Created By: karstovich2 on July 12, 2012 Last Edited By: karstovich2 on July 22, 2012
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Food Songs are Funny

If the subject of a song is food or eating, it is almost always humorous.

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Inspired by listening to this song.
For whatever reason, singing about food is funny.

It's not really clear why; it's just one of those things. Perhaps it's because eating is (almost) always an entirely pleasurable/joyous experience, but also mundane. Perhaps it's just because eating is such an everyday activity that making a song of it sounds ridiculous. Perhaps--again--it's just one of those things.

Examples

  • Michael Hurley's "Slurf Song" is about various kinds of food. It's also pretty hard not to laugh--or at least crack a smile--while listening to it.
    • NOTE: The second-to-last verse may or may not be NSFW, depending on where you work.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's Breakout Hit was "Eat It," a food-related parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." A few years later Yankovic did it again, changing Jackson's "Bad" into "Fat." A while later, it was "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch."
    • Food is a major theme for Weird Al; he has no less than ten songs about food, and has a whole compilation album of them--and that album doesn't include "Fat" or "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch."
    • When Weird Al asked Nirvana if he could parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit", they actually asked if the parody was going to be about food (they didn't mind that it was mocking the Mondegreen lyrics).
  • "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver!, the muical adaptation of Oliver Twist. A bunch of starving workhouse boys sing of having all the food they want.
  • Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat". Here
    • The Fat Boys did at least two other ones (and probably more): "Burger Pattern" and "One Billion," both for Square One TV. In the first they get 15 burgers, a shake & fries; in the second they talk about ordering one billion cheeseburgers.
  • "Carrot Juice Is Murder" by The Arrogant Worms. A parody folk song about the oppression of various veggies... "I've heard the screams of the vegetables..."
  • "Toast" by heywood banks. The comedian's classic song skit. This live version with bonus verse.
    • Played with in his "Big Butter Jesus". A song about a giant Jesus statue which heywood explains looks like he's made of butter. Many butter puns ensue. "Oh spread the word!"
  • "Fish Heads" by Barnes and Barnes. A strange, but somehow earwormy song about, well, fish heads.
  • "Abbodanza" and "Sposalizio" from The Most Happy Fella
  • Anyone wanting a cake with an unsual taste? The villains from Asterix and Cleopatra are making a nice arsenic cake for the queen. Oh and while you're at it, try also to listen to the song in the different languages.
  • Just about anything sung by Redwallers.
  • The Simpsons:
Homer:"I like pizza,
I like bagels,
I like hot dogs with mustard and beer!
I'll eat eggplant,
I could even eat a baby dear"
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The two big comedy numbers are "The Worst Pies in London" and "A Little Priest."
  • The old folk song/shanty "Cape Cod Girls" , which makes fun of the Cape Cod diet of...well...cod.
  • "Lunch Lady Land" by Adam Sandler.
    • "The Thanksgiving Song", also by Adam Sandler.
      Turkey for me / Turkey for you / Let's eat the turkey / In my big brown shoe / Love to eat the turkey / At the table / I once saw a movie / With Betty Grable
  • In E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros, general Corund sings a "Roast Pork Song" which discourses about how pork is better than poultry and mutton.
  • An awful lot of songs by Shonen Knife. ("Kappa No Ex" is about cucumber extract, of all things, and there's a song that goes "Banana chips for you, banana chips for me, banana chips in the afternoon, banana chips with tea...") They were once asked why they wrote so many songs about food and somebody in the band said that they liked writing about what made them happy, and food was what made them happy. OK, that works....
  • "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America which is a song about a man who wants to move to the country and eat large quantities of peaches. ("Millions of peaches, peaches for me.") Interestingly, in 1996 this song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals.
  • In The Fifth Elephant it's mentioned in connection with opera that Sam Vimes is moderately uncomfortable with any song more complex than "Where Has All The Custard Gone?" (Jelly's Just Not The Same).

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  • July 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Weird Al Yankovic's Breakout Hit was "Eat It," a food-related parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." A few years later Yankovic did it again, changing Jackson's "Bad" into "Fat."
    • "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver!, the muical adaptation of Oliver Twist. A bunch of starving workhouse boys sing of having all the food they want.
  • July 12, 2012
    Duncan
    Weird Al Yankovic actually has TEN songs about food, enough to have an entire specialty album compilation. [1], which does not include "Fat" or "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch".
  • July 12, 2012
    sigh824
    Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat". Here
  • July 12, 2012
    polarbear2217
    "Abbodanza" and "Sposalizio" from The Most Happy Fella

  • July 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Fat Boys did at least two other ones (and probably more): "Burger Pattern" and "One Billion," both for Square One TV. In the first they get 15 burgers, a shake & fries; in the second they talk about ordering one billion cheeseburgers.
  • July 13, 2012
    NightNymph
    ^^^ Thanks for the link, Duncan! (I am a Weird Al fan) "Fat" is on there, though you are right about "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch." Also perhaps Weird Al's epic "Trapped in the Drive Thru" parody of "Trapped in the Closet" by R. Kelly (a funny epic in itself) might also be considered food related.

    • "Carrot Juice Is Murder" by The Arrogant Worms. A parody folk song about the oppression of various veggies... "I've heard the screams of the vegetables..."

    • "Toast" by heywood banks. The comedian's classic song skit. This live version with bonus verse.

    • Played with in "Big Butter Jesus" by heywood banks. A song about a giant Jesus staue which heywood explains looks like he's made of butter. Many butter puns ensue. "Oh spread the word!"

