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15 Songs About Food
Broccoli & Cheese (Ode To Sarah) - Face and the No Credits
A List of 15 Songs About Food
The following video is for a little ditty called Broccoli & Cheese by my musical side project Face and the No Credits. The song is based on a true story. Don't worry this is the only time I am going to engage in the shameless plug. I offer my apologies in advance.
During the past little bit I have composed a number of "Songs About" hubs. Many of these have been more serious in nature. I don't have an issue with that because I strongly feel that music can be a powerful emotional outlet when it comes to coping with serious personal issues. That being said at times it is good to lighten the mood a bit. Music can also be a source of goofy fun.
This is why I have decided to compile a list of songs about food. Many of these songs would fall under novelty. Some of these songs may contain innuendo or double entendre. Because I am naïve I choose to be dumb and assume that all of these songs are really about food.
The following is a list of 15 food related songs. The songs are listed chronologically not numerically.
Beans and Cornbread - Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five
"Beans and Cornbread" is a 1949 classic jump blues song by Louis Jordan & Tympany Five. The song describes an epic battle between beans and cornbread. The conclusion in the end is that they both go together. Which means this song is in a sense a call for peaceful relations among all sorts of food. The song also contains a number of other shout outs to various types of food.
This is one of my happy place songs. This is a really fun little ditty. I get giddy every time I hear it.
Beans and Cornbread by Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five (Video)
Vegetables - The Beach Boys
This Brain Wilson penned ode to vegetables is from The Beach Boys 1967 album Smiley Smile. This song also has the distinction of featuring Paul McCartney on celery.
According to Brain Wilson the song was connected to his health obsession at the time. He made the following statement concerning the intent of the song: "I want to turn people on to vegetables, good natural food, organic food. Health is an important element in spiritual enlightenment. But I do not want to be pompous about it, so we will engage in a satirical approach."
As a borderline meatatarian I cannot endorse the agenda of this song. That being said the song does possess a certain endearing quirkiness to it. Also if you do happen to have a favorite vegetable, you should write Brian Wilson a letter.
Vegetables by The Beach Boys (Video)
Roast Fish and Cornbread - Lee "Scratch" Perry
This is the second song on the list which references cornbread. This one is by dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry and it his from his 1978 album Roast Fish Collie Weed & Cornbread.
The song is truly infectious. It is one of the few songs that makes me want to simultaneously eat and dance.
Roast Fish and Cornbread by Lee "Scratch" Perry (Video)
Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
"Fish Heads" is from the comedy rock duo Barnes and Barnes 1980 album Voobaha. The song also features an iconic video which was directed by Bill Paxton. Paxton also appeared in the video which was also featured on Saturday Night Live back on December 6th, 1980. The video I posted here was the short version, because I wanted to get right into the song.
The song has to be one of the greatest novelty tunes of all time. It is definitely one of my happy place songs. Just like with "Beans and Cornbread" I can't help but get all giddy every time I hear it.
"Fish Heads, fish Heads/Roly poly fish heads/Fish Heads, fish Heads/Eat them up yum!"
Fish Heads by Barnes & Barnes (Video)
I Like Food - Descendents
"I Like Food" appears on the Descendents 1981 EP Fat. At only 16 seconds in length the song is short and to the point. It is hard to argue with the sentiments.
I Like Food by Descendents (Video)
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Eat It - "Weird Al" Yankovic
In connection to "Weird Al" there is no shortage of food songs to choose from. In 1993 he even released a compilation of his food songs entitled The Food Album. For this list I ended up opting for his parody of Micheal Jackson's "Beat It". "Eat It" appeared on his 1984 album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D.
The song also features a classic video parody of Micheal Jackson's "Beat It" as well. According to Yankovic, Jackson always has been supportive of his work. When he recorded "Fat" (a food related parody of Jackson's "Bad) Jackson allowed him to use the same video set.
Eat It by "Weird Al" Yankovic (Video)
All You Can Eat - The Fat Boys
Now we will kick it old school with The Fat Boys. "All You Can Eat" is from the soundtrack of the 1985 film Krush Groove. The song is a joyous celebration of food.
"$3.99 for all you can eat?/Well, I'm a stuff my face to a funky beat!"
