Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Top Ten Songs About Food Or Not As The Case May Be

Todays subject is food and I know someone who knows a thing or two about this subject - Cookiemouse! Every time I visit his blog I end up hungry -you've been warned!

OK so lets get down to business. This morning I was trying to think of all the songs I knew on the subject of food and after a slow start the list just kept expanding. I've managed to narrow it down to my top 10 food songs and they go something like this:

1. R.E.M. - Orange Crush

Orange Crush was the second single from R.E.M.'s sixth studio album, Green, in 1989. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 despite reaching #1 on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks. It peaked at #28 on the UK Singles Charts, easily making it the band's then-highest chart in Britain. It was the sixth song to reach number one on the then-new Modern Rock chart, and was the first single to spend eight weeks in the chart's top position. This record was next matched in 1991 by another R.E.M. song, "Losing My Religion."
Although Orange Crush is the name of a soft drink that predates the song's release by over eighty years, the title may refer to Agent Orange, the defoliant/herbicide used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. As a guest on the late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, Michael Stipe explained that the song was about a young football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam. Also, Stipe opens the song on R.E.M. Live by singing the famous U.S. Army recruiting slogan, "Be all you can be... in the army."

I liked R.E.M. when they made songs like this.

Keeping it unreal at Number 2 is Mr Scruff with Fish

Thanks to the youtube poster Keithyyyyy for his outstanding miming skills.

"Fish" was used by Nexus Productions for the Virgin Atlantic safety video, which features the voices of Vic Reeves and Dani Behr.

Moving swiftly onto Number 3. This is not one for the non meat eaters out there, but I'd like to think John Cooper Clarke has something to offer to everyone, here's Evidently Chicken Town. I have not been able to get this song out of my head for about 15 years.

JCC usually refers to himself on stage as "Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle". Having released a handful of records into the early 1980s, Clarke performed his live act less frequently and spent much of that decade battling a heroin addiction (and making an incongruous appearance in two UK commercial for Sugar Puffs in 1988, taking second billing to the Honey Monster).

Number 4 , Prince And The New Power Generation - Cream

Watch out, the little man makes saucy videos!

Prince (Rogers Nelson) claims that he wrote this song while standing in front of a mirror.

At Number 5, here's Fat Les with Vindaloo.

Fat Les created the En-ger-land national football anthem "Vindaloo" as an unofficial theme song for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The song was a sort of homage to the lighter English football culture stereotypes: lager drinking, curry eating 'lads' passionate about football, the sort who visit exotic holiday destinations only to watch English football matches all afternoon via satellite in English themed pubs. The song reached number two in the UK charts. The promo video was a parody of a video by The Verve for "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and along with the band members features Paul Kaye, Rowland Rivron, Ed Tudor-Pole, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Yes the slightly balding guy is Lily Allen's dad Keith Allen.

In at Number 6 is the rather bitter tasting Lemon by U2.

The allusion to film in the "Lemon" video was apparently partially based from the fact that the song was conceived after Bono watched an old filmstrip of his late mother. The song's lyrics are about using film to recreate and preserve memory.

Fancy a bit of nostalgia? Number 7 is The Beatles with Strawberry Fields Forever
Great Video! Warning-there are some flashing lights.

The song gave its name to the Strawberry Fields memorial in New York City's Central Park, near the site of Lennon's murder at The Dakota apartment building.

Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army Children's Home just around the corner from Lennon's boyhood home in the Woolton suburb of Liverpool.

Number 8, Splodgenessabounds - Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please

Now on this occasion, I'm not going to put a video up of this exact song, I'm going to use this opportunity to add a video from the BBC Comedy Series, Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps. In case you haven't guessed, this is a take off of Sean Paul.

Onto Number 9 Spitting Image - The Chicken Song.

Remember this? Only just forgotten it?

An E.P. of the Chicken Song was also released. The extended "12 hour" version contained numerous random repetitions of the verses and chorus at times when the song appears to be over. When the track is actually finished and the stylus reaches the end of the run-out groove, the first bar of the song is constantly repeated in the final locked-groove in order to irritate the listener even further. The B-side of this contained I've Never Met A Nice South African and a parody of Phil Collins called Hello, You Must Be Going.

And last but not least, Number 10. The scene from "Down by Law" by Jim Jarmusch where Jack, Zack and Roberto sing the hilarious "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream"!

Now I'm hungry and must go and have my tea.

Can you think of anymore to add to the list?

Source: Wikipedia

1 comment:

Cookiemouse said...

Great post with some cool food songs! Now I'll have to think of a food song post.

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