Friday, April 15, 2016

Fun Lovin' Criminals – "Scooby Snacks" (1995)

I walked up to the teller
I gave her the letter
She gives me the loot 
With puckered-up lips and a wink
That I found cute

Think about what’s going on in this song.

The singer is sticking up a bank.  You know that his thoughts are racing in a hundred different directions at once, and his heart is pounding louder than a big bass drum.  (That bit of hyperbole is courtesy of Mick and Keith, of course.)

But he is a guy, after all.  So at the same time he’s getting the loot, he’s checking out the teller . . . flirting with her a little . . . delivering a pickup line:

Baby, baby, baby
Is this some karmic-chi love thing happening here, baby . . . or what?

When the singer gets caught and is put on trial for armed robbery, I’m sure he’ll be winking at the court reporter as he walks into the courtroom . . . asking the bailiff, “What’s your sign?” . . . blowing a kiss at the jury forewoman.  

Because that’s the way a guy’s mind works, ladies.  He can be 16 or 60 – rich or poor – tall or short – Protestant, Catholic, or Jew . . . it don’t make no nevermind.  

I can’t believe this song was released in 1995.  That makes it about the same age as my youngest child, who’s a junior in college.

I also can’t believe that just hours after I heard it on my rental car radio while driving to the Kansas City airport, I caught a few minutes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – perhaps the worst cartoon of all time – on the airport TV.

"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" at MCI gate 43
Scooby-Doo, the ‘fraidy-cat Great Dane who is the star of that cartoon, loves to eat “Scooby snacks.”  It’s not clear exactly what a Scooby snack was, but both Scooby-Doo and his teenage-boy pal Shaggy were ga-ga over them.  (The producer of the cartoon licensed the “Scooby Snacks” name for use on both dog treats and cookies.)

Some sources say that “Scooby snack” is a slang term for Valium (a drug used to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, and the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal) or Vicodin (an opioid pain reliever).

Other sources say that the term refers to brownies or other snack foods made with marijuana.  (That meaning makes a little more sense.)

The spoken-word samples you hear throughout the song are taken from a couple of Quentin Tarantino movies: Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction:

Here’s “Scooby Snacks”:

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