English-language (sorta) version. Why? 'Cuz we like Mick Harvey, and he released two fine Serge Gainsbourg cover albums, well worth your time.

Recommended reading: "Under The Volcano" by Malcolm Lowry.

Serge Gainsbourg: Intoxicated Man (mp3)

Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man (mp3)

Please support you local, independent, French winery.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Four Dollar Pabst

Hey Bartender!

We're actually having a crossover today with our parent site, Big Rock Candy Mountain. But fear not, the songs below are unique to Barstool Mountain, and are still the booze-besotted tunes you expect from this here joint.

Did you book your tickets for Chicago this weekend? The big news of the hour: we've got a swell show coming up on Friday, July 6th, brought to you by yours truly, Songs:Illinois, and Can You See The Sunset From The Southside, the three finest tastemakers in the Chicagoland area.

For 5 measly bucks, you get three bands and entrance into the finest dive in the South Loop, the legendary Cal's (400 South Wells), where the booze is cheap, the women are cheap, and the men are free (hell, they'll pay you). It's a Big Rock Candy Mountain kind of joint.

Who's playing, you ask? We've got Satellite 66 from the great land of Chicago. We've got Frontier Ruckus from Michigan, who Craig from Songs:Illinois recently gushed about.

And finally, we've got recent Chicago transplant, The Gunshy, who I think is the bee's knees.

Combining a little Tom Waits, a smidge of Eric Bachman/Crooked Fingers, and a mesa-top full of burnt desert filtered through urban neon sprawl, the Gunshy play a gritty Western noir through the greasy windows of your favorite Old Style bar.

Show starts at 10 p.m. Come by and look for the red-headed stranger in the John Deere cap (that'd be me, the walking stereotype).

"$4 Pabst" is a classic in the making.

The Gunshy: $4 Pabst (mp3)

The Gunshy: My Nicotine-My Whiskey (mp3)

Please support your local rock'n'roll band, and the dive bars that love them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Green Bottles

Hey there. We've got our first guest poster today, with a fine and dandy drinking song to share and rant about. Everybody welcome Tom from La Dimension De Trastos. Take it away Tom:

"First, the caveat: I know very little about Gang Green. I’ve only heard a small percentage of their catalog, and never seen them live. I’ve never read their bio and I don’t know any of their names. So why the hell would I prop them up as some sort of contemporary torchbearers of the drinking song? For the same reason I basically don’t know shit about them. Until very recently, I had only heard them while stinking drunk. There was simply no need for peripherals.

Unlike the cry-in-your-beer variety, or even "happy" drinking songs, Gang Green gets to the point. And the point is, rather their point is, to get thoroughly trashed. Not tipsy, buzzed, loaded or any other semi-apologetic state of drunkenness. Just full-on, "fuck my job, fuck my boss, fuck my landlord and while I’m at it, fuck your landlord too"-type drinking.

Their image is crudely but effectively crafted, heavy on the beer references. I’m sure that’s what initially attracted me. It’s not hard to sell a record to an alcoholic if it’s about drinking and has five different images of Budweiser on the cover. (I know there’s five because when I was drunk I got out the trusty Sharpie and circled them; probably so I could spot them when I sobered up.)

While their music is atypical drinking music to most (one part skate culture, one part hardcore, a little metal and four cases of Budweiser), to a particular type of drinker it is drinking music at it’s most potent. To wit, a sample lyric (from "Alcohol"): "I’d rather drink than fuck!" It isn’t likely that a more declarative drinking statement exists. No, this is not music for lounge lizards, barflies or the anthropological "let’s go to a dive bar" drinkers. It is the soundtrack for eviction parties (best peppered with "ashtray-missed-your head by that much," "if you’re going to waste it, throw a whole can," and "why are there footprints on the wall?" type conversation).

So, honestly, I’ve resisted the urge to learn anything more about Gang Green other than what I’ve come across incidentally. To analyze their music (including this introduction) goes against their very substance. Luckily, effects can be neutralized. Talk to the guy hovering by the keg with the giant cup. He will debrief you."

Gang Green: Alcohol (mp3)

Gang Green’s MySpace page (Four downloads. Recommended: "Alcohol" and "LDSB" ["Lets Drink Some Beer"]:

Gang Green’s Official Site

Friday, June 22, 2007

I Like Beer


Tom T. Hall's "I Like Beer" came in at #47 on the Top 100 Drinking Songs list.

