Wednesday 27 February 2008

If music be the food...

When I was young, it was a treat for my dad to sing us songs at bedtime. One song went ‘My little girl, pink and white as peaches and cream.’ At school we had lots of song about food – I’m a Green Pea, On Top of Spaghetti, Mrs Murphy’s Chowder, Fish and Chips and Vinegar, Peanut Butter (sticks to the top of your mouth). We even did the actions to Oranges and Lemons – chippety chop, chippety chop, the last man’s head head head…off! Then on the television, Cookie Monster sang C is for Cookie. And the most popular song for primary school talent quests was the Village People's Milkshake.

So when Ellie Says Opa invited bloggers to write about food that relates to music, I thought it would there would be oodles of songs, albums and band names that related to food. But I was surprised at how few there were and I started to make a list in hope of inspiration. I asked E if I should check every one of our CDs and he said no. Probably wise, given at last count there were over 800. But both of us have spent time checking over CDs for my brainstorm. Finally, he asked when was this going to stop.

Tonight I haven’t time to write up a food post so I thought I would have a bit of fun and post the list of the bands and song titles related to food. Quite a lot are in our CD collection but not all. I have had a quick look on the web and found a bit of help from the Guardian’s Top 10 Songs about Food and a useful discussion thread on edible song titles. Given all our CDs and the resources on the web, this is not a huge list. (I did omit a lot of drinking titles and stick to titles with food in them rather than Food Glorious Food and Eat It.)

I then looked for album covers with food on them. Again, it was slim pickings. The Velvet Underground's banana is a classic. I unfortunately don’t have copies of Pulp’s Freshly Squeezed, Belle and Sebastian’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress or The Rolling Stones’ Let it Bleed. All these have foodie covers, so I chose an esoteric album with a foodie title instead (below) with a pretty cover.

But I am aghast at so little food in music. It doesn’t seem right to someone like me who eats most meals with something on the stereo (check out About Me Part 1 if you want to know more about my On the Stereo that I put at the bottom of most recipe posts). I think we need more food in music. But for now, hope you enjoy the list. Let me know what you think I missed out. And stay tuned for my entry to Ellie Says Opa’s Eat to the Beat event.

Breast Secreting Cake
Fiona Apple
Hot Chocolate
Icecream Hands
The Jam
The Lemonheads
The Marmalade
My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Pearl Jam
The Plums
Smashing Pumpkins
Tangerine Dream
Wild Pumpkins at Midnight

American Pie – Don McLean
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Bread and Roses – Victorian Trade Union Choir
A Can of Lemonade and a Pastie – Rob Clarkson
Candy Girl – Babybird
The Candyman – Gene Wilder
Cheeseburger – Gang of Four
Chocolate Cake – Crowded House
Chocolate City - Parliament
Chocolate Girl – Deacon Blue
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Clementine Jam – The Grateful Dead
Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
Corn Riggs - Magnet
Cream Puff War – The Grateful Dead
Crunchy Granola Suite – Neil Diamond
Eli’s Pork Chop – Little Sonny
Fish, Chips and Sweat - Funkadelic
Flute Salad – Gong
The Good Ship Lollypop – Shirley Temple
Halva – Cluster
Hamburger Lady – Throbbing Gristle
Honey Honey – ABBA
How to Make Gravy – Paul Kelly
Icecream for Crow – Captain Beefheart
Icecream Man – Van Halen
Judge Fudge – Happy Mondays
Mama Düül and her Sauerkraut Band Start Up – Amon Düül
Mashed Potato – the Wiggles
Milk and Honey – Sandy Denny
New Potato Caboose – The Grateful Dead
Pass the Peas – the JBs
Peaches – Stranglers
Peaches on Regalia – Frank Zappa
Pineapple Head – Crowded House
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
Pretty Hot Corn Girl – The Drunk, the Monk and the Spunk
Raspberry Beret - Prince
Roast Fish and Cornbread – Lee Perry
Savoy Truffle – The Beatles
She Cooks Me Cabbage – Captain Jack Dupreee
She Don’t Like Jelly – Flaming Lips
Soup - Can
Strawberry Fields Forever – The BeatlesSugar Sugar – The Archies
Tangerine – Led Zeppelin
Too Many Sandwiches – Stereophonics
Why Don’t You Eat Carrots? - Faust

And finally, my favourite band Pulp has a great song for the end of the meal. It begins: ‘I am not Jesus, but I have the same initials, I am the man who stays at home and does the dishes.’ Or if you are our cat Zinc you just obstruct serious blogging at the end of the meal!

On the Stereo:
Jazz for Dining – Various Artists


  1. Your kitty is so adorable! That picture just made my day :)

  2. OK, without spending any more time, as I have been going thru my CD's the past hour because you sparked my interest, here is what I came up with!
    Sweet Potato Pie - James Taylor
    Candy Everybody Wants - 10,000
    Last Mango In Paradise - Jimmy
    Cheeseburger In Paradise - Jimmy
    I Will Play For Gumbo - Jimmy
    This was fun Johanna! And I always enjoy what you are listening to while in your kitchen!

  3. You guys have the most amazing collection of CD's. Ever!

    Can I just say that my favourites are:
    Breast Secreting Cake (!!???!!); Mama Düül and her Sauerkraut Band Start Up and Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Lepard...I had forgotten they even existed!).

    Loved it - great post!

  4. That is quite the impressive (and comprehensive!!) collection. I am in awe of all your music! (my sweetheart is the music fiend in our house, not I). I'm amazed by some of those band names and song titles--so many of which I don't know! Thanks for the info (I can't wait to go through the HH's collections to see how many of these we own, so I can actually listen to some of them).

    Oh, and even though I'm clearly a dog person, I have to concede that Zinc is a beautiful cat (I'd say regal, even), even if he does prevent you from blogging on occasion!

  5. Thanks Nupur - she is gorgeous - which is why she gets away with sitting on the computer when I am trying to use it!

    thanks Deb - great selection - glad you had fun with the challenge too! I am sure I will be noticing more food in songs and bands now. I'm curious about Jimmy Buffet - E tells me no one has heard of him outside America - except E of course:-) He has consulted one of his music encyclopedias and tells me that Jimmy Buffet also has albums called 'fruitcakes' and 'banana wind'

    Thanks Lucy - E's choices are much more esoteric than mine, but means I get to listen to lots of interesting stuff. I thought the Breast Secreting Cake was bizarre and I did wonder what it meant(actually I found it on an album I own of NZ's flying nun bands doing ABBA covers) but one of my favourites was Cream Puff War :-)

    Thanks Ricki - it was lots of fun - can't say I have listened to all the songs myself but then I often forget the names of songs even if I know them so I really couldn't tell you. And am glad you can see the charms of our Princess Zinc (I understand as I am really a dog person who lives with a cat lover)

  6. Sorry I somehow got Zinc's gender wrong (I know The Girls would be mighty upset at such an error). While I've met many a lovely cat over the years (including my sister's), I must say I, too, am definitely more of a dog person!

  7. don't worry ricki - zinc is fine - you know cats - she doesn't get to comment on my blog like your girls do or it would be 'meh', 'whatever', yawn'.

  8. Thanks for the great list of songs! I would never have remembered a lot of these!


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