Food Songs Are Funny
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.
- "Slurf Song" by Michael Hurley and The Holy Modal Rounders 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 safe for work, depending on where you work.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's Breakthrough Hit was "Eat It," a food-related parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" from Thriller. 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 musical adaptation of Oliver Twist. A bunch of starving workhouse boys sing of having all the food they want.
- Taken even further in Ice Age 2, where it was sung in anticipation by hungry vultures.
- Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat".
- 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 real-life 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.
- "Abbondanza" 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 deer"
- 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, from his time on Saturday Night Live
- 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)".
- From 30 Rock, Jenna's "Muffin Top".
- The Aquabats! Super Show!: "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, burger rain, burger rain..."
- "The Good Life" from "Laundry Day!" is mainly about eating donuts and pastries.
- From Private BEMANI Academy: "How to Cook Delicious Rice and the Effects of Eating Rice". A heavy metal song that instructs you on how to cook rice. No really, the first verse is actual rice cooking instructions, and the refrain is about how awesome and nutritious rice is.
- Depending on how you view it, "The Roast Beef of Old England" either averts this or plays it straight. Without question, the song's sentiment is deeply and honestly held, but its origins in the humorous and rather light Grub Street Opera make it rather clear that it's supposed to be taken lightly and you're supposed to laugh a little.
- Spam song from Monty Python?
- Various Sesame Street song parodies; which, being Sesame Street usually manage to be funny and educational, like "Healthy Food" to the tune of "Walk This Way" or "Cereal Girl" to "Material Girl". Or else they're just funny.
- "Motorway Food" and "Vodka and Toblerone" by Mitch Benn.
- "Aussie Bar-B-Q" and "Great Aussie Take-Away" by Eric Bogle.
- Animaniacs's "Be Careful What You Eat" which is about the ingredients in junk food.
- "Kraft Dinner" by Annihilator is Jeff Waters' tribute to the Canadian delicacy (which he had to live off of to pay for rent and rehearsal space). It's one of band's shorter songs, but features a wicked guitar solo and a high-pitched voice at the end saying "Kraft dinner is full of love and butter!"
- "Milk (Ode To Billy)" by Anthrax from the Attack Of The Killer B's compilation, and "Cupajoe" from Volume 8: The Threat is Real. Both are rapid-speed thrash tunes about really wanting the titular beverage, with the first in reference to Billy Milano of the Stormtroopers of Death, and the second being 46 seconds long.
- Sandra Boynton did "Faraway Cookies" (a goofy love song to the cookie jar) and "O Lonely Peas" (a kid talking to the peas he refuses to eat).
- A few of the music video segments on ChalkZone were themed around food- "Bushel Full O' Yum" (a Motown-esque number about jelly beans), "Chunky" (a hard rock song about eating, painting your room, and covering the moon with chunky peanut butter- it's every bit as ridiculous as it sounds), and "Piece O' Cake" (a jazzy song about well, cake)
- Captain Beefheart's "Kandy Korn" from Strictly Personal.
- The Beatles had a song called "Savoy Truffle", which was, among other things, George Harrison's humourous ode to Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction. The song can be found on The White Album.
- Frank Zappa:
- "Mr. Green Genes" from Uncle Meat, where a long list of absurd things (greens, shoes, socks, trucks, truck drivers,...) that you can eat are described.
- "The Dangerous Kitchen" from The Man From Utopia, about the dangers of disgusting, stale and/or rotting food in the kitchen, stuff you can cut your fingers on and all the things that you can step on and/or slip over.
- The Slayer parody "Seasoning the Obese" by the Stormtroopers of Death, though its subject matter is a little different from the rest of the examples.
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- Chris Yacich's "I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)".
- The Mighty Lunch Hour program, playing at noon throughout The '80s on Boston classic-rock radio station WBCN, began each episode with a lunch-themed parody song.
- One Dragon Ball Z Character Song for Vegeta is entitled Vegeta-sama no O-ryouri Jigoku (Vegeta's Cooking Hell), in which he very enthusiastically (and sometimes violently) narrates the process of making okonomiyaki. At the end though, it turns out he forgot the mayonnaise.
- Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie," which talks about the secret obsession of a rather outspoken health food nut as if it were an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
I'm aftraid someday they'll find me
Just stretched out on my bed
With a handful of Pringles potato chips
And a Ding Dong by my head
- Hep cat Slim Gaillard, with a background as a cook on continent-crossing ships, did a number of food-themed songs, including "Potato Chips", "Dunking Bagels", and, hard to tell though it is, "Yip Rock Heresy".
- Brian Wilson's "Vege-Tables" is certainly the most light-hearted song in his Smile album.
- "Coffee Mug" by Descendents, a 34 second punk song about how much the singer Must Have Caffeine.