It's a swell tune, if not the most subtle of songs. Heck, the title pretty much says it all. We'd only have one quibble. We think that whiskey is just fine, thank you. And vodka certainly serves an important purpose in the world.

We'll let the song and the lyrics speak for themselves. We do indeed like beer.

"In some of my songs I have casually mentioned
The fact that I like to drink beer
This little song is more to the point
Roll out the barrel and lend me your ears

I like beer
It makes me a jolly good fellow
I like beer
It helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow
(Makes him feel mellow)

Whiskey's too rough champagne costs too much
And vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain
As a matter of fact I like beer
(He likes beer)

My wife often frowns when we're out on the town
And I'm wearing a suit and a tie
She's sipping vermouth and she thinks I'm uncouth
While I yell as the waiter goes by

I like beer...

Last night I dreamed that I passed from the scene
And I went to a place so sublime
All the water was clear and tasted like beer
Then they turned it all into wine

I like beer...
(Yes he likes beer)"

Tom T. Hall: I Like Beer (mp3)

Please support your local brewer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Six Pack To Go

Drinky, drink, drink.

Today it's #28 on the Big Rock Candy Mountain/Barstool Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs list.

Hank Thompson's a favorite 'round these parts, perfecting the art of the drinking song, along with Johnny Bond, near about the time George Jones discovered his first taste of White Lightning. Ah, hell, my timeline might be a little off.

Combining the best of Bob Wills' texas swing with a keen eye of a barroom poet, Thompson is a strong contender for our Poet Laureate (we've already got a Patron Saint.).

Not sure how many states still allow a "take out" license for bars as the the night grows long and Sunday blue laws loom in the headlights. The following song is a testament to the stumbling days of closing-time preparation, where the fog of the night cannot dim the hope for tomorrow's salvation.

Recommended reading: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

Okole maluna!

Hank Thompson: A Six Pack To Go (mp3)

Support your local pub. Do you really need to find yourself at an Appleby's? We thought not.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Some Bartenders Have
The Gift Of Pardon


Now that the Top 100 Drinking Songs has run it's course, and the list is complete, I figger we'll get down to business and start covering drinking songs. Nothing but drinking songs. We'll get to the individual tunes that made the Top 100 over time. But we'll also going to cover any and all things drinking song-related too.

Normally we'll be posting about a single song, as opposed to an overview of a specific artist, but we're going to start this off we're gonna raise a toast to Mark Eitzel and American Music Club.

Mark Eitzel is a miserable bastard. He also happens to be a brilliant songwriter, with a keen eye for the underbelly of human interaction.

With The American Music Club, and through a spate of solo albums, Eitzel concocts a rare brew of observation, mining the corners of humanity through some of the darkest humour put to song. He also has a penchant for hilariously absurd song titles. AMC provides the perfect backdrop for Eitzel's bastardy, creating sonic landscapes both lush and persnickety, as the lyrics call for. And some of the prettiest steel guitar stylings this side of the honky tonk.

Eitzel has been known to enjoy a beverage now and again. In fact, it was an Eitzel show at the much-missed Stache's in Columbus that convinced my buddy Ryan and I that it was all right to be seen drinking Long Island Iced Teas in public.

Eitzel's drinking songs are more contemplative, of course, making small mythologies out of the dive bar and the bartender, granting each a supernatural power: to forgive or save. All peering from the bottom. They can also be painfully funny, as in "Gary's Song".

Please enjoy some inebriation courtesy of Mark Eitzel and The American Music Club. We'll be back shortly with a tune from the Top 100.

American Music Club: Outside This Bar (mp3)

Mark Eitzel: Some Bartender's Have The Gift Of Pardon (mp3)

American Music Club: Gary's Song (mp3)

American Music Club: Jesus' Hands (mp3)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Top 100 Drinking Songs

Presented below is the Big Rock Candy Mountain/Barstool Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs list in all it's full, uninterrupted glory.

We'll fix this up in a spiffier fashion, and possibly a more easily save able manner, as time goes by. For now, this should provide you with a fuller view of how the list turned out.

This is now the official home of the Top 100 list, and we'll be getting up full posts (With MP3's!!!!) on both the Top 100 list, any other drinking songs that strike our fancy, and anything drinking song oriented our guest posters want to cover.

Look for our first post this Friday.

Here it is.

