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Food: The Playlist

Starting with an article by Roy Blount, Jr., in "Cornbread Nation," I have been compiling a food playlist on my iPod. Here's where we are thus far:

A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Keep On Churnin' (Til the Butter Comes) by Wynonie Harris
Why Don't You Eat Where You Slept Last Night by Zuzu Bollin
Let Us Break Bread Together by Jessye Norman
Peel Me A Grape by Blossom Dearie
Peel Me A Grape also by Diana Krall
Black Coffee by Ella Fitzgerald
Big Butter And Egg Man From The West by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Struttin' With Some Barbecue by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Cake Walking Babies From Home by Red Onion Jazz Babies
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Harry McClintock
Sweet Kentucky Ham by Rosemary Clooney
That's What I Like About the South by the Red Stick Ramblers
Let's Eat Home by Dave Frishberg
Sing For Your Supper; Sing, Sing, Sing; Sing (Sing A Song) by Mel Torme
Beans and Cornbread by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Pizza On the Ground by Austin Lounge Lizards
Tastes Like Chicken by Austin Lounge Lizards
Anyone Here Want to Buy Cabbage by Champion Jack Dupree
How Many Biscuits Can You Eat This Morning? by The Freight Hoppers
Save the Bones for Henry Jones (Cause Henry Don't Eat No Meat) by Johnny Mercer
Breakfast Time by Lightnin' Hopkins
Hambone Am Sweet (unknown)
I Don't Want Love (feat. Brian Setzer) by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Highway Cafe of the Damned by Austin Lounge Lizards
Mama's Cooking by Anthony and Joseph
She Cooks Me Cabbage by Champion Jack Dupree
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) by Hank Williams
Keep On Eatin' by Memphis Minnie
The Frim Fram Sauce by Nat "King" Cole
Mary's Kitchen by Old Crow Medicine Show
Hambone by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Shoo-Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy) by Dinah Shore

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  1. Check out the "songs referencing food; your playlist" post by tatamagouche on the Food Media & News board. It is still active, and I contributed a little more Champion Jack Dupree.

    1. It Ain't the Meat it's the Motion...Maria Muldaur
      Watermelon Man....Herbie Hancock
      Today is the day they give babies away (with a half a pound of tea)...various artists

      1. "My Corn Pone Likes Your Carrot." by the Carolina Skillet Lickers

        1. How about 'Banana Puddin' and 'Carve That Possum' by Southern Culture On The Skids.

          1. One More Cup of Coffee & Po' Boy - Bob Dylan
            Taco Wagon - Dick Dale
            Cookie Jar - Jack Johnson
            Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis
            Tangerine & Custard Pie - Led Zeppelin
            Chicken Strut & Liver Splash - The Meters
            Bathtub Gin - Phish

            1. I see you like the Austin Lounge Lizards, how about "Shallow End of the Gene Pool"?
              Hot Tamale Baby
              Red Neck, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer
              Sopa de Caricol (Snail Soup)

              Veggo is right, take a look.

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              1. re: Passadumkeg

                While adding the Food Austin Lounge Lizards songs, I found a song I hadn't heard before: "That Godforsaken Hellhole I Call Home."

              2. Life is a Minestrone - 10CC
                Raspberry Beret - Prince
                2 Pints of Lager and a packet of Crisps - Chas and Dave (might be tough to find in USA)
                Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee - Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airment
                One Man's Meat is Another Man's Poison - Commander Cody I think
                Yes we have no Bananas
                I've got a lovely bunch of Coconuts

                1. Ohhhhh, much more fun than working! Here are some from my iPod.

                  Black Coffee in Bed ~~ Squeeze
                  Cup of Coffee ~~Garbage
                  Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk~~Rufus Wainwright
                  Chocolate~~ Snow Patrol
                  A Knife and a Fork~~Rockpile
                  Brother My Cup is Empty~~Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
                  Sweet Tangerine~~The Hush Sound
                  Red Red Wine~~UB40
                  Pecan Pie~~Jeff Tweedy
                  Cabbage Alley~~The Meters
                  Cigarettes, Coffee and Booze~~The Minus Five
                  Pot Pie~~Evil Beaver
                  Brandy Alexander~~Feist
                  Banana Pancakes~~ Jack Johnson
                  Hungry Like the Wolf~~Duran Duran
                  Poundcake~~Van Halen
                  Fortune Cookie~~ Rolf Kent
                  Meat is Murder~~The Smiths
                  Happy Hour~~The Housemartins
                  Rock Lobster & Quiche Lorraine ~~ both by B52s
                  Burnt Orange Peel~~ Beck
                  Banana Chips~~Shonan Knife
                  When I Was Drinking~~Hem
                  Edible Flowers~~The Finn Brothers
                  Syrup and Honey~~Duffy
                  Dinner for Two~~Deerhoof
                  Scenes From and Italian Restaurant~~Billy Joel
                  Red Apples~~Cat Power
                  You and Me and The Bottle Make 3 Tonight~~Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
                  Champagne From a Paper Cup~~Death Cab for Cutie
                  Know Your Onion!~~The Shins
                  Salad Days~~Young Marble Giants
                  Little Cream Soda~~The White Stripes
                  Shaky Puddin'~~Soledad Brothers

