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Initial post: May 8, 2010 10:36:41 AM PDT
My favorite tune that mentions food is "Oreo Cookie Blues" on the Strike Like Lightning album by Lonnie Mack produced by Stevie Ray Vaughn. Its a classic, very funny, and he sings the truth. i personally know an Oreo addict who claims he can quit anytime he wants to. He just hasn't got there yet; Not quitting, but wanting to quit.

"I couldn't quit if I wanted to
Yeah I don't wanna lose
It's them Oreo creme sandwich
Chocolate cover cream filled cookie
Built by Nabisco, ain't no rookie
Next best thang to nookie blues"

Posted on May 8, 2010 11:05:09 AM PDT
Darwin says:
Last Child - Aerosmith
"Ma she's a cookin, put the eats on the table"

Posted on May 8, 2010 12:06:49 PM PDT
I don't know if I'd call it my favorite, but Dan Hicks has a great song "I Don't Want Love", in which he says if falling in love means you have to give up mashed potatoes, chitlins, hash browns, barbecue, onion rings, deviled eggs, and on and on, he doesn't want any part of love. Just listening to this song makes me hungry. And the man has a good, solid point.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 2:26:27 PM PDT
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Posted on May 8, 2010 3:01:47 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
"Food of Love"-Yvonne Elliman

Posted on May 8, 2010 3:11:22 PM PDT
tabccb says:
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

Posted on May 8, 2010 4:14:16 PM PDT
Not Sure of exact title, but
NRBQ--RC Cola and a Moon Pie.
Plus, I'm not personally familiar with these two, but
The Flying Burrito Brothers--Hot Burrito #1 and
Hot Burrito #2 are supposed to be pretty tasty.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 5:41:54 PM PDT
Off the top of my head I'd say - House of Blue Lights

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 5:56:01 PM PDT
G Dogg says:
Aha, LL Cool J may have heard that before his "I'm Bad" song:

"I'm the baddest, takin' out all rookies
So forget Oreos, eat Cool J cookies."

Eileen Barton - If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake
The Tubes - Sushi Girl
The Fat Boys - All You Can Eat
Lenny White - Peanut Butter (the jam - "ain't nothin' but a sandwich!")
Spinal Tap - Cups and Cakes (surprisingly tasteful)
The B-52's - Cake (the beehive queens really seem to like icing)
Prince - Cream
Kim Mitchell - Go For a Soda

Posted on May 8, 2010 6:21:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2010 6:24:20 PM PDT
Miriam says:
One of my favorite songs is "Autumn in New York," but I don't think "lunch at the Ritz" counts for this question.

But here's a song that involves food--and poverty, and shame. According to Wikipedia, it was written in 1855 as "The Lone Fish Ball" but revised by the songwriters Hy Zaret and Lou Singer, and popularized by the folksinger Josh White in 1944 as this (it's on my MP3 device):

One Meatball

A little man walked up and down,
He found an eating place in town,
He read the menu through and through,
To see what fifteen cents could do.

One meatball, one meatball,
He could afford but one meatball.

He told the waiter near at hand,
The simple dinner he had planned.
The guests were startled, one and all,
To hear that waiter loudly call, "What,

"One meatball, one meatball?
Hey, this here gent wants one meatball."

The little man felt ill at ease,
Said, "Some bread, sir, if you please."
The waiter hollered down the hall,
"You gets no bread with one meatball.

"One meatball, one meatball,
Well, you gets no bread with one meatball."

The little man felt very bad,
One meatball was all he had,
And in his dreams he hears that call,
"You gets no bread with one meatball.

"One meatball, one meatball,
Well, you gets no bread with one meatball."

Posted on May 8, 2010 6:46:14 PM PDT
Joe Anthony says:
"What is your favorite tune that mentions food?"

I say:

"Savoy Truffle" by George Harrison; it is a close approximation with my life-long struggle with my addiction to sweets.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 6:54:12 PM PDT
Weird Al eat it. Southern culture on the skids 8 piece box.

Posted on May 8, 2010 7:21:54 PM PDT
Miriam says:
"Everybody Eats when They Come to My House"

Posted on May 8, 2010 8:28:54 PM PDT
Jevrick says:
It's not a song, it's an artist. It's Meat Loaf, and it's good with gravy. Also, it has no soy and no tofu

Posted on May 8, 2010 8:33:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2010 6:09:58 AM PDT
Dovebarr says:
how about "Cheeseburger in Paradise" BY Jimmy Buffett . Even his last name reeks of food !!!!
how about " The Doors " with : Backdoor Man " I eat more chicken than any man ever seen "
The Byrds : " Lover of the Bayou " catfish pie in a Gris-Gris Bag
I,m the lover of the bayou
sucked and weaned on chicken bile
I'm the lover of the bayou
I cooked a bat in a Gumbo Pan
drank the blood from a rusty can
I'm the lover of the bayou
The Guess Who : " No Sugar Tonight
Men at work : Down Under -- "he just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich"
Squeeze : " Pulling Mussels (From The Shell ) "

