Five Protest Songs For Long Beach Ice Cream Men Who Might Have to Stop Playing Music From Their Trucks

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You might not know it, but the rights of ice cream men everywhere are slowly melting away. The city of Long Beach appears to be joining the ranks of Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Santa in restricting, even prohibiting ice cream men from playing music from their trucks to attract children. During tonight's Long Beach City Council meeting, councilman Dee Andrews plans to ask his colleagues to support an effort to ban operators of ice cream trucks from playing amplified music and is asking city attorneys to draft an ordinance that would require ice cream truck operators to comply with the city's noise ordinance and prevent the playing of any music when the trucks are parked and the operator is vending ice cream.

He says the music coming from the trucks on a daily basis has become a nuisance in the mid-city area of Long Beach. The question is, are the city's ice cream men going to allow their business to take such a serious licking? We think not. In fact, while there's still time, we're hoping a few bold cone merchants will ditch "Turkey in the Straw" for a day or two and blare some protest jams that will definitely send a message that they're sticking it to the man.


EPMD, "You Gots to Chill," (1988)
When it comes to restricting with an ice cream man's ability to play music to attract his parade of sugar-starved, four-foot clientele, you're not just making his job infinitely more boring, you're messing with his business. So EPMD's track "You Got's to Chill" off of 1988's Strictly Business is a perfect message of protest a group of city officials who are definitely lacking some entrepreneurial spirit, not to mention a sense of Good Humor.



Van Halen, "Ice Cream Man" (1978)
There's no doubt the threat of an ordinance unplugging their music for good has Long Beach ice cream man singing the blues. But if there's one thing you should know about Van Halen, it's that they never take bad news lying down. Even a blues song by the legendary John Brim can easily be turned into a guitar wailing solo fest that's sure to piss off stuffy mid-city Long Beach residence who can't seem to handle a little children's music floating past their window. In that case, how about you take on of Eddie Van Halen's six string squeals and stick it in your ear. It's a flavor that's sure to satisfy.


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Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Thats because Mexico has been invaded by mc donalds, kentuky,burger king, pizza hut, dairy queen,snickers,wallmart,coca cola,feisboo, etc

Michael Delgado
Michael Delgado

No complaining about the LOUD LOUD harley-davidson exhaust

James Creely
James Creely

those things are awful. Enough noise pollution everywhere.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

elsa the nostalgia is not fogging anything I think that you have a case of hate.I also dont believe your story. You said that an Acquaintance did this horuble thing. So is this a friend of a friend of yours??? You said transaction? Do you mean that crack cocaine was sold or some kind of illegal drug? Did you see what it was or is this an asumption of your imagination that it was something illegal? You said that the license plate has changed several times. Do you come out everytime and take pictures and watch this ice cream truck late at night in the Dark? Its very hard and I mean very, very hard to see license plates at night. You also said that we are obssesd with making everything about race. Let the numvers speak for thelselves then. Who has the highest unemployment, Hispanics. who gets stoped more often? hispanics. infact cops are told to go into hispanic neighborhoods and they stop you for no reason. Its a fact that hispanics get longer prison sentences than whites.Facts are not being obssesed. Looks like your familia has asimilated perfectly to the hate and to other traditional american ways. So lets say that your friends or acquaintances friend or whoever lets say your story was to be true and that this ice cream truck driver did something wrong. That is only one truck and you dont chop of a tree because you got one bad apple.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Power to the people and the ice cream trucks!

Sarah Walls
Sarah Walls

As a former resident of long beach I applaud the ban. The music begins at 8 in the morning almost every day. A truck will park for about an hour playing the same song or three. Once he leaves it was never more than 2 hours before the next one came. Wash rinse repeat until 8pm or 10pm in the summer. High calorie, overly processed, and overly priced junk doesn't need sales help from annoying as hell jingles.

Lynn Maners
Lynn Maners

Hmmm. Sounding a little libertarian-ish, AaM. :-)

Jim Leach
Jim Leach

Perhaps the complainants who started all this would be happier if the ice cream truck music was "Three Coins in a Fountain."

Elsa Covarrubias
Elsa Covarrubias

Listen, I know we like to idealize aspects of our childhood, but lets not let nostalgia fog our good judgement. True story: paletero romes the neighborhood of an acquaintance in Anaheim, on a street with no children, late at night, stops in front of one house, a "transaction" takes place, and then leaves. Interestingly enough, the license plate has changed numerous times. I have personally witnessed this, so this isn't sometime of "chifladera". Plus, since we seem so obsessed with making everything about race/ethnicity. My mexican relatives, old school rancho people and assimilated young ones alike have complained about everything I have mentioned.

Lisa Burrell
Lisa Burrell

In my neighborhood I think they play Christmas music year round. I've run out for ice cream maybe twice, and I think it's all off brands, not the good stuff.

Brennan King
Brennan King

Come to Lake Forest - we have ice cream trucks playing music!

Meredith Walako
Meredith Walako

Protest songs or songs w references to ice cream? Where's Princes' "cream"?

