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SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL AND FOOD

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I had fully intended to write a curmudgeonly post about measurements but I turned on Evening Jazz on NPR and thought about the CD that I intend to make someday of nothing but food songs.

There are a LOT of songs about food.  In some of them the food is incidental, like Harry Chapin’s “30,000 Pounds of Bananas.” It could have been “30,000 Pounds of Avocados” but that isn’t as funny as bananas.  “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” by Squeeze isn’t really food-y.  John Prine’s “Spanish Pipe Dream” mentions peaches as the solution to life’s problems, but it isn’t really the whole song.  “Werewolf of London” mentions beef chow mein at Lee Ho Fook’s and “Back in the USA” ‘s hamburgers sizzling on an open grill are memorable but not the point. And I really hated the Blues Brothers’ “Rubber Biscuit” as just plain obnoxious.  I mean songs where food is the point or the catalyst, though it might also be a metaphor for sex, and why not? Anyway, it’s my list. Make up your own list.

In no particular order:

  • Cook with Honey – Judy Collins
  • Memphis Women and Fried Chicken – T. Graham Brown
  • That’s What I Like About the South – Commander Cody
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  • Eggs and Sausage – Tom Waits

I was always eh, kinda want to like consider myself kind of a pioneer of the palette, a restaurateur if you will. I’ve wined, dined, sipped and supped in some of the most demonstrably beamer epitomable bistros in the Los Angeles metropolitan region. Yeah, I’ve had strange looking patty melts at Norm’s. I’ve had dangerous veal cutlets at the Copper Penny. Well, what you get is a breaded salisbury steak in a shake-n-bake and topped with a provocative sauce of Velveeta and uh, half-n-half. Smothered with Campbell’s tomato soup. See I have kinda of a uh…well I order my veal cutlet, Christ, it left the plate and it walked down to the end of the counter. Waitress, she’s wearing those rhinestone glasses with the little pearl thing clipped on the sweater. My veal cutlet come down, tried to beat the shit out of my cup of coffee. Coffee just wasn’t strong enough to defend itself.

  • All You Can Eat – Candye Kane
  • Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Cab Calloway
  • Frim Fram Sauce – Nat King Cole
  • Peel Me a Grape – Diana Krall
  • Sour Cream – Pete Seeger
  • Guacamole – Texas Tornadoes
  • Blueberry Pancakes – Anne Bauerlein and Chip Mergott
  • Maple Syrup Time – Pete Seeger
  • Taylor the Latte Boy – Kristen Chewnowith
  • Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & the Techniques
  • Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer) – Billie Holliday
  • Root Beer for Breakfast – Vance Gilbert
  • Saturday Night Fish Fry – Louis Jordan
  • Betrothal – The Accidentals
  • Come on-a My House – Rosemary Clooney
  • Bacon – Mary Liz McNamara
  • Chicken Cordon Bleus – Steve Goodman
  • Tomato Puddin’ – Jeff Daniels
  • Butter – Megon McDonough
  • Church – Lyle Lovett
  • Strawberry Jam – Michelle Shocked
  • The Cuban Sandwich – Barrence Whitfield & Tom Russell
  • Rum and Coca-Cola – The Andrews Sisters
  • Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie
  • Scenes From an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
  • Fudge- Robin Hopper
  • Hotcakes – Carly Simon
  • The Heartbreak Diet – Julie Gold
  • One Meat Ball – Dave Van Ronk
  • Home Grown Tomatoes – Guy Clark
  • Bottle of Wine – Tom Paxton
  • Jambalaya – Hank Williams
  • Raspberries, Strawberries – Kingston Trio
  • Pie – Debi Smith with Doc Watson
  • House of Blue Lights – George Thorogood
  • Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
  • French Toast Bread Pudding – Christine Lavin

 

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