Posted on May 8, 2010 8:37:39 PM PDT
Bessie Smith---"Give Me A Pigfoot & A Bottle Of Beer"

The old time blues of the 20's, 30's and 40's is rife with songs about cooking
and eating BBQ, Chitlins, Frying Catfish, Crawdads, Pork Skins, drinking homemade liquor
and raisin' much hell!! (-:

Posted on May 8, 2010 10:42:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2010 5:13:02 PM PDT
W.H. says:
Black Coffee (Peggy Lee)
Caramel (Suzanne Vega)
Drown Soda (Hole)
Fade Away And Radiate (Blondie)--"I hear how you spend nighttime: wrapped like candy in a blue neon glow."
Golden Apples Of The Sun (Judy Collins)
Honey (Tori Amos)
I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree (Nancy Sinatra)
Milk And Honey (Sandy Denny)
Sour Grapes (Cass Elliot)
Sunday Girl (Blondie)--"I know a girl from a lonely street. Cold as ice cream but still as sweet."

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 10:52:02 PM PDT
Rafael says:
Eggplant by Michael Franks is my favorite!

Posted on May 9, 2010 3:31:07 AM PDT
A. Dehaan says:
Johnny Hicks- Hamburger Hop. Later covered by Less Than Jake.

Posted on May 10, 2010 7:36:20 AM PDT
Louis Jordan: "Knock Me a Kiss". "I like cake, make no mistake....but for your sake, I'll give up cake...c'mon baby, knock me a kiss."

Fats Waller: "Ee Ey, Want a Piece of Pie"----or something like that. All of Waller's songs have a food subtext. Even when he was singing about sex or reefer, he was really singing about food. I have no proof of this, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Booker T. and the MGs--"Green Onions".
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass--"Green Peppers".

Little Richard--"Tutti Frutti".

Story about Little Richard. He was in the recording studio one night, when hunger beckoned. He told his producer he wanted to take a dinner break, but he was told, well, we're in a groove here, let's continue what we're doing. They went on working. In a while, Richard once again mentioned that he was hungry. Once again he was told, hold on, let's just finish this song. Some time later, Richard had exhausted his patience. He banged his fists on the piano keys, and screamed "LITTLE RICHARD DOES NOT PLAY ONE MORE NOTE, UNTIL HE GETS SOME BOB-BEE-CUE!!!"

Posted on May 10, 2010 7:55:37 AM PDT
All You Can Eat and You Can Eat It All Night Long - Candye Kane
Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffet
Don't Do It - Little Charlie and the Nightcats

Posted on May 10, 2010 9:01:16 AM PDT
M. Meneghel says:
"A Taste of Honey", it's an older song, but I like the Beatles' version (a taste of honey, tasting much sweeter than wine)

And then there is Jethro Tull with lots of mentions to food. For instance, a couple of song titles: "Mango Surprise", "Paradise Steakhouse "
And then the song that mention food in the lyrics:
"Truck Stop Runner": Oh, oh I'd like a cup of black coffee and a piece of sweet cake.
"Calliandra Shade (the Cappuccino Song)": Come, sit with me and take decaf designer coffee....You got cappuccino lip on a short skirt day.
"Motoreyes": She takes her cafe noir, ...And sips her whisky straight
"...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps": ...with thoughts of mouse-and-apple pie. (well that's cat's food :-))
"Stuck In The August Rain": Brings Jasmine tea on a painted tray...
"Hot Mango Flush": Ladies with ice cream hair...Stole a penny candy-coloured...seems to simmer...Hot mango flush.
"Look At The Animals": Occasionally going out to look for bread and jam
...and many more....

Posted on May 10, 2010 9:14:51 AM PDT
Beach Boys "Vegetables", from Smiley Smile. One of the weirder songs about food by a mainstream artist.

You can't count "green onions" or any song with food in the TITLE, there need to be lyrics that mention food, right?

Posted on May 10, 2010 9:24:55 AM PDT
Rad Gumbo - Little Feat and another vote for Oreo Cookie Blues -- Lonnie Mack

Posted on May 10, 2010 9:26:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2010 9:37:36 AM PDT
No one else has cited Nick Lowe's notorious "Marie Provost", so I will.

This song details the legendary fate of the real-life silent-film star Marie Provost, who supposedly died in her apartment and was ultimately eaten by her pet dachshund. As Lowe sings, "She was a winner/Who became her doggy's dinner."

That's the legend. But I just looked Provost up on Wikopedia, and the story related there isn't quite as disgusting. Alerted by the dog's nonstop barking, police broke into her apartment, and discovered Provost's body. Her legs were covered with nip marks from the dog's attempts to wake her. But she hadn't been devoured. Unless Wikopedia is being uncharacteristically coy about the details.

Doesn't matter. Nick Lowe's song stands on its own, and a song about food it indisputably and stomach-turningly is. And I'm happy to share it with all of you.
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