With all of the adoring fans and success that Zane Lamprey has had over the years with Three Sheets, Have Fork, Will Travel, and Drinking Made Easy, one might wonder why any TV network would keep us from being able to witness what we love watching him do the most–drink his ass off. Well, travel around the world and drink to be more exact. The bad news? That is what's happening. The good news? Zane and his team have taken matters into their own hands and with a little help from Kickstarter, they are creating a new drinking excursion on a global level called Chug.
For the show, Zane will hop aboard a train with his passport in hand to travel and learn about the drinking rituals and cultures from the locals and if you want to see this action take place like we do, you can help make it happen. And let's be real, who doesn't want to see Lamprey try to keep his balance on a train? With ten days to go on his Kickstarter campaign and a wide array of bonuses if you decide to back the project, we decided to get Zane to sing for some extra dollars. Too be more specific, we wanted to see what he's learned over the years so we picked Lamprey's boozy mind for his, “Top 5 International Chugging Songs.” Hiccup, Enjoy!
5-.True Blue (Australia)
Zane Lamprey: This is like the equivalent of when you ask someone if they want a drink and they say “no.” The response is in the lyrics that are kind of like, come onnnn, you know you want it. It's like, peer pressure in melodic form. This song from Australia is quick, easy, and actually requires someone to chug. It's often heard in bars and between friends and is the perfect song to get the slacker in your group to catch up and finish their beer. The first part lets that person know they are up for a chug, and the last part is yelled louder and faster as that person chugs.
4. Ein Prosit (Germany)
This is heard at every Oktoberfest across the world. “Ein Prosit” is pretty much an Oktoberfest national anthem and will have everyone raising their glasses in no time. It literally means “A Toast” and is sung in beer gardens around the world. As with any good toast, the song is always accompanied by a hefty chug either at the end or during if you get bored. You cannot have an Oktoberfest event without this specific song playing. It's like the chicken dance song but that's one is annoying. I guarantee you that if you've heard the chicken song, then you've also heard this one.
3. The Dubliners- 7 Drunken Nights (Ireland)
So this song is about a guy who goes out and comes home drunk and whenever he comes home, he sees something out of place. Like, hey who's pants are those? And his wife just makes up an excuse and he goes to bed. This Irish melody was made popular by The Dubliners and is sung probably at every Irish bar. It may seem like a mellow drinking song but playing this in an Irish bar will get the place pretty rowdy, especially on St. Paddy's Day. Plenty of bands have covered it for their bar performances and it now almost always includes audience involvement. Though it's not directly about chugging, the audience involvement makes it a great opportunity to get some cheering and chugging in during the seven chorus lines.
2- The Champs- Tequila (Latin America/Mexico)
Everyone knows this song because this is the song that Pee-wee Herman danced to! The song says “tequila” three times throughout, which to me, sounds like a perfect cue to take a swig or chug of some Tequila. You may measure your sips of tequila however you choose, I measure my sips in an ounce. So the lyrics to this drinking song and the directions are pretty easy to follow and it's a good song if you'd like to have some shots of tequila. I think I've sworn off drinking tequila at least ten times and still…no. You know I find helps to stomach tequila? More tequila. Unfortunately, that's the only thing that helps.
1- Zane Lamprey- My Buddy Steve (USA)
Now I may be a bit biased on this choice, but when thinking about chugging I can't help but think of the biggest chugger I know, Steve McKenna. As the song says, “Everybody has a buddy like Steve,” and when you hear this song you need to make that buddy chug, because that is what Steve does. When I go on stage I say, “Look, don't think about this song as thinking about Steve. This is a song about your friend like Steve.” But that's really not true. This song is specifically about my buddy Steve. It just happens that everyone who listens to it can relate to it in the fact that they have a friend who is like Steve. It is an anthem for the fun person.