The Big Rock Candy Mountain/Barstool Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs

1. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
2. Don't Come Home A Drinkin'(With Lovin' On Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn
3. Whiskey In the Jar - Traditional
4. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Various
5. White Lightnin'- George Jones
6. Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me - Wynonie Harris
7. Quiet Whiskey - Wynonie Harris
8. Streams of Whiskey - Pogues
9. There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
10. The Piano Has Been Drinking(Not Me) - Tom Waits
11. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Dean Martin
12. Chug A Lug - Roger Miller
13. Here Comes A Regular - The Replacements
14. Barstool Mountain - Johnny Paycheck/Moe Bandy
15. The Bottle - Gil Scott Heron
16. One More For My Baby(And One More For the Road) - Frank Sinatra
17. There's A Tear in My Beer - Hank Williams
18. I Gotta Get Drunk - Willie Nelson
19. What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)- Louis Jordan
20. I Aint Drunk - Jimmy Liggins
21. Tequila - The Champs
22. Pass The Booze - Ernest Tubb
23. Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
24. What's Made Milwaukee Famous(Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis
25. Bubbles In My Beer - Bob Wills
26. Intoxicated Man - Serge Gainsbourg
27. Rye Whiskey - Various/Tex Ritter
28. A Six Pack To Go - Hank Thompson
29. Gin and Juice - Snoop Dogg/The Gourds
30. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
31. Drunk - Jimmy Liggins
32. In Heaven There Is No Beer - Traditional
33. Cigareets and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women - Various/Buck Owens
34. Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon
35. Gin House Blues - Nina Simone
36. Let Me Go Home Whiskey - Amos Milburn
37. Rhythm and Booze - Corky Jones(Buck Owens)
38. Who Drank My Beer (While I Was In the Rear) - Various/Dave Bartholomew
39. Whiskey You're the Devil - Traditional/Clancy Brothers
40. Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson
41. If Drinking Don't Kill Me - George Jones
42. One Mint Julep - trad/sarah vaughan
43. Fifteen Beers - Johnny Paycheck
44. Sloppy Drunk - Jimmy Rogers
45. Sally MacLennane - Pogues
46. I Got Juiced - Jimmy McCracklin
47. I Like Beer - Tom T. Hall
48. Whiskey Do Your Stuff - Louis Jordan
49. Wine Women and Whiskey - Papa Lightfoot
50. Who Threw the Whiskey In The Well - Wynonie Harris
51. Swinging Doors - Merle Haggard
52. Let's Go Get Stoned - Ray Charles
53. On Tap, In The Can, Or In the Bottle - Hank Thompson
54. Wine Wine Wine - Floyd Dixon
55. Two Six Packs - Away Dave Dudley
56. Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
57. Mountain Dew - Trad
58. Bad Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn
59. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink - Merle Haggard
60. Misery and Gin - Merle Haggard
61. Pop A Top - Jim Ed Brown
62. Pabst Blue Ribbon - Untamed Youth
63. Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
64. Six Pack - Black Flag
65. She Said - Hazil Adkins
66. Whiskey Heaven - Fats Domino
67. Booze Party - Three Aces and A Joker
68. Give Me A Red Hot Mama and An Ice Cold Beer - Smiley Maxdon
69. The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter - Laura Cantrell
70. Day Drinkin' - Dave Dudley and Tom T. Hall
71. Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
72. Rum and Coke - Professor Longhair
73. When I'm Drinking - Champion Jack Dupree
74. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Loud Loud Music - Various/Vern Gosdin
75. She's Acting Single, I'm Drinking Doubles - Gary Stewart
76. Whiskey Bottle - Uncle Tupelo
77. I'm at Home Getting Hammered(While She's Out Getting Nailed) - Banjo and Sullivan
78. Jack Daniels If You Please - David Allen Coe
79. Gonna Drink Milwaukee - Dry Charlie Walker
80. Last Night - The Mar-Keys
81. Looped - Calvin Bose
82. My Baby Got Drunk - Paul "Wine" Jones
83. Good Old Mountain Dew - Grandpa Jones
84. Let's Get Drunk Again - Bo Carter
85. Hangover Tavern -Hank Thompson
86. One Shot - Mono Men
87. The King Is Gone - George Jones
88. I Got Loaded - Peppermint Harris
89. What A Way To Die - Pleasure Seekers
90. It Was The Whiskey Talkin' (Not Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis
91. Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced - Dropkick Murphys
92. Alligator Wine - Screaming Jay Hawkins
93. Wasted - Black Flag
94. Two More Bottles of Wine - Delbert McClinton
95. Little Streams of Whiskey(The Dying Hobo) - Traditional
96. The Wild Rover - Traditional
97. Blues Plus Booze - Stonewall Jackson
98. Stomp Them Grapes - Mel Tillis
99. Too Drunk to Fuck - Dead Kennedys
100. Green Beer - Scrawl

Friday, May 11, 2007

I Can't Go Home Like This


There's an mp3 further down.

