67 comments on “Wastin’ Away Again in OILY Margaritaville

  1. You say you are not going to be hard on Jimmy Buffett and then you start pounding away. You say one thing and then do another.

  2. With this guy, it stopped being about the music decades ago. It’s now all about money and nothing else.

  3. That hotel he’s building is going to create jobs. Of course, you won’t ever look at it that way. That’s positive and you’re negative.

  4. I’ve never understand the parrotheads here and the this strange attraction to his music. I’m just not a fan.

  5. I believe he’s pointing out that there are far more salient concerns in our current eco-disaster than Buffenomics or, as NBC reported last night, Buffemotions. He (and BP, Obama, Jindal, and all the other human components) will survive this disaster. The ecosystem will not. Buffett may be right that it will pass, but long after he’s dead. Or here’s how we put it:


  6. Jimmy’s cheeseburger in paradise is now topped with oil rather than catsup.

  7. I actually worked for the Cafe here in Key West for three years. I got to meet Jimmy once and he was a very nice guy. But it is very much a corporate operation, it has to be because it is so big. Working for them is not at all “like a tire swing” to quote Jimmy. I think Jimmy has a good heart but he also has a very large company to run.

  8. Did Jimmy Buffett cause the oil spill? Of course not. What a stupid, silly post. What the hell are you trying to stir up? Jimmy’s a great singer and songwriter.

  9. Jimmy should start wearing $5,000 suits at his concerts. You know, with him being so corporate and all.

  10. Yeah man. What a drag. Some musician actually builds himself a little empire. Who does he think he is?!

  11. Chris, some musicians stay true to their music. You don’t see Willie Nelson opening up a hotel chain do you?

  12. What does “stay true to their music” mean anyway? I hear people spout these types of sayings along with “selling out” etc…

    Capitalizing on ones efforts is what we’re all about here in the USA gang. Whether you’re Tiger Woods, who makes 10X more money selling stuff than playing golf, or you’re Jimmy Buffet who capitalizes on his fame as a musician, they’re both “capitalists.” Ah hem…isn’t that our economic system gang?

    Humble yourselves and give these guys a break. Because for every artist who “makes it” there are a million trying, and won’t because opportunity didn’t come their way. So why not congratulate them on parlaying their success and enjoy it?

    I’m quite sure that Jimmy Buffet is “true to his music” whatever that means. I suppose you all wouldn’t be happy unless all artists died penniless in their garages? Grow up.

  13. Leave Jimmy alone. He’s a guy now in his 60’s. Let him open hotels and restaurants if he wants to.

  14. Margaritaville is also food. *snickering* I agree that Jimmy has sold out as well. And as a Floridian, I completely feel the frustration of feeling that something more needs to be done and it’s not happening. I feel it all the time. I have to say, though, that tourism is the only thing we have here in FL going for us. So on one hand I’m disappointed that Jimmy is opening a hotel that has the potential of outshining Mom-and-Pop Bed and Breakfast type places, but I can appreciate the jobs it will create in an economy that is destined to fail after this oil spill makes its rounds to Florida. Jimmy Buffet’s big shiny hotel will be able to withstand what’s about to happen here. Cincinnati doesn’t rely anywhere near as much on tourism as coastal cities in Florida do. That’s why the hotel in Pensacola isn’t such a bad place to put it.

  15. Buffett sold out years ago. Parrotheads just can’t admit it.

    Go down to Florida and stay in his beautiful, expensive hotel. Go ahead, parrotheads, feed into it.

  16. I say to each his or her own. I go and see Jimmy at Riverbend every summer.

  17. I hate seeing music being turned into something cold and hard. You know, music shouldn’t be just a stepping stone, but it is for many. It’s a stepping stone for fame and success and money… Anyways, not that Jimmy Buffet was my favorite musician in the first place, I still thought he had some kind of artistic integrity. I guess not.

  18. Eckey, you make a good point in a strange kind of way. Think of the Rolling Stones opening up a chair of restaurants featuring tongue sandwiches!

  19. Once upon a time, Jimmy Buffett was poor and supported the manatees and his care free life style. I think there is still some good in him, I can feel it. (Money Corrupts Good People)

  20. Jimmy Buffet is a charitable philanthropist if you would stop wasting time blabbering and check the facts.
    Ya’ll needa Margarita.

  21. The great thing about being successful is getting rich! Whats the problem there.

  22. Buffet has treated his “brand” as a corporation for a long time. This is nothing new. He’s not in any of his businesses to fail.
    The hotel will provide jobs. It would be nice if he did open a hotel in Cincy or St. Louis or Chicago. Maybe he will eventually. But he’s taking a huge risk to open this in this failing economy.

  23. Yeah Jimmy’s over the hill now, even his last novel, Swine Not, can be bought in the secondhand bin. But his second career as a writer really soared, when he published A Pirate Looks At Fifty. How many artists can go from a successful singing career to #1 on the NY Times bestseller list. And who knows, his may not be done writing quite yet.

