It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Thanksgiving is around the corner which means it’s time to get our eat on, so we’re looking at songs about food.
The original Thanksgiving dinner actually lasted a total of three days. Little known fact: due to the lack of an ample sugar supply, there were no pies or cakes at the first dinner, but swans, lobster and seal were on the original meal menu for the pilgrims. It wasn’t until 1863 during the Civil War that Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed the final Thursday of the month Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. Franklin Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week to the second the last Thursday in order to help stimulate the economy during Great Depression. His decision was met with opposition by many, but to this day we continue to observe the holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year. And now here are some songs to get you ready for your Thanksgiving feast...
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic - Eat It
From Weird Al Yankovic’s 1984 album of the same name, this was Yancovic’s homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller which was released two years prior. The music video is a shot by shot replication of Jackson’s “Beat It”. Yankovic said that he was surprised and grateful that Michael Jackson gave his permission for the parody to be created. It gave Yankovic one of his biggest successes, won Yankovic a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording, and helped persuade other high profile artists to give Yankovic the green light to parody their material.
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
From 1971’s Sticky Fingers release. Mick Jagger wrote the song while he was filming the 1969 film Ned Kelly in which he starred. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger stated that he would probably never let himself write a song like it again and that it is indeed about whatever lusty subjects although not necessary about any topic in particular. Here is the band performing the song on the BBC’s Top of the Pop’s in 1971. Dig Jagger’s pink satin suit and matching cap:
Harry Nilsson - Coconut
Another one from 1971, it’s Harry Nilsson and “Coconut” which was one of his biggest commercial hits. It was the third single off of his album Nilsson Schmilsson which was the best-selling album of Harry Nilsson’s career. The song was featured in the movies Reservoir Dogs, Practical Magic and Wag the Dog as well as in episodes of the television shows Doogie Howser, The Simpsons, and covered by Kermit the Frog on the Muppets. All not bad for a song that has absolutely no chord changes. Now watch the video with gorilla suited men performing the song…
Booker T. & the MG’s - Green Onions
Released in 1962. Booker T. & the MG’s were the house band for the legendary Memphis Soul label Stax Records. The collective members of this lineup had all at one time played with the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Bill Withers to name a few. Booker T. Jones was 17 years old when this song was recorded.
Beck - Milk & Honey
From Beck’s 1999 album, Midnite Vultures.