It’s Thanksgiving week and I hope you are planning to gather with friends and family, even if just a few.
But if you’re unable to be with those you love, or even just like enough to hang out with, here are some musical videos that don’t care about limiting their number of party guests. (RELATED: Music to Help You Drag Yourself Outdoors)
“The House is Rockin'” by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Guitar legend Stevie Ray filmed this rousing party tune that appeared on his final solo album at a the Chi Phi Fraternity House at Georgia Tech, and he’s giving everyone an open invitation to join in. He gives a shoutout to his home state as his real life girlfriend at the time (that’s the rumor) can be seen wearing a Texas t-shirt.
“All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” by Hank Williams Jr.
Whether you call him “Bocephus” or “HWJr.,” Hank Williams, Jr. had a few hits such as “Family Tradition,” and “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” letting everyone know he was trying to calm down a bit from the party reputation. That doesn’t mean he completely hung up his party hat, as shown in this who’s who of outlaws from Willie and Waylon to Cheech and Chong gathering outdoors for an afternoon soiree. Even the spirit of his dear old dad can’t pass on this party. I mean how often did we get to see Little Jimmy Dickens hauling a keg? How many partiers do you recognize in this one?
“This Afternoon” by Nickelback
Yes, I know the joke. “Nickelback” is named for what you ask for back after paying five cents to see these guys in concert. But this is actually a really cool, easygoing song. Even the band manages to make fun of themselves at the beginning. They also found a clever way to ward off the “social distance” cops, as everyone knows the “movie bidness” is essential.
“Love Shack” by the B-52s
You don’t need a big, visible, California-style house to get the party going as this mega hit by the B-52’s demonstrated. Find a place out of the way, pile into your car that “seats about 20” and turn off at the side roads to get to your party destination. Look for the goat and glitter, and you’re there. First, I gotta get me a fringe-lined “shimmy dress.”
“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by the Beastie Boys
Remember, even though we are more fortunate than many who have lived through harder times, you might still have to “Fight For Your Right to Party” a little this year.
Wherever you go this week, and whoever you go with, may you stay safe and happy this Thanksgiving. But also, don’t give up on living, laughter, family, and friends.
Let’s just hope no bad people show up.