This is the final installment of the vote-getters in Big Rock Candy Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs. But don't get a tear in yr beer quite yet.

Starting Monday we become the official home of the Top 100 list. We'll be posting about individual songs in the big list, and much, much more. Song samples (for evaluation purposes, of course) galore! We'll be covering all songs drinking, and we'll be your one-stop shop for all the boozy tunes you crave. We've got several guest posters lined up, and we encourage any of you to contribute. Any songs we've missed? Tell us about it. Great tunes that deserve more attention? Tell us about it.

We're aiming for two posts a week. Monday to help you recover, and Friday to get you ready for the weekend.

Pithy observations! Keen analysis! Swell rockin' tunes! Naked...well, probably no nudity.

We aim to please here at Barstool Mountain. Music for the people and by the people.

Come back Monday for our inaugural non-countdown post. I'm thinking we'll have a feller who's intials are M.E. to start us off. His band's initials are AMC, and he's created a besotted body of work over the last 20 years that would make the ocean proud.

Thanks for visiting.

276. Sangria Wine (Jerry Jeff Walker)
277. Whiskey 'n' Mama (ZZ Top)
278. I Can't Go Home Like This (Ray Price)
279. For You (Sid Starr)
280. Take Your Whiskey Home (Van Halen)
281. 99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall (Traditional)
282. Red Necks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer (Johnny Russell)(mp3)
Pink Elephants On Parade (From the film Dumbo, perfectly covered by Sun Ra and His Arkestra)
284. Alcoholic Blues (Tampa Red)
285. The Girl Behind The Bar (Stanley Brothers)
286. Wine Don't Lie (Dale Watson)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Two Beers Away

The reviews are in! Barstool Mountain is now the hottest topic at...erm...Robbie Fulks' message board? God bless referrer tracking, or I would have missed that fascinating discussion altogether. Apparently we've ruffled a few feathers over at the lonely hearts club. You know the comic book guy from The Simpsons? I bet he posts on message boards quite a bit. To be honest, I have no idea what they're talking about. Apparently something (a web site? a radio show? a series of live shows? it's hard to tell) existed at some point, somewhere, called Barstool Mountain, and they have the exlusive right to appreciate the song. I can't resist inserting a quote from the above-linked discussion:
"But of course, for us, the name Barstool Mountain means so very much more than that. Barstool Mountain is but a metaphor and I think we aim a little higher. He's raising a glass to Dino and the Rat Pack, and that's cute and fun, but we're reaching for something much more serious and profound. Barstool Mountain for us is the place of total enlightenment. The unachievable achievement, the unknowable known, the summit beyond all summits. It is the means for a spiritual end which goes far, far beyond the ephemeral buzz of a double martini, and into the realms of the eternal fountain of rapture, the nectar of the gods. The peak of forever."

I'm sure that was part of Moe Bandy's artist's statement.

Sounds like somebody needs a stiff drink. Methinks I smell bitter and nostalgic (stomped) grapes.

Faithful readers of both Mountains (our parent site, Big Rock Candy and Barstool), I would like to make a promise to you. We will never, ever, ever take ourselves that seriously here. We will never descend into some drippy naval-gazing assessment of the songs and music we like. Here at the Barstool, we're going to post about drinking songs. Drinking songs from all genres. Songs you can sing along to with your friends, songs you can raise a glass to during the wee small hours.

We would never wish to exclude anyone here at the 'Mountain. We're socialists at heart, and elitism, particularly when applied to the drinking song, is anathema to us. Which is why we strongly encourage each and every one of you to tell us what great songs we're missing. If you feel strongly enough, you can be a guest poster, or a regualar poster. We're opening up the tap here. Drinks are on the house, and anybody and everybody can have a voice. Leave a comment or email us at We'd even gladly welcome the folks from the Robbie Fulks Message Board to issue their rebuttal as to why we lack the abstract criteria to refer to ourselves as Barstool Mountain. I'll post it complete and unedited. I have a suspicion that they'll be too busy hiding in the safety of their cave.

