Food is awesome, so it’s no surprise that there are some awesome jams about food out there. This installment of BitchTapes is dedicated to those jams, and the songs are organized in menu order for your dining convenience. I chose these particular songs because each one is about a different kind of food, and combined they make for a pretty satisfying day of eating. Bon appetit!
1. Ham N Eggs by Tribe Called Quest
Breakfast: The most important meal of the day. Start yours off right by taking Tribe Called Quest’s healthful advice: Don’t eat no ham n eggs – eat veggie sausage instead because it has less cholesterol! This song is not only awesome, it also reminds us that healthy food can be damned tasty.
2. Peach, Plum, Pear by Joanna Newsom
It only makes sense to follow that healthy breakfast up with some fruit, right? Especially when the fruit comes with a complementary harp performance.
3. Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch by Weird Al Yankovic
Time for lunch! Weird Al has the right idea here when he advises dudes who want a date to offer the lady some food. No salad-picking nervous eaters here! We ladies want to chow down at lunch time.
4. Cheeseburger by Gang of Four
It was a toss up here between this song and Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett, but I went for the darker tune. This song is not only about hunting for bargains on cheeseburgers, it’s also about a lonely life on the open road.
5. Vegetables by The Beach Boys
This song is so weird and great. Who better to sing an enthusiastic ode to vegetables than the harmonizing Beach Boys? (The veggies will make a nice accompaniment to the cheeseburger we ate earlier with Gang of Four.)
6. Some Chocolates by The Blow
Who says you can’t have dessert after lunch? (We’ll be eating more after dinner, obvs.) Of course, these chocolates are made of crushtastic dreams instead of cocoa butter, but that probably just makes them extra tasty.
7. What’s For Dinner? by King Khan & BBQ
Dinner time! King Khan & BBQ Show have some excellent songs about food, but this one is my favorite. It always makes me so hungry!
8. Know Your Chicken by Cibo Matto
Yes, chicken can make for a delicious dinner, but when your lover cooks your beloved pet (as is the case in this song, and in that one Strangers with Candy episode) things get a little more complicated. That’s what happens when you know your chicken.
9. Beans and Cornbread by Louis Jordan
Who doesn’t love a song that personifies food, makes said food get into a fight, and then comes back around to being about how well the food goes together? The beans and cornbread in this song will make a great side dish for our chicken.
10. Momma’s Gonna Make Us A Cake by Casual Dots
There are more songs about dessert than any other meal, so I had a lot of cake/pie/cookie songs to sift through before selecting this one. I like the way the excitement builds, and the fact that everyone gets a slice of cake. Dessert is for sharing!
11. Ice Cream Song by The Dynamics
You didn’t think we were going to eat that cake without some soul-filled ice cream, did you?
12. Everything I Eat Starts With A P by Lee Shot Williams
Lee Shot Williams doesn’t mind a snack in the bedroom, but only if it starts with a p. While he claims to be talking about everything from pancakes to potatoes, methinks he might have a different p-starting bedroom snack in mind. Oral sex: the final course on our mixtape menu.
What songs about food do you like that aren’t on this list? (And can you think of any more that are by women? Because I had a hard time finding songs by ladies who love their food enough to sing about it.) Thank you for dining with us!