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                  1. Sugar Magnolia - Grateful Dead
                    Browed Eyed Women and Red Grenadine - Grateful Dead

                    1. Try looking more into old blues and folk. Here's a start:
                      by Robert Johnson: They're Red Hot, Malted Milk, Come on in My Kitchen, Dead Shrimp Blues, Milkcow's Calf Blues
                      by Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter): Diggin My Potatoes, Green Corn, Grey Goose, and probably a whole lot more I can't think of right now

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                      1. re: danieljdwyer

                        Mmm. I've got the complete Johnson recordings; hadn't looked there yet!

                      2. Wild Montain Honey - Steve Miller
                        Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
                        I Want Candy - The Strangeloves
                        Bottle of Red Wine - Clapton

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                        1. re: MGZ

                          Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffet
                          Straight no Chaser - many recordings
                          Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie
                          Bottle of Wine - (I'm drawing a blank)
                          Back Door Man - many recordings
                          GiĆ  la mensa preparata -- Don Giovanni - so many recordings

                        2. Last year I sat down and created a 'Foodie' playlist on my ipod:

                          5-Piece Chicken Dinner - Beastie Boys
                          Chocolate Pope - Electric Six
                          Tatum O'Tot And The Fried Vegetables - Redd Kross
                          Cups And Cakes - Spinal Tap
                          Chicken - The Cramps
                          Watermelon Man - Arthur Lyman
                          Back to the Sauce - Puffball
                          (Do The) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1 - James Brown
                          Lollipop - The Chordettes
                          Apples, Peaches, Bananas & Pears - The Monkees
                          Chocolate Buttermilk - Kool & The Gang
                          Punky's Dilemma - Simon And Garfunkel
                          Days Of Wine And Roses - Frank Sinatra
                          Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro) - Cal Tjader
                          Ribs And Hot Sauce - Lionel Hampton & His Sextet
                          Banana Split For My Baby - Louis Prima
                          Rat Salad - Black Sabbath
                          You Put Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter - NOFX
                          Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
                          My Sweet Potato - Booker T And The Mgs
                          Salad Days - Minor Threat
                          Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
                          Rotten Egg - Gas Huffer
                          My Girl Lollipop - Bad Manners
                          Macarthur Park - Frank Sinatra
                          Starfish And Coffee - Prince
                          Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs
                          Chocolate Shake - Duke Ellington
                          Lemon Tree -Trini Lopez
                          Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams
                          Hot Barbecue - Brother Jack McDuff
                          Egg Man - Beastie Boys
                          Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think Of You - Ramones
                          Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel
                          Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker
                          Custard Pie - Led Zeppelin
                          Birthday Cake - Cibo Matto
                          Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Hampton, Lionel & His Orchestra (w/ Sonny Parker)
                          Honey Bee - Muddy Waters
                          Bar-B-Q - ZZ TOP
                          I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo
                          Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine - Bessie Smith
                          A Taste Of Honey - Jackie Gleason
                          Finger Lickin' Good - The Beastie Boys
                          Candyman - Siouxsie And The Banshees
                          Soda Pop - G. Love & Special Sauce
                          Coconut Night - We Are Wolves
                          Chocolate Chip - Isaac Hayes
                          Quiche Lorraine - The B-52's
                          Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) - Squeeze
                          8 Piece Box - Southern Culture On The Skids
                          Peaches - The Stranglers
                          Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra / Led Zeppelin
                          Closer To The Bone - Louis Prima
                          Bread And Butter - Waitresses
                          Soup is Good Food - Dead Kennedys
                          Candy - Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
                          Angelina - Zooma Zooma (Medley) Louis Prima
                          Fried Chicken And Gasoline - Southern Culture On The Skids
                          Know Your Chicken - Cibo Matto
                          Rock & Roll Stew - Traffic
                          Eat That Chicken - Charles Mingus
                          Peaches & Cream - Beck
                          Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Presley
                          White Pepper Ice Cream - Cibo Matto
                          Black Coffee In Bed - Squeeze
                          La fox (funghi mix) - Deep fried chicken - Babasonicos
                          Scenes From An Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel

                          It's almost 4 hours of music. I'll throw this on when cooking some big (non-Italian) Sunday feast. Italian feasts are strictly Sinatra, baby!

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                          1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                            Brilliant, although hearing Gas Huffer, Bad Manners and Frank all in a row like that might make your head explode.

                          2. I've contributed lists on other threads with similar themes, but while digging through old LPs in the basement, I found a song called THE CHOWHOUND'S LAMENT on a Homer & Jethro album.

                            The album itself is kind of interesting: H&J did some commercials in the early 60s for Kellogg's Corn Flakes using a "Corn-fucious Say" theme, and the album is a tie-in with it. Not exactly PC today, but interesting nonetheless.

                            I also ran across an instrumental bu Rockin' Johnny Sansone called POPEYE'S & A HUBIG'S.