For the record, the quote in the header above (the one about the popsicle) is a facetious quote attributed to the "cute" Dean Martin. And it's been a long while since we've been a "kid".

The Grappa portion of the supplement to Big Rock Candy Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs will appear tomorrow. Starting next week, we get rolling for real. More listage below.

Thanks for stopping by. You are as important as anyone else out there.

261. More Good Whiskey Blues (Peetie Wheatstraw)
262. Sunday Morning Coming Down (Johnny Cash)
263. You Drink Too Much (State Street Swingers)
264. Barroom Girls (Gillian Welch)
265. Boob Scotch (Bob Log III)(mp3)
266. They Left Me Holding The Bottle (Ray Pillow)
267. Devil In The Bottle (Vern Gosdin)
268. Spill The Wine (War)
269. Two Beers Away (Moe Bandy)
270. Drinking Too Much (Fred Eaglesmith)
271. Somebody Buy Me A Drink (Oscar Brown)
272. Beer Drinkin' Blues (Kaddie McAce)
273. Beer Drinkin' Daddy (Eddie Noack)
274. Drinkin' Wine (Gene Simmons)
275. Dirty Hangover Blues (W. Lee O'Daniel)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Atomic Cocktail

Hey ho, let's go.

We're almost towards the end of the supplement to Big Rock Candy Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs. Don't forget, come next week, the Top 100 will move to it's permanent home over here, and we'll feature full length posts on individual songs or artists that fit the mold.

'Til then, we'll continue counting up through the songs that didn't make the Top 100, but got votes. There are a couple of thousand of great songs we aint even scratched the surface of yet, so this should be fun. If you don't like what you see here, put your bottle where your mouth is. Tell us about your favorite drinking song.

I've finally found a place where I can take it
all this loneliness you left behind
On a mountain that's no hill for a climber
Just one step up, sit back and pour the wine

I climb up on barstool mountain
High above your world where there's no pain
And I'm the king of barstool mountain
Pretending I don't love you once again

At closing time I step down off the mountain
I'm strong enough to make it without you
I know that I'll be right back here tomorrow
Too weak to sober up and face the truth

I climb up on barstool mountain
High above your world where there's no pain
And I'm the king of barstool mountain
Pretending I don't love you once again

241. D-R-U-N-K (David Allen Coe)
242. Atomic Cocktail (Slim Gaillard)
243. Loser's Cocktail (Dick Curless)
244. Drinking Beer (Jimmy Witherspoon)
245. Beer Drinkin' Woman (Black Ace)
246. Tequila Sheila (Bobby Bare)
247. Bell Street Lightnin' (Blind Willie McTell)
248. Since I Started Drinking Again (Dwight Yoakem)
249. After Six (Lee Hazlewood)
250. Soft Lips and Hard Liquor (Charlie Walker)
251. I Feel A Drunk Coming On (Terry Anderson)
252. When I've Been Drinking (Jay McShann)
253. We're All Loaded (Rosco Gordon)
254. Bottle of Wine (Tom Paxton)
255. They Haven't Made A Drink(That Can Get Me Over You) (Moe Bandy)
256. I'm Drunk (Mojo Nixon)
257. You 'n' The Sack (Jimmy Reed)
258. Root Beer (Law Brothers)
259. Time To Switch To Whiskey (Corb Lund Band)
260. Drink, Drink, Drink (from the "Student Prince", composed by Sigmund Romberg)

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


And we keep going. The supplement to Big Rock Candy Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs.

We decided we needed a theme song here at Barstool Mountain. And a Patron Saint. The theme song was easy. Look at the title of the blog.

The Patron Saint, well, we had to think about it a bit. Winston Churchill leapt to mind initially. There were some obvious choices amongst the musicians: George Jones, Shane MacGowan, Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, Mark Eitzel, Johnny Paycheck, Wynonie Harris, etc. We thought about some actors: Richard Burton, Errol Flynn, W.C. Fields, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed. Authors seemed to be an easy target: James Joyce, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dylan Thomas, Jim Thompson, Frederick Exley. Hell, the list goes on.

We finally decided that we could ask for no better Patron than Saint Dino himself. Dean Martin was the essence of cool. While Frank raged and Sammy joked, Dean was as smooth as honey, the personification of the Space Age Bachelor Pad man of leisure. There are rumours that Dino preferred to sit in his hotel room and watch Westerns rather than cavort with the ladies. No matter. Folks have even gone so far as to suggest that there was apple juice in his tumbler and club soda in his martini glass. No matter. It's the persona that matters. And don't forget the voice. A lazy perfection of tossed-off devil-may-care delivery. We love Dean, and welcome his as the Patron Saint of Barstool Mountain.

