Nine of our favorite Detroit drinking songs

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In honor of this week's "Drinks" issue, we've assembled a list of some great Detroit drinking songs. What did we miss? Surely there are some great tunes we forgot about; don't be afraid to let us know in the comments section. 
How could John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" not be the top song on our list? the song was written by Rudy Toombs and first recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953, but we prefer the Hook's 1966 recording.
"Icky Thump" by the White Stripes; you don't have to listen to this one long before you get why it's on this list, and almost at top.

The Slumber Party's song "Drunk" is from their third record,3, which you can purchase here as a download for just $7. Sorry, I couldn't find it for free anywhere.
Not Detroit, but the Meatmen cover it, with special permission from Gang Green
Ray Taylor describes Hamtramck "where the lights are bright" and walking into the "Hamtramck Bar"
And, it ain't "Beer Barrel Polka" but ... it's polka.
Protomartyrs' song "Jumb'os" has to be on here — that's a bar so rad, it's even a favorite for people who don't drink. And i don't care if the bar named themselves for the song, and not the other way around which seems improbable given the space-time continuum.
And of course there is Bantam Rooster's "Hey Bartendress"
And we end our list with aK9 Sniffies' track "I'm Drunk," just because.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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