    Not sure if these count, though I suppose they're sort of food...

    • "Fish Heads" by Barnes and Barnes. A strange, but some how earwormy song about, well, fish heads.

    • "9 Coronas" by John Mammoser. A song parody of "My Sharona" by The Knack. A cautionary tale of what can happen after drinking nine Coronas. (So may be more of a drinking song if that has its own category.)

    I guess this post now shows that one of the genres of music I like is really weird stuff. Heh.
  • July 13, 2012
    DannebrogSpy
    Anyone wanting a cake with an unsual taste? The villains from Asterix and Cleopatra are making a nice arsenic cake for the queen. Oh and while you're at it, try also to listen to the song in the different languages.
  • July 13, 2012
    Blubble
    @Dannebrog Spy Whoah I checked this trope just to add this Astérix example... I'm surprised people outside of France know about those old cartoons. There's also this one from the same movie and my personal favorite. I'm not sure how to translate it though. "When you have a good appetite everything's fine" sounds a bit clumsy.
  • July 15, 2012
    karstovich2
    Any more examples?
  • July 15, 2012
    NightNymph
    oops, sorry karstovich. I noticed a typo in my second heywood example (it should be statue not staue). If you would like to fix it before launch that would be appreciated. Otherwise, I'll keep track and go edit it after launch for you.
  • July 16, 2012
    Chabal2
    Just about anything sung by Redwallers.
  • July 16, 2012
    abk0100
    Homer:"I like pizza,
    I like bagels,
    I like hot dogs with mustard and beer!
    I'll eat eggplant,
    I could even eat a baby dear"

  • July 17, 2012
    karstovich2
    @ Night Nymph: Thanks for catching that! I'll handle it.

  • July 17, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    When Weird Al asked Nirvana if he could parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit", they actually asked if the parody was going to be about food (they didn't mind that it was mocking the Mondegreen lyrics).
  • July 18, 2012
    LordGro
    If every food song is funny, then maybe the trope should simply be Food Song.

    In-story example from Literature:
    • In E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros, general Corund sings a "Roast Pork Song" which discourses about how pork is better than poultry and mutton.
  • July 18, 2012
    karstovich2
    ^ I imagine that there might be one or two serious songs about food. In any case, I think "song about food" as a trope is People Sit On Chairs. "People sing about food? So what? People sing about everything."
  • July 18, 2012
    NightNymph
    The only "serious" song where food plays a major role that I can think of is "Mac Arther Park," and the fact that the song tries to use cake with green icing as a metaphor somehow (at least to me) makes the song somehow sillier and almost a parody. So maybe karstovich2 has a point - food songs are silly (even when they are trying to be serious), and maybe that has something to do with the mundane nature of food that trying to elevate it to serious doesn't work so well?
  • July 19, 2012
    LordGro
    If Grief Song, I Am Song, Anti Christmas Song, Money Song, Rockstar Song, Train Song, Car Song etc are tropes, then Food Song can be one too. Love Song is definitely a trope too (although to date, we have only Silly Love Songs). The latter is very common, but No Trope Is Too Common.

    I'm pretty sure that Food Songs are almost universally silly and played for comedy. I don't think we have to bother about "Serious Food Songs". If they exist, that's probably Chairs Sit On People a.k.a. Too Rare To Trope.
  • July 19, 2012
    karstovich2
    Regardless, I still like Food Songs are Funny for a title.

    Is this launchable now?
  • July 19, 2012
    CastingCrowns
    Lunch Lady Land by Adam Sandler.
  • July 20, 2012
    karstovich2
    I think this meets the Three Rules Of Three. I launch Sunday.
  • July 20, 2012
    LordGro
    How about Funny Food Song for a title, or as a redirect?
  • July 20, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    • Cheese to China by a band called, I believe, the Go-Nuts is a song about, er, bringing cheese to Asia where it's not eaten so much.
    • There's a Misfits tribute bands called the Mis-FA Ts. They cover Misfits songs but change the lyrics to stuff like "Mommy, Can I Go Out and GRILL Tonight" (the original lyric is "Kill")
  • July 21, 2012
    karstovich2
    ^^ I think it works best as a redirect.
  • July 21, 2012
    FruityOatyBars
    An awful lot of songs by Shonen Knife. ("Kappa No Ex" is about cucumber extract, of all things, and there's a song that goes "Banana chips for you, banana chips for me, banana chips in the afternoon, banana chips with tea...") They were once asked why they wrote so many songs about food and somebody in the band said that they liked writing about what made them happy, and food was what made them happy. OK, that works....
  • July 21, 2012
    NightNymph
    • "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America which is a song about a man who wants to move to the country and eat large quantities of peaches. ("Millions of peaches, peaches for me.") Interestingly in 1996 this song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals.

    (Not sure how I initially forgot this one.)
  • July 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    "The Thanksgiving Song" Adam Sandler.
    Turkey for me / Turkey for you / Let's eat the turkey / In my big brown shoe / Love to eat the turkey / At the table / I once saw a movie / With Betty Grable
  • July 22, 2012
    PatchworkQuilt
    In The Fifth Elephant it's mentioned in connection with opera that Sam Vimes is moderately uncomfortable with any song more complex than "Where Has All The Custard Gone?" (Jelly's Just Not The Same).
  • July 22, 2012
    karstovich2
    OK, everyone, I'm sure this is ready. I'll give everyone a few more hours before I wrap it up.
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