Five Favorites: Songs Inspired by Food

Forget Kelis – Sleater-Kinney serves up a sonic milkshake that’s a lot more tantalizing.

1. “Know Your Chicken,” Cibo Matto. Beneath this song’s irresistibly catchy chorus lies a sinister tale of kitchen betrayal. The members of Cibo Matto (which means “crazy food” in Italian) are so obsessed with edibles that they’ve also penned songs about birthday cake, artichokes, beef jerky and white pepper ice cream.

2. “Java Jive,” The Ink Spots. My grandparents loved this playful R&B song from the ’40s. They used to sing it to me as a lullaby, thus planting the seeds of my lifelong caffeine addiction.

3. “Milkshake n’ Honey,” Sleater-Kinney. A sly, rueful number about the pleasures and pitfalls of indulging your appetites on the road, from a band that’s better known for its uncompromising feminist anthems.

4. “Devil’s Pie,” D’Angelo. The ingredients for this dubious delicacy include “Materialistic greed and lust, jealousy, envious/Bread and dough, cheddar cheese, flash and stash, cash and cream.” D’Angelo has such a luscious voice, though, that he almost makes a big slice sound appealing.

5. “Beer for Breakfast,” The Replacements. Of what else would you partake when you wake up to ashtray floors, dirty clothes and filthy jokes?

Also worth mentioning: “Beans and Cornbread,” Louis Jordan; “Candyfloss,” Wilco; Caramelo,” Julius Melendez; “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” Louis Prima; “Chocolate Cake,” Crowded House.

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