Here's more of the list.

221. Guinness (Crawling Chaos)
222. Double Crossing Whiskey (Stick McGhee)
223. Bartender's Blues (Johnny Bond)
224. Corn Whiskey (Jimmy Witherspoon)
225. Drunk, That's All (Laverne Ray)
226. Gary's Song (American Music Club)
227. The Pub With No Beer (Traditional)
228. Must've Been Drunk (George Jones and Merle Haggard)
229. Straight Tequila Night (John Anderson)
230. Whiskey, Women, and Loaded Dice (Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers)
231. Drink Up and Be Somebody (Merle Haggard)
232. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down (Big Bill Broonzy)
233. Cold Gin (KISS)
234. Aged and Mellow Blues (Little Esther)
235. If I'm Gonna Sink (Johnny Paycheck)
236. Juiced (Billy Love)
237. Drunken Barrel House Blues (Memphis Minnie)
238. Beer For Breakfast (The Replacements)
239. Cherry Wine (Charlie Feathers)
240. Too Many Bubbles (Jay Chevalier)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Misery Loves Company

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

Actually, that's not true. You can stay as long as you want. This tavern is always open.

Welcome back to week two of Barstool Mountain, the future home of The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs.

For now, for those of you who are stopping by for the first time, we're continuing our list of all the great songs that got votes for the Top 100, but didn't make the final cut. There's some swell tunes here (many of which I voted for in my ballot), and we're going to be covering most of these in more depth down the line.

As ever, if you've got a gripe that your favorite song didn't make this list or the Top 100, or if you've got a fave rave that you think everyone should know about, let us know. We're Barstool socialists here, and welcome all comers. We'll even offer you a whole post to rant.

Here ya go.

201. Tennessee Whiskey (George Jones)
202. All That Wine Is Gone (Big Jay McNeely)
203. Beer(So Nice) (JD and Evil's Dynamite Band)
204. She's Drunk Again (Lonnie Johnson)
205. Drinkin' Woman (Lightning Hopkins)
206. Summer Wine (Lee Hazlewood)
207. Here I Am Drunk Again (Webb Pierce)
208. Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night (Louis Jordan)
209. Blackberry Wine (Jack Newman)
210. Bar Exam (The Derailers)
211. Just One More (George Jones)
212. Sweet Tequila Blues (Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez)
213. Alcohol and Jake Blues (Tommy Johnson)
214. Bartender (Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn)
215. Save Me The Label (Ted Newton)
216. Bartender's Blues (George Jones)
217. I'm Gonna Hire A Wino(To Decorate Our Home) (David Frizzell)
218. The Whiskey Aint Workin' Anymore (Marty Stuart)
219. Misery Loves Company (Porter Wagoner)
220. Let's Drink some Whiskey (Al Jackson)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Bottom Of The Bottle

Hey. We've just about reached the halfway point of our little shindig. Another week of counting down the stray dogs from The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs, and then we'll really dig in, with full posts and, ahem, "samples" of all things drinking.

Today's post belongs to Johnny Paycheck and Porter Wagoner.

Thanks for stopping by. If you don't like what you see, let us know! We'll give you a chance to let your opinion air out like longjohns on a clothesline.

181. The Pint Of No Return (Johnny Paycheck)
182. Crawlin' (The Clovers)
183. The Bottom Of The Bottle (Porter Wagoner)
184. Jose Cuervo (Shelly West)
185. Beer Bust Blues (Untamed Youth)
186. Bartender's Blues (Roy Milton)
187. Every Time I Get To Drinking (Sunnyland Slim)
188. Sorrow On The Rocks (Porter Wagoner)
189. Drinkin' My Blues Away (Tampa Red)
190. Drinkin' CV Wine (Howlin' Wolf)
191. One More Bottle To Drink (Billy Childish)
192. Who Stole The Keeshka (Traditional)
193. Sick Sober And Sorry (Lefty Frizzell)
194. Colorado Cool Aid (Johnny Paycheck)
195. Brain Cloudy Blues (Bob Wills)
196. I Was Drunk (Alejandro Escoveda)
197. My Bucket Got A Hole In It (Hank Williams)
198. Drinking About My Baby (The Damned)
199. New Drink For The Old Drunk (Crooked Fingers)
200. Rum Cola Blues (Champion Jack Dupree)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Two Glasses, Joe

Not feeling particularly chatty this time. I'll let the list and songs speak for themselves.

