Hear This: Ween’s “Buenas Tardes Amigo” sells its big twist with venomous flair
In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: songs that tell a story.
Ween, “Buenas Tardes Amigo” (1994)
One of the hallmarks of a great story song is an effective twist: “The Leader Of The Pack” gets himself killed in the middle of a rain-slicked hissy fit, “A Boy Named Sue” finds out his name has its roots in skewed filial affection, the couple from “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” realizes they’re both so awful that they’re actually perfect for each other. But since a twist can only really shock its listeners once, and most songs are designed for repeat listening, that burst of irony can’t be the only thing the track has going for it. The twist can’t just be good from a narrative sense; the delivery has to sell it, too, over and over again …