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Hotel California

I remember when that album came out….damn the 70’s were good. In 200 years the 70’s will stand out musically like Bach and Mozart did for their time. Hotel California was a great song and in Pattaya it’s like elevator music!

The Thais seem to be stuck in a time warp of sorts. Yeah, they have their traditional music as well as pop and rock music but in the tourist towns like Pattaya you’ll hear more 70’s music than anything and every band knows Hotel California. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Dog Night, and every other song you can think of but no matter how many songs the local band knows you’ll always hear Hotel california.

Now if you haven’t been to Pattaya you might think “well, how many bands can there be?”. Pattaya is a beach resort town and if it isn’t a hotel or food cart it’s a bar. There has to be a few thousand bars, gogo’s ,and clubs in a pretty small town and almost all of them have a house band. Some are absolutely awesome….others can be very amusing how they butcher the songs but they love the 70’s music.

Which brings me back to a song I used to love. I’ve only been to Thailand twice for about two months total time on the ground but in that time I’ve heard that song many more times than it was played on every station in America the year it was released.

I can’t wait to get back….

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