18 Drinking Songs to Toast the End of Prohibition
Monday marks the 78th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which officially ended Prohibition in the United States. On December 5, 1933, the federal government brought to a close a 13-year era deeply scarred by Mafia power grabs and draconian law enforcement measures…and all the American people got for it were some cool movies, an HBO series, and this stupid T-shirt.
To commemorate the abrogation of the "Noble Experiment," here's a round-up of the best songs about getting tanked, pie-eyed, crapulent, and loaded. Some tracks are mellow and emotional, others are noisy and visceral—all are guaranteed to put you in the mood to party like FDR just got into office. And, no, Blake Shelton's "The More I Drink" will not be appearing anywhere on this list. Ditto, that damn Jimmy Buffett song.
1. The Rolling Stones, featuring Buddy Guy, "Champagne and Reefer": In this killer jam from Martin Scorsese's 2008 concert film Shine a Light, the Stones and Buddy Guy take a Muddy Waters favorite out for a spin, riffing on the simple pleasures in life: women, dope, and gallons upon gallons of white sparkling wine.
2. The Gourds, "Gin and Juice": In 1996, the Austin alt-country outfit released their endearing reinvention of Snoop Dogg's 1994 hit. The Gourds' cover is a gleefully down-home toast to hard debauchery and buzzed driving, as well as a bizarre hat tip to thug rap.
3. John Lee Hooker, "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer": George Thurogood and the Destroyers might have the better-known, monologue-heavy rendition of songwriter Rudy Toombs' classic, but John Lee Hooker is John Lee Hooker. So enjoy the man's definitive style: