Wednesday, May 21, 2008

40 Greatest Songs About Food: Part II

Ladies and gentlemen, you're just in time for the second half of CHG's 40 Greatest Songs About Food! Sit back and behold!

20) “Me in Honey” by R.E.M.
Kate Pierson is sadly absent from this live performance, but bassist Mike Mills fills in nicely.

19) “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg
C’mon, Snoop – it was never hard being you.

18) “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America
Note: This is a band, not our actual Commander in Chief. (As you know, Dubya's biggest hit is about pretzels.)

17) “Blueberry Hill” by Louis Armstrong
Adjust your eyes – it’s Satchmo in EXTREME close up. You can see his pores!

16) “Candy” by Iggy Pop with Kate Pierson
Has Iggy Pop ever worn a shirt, ever? I could draw the man’s nipples from memory.

15) “Pulling Mussels From a Shell” by Squeeze
My second favorite Squeeze song, narrowly beating out “Nail in My Heart.”

14) “Lunch Lady Land” by Adam Sandler
Yeah, it’s not the same without Chris Farley’s original SNL choreography, but still one of Sandler’s best.

13) “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan
Reader (and first commenter) nonrunner! I hear you!

12) “Rock Lobster” by B-52’s
Okay, so this is Kate Pierson’s third appearance in the Top 20. I didn’t even know I liked her that much. COVET THE BEEHIVE!

11) “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie
Every Thanksgiving at noon, my family ceases turkey preparation to listen to our local classic rock station play “Alice’s Restaurant.” It’s as important to our holiday as the stuffing.

10) “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
For years, I thought the lyric to this was, “You want some sugar?/Well have some more!” when it was actually, “Do you take sugar?/One lump or two?” I liked my version better.

9) “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways
Adolescent rage at its ragiest.

8) “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash
“I wasn’t born so much as I fell out.” Best line ever? I say possibly.

7) “Le Poisson” from The Little Mermaid
I could only find the Broadway audio, but picture: a large, animated French chef rhapsodizing on his weakness for seafood, as a talking, calypso-happy Jamaican crustacean scurries away in terror. I’ll give you a minute.

6) “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Get ready … get set … GAZE AT YOUR NAVEL!

5) “Milkshake” by Kelis
I’m not sure if any song has been used in more movies and TV shows. But “Mean Girls” (and wondrous Fey) employed it best.

4) “Baby’s Got Sauce” by G. Love and Special Sauce
I’m pretty sure this was the only song in rotation at my freshman year college radio station. I associate it very strongly with weak beer and young adult angst.

3) “Mayonaise” by Smashing Pumpkins
Hey! Billy Corgan had hair once.



2) “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones
What a far-out tune! Call me crazy, but I think these kids are going places.



1) “Eat It” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
Like it wasn’t gonna be Weird Al. (The link is the original video. The embedded piece below is just funny.)


And that's it, dear readers. I hope you enjoyed this musical interlude, and are already preparing for next week's Wednesday article, which will most likely be about saving money on food. (Go figure.) Excelsior!

P.S. So - in the countdown, what'd I miss?

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11 comments:

Kacie said...

Fun list! I was at a wedding this weekend, and the song they played during the cake cutting was "Eat it." Lol!

Also, don't forget the ridiculous "The Ketchup Song" from the early 2000s.

Dan said...

In no particular order

1. Ice Cream Man – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Covering Tom Waits)
31 flavors of bizarre . . .
"I'm your ice cream man
I'm your chocolate man
I'm your black walnuts hanging from a can ..."

2. Artichoke – Cibo Matto
Moody, atmospheric, and food metaphor is actually central to the song, unlike in "Know your Chicken"

3. The Candy Man – Sammy Davis, Jr.
C’mon. Ya gotta.

4. Savoy Truffle – The Beatles
Weird and wonderful little cautionary tale . . .
"but you'll have to have them all pulled out after the Savoy Truffle"

5. Fried Chicken and Gasoline – Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern rock trucker cuisine . . .
“been on the road so long it seems / all I can taste is gasoline”

6. Junk-food Junkie – Larry Groce
“but at night I’m a junk-food junkie – good lord, have pity on me”

7. Camel Walk - Southern Culture on the Skids
Featured in the movie "Raising Arizona", this song has the creepiest little food-fetish theme, containing such delights as

"Baby, would you eat that there snack cracker in your special outfit for me?" and "The way you eat that oatmeal pie makes me just wanna die"

8. Feed my Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
“I’m a hungry man, but I don’t want pizza / gonna blow down your house and then I’m gonna eatcha” . . . classic.

9. The Worst Pies in London – “Sweeney Todd”
“Try the priest"
enough said.

10. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
“put de lime in de coconut and shake it all up;" how many songs are thoughtful enough to include both ingredients and method of preparation?

bigbinder said...

This is a wonderful list. I humbly submit Coconut - Widespread Panic.

Ms Meghan said...

Yay Smashing Pumpkins!!!

There's food right in the band name. :)

Autumn said...

Sugar Sugar, by the Archies. It's so delightfully bubbly.

Excellent list! I applaud the inclusion of Disney music, since it makes me feel less dorky for having it on my iPod. (Le poisson, le poisson, hee hee hee, HAW HAW HAW!!)

Leigh said...

Love it!

Most of mine are show tunes. Hey, that's just how I roll. Dan beat me to "Worst Pies in London," but here a few more.

"Blood & Chocolate" - Elvis Costello

"Food, Glorious, Food" from Oliver

"Feed Me Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors (You know the kinda eats/The kinda red hot treats/The kinda sticky licky sweets/I crave)

Anonymous said...

Cheeseburger in Paradise!

Anonymous said...

Bread & Butter- The Newbeats

Anonymous said...

How about Chocolate Girl, Raspberry Beret, There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis, and another squeeze classic - Black Coffee in Bed. Great list by the way - just what I was looking for...

Anonymous said...

how about... AMERICAN PIE - Don McLean ???

Skylar Magazine said...

Great list! The only thing though, Blueberry Hill is by Fatz Domino. Just thought I'd point that out. I love both artists though! I was looking for food related songs. This was very helpful. I might have missed it, but how about "Tequila". Not sure who sings that, but it makes me think of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, one of my all time favorite Tim Burton movies, and one of my all time favorite movie scenes.