  24. Jimmy Buffett blows and so do his fans…..just so lame and sold out. his popularity here is another thing that makes me embarrassed of cincinnati. Rock on larry!

  25. Jimmy did say that we’re all to blame for the oil spill… at least the ones who fill their tanks up at BP or Shell or Citgo or any other company trying to fill our demand for oil products.

    It’s not just our cars, it’s our home’s heating and cooling or any other company filling our insatiable demands for energy. I am as much to blame as anyone.

    But can we stop using so much? I’m going to try by having a margarita at home listening to Jimmy on my iPhone.

  26. What in the hell is going on here today? Who ARE all these people making comments? Parrotheads?

  27. Yeah, this WILL pass Buffett- but when? Remember Exxon Valdez?? They are STILL being affected and that was years and years ago…

  28. This is lame. Buffet has donated tons to help clean up this oil and unlike most people talking about this spill, he has a personal stake in it. He contributes to the gulf economy in many ways. And so what if he makes money from his music? He isn’t a preacher, he’s a musician, his purpose is to entertain. He isn’t Bob Dylan either– he has never made any claim that his music was anything other than entertainment. Now, it happens to be high-quality entertainment and so in that way his fans are lucky.

  29. He’s from the gulf coast, and after Pensacola Beach got left out of the SBA loan game after Katrina, after also having been totally devastated by Ivan the year before, he’s proud to make a major contribution down in Pensacola. His sister Lulu’s restaurant is just down the way in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

    All you Cincy folks probably deserve a development up there too, and perhaps he will reward you guys for supporting his career so stongly. That said, a lot of Cincy kids spend many a beach day on Pensacola Beach… y’all know as well as anyone, you never can get Pcola Beach sand out from between your toes… We are tickled flamingo pink that a native son has come home…

  30. Can I comment on Riverbend? A few years ago I went to see James Taylor there and was disgusted for the same reason. I was sitting in the pavilion and it was so loud I could hardly hear the concert, people partying, getting up and down. Never went back again! Sorry to hear it’s even worse now….

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  32. As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)

  33. Ever since this BP oil spill issue began, I’ve been waiting for Jimmy Buffett to do something about it. And you know what? I’m tired of waiting. If Jimmy is just too damned lazy to clean up the Gulf, then I think it’s time to move on to Plan B. What the hell is David Lee Roth doing, sitting on his fat butt while shrimp die by the billions? And freaking Tom Petty isn’t exactly helping either. Thank goodness Larry here is whining as loudly (and as briefly) as he can. The man’s already typed almost 200 words on the subject. You go, Larry!

  34. Some of the post here are hard on Larry & Bubba. Both unfairly. Since when is it wrong to build a simple little song into an empire? If you can’t handle that… Shut the F… Up.

    Now to Larry: I’m what I call an “Expatriated Parrot Head.” I once went to 60 Concerts in one year. I still listen to his music and stay in touch with the Reefers. But it has always bugged me that it was more for the Party than the Music, but that’s me. No reason to rag on the Fans. It’s aways amazed me that some folks are so venomous about PH’s! I chalk it up to being an idiot.

    Want to know more about PH’s? Check out my book “JimmyDotCom: The Evolution of a Phan” at http://www.ClubStSomewhere.com or read my Blog at http://buffettswake@wordpress.com or have some fun following me on Twitter @ClubStSomewhere

    Fins Up…

  35. Jimmy did say that we’re all to blame for the oil spill… at least the ones who fill their tanks up at BP or Shell or Citgo or any other company trying to fill our demand for oil products.

  36. My friend Andy is a parrot head, he also has a BMW and a house. I listen to dilated and write a blog.

    my point being that I don’t get why people like Jimmy Buffet at all.

    not even a little bit.


    i mean really, Buffet sucks am I wrong here?

  37. I have to agree with Brian. Building the hotel will create jobs which at the end of the day, will be a positive thing. I’m not a huge Jimmy Buffet fan.

    It is sad to know that music has become a business to him and a few other musicians. I love my music and music should not become a business but rather stay passion and love.

    To make music is a gift, one of the greatest gifts we could have received from God. Use the talents offered to us to entertain the many people out there rather to use it for own personal gain. Money will disappear when we die, but our music, sounds and voice will always remain.

    This whole hotel thing has it up- and downside. All I have to say is the following; “May country music live forever!”

    Christo Gaybba

  38. As Jimmy Buffett would say,


    What’s at work here is nothing more than jealousy. Buffett, who once called himself one of the laziest guys on the planet, became hugely successful doing what he loved to do. It’s the great American dream and he found a different (and fun) way of achieving it.

    When you become as successful as Jimmy, you can do one of two things:

    . Squander it all, partying and buying stuff just to feed your ego and flash in front of others (remind you of a number of rock and rap artists?) Or you can
    . Use the money to invest in a way that enables you to live a good life while helping others.

    Buffett (whose concerts I stopped going to years ago), chose to do the latter. He’s poured tons of money into supporting causes he believes in (Manatees being just one of them – God bless you, Jimmy).

