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The one thing that definitely would not happen — not that it wouldn’t ever happen on an individual basis, but it certainly wouldn’t happen in a shared-culture sense — is that a generation of college kids would go down to Cabo for the week and return with a big Mexican dance hit which they then played so much that it became even somewhat popular in the US. Americans abroad tend to be so insular that a typical partier could spend an entire Spring Break on foreign soil and never once hear music they didn’t bring with them.

I have one memorable, anecdotal data point to the contrary! It involves a college freshman coming back from a spring break trip to Mexico, wearily putting down his suitcase, gathering together everyone in the vicinity, and giving a bug-eyed, alarmist speech worthy of Gandalf or Churchill: “I have to warn you about something. It’s coming. There is nothing any of you can do to prevent it. You have to prepare yourselves for it. It’s called the Macarena.”

  1. notalexus reblogged this from agrammar and added:
    (via tomewing) I was all over this dance when I was younger you guys. I thought the hip-shakey part was gonna make all...
  2. agrammar reblogged this from jonathan-bogart and added:
    I have one memorable, anecdotal data point to the contrary! It involves a college freshman coming back from a spring...
  3. jonathan-bogart reblogged this from tomewing and added:
    My very unscientific impression (even when I was in college many years ago I never really “did” Spring Break) is that...
  4. tomewing reblogged this from jonathan-bogart and added:
    Great reply! THis was my hunch but good to have it confirmed. I did wonder if there was any kind of Spring Break musical...
  5. thevidsarealright said: Judging by tv trailers for festival coverage/holiday programming: current Alex Burke single; new Kylie; anything by/featuring/produced by David Guetta.
  6. douglaswolk said: As Jonathan noted, popfan-age Americans don’t get much in the way of travel-type vacations, and don’t get to go abroad when they do.
  7. jrichmanesq said: definitely happens in the US too. I’d venture Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is the favorite going into this race, though if I were getting odds on a longshot, my (slightly biased) money is on Jessie James’ “Boys In The Summer”