Album: Party Weekend (1980)

Songfacts®:

  • Joe "King" Carrasco wrote this song with the Crowns' bass player, Brad Kizer. The song is about looking forward to a fun-filled weekend, which is exactly what they were doing when they got the idea. In our interview with Carrasco, he explained that they were hanging out on Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas when the inspiration struck. "It was a Friday night and I said, 'Brad, it looks like a party weekend,'" Carrasco said. "I went, 'Wow, that's a good song title.'"
  • Featuring Vox and Farfisa organs played by Kris Cummings, this song is a musical throwback to the organ-heavy dance songs of the '60s. The song Carrasco was trying to duplicate was "A Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" by The Swingin' Medallions. "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez was also an influence.
  • When MTV went on the air in 1981, they were desperate for fun videos by American artists, and the "Party Weekend" clip fit their criteria. The video was shot on South Padre Island in Texas when the band was there for a spring break performance. It was shot on the cheap by the sister of the band's manager, who captured the band and various spring breakers having a good time - exactly what the song is about.

    The best we can tell, the clip marks the first appearance of crowd surfing in a music video, as we see Carrasco do a daring leap into the audience and go for a ride.
  • MTV would sometimes have artists customize songs for them, and they had Carrasco record this as "Party Christmas" for a 1982 Christmas video featuring the MTV staff.

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