The goal here is to write an individual post for each and every tune. From this list, the Top 100 currently counting down at Big Rock Candy Mountain, and any great drinking songs we missed that you think we should cover. Your suggestions are always welcome. We've already got one brave soul who's come forward with an offer to write some posts. You too can participate. We're a friendly neighborhood bar here.

If you're just stopping by and have no idea what the hell we're talking about, scroll down a bit.

I'll shut up now. I've got a bottle of Scotch and some friends waiting. And you're here for the free tunes anyway, not to read me pattering on.

Thanks for stopping by. Stop back for more fun. We aim to please.

161. Losers, Boozers and Heroes (fIREHOSE)
162. I Buy The Wine (Lefty Frizzell)
163. Rot (Scrawl)
164. Mad Dog 20/20 (Jack O and the Tearjerkers)
165. Vicious Vicious Vodka (Amos Milburn)
166. I Drink (Mary Gauthier)
167. Baby I'm Drunk (Reverend Horton Heat)
168. Mean Ole Bartender Blues (Lee Melson)
169. Fifteen Years Ago (Conway Twitty)
170. Last Call For Alcohol (Charlie Walker)
171. Alcohol and Pills (Fred Eaglesmith)
172. Baptize Me In Wine (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
173. Drunken Hearted Man (Robert Johnson)
174. Set 'Em Joe and Play Walking the Floor (Vern Gosdin)
175. Set Up Two Glasses Joe (Ernest Tubb)
176. Barstool Blues (Neil Young)
177. Someday I'll Sober Up (Johnny Russell)
178. I Let A Stranger Buy The Wine (Kay Adams)
179. Everybody Got Hammered (Joe Ely)
180. Snortin' Whiskey, Drinkin' Cocaine (Pat Travers)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Just One Step Up, Sit Back , And Pour The Wine

Welcome back. Hitch yrself up on the stool, and we'll draw you a pull. We appreciate you stopping by.

We're still in a holding pattern of sorts 'round here, waiting for Big Rock Candy Mountain to run it's course on it's Top 100 Drinking Songs list. That's ok, though, cuz we're kind of enjoying counting up through the extra vote-getters. Rumour has it that some of ya'll are enjoying this more than the main list. To that I'd say thank, and be patient. I think as the the Top 100 shakes out, you'll be mighty pleased. If not, well put your voice in the mix, and tell us what you think are the greatest drinking songs. Submissions are more than welcome. We're gonna turn this site into a veritable Bartender's Guide of great drinking songs, lost and found. The club is open.

141. Finnegan's Wake (traditional)
142. No More Alcohol (Jimmy Liggins)
143. Sittin' and Thinkin' (Charlie Rich)
144. The Lord Knows I'm Drinking (Cal Smith)
145. Barlight (Charlie Robison)
146. Happy Hour (Housemartins)
147. D.R.I.N.K. (The Jazz Butcher)
148. Sin Will Be The Chaser For The Wine (Lefty Frizzell)
149. They Call It Beer (Untamed Youth)
150. Champagne Charlie (Leon Redbone)
151. Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
152. My Old Drunk Friend (Freakwater)
153. Hey Brother Pour The Wine (Dean Martin)
154. Honky Tonkin' (Hank Williams)
155. From The Bottle To The Bottom (Kris Kristofferson)
156. Wine Woogie (Marvin and Johnny)
157. Drinking Again (Frank Sinatra)
158. White Lightning Cherokee (Onie Wheeler)
159. Jake Walk Blues (Allen Brothers)
160. Feeling Single Seeing Double (Emmylou Harris)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

As Good As You're Going To Feel All Day

Hey! Are you out there? There are mp3's here!

Ah, I'm just foolin' with you. Of course there are mp3's here. This is an mp3 site. A drinkin' songs mp3 site. If you've stumbled here by accident, please check the previous post to see what the hell this is all about. Or you can check out Big Rock Candy Mountain for the full skinny.

This is the dumping ground for the Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs. Sure enough.

Got a favorite drinking song we didn't include? Now's your chance to make a splash. Leave a comment or email me at to get your chance to post your very own top favorite drinking song. It's as easy as typing out a few keys on your computer. I'm all about the populist/socialist take on music. Your Voice Matters! I'll even host the song on my sever!'ll have to wait a couple of weeks, while we work through the bottom end of vote-getters that didn't make the Top 100. But there's free songs below!!!! Free!!! Egad, I'm just trying to generate some interest in a genre that's endagered based on the increasingly puritancal and heavy-handed purview of Those That Know Better, And Want You To Conform To Ways And Norms Of Contemporary Proper Society.

