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Looking for a candidate for a new reaction video to play for unsuspecting friends? Try this.

If you were around in 1982, a song by Canada’s Garry Lee & The Showdown became a viral hit long before there was such a thing. Cassette copies of “The Rodeo Song” were surreptitiously passed around, causing all kinds of laughs and shock because it was so profane and stupid. I remember hearing from an eight-track in someone’s pick-up truck. It was the day’s version of all the reaction videos we have today.

The song was written by Gaye Delorme of Edmonton. He performed it on occasion, too.

He who also wrote material for Cheech and Chong. That includes the classic “Earache My Eye” from 1974. You might remember it from the movie Up in Smoke. (Gaye passed away in 2011.)

Forty years later after the original “Rodeo Song,” Blackie Jackett Jr. (he of Finger Eleven) has covered the song. If you’re looking to create a reaction video yourself, this is a great candidate to show to unsuspecting friends and family.

Amazingly, I’m told that there will be a radio edit of the song. Maybe.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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