Toby Keith, ‘Red Solo Cup’ – Song Review
Toby Keith has recorded the earworm of the year — maybe the decade. For better or worse, ‘Red Solo Cup’ is a song that will crawl into the folds of your brain and hatch babies. Keith wasn’t joking when he said it’s “like a nursery song stupid.”
The verses are long, run-on sentences. “Now a red solo cup is the best receptacle / For barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals / And you sir do not have a pair of vegetables / If you prefer drinking from glass,” he sings to begin the song. As he goes on, the ‘Made of America’ singer seems to succumb to the influence of substances one puts into a red Solo cup. Keith tells Taste of Country that was just good acting.
The real catchy part of this song is the chorus. “Red solo cup / I fill you up / Let’s have a party / Let’s have a party / I love you red solo cup / I lift you up / Proceed to party / Proceed to party.” It works because Keith makes no effort to pretend this is anything but a simple and stupid ditty. By not taking it seriously, he gives us permission to enjoy the foolishness. Anyone who’s been to a college party or a tailgate will find a laugh out loud moment.
“Now I’ve seen you in blue and I’ve seen you in yellow / But only you red will do for this fellow / ‘Cause you are the Abbot to my Costello / And you are the fruit to my loom.” The creative rhyming never ends. It’s not clear if this song will be released to radio, but if it is, there’s little doubt it will be his most stupid hit to date. And that’s a very good thing.
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