Taco – Puttin’ On the Ritz


The thing I liked about music video television is the act of discovery. Yes, sometime it is lame, but sometimes it could be magical. I was sitting in front of the TV one day in the 1980s when Taco’s Puttin’ on the Ritz came one. I had heard the song before in older movies and of course in Young Frankenstein, but no way did I ever expect it to “updated”. It is catchy and odd and the music video was heavily played Back then and now I scratched my head and wonder at how this could be so successful, but then I watch a few minutes and start smiling.

Taco magic…


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3 thoughts on “Taco – Puttin’ On the Ritz

  1. zelig says:

    I love this song but it’s super jarring and disappointing to see the blackface in the video. This prompted me to read about the history of the song. Up until now I wasn’t aware that the original song was about African-Americans, with the humor in the lyrics deriving from the imagery of black, lower income New York residents sprucing themselves up for a night on the town. The song’s setting was eventually changed from Harlem to Park Avenue. So I guess the underlying racism of the song came full circle with Taco.

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