    He’s also invested in businesses that takes his whole Caribbean Dream concept and applies it to businesses like restaurants and hotels. He’s created thousands of jobs for people in the process. This is free enterprise at its best.

    Envy is not unlike a crab bucket: If a crab starts to climb his way up to success (freedom), the others pull him back down into the bottom where they are. Obama has achieved far more than most of you will ever achieve. So what… now it’s time to resort to calling him a sell-out? Who amongst you would stay doing what you’re doing and never try to better yourselves?

    But hey… all you folks with penis envy of Jimmy’s success, NOT TO WORRY. Barack Obama is making every effort to humble people like Buffett who find a way to crawl to the top of the crab bucket.

    I’m not sucking up to Buffett. If I were him, I’d probably try to reach for the next level myself. I’ll probably never get to his level… but I sure as hell am not going to bad-mouth him because he DID.

    Way to go, Bubba. Keep making music and margarita’s. The reason I don’t go to your concerts anymore is because it’s the people in the audience who have become the cliche. You make ’em happy and that’s cool. They have a great time and that’s cool. It’s just not who I am anymore… and that’s cool with me.

  39. Damn, WHAT A TYPO!

    I meant to write: Buffet (not Obama) has achieved far more than most of you will ever achieve.

    Obviously, I meant to write BUFFET and not Obama. Although, when you think about it, Obama has achived more than the rest of us ever will too. The big difference? Buffett has worked for it and is not going to destroy the free enterprise system in the process.

    Sorry, Obama fans. Facts are facts.

  40. Mea Culpa Obama fans. I didn’t mean to make that a political statement. Or perhaps I did and should not have. Either way, I apologize for bringing politics into this discussion. Curse me in private please, rather than turn this into a political discourse. My bad and I admit it. Thanks.

  41. I like Buffett about as much as I like the Dead which is not at all. I think the phenomenon of both must be a white people thing. However, I can’t believe you left the concert because people were “too busy partying.” No offense but you sound like a buzz kill.

  42. Stiletto,

    Wow. In four short sentences you’ve managed to reduce Buffett fans to a white sterotype, and me as a “buzz-kill.” Not sure what color you are (and I don’t really care), but I can just imagine if I said something is a “black people thing” I’m sure I’d be hit with a racist tag. I’m not calling you a racist, by the way, I just find your approach to labeling amusing.


    The problem is, you either didn’t read my words correctly or, perhaps there was a comprehension issue. I didn’t say I left a concert because “people were partying.” Hell, people have been partying at his concerts since the Carter administration.

    What I said was, I don’t go to (ANY) Jimmy Buffett concerts any more because the audience members had become cliches. Perhaps that reference confused you. I don’t hang out where everybody goes out of their way to show you how “same” they can be. THAT’S a buzz-kill to me. I like folks who think for themselves. If they happen to share a common interest in something great!

    As far as me being a buzz-kill is concerned, each person has to make that decision for themselves. I’m sure I fall into the buzz-kill category for those who don’t know the meaning of the word cliche, for example. Everybody is a buzz-kill to somebody.

    I guess the difference between us is that I see people doing what makes them happy and that’s oool to me even if it’s no longer my cup of tea. You see someone different and feel it necessary to label them (“a white person thing” or “buzz-kill”). Labels aren’t necessary to me.

    Gimme Jimmy Buffett music and I’m happy whether it’s live or an MP3 pumping through an ear bud while I’m in the woods walking my dog. It’s all good.

    And Jimmy is still cool in my book. What he wants to do with his money is his bidness. Hotels, Nightclubs, Restaurants… Go for it, if it makes you happy. To me it’s the ultimate irony: He sings about the footloose and fancy free existance he had years ago. Now it’s board meetings, grand openings, business plans and such. I’m just glad he’s not writing songs about that stuff. But make no mistake, parrotheads. Margaritaville was a fictious place to begin with. And Jimmy’s soul hasn’t lived there in 20 years.

  43. Lighten up? LIGHTEN UP? Hmmmm… OK, let’s try that approach and see what happens…

    Ahhhhhh… yeah, lots better.

    No, seriously. (But what you don’t know is that I just listened to “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About.”

    Yeah… Buffett’s music still has the magic.

    You have a good one, Stiletto. In the end it’s all good if we just allow ourselves a few Changes In Latitudes and attitudes.

    That said, I’m Off To See The Lizard and see if I can’t get me a Cheeseburger In Paradise. I’ll let you in on a little secret:

    I like mine with lettuce and tomato
    Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
    Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
    Well good God Almighty which way do I steer?

  44. I live in Mobile, Al, where Jimmy Buffett graduated from high school and started his career. The last time he has been to the Gulf Coast to play was in the 80’s. We need him to step up for the Gulf Coast NOW!!! I love Buffett and my kids know “all his songs by heart” I must say that Im a little disappointed in his attitude with our latitude. A benefit concert for ALL of the Gulf Coast would be GREAT!!! I hope he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Please PARROT HEADS PUT ON THE PRESSURE!!

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