Ah, but I kid our abstaining friends. God bless 'em. As Frank Sinatra once said: "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."

For now, please enjoy #'s 121-140 of The Top 100 Drinking Songs, courtesy of Big Rock Candy Mountain.

121. The Night Life (Ray Price)
122. Don't All The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time (Mickey Gilley) (mp3)
123. Lightning Bar Blues (Hoyt Axton/Arlo Guthrie)
124. Drinkin' Thing (Gary Stewart)
125. Gonna Get Tight (The Sunshine Boys)
126. Wino (Kid Tanner)
127. The Intoxicated Rat (Dixon Brothers)
128. Whiskey Women (Flamin' Groovies)
129. When I'm Drinkin' (J.B. Lenoir)
130. Scotchin' With The Soda (Nat King Cole)
131. I Got Drunk (Uncle Tupelo)
132. I'm Gonna Tie One On Tonight (The Wilburn Brothers)
133. Champagne and Wine (Otis Redding)
134. 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper (George Strait)
135. Tiny Bubbles (Don Ho)
136. Strawberry Wine (Deanna Carter)
137. Pink Elephants (Wally Willette)
138. Georgia In A Jug (Johnny Paycheck)
139. Flat Top Beer (Buddy Meredich)
140. Take Me To The Hotel, Johanna (The Cananes)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Holding On To A Blade Of Grass


Welcome to the first official post at Barstool Mountain, the companion piece, and eventual home, to Big Rock Candy Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs Of All Time, a list painfully pored through and voted on by a group of your peers.

Since it's virtually impossible to limit any list to a top anything, the future of this site will be much more than to merely house the initial list after it's run its course on Big Rock Candy Mountain.

What you'll get here is drinking songs. Lots and lots of drinking songs. A veritable moonshine still's worth. All the moonshine stills of Kentucky. We could go on.

Eventually we'll have a post on each of the songs from the Top 100 list, but sprinkled about will be posts about the songs that got votes but didn't make the final cut. We'll also feature new discoveries, terrible drinking songs, and anything else that tickles our elephants pink.


I'm also making an offer. If you've got a song that you feel was unjustly left out of the Top 100, and you've got a jones to tell the world all about it, or if you've been bitten by the writing bug, this is your chance. I'm opening up this site to all comers. Wanna write a post on Barstool Mountain? Email me at, or leave me a message in the comments. We'd be happy to have as many contributors as there are drinking songs.

For the next two weeks, though, we're going to mirror the main list at Big Rock Candy Mountain, only working backwards. Out of over 400 songs the judges considered for the Top 100, we got 286 songs receiving votes. Which leaves 186 orphans, if my math is correct. So while we're counting down elsewhere, we'll be counting up through the remainders, 101-286. Doesn't that sound like fun?

For the record, the 101st song missed the Big Time by only 2 votes.

Please enjoy, and tell me what you think. See you tomorrow.

101. Thunderbird ESQ (The Gories)(mp3)
102. Big Rock Candy Mountain (Harry McClintock)
103. Carrickfergus (Van Morrison w/The Chieftains)
104. Wine Me Up (Faron Young)
105. Me And My Gin (Bessie Smith)
106. The Letter That Johnny Walker Read (Asleep At The Wheel)
107. Gettin' Drunk (Johnny "Guitar Watson)
108. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well (Bull Moose Jackson)
109. Warm Beer And Cold Women (Tom Waits)
110. A Girl Don't Have To Drink To Have Fun (Wanda Jackson)
111. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye (The Charlie Daniels Band)
112. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top)
113. I Think She Likes Me (Treat Her Right)
114. Beer Drinking Christians (Bobby Bare)
115. Talking Thunderbird Blues (Townes Van Zandt)
116. Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
117. I Drink Alone (George Thorogood)
118. Take A Drink On Me (Charlie Poole)
119. Wine, Women, And Song (Loretta Lynn)
120. Rot Gut (Wynonie Harris)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What the?????

This is a test. This is only a test. Keep your eyes peeled. This site will go live in the near future. If you've stumbled on this site by accident, please hop on over to Big Rock Candy Mountain for clues as to what this site will become. Thank you.