The Fat Boys featured the talents of Darren Robinson who was known as "The Human Beatbox". He was considered one of the pioneers of beatboxing. Unfortunately he died on December 10, 1995 at the young age of 28 years old. He died of a heart attack and weighed 450 pounds at the time of his death.
All You Can Eat by Fat Boys (Video)
Moxy Früvous - Green Eggs and Ham
This hilarious satirical reworking of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" was recorded for Moxy Früvous 1992 self titled demo cassette tape. The 6 song demo cassette sold over 40,000 copies in Canada. For an independently released demo tape that was fairly significant. The buzz generated led to them being signed to a major label. "Green Eggs and Ham" ended up being the only song on the cassette not included on their 1993 full length debut, Bargainville. This was because of legal issues with the Dr. Seuss estate. Because of this the song is now considered an obscure gem.
Green Eggs and Ham by Moxy Früvous (Video)
Satan Gave Me a Taco - Beck
This was a tossup between this song and "Nicotine & Gravy" from Beck's 1999 album Midnite Vultures. I ended up opting for "Satan Gave Me a Taco" which appeared on his 1994 album Stereopathetic Soulmanure.
The moral of this song is never to accept a taco from Satan. I guess you probably wouldn't want to accept any other food from Satan either. Also if Satan was to open a taco stand would it be called Taco Hell?
Satan Gave Me a Taco by Beck (Video)
Carrot Juice is Murder - The Arrogant Worms
"Carrot Juice is Murder" is from the Canadian comedic music group The Arrogant Worms 1994 album Russell's Shorts. This is a satirical anti-vegetarian protest song. The song cleverly pokes fun at the fanatical aspects of the animal rights movement.
As a borderline line meatatarian, I support this message.
Carrot Juice is Murder by The Arrogant Worms (Video)
Peaches - The Presidents of the United States of America
"Peaches" is from The Presidents of the United States of America 1995 self titled major label debut. Even though it has nothing to do with the song or peaches, the video features ninjas. You can't go wrong with ninjas.
"Peaches come from a can they were put there by a man/ In a factory downtown".
Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America (Video)
Know Your Chicken - Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto means crazy food in Italian, so it should be no surprise that this Japanese female duo has sung a lot of songs about food. I ended going with the infectiously fun "Know Your Chicken" which appeared on their 1996 full length debut Viva! La Woman. The album also featured other food related songs such as "Apple", "Beef Jerky", "White Pepper Ice Cream", "Birthday Cake" and "Artichoke".
Know Your Chicken by Cibo Matto (Video)
Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You) - Chef (Isaac Hayes)
I apologize, I just couldn't help myself. "Chocolate Salty Balls" was first performed by Chef (Isaac Hayes) during a 1998 episode of South Park entitled "Chef's Chocolate Cover Balls". The song also appeared on the 1998 soundtrack album, Chef Aid: The South Park Album.
The song also happened to hit number 1 in the UK. Sadly Isaac Hayes ended up passing away on August 10th, 2008 at the age of 65.
Video of Chef (Issac Hayes) Performing Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)
Milk & Cereal - G. Love & Special Sauce
"Milk and Cereal" is from G.Love & Special Sauce 1999 EP Rappin' Blues. It is a fun little ditty which includes shout outs to a number of different popular breakfast cereals. Try not to start singing the lyrics to this song next time you have milk and cereal for breakfast.
Milk and Cereal by G.Love & Special Sauce (Video)
Milk and Cereal Poll
How often to have milk and cereal for breakfast?
Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonalds) - Matt's Dad's Basement
"Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonalds)" was from Matt's Dad's Basement 2002 album, Second Born. This song was a recent discovery for me. Apparently the song was a hit in the St. Louis area where it received extensive airplay on 105.7 The Point, a local modern rock station. Otherwise there isn't too much info available about Matt's Dad's Basement. None of their albums currently seem to be available. If anyone has any more info on this obscure band please feel free to let me know.
Apparently the lead singer of Matt's Dad's Basement saw Tupac at a McDonalds. Also according to the song Tupac got a Big Mac, Fries and a Chicken McNugget. I wasn't aware that you could only order one Chicken McNugget.
Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonalds) by Matt's Dad's Basement (Video)
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