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Pete and Wayne at Sloppy Joe’s
September 17, 1999
By Permission From Key West The Newspaper
By: Valerie Ridenour
Pete and Wayne are definitely warped. Parody is their game, and their
imaginations are outrageous. Pete and Wayne are great musicians
individually, but they are not going to play "Margaritaville" or "Brown
Eyed Girl" for you. When you go to Sloppy Joe's to hear them, leave
small impressionable children at home and don't take granny. I would
call their show risque, but that would not be accurate. It's dirty, but
it's more fun than you usually have with your clothes on. You may
suffer injuries from falling out of your chair and laughing too hard.
They began with a crazed parody of Ricky Martin's hit "Living In la
Vida Loca" titled "Looking To Breed in Boca", the saga of a Jewish
American princess who will drain your gold cards and leave you a
sniveling wreck, complete with oyeva's! They get into an Israeli folk
song mode as their tribute to Roshoshanna.
Puff the Magic Dragon" sounded great with Pete's strong, fine voice,
but it didn't last long. The audience immediately starts to sing along.
Pete stops and informs those not singing, "You have an obligation as an
American to sing this song". Pete and Wayne swing into "Bingo",
complete with handclaps, during which barefoot Wayne announces they
will do the Bob Marley version, "Ganja was his name". This was followed
by an original, "I Like To Sing, I Like To Screw" (Just ask your mama,
she'll tell you I'm the best, singing or loving, don’t matter
for me). Pete introduces 'celebrities' Eric Clapton and Sting, and
tells us they're going to get together and either make an album or
smoke a doobie.
Then they announce that this is the opening day of the NFL season and
claim, "Beautiful people, there are a lot more of us than you". Another
original "Dear Penis" was dedicated to a lady "who wants me since her
husband started hanging out with a guy from the 801 Club". Pete and
Wayne both have great voices and sing fantastic harmony .... once in a
while. They promote group drinking, complete with a limerick you can
hear for yourself. Pete drones a Dylanesque song about an unfortunate
customer who slipped off to the lady's room. She may never do that in
They discovered a group of Italian tourists, and immediately jumped
into a rowdy "Mama Mia" and "Amore". I speak just enough dirty Italian
to be suspicious of those lyrics. They begin a "Green Beret" sound and
launch into "Fighting Sisters From the Sky", the story of the 103rd
Flying Nun Division, recalling the horrors of parochial school.
Wayne does an Irish accent that is too much. They have a puppet for
this one and the next, which is a take off on Fiddler On the Roof. Then
it's on to "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Gate" A gorgeous girl
dropped some dollars into the tip jar, prompting Wayne to claim in
accent, “I did not have sex with that Woman.
I stayed on for a song they claim Shel Silverstein told them he wrote
for them, “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” which was
the closest thing to a recognizable tune they did. I decided to get out
while I could still move and giggled all the to the car, which got me
some strange looks. If you need a fun fix, go see Pete and Wayne.