YMMV / Jimmy Buffett

  • Archive Panic: Doesn't help that he has, like, one well-known song
  • Ear Worm: Whether you like his songs or not, they will be stuck in your head for days.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When you realize that the island on which "Volcano" was written, Montserrat, really was geographically and economically decimated by a series of volcanic eruptions in the 90s.
  • Misaimed Fandom: His signature song, "Margaritaville", is a melancholy song about a loser who's drinking his life away in a tourist town on a beach somewhere—a woman was involved somehow, but at the end he acknowledges "it's my own damned fault". Fans took the song as a party anthem, and Jimmy rolled with it.
  • Sequel Displacement: His "debut" album A White Sport Coat And a Pink Crustacean was actually his third album (though his second album sat on the shelf for five years before being released to cash in on his newfound popularity).
  • Signature Song: "Margaritaville"
  • Tear Jerker: "He Went To Paris" is an unusually somber song for Buffett, about a man who moves to Europe to find himself and marries and has a son while there, only to lose his family in a war, which also left him disabled.
    • "The Captain and the Kid" even more so. Its a slow, quiet tribute to his grandfather, a former merchant ship's captain. And according to Buffett himself, its this song that kept him from ever signing with a major label. He was auditioning in Memphis, and played "The Captain and the Kid", and the record executive told Buffett that he loved the song, but it was too much of a downer. Apparently the executive said, "Why do you have to have him die at the end?" To which Buffett responded, "Because he did", and walked out of the record company's studio, never looking back once.
    • "Trip Around the Sun" (duet with Martina McBride) is also an unusually somber song about growing older.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Sone of the references at the end of "Volcano" are very 70s— "Don't want to land on no Three Mile Island, don't want to see my skin aglow", "Don't want to land on no Ayatollah", etc. Not that the song is any less funny for it.
  • What Might Have Been: Buffett wrote "Margaritaville" for Elvis Presley, who died before he could record it.