Luz Madrigal
Luz Madrigal

Dee Andrews, the 6th District Council Member that has taken on the ice cream truck noise cause has a giant Popsicle stick up his butt! Or maybe he needs an ice cream to just chill. The sound of an ice cream truck making its way to your block brings nothing but happy memories to most normal folks. Maybe Mr. Andrews had a bad experience as a child? Long Beach has way too many other problems to deal with: trigger happy cops, blighted areas, crumbling infrastructure, homeless people being dumped by LA in North Long Beach, to make ice cream truck "noise" an issue. I say bring on the paleteros, raspado vendors, eloteros, and tamaleros and of course the ice cream trucks! Ahhh...the sounds of summer in the city.

Andrea Serna
Andrea Serna

I love the ice cream man as much as the next guy. Maybe Long Beach is different from Santa Ana. All I know is there is an ice cream truck war going on here and the residents are asking for a cease fire.

Andrea Serna
Andrea Serna

I have friends who live in councilman Dee Andrews district. I hear the stories. Andrews is only responding to the concerns of his constituents. And no Gustavo, things have changed.

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

"Quality of life"? As someone who lives in a neighborhood with these trucks, I know for a fact that the only people who complain about them are NIMBYers who are terrors as neighbors and will call code enforcement for every perceived insult.

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

They don't play the "sweet sounds"? They've been playing the same "Farmer in the Dell"/"Blue Danube"/"Pocket Dancer" songs they played in my childhood.

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

Irvine's people are for the most part okay, but the city is EVIL.

Dawn Ramirez
Dawn Ramirez

if i were an ice cream man i'd play System of a Down, so count yourselfs luckies.

Peter Swimm
Peter Swimm

This dude parks everyday in front of my house and cranks the music for the same fat kids every day who refuse to eat grocery ice cream. Good Riddance.

Andres Garcia
Andres Garcia

I'm sorry, no disrespect, but Andrea your thoughts are irrational and a joke. Simply because if the cast majority of said community felt "affected" they would simply stop buying which means the paleteros would move on to neighborhoods who do buy. It's a business you don't sell you don't stay. So the complaining party is the 1% of the community that thinks this is a disturbance to their pretty lives. Glad I don't live there. Paletero by my house there's only 1 and the music is barely loud enough to hear, let alone disrupt my day unless I'm feeling like having a delicious paleta de arroz con leche... *in Ari Gold's voice* GOOD DAY!

Andres Garcia
Andres Garcia

First time someone says or even thinks a paletero carries illegal substances. Pff! Children will always be children and want ice cream. For god sake what type of fucking community have we become that 10 minutes of semi loud music at 12-3 pm in the afternoon fucking bothers enough to fuck with someone's form of income. Fuckin' country is going down the drain one paletero at a time. Serious what's next? Elote man can't scream elotes anymore he will just have to walk around stomping his feet hoping someone hears them? Fuckin' joke

Andrea Serna
Andrea Serna

And this music is not pleasant sweet chimes. Its jarring screeching sounds like car alarms. I guess Gustavo's page is not the place to have an informed discussion about quality of life issues.

Andrea Serna
Andrea Serna

The trucks stalk neighborhoods constantly day and night, competing with each other block to block. Residents in these neighboods, who are primarily Mexican, are suffering.

Kelly Watson
Kelly Watson

How is music "predatory" you intolerant woman??!!

Andrea Serna
Andrea Serna

If you don't live in a neighborhood plagued by the constant never ending stream of noise pollution caused by these trucks, please don't be so quick to judge. Todays ice cream trucks do not play the sweet sounds of our childhood. It is blaring repetitive and predatory with vehicles competing fiercely in a neighborhood.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Elsa Covarrubias they dont have no illegal substances your loca.Traffic issues? they drive very carefully. Maybe you just dont know how to drive.O and Send your complaint about obesity to mc donalds, carls jr, burger king,pizza hut, dominos and baskin robins. Vieja chiflada.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

This is just simply racist. There always looking for something to attack the hispanic community.

grvz5247
grvz5247

This is just playing simply racist. There always looking for something to attack the hispanic community.

Madilyns Cooking
Madilyns Cooking

i live in irvine. i would not live here if i didn't have small kids. the stepford town

Liz Gonzalez
Liz Gonzalez

I LOVE the ice cream trucks' music in my neighborhood in No. Long Beach. Some play Christmas music all year round. I don't know if "most paleteros pedal illegal substances," and I have not seen any cause traffic issues in my neighborhood. I'm sure it happens, but I've only seen ice cream being purchased. And I grew up buying from a truck and am not obese.

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

Like they didn't before? Please take your regulations elsewhere, like Irvine.

Elsa Covarrubias
Elsa Covarrubias

Most of these days paleteros pedal illegal substances, plus cause traffic issues, plus contribute to the obesity amongst low-income children. #fact

Madilyns Cooking
Madilyns Cooking

i'd love to hear the chimes of well tuned bell. but that's just me.

Candice Martinez
Candice Martinez

Maybe we need to unite like the Ice Cream wars of Glasgow in 1980s ;)

Heard Mentality
Heard Mentality

Do you read our paper? We're the ones who cover LBC when no one else gives a crap. And stop whining about OC, we're letting you know now.

Hans Rojas
Hans Rojas

Why does the OC Weekly care about an LBC issue... Shouldn't LA Weekly be makin a stink instead. & where was the coverage when SanTana & Anaheim passed the same type if laws not to long ago

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