FMF Episode #26 – Labor Day BBQ

Intro Background Music: Keith Mansfield – Beach Barbeque

DJ:   Welcome welcome welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! It’s Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer.  That doesn’t mean we can’t get out and barbecue, though!  We’re gonna jam on two hours of BBQ tunes, and even a couple Labor Day songs.  Labor Day is supposed to be about the workers and worker’s rights, but we’re gonna focus on the season-ending BBQ that many Americans like to have!  We did an International Workers Day episode earlier this year which would also be a very fitting theme for this weekend.  Leading off our show is Stax Records fame Wendy Rene.  If you’re familiar with Wu-Tang Clan’s “Tearz” you may have heard her song “After Laughter” being sampled.  Here’s another Rene cut with “Bar-B-Q”.

Set 1:

  1. Wendy Rene – Bar-B-Q
  2. Black Lips – Raw Meat
  3. Descendents – I Like Food / No Fat Burger
  4. The Turtles – Food
  5. Eric Burdon & The Animals – It’s All Meat

Intermission 1 Background Music: Lionel Hampton & His Sextet – Ribs And Hot Sauce

DJ:  Eric Burdon. Legend.  After forming The Animals in the UK 1962, he would lead the band through a few incarnations until their split in the late 60s.  He would then form War, one of the most successful funk bands of all time. but would leave before their mega-stardom attained through “Low Rider”.  The Turtles served us “Food” from their 4th LP The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands.  The album was a concept album of random genres but housed their single “Elenore”.  Milo Aukerman and Descendents gave us some quick tunes about their love for food.  Starting with the famous “I Like Food” from their debut EP Bonus Fat, we added “No Fat Burger” from their latest LP Hypercaffium Spazzinate.  Black Lips’ “Raw Meat” is one of my favorite summer tunes, and fits in well before a burger tune.  Our next set sticks to the burger topic, but with a twist.  Let’s hear some condiments.  Pickles, onions, ketchup, mustard, all on top of that juicy cheeseburger.  Here’s Courtney Barnett with “Pickles From The Jar”.

Set 2:

  1. Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar
  2. Susan Christie – I Love Onions
  3. Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  4. The Beatles – Mean Mr. Mustard
  5. Gang Of Four – Cheeseburger

Intermission 2 Background Music: Jack McDuff – Hot Barbeque

DJ:  Gang Of Four’s “Cheeseburger” from their sophomore album Solid Gold rounds out our second set.  How do you like your cheeseburgers?  Maybe you’re more of a  black bean burger type of eater?  The Beatles threw on “Mean Mr. Mustard” from Abbey Road.  London electronic duo Stereolab added “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” from their 1996 album of the same name.  Susan Christie had a minor hit with 1966’s “I Love Onions”.  The song would be covered later for a Funyans commercial.  She recorded an album – Paint A Lady – in 1970, but Columbia Records never released it.  Three vinyl copies were known to exist until  DJ Andy Votel landed one and helped get the music re-released.  The LP has a very whispy-folky-psychedelic vibe, and I would absolutely recommend giving it a listen.  Do you remember the movie XXX with Vin Diesel?  They referenced this next song in it, and it was terribly embarrassing to watch.  Something about Hollywood quoting an old punk song just makes things weird; to each their own I guess.  Here’s The Vandals with “Anarchy Burger (Hold The Government)”.

Set 3:

  1. The Vandals – Anarchy Burger (Hold The Government)
  2. Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie
  3. The Detroit Cobras – Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)
  4. Weezer – Pork And Beans
  5. Kelis – Jerk Ribs

Intermission 3 Background Music: Nat King Cole Trio – Cole Slaw

DJ:  Kelis got a major boost in her career when “Milkshake” hit the airwaves.  People still quote the song whenever referencing booty shaking or blended ice cream treats.  She released the David Sitek-produced Food in 2014 to much critical acclaim.  We played the single “Jerk Ribs” from that album.  Weezer continued their self-titled color album with 2008’s Weezer (their 6th album, aka the Red album).  The third single off of that LP was “Pork And Beans”, a perfect side dish to a barbecue.  Bacon and beans, oh lordy.  The Detroit Cobras asked us to watch them eat a hot dog…in their own kind of way.  We also had a serving of polk salad with Tony Joe White’s signature tune, “Polk Salad Annie”.  The next few songs get a little…adulty…, so grab the earmuffs if you must.  Here’s The Moldy Peaches with “Steak For Chicken”, a tune from the same album that featured that Juno hit that everyone loves.

Set 4:

  1. The Moldy Peaches – Steak For Chicken
  2. NOFX – Hot Dog In A Hallway
  3. No Parents – Napkin {Set 4 Score}
  4. Buck Owens – Hot Dog
  5. Little Feat – Hamburger Midnight

Intermission 4 Background Music: Walterwarm – Cheeseburger Break

DJ:   Lowell George was one of many legends lost early.  From their debut self-titled album, Little Feat played us “Hamburger Midnight”.  The intro drum beat sounds identical to this Thundercat tune if you ask me.  Buck Owens and an early single “Hot Dog” played before Little Feat.  The track was his third single ever released and was never featured on a full-length album.  Our Set 4 Score this week goes to Los Angeles garage punks No Parents.  Keeping things quick and to the point like the Descendents have always done, the band adds a garage vibe to the short punk style.  We played “Napkin” by the band, because with all of this food being eaten you’re gonna need something to wipe that mouth of yours.  NOFX played “Hot Dog In A Hallway” before the No Parents jam.  The song references food quite a bit, but really is of a sexual nature more than anything.  Speaking of California bands, lets have neo-psych band Chicano Batman give us a theme to our “Stoned Soul Picnic”.

Set 5:

  1. Chicano Batman – Stoned Soul Picnic
  2. The Beach Boys – Vegetables
  3. The Rabies – Labor Day
  4. Led Zeppelin – Hot Dog
  5. The Delfonics – Hot Dog (I Love You So)

Intermission 5 Background Music:  King Curtis & The Shirelles – Potato Chip

DJ:   A set that begins and ends with some smooth soul is a set that’s alright in my book.  The Delfonics wrap up our 5th set with “Hot Dog (I Love You So) from 1969’s The Sound Of Sexy Soul.  Smooth, baby.  Before those smooth, sexy sounds, we heard Led Zeppelin doing “Hot Dog” from their 1979 LP In Through The Out Door.   The album was their last of new material due to John Bonham’s death in 1980.  In 1982, a little known punk band called The Rabies would release their second single, “Labor Day”.  I mean, it is that time of the year isn’t it?!  The Beach Boys reminded us to add some vegetables to the mix with a track from their epic Smiley Smile.  Our final set kicks off with The Dead Milkmen hating on Jerry Lewis.  We figured it might be appropriate to play considering we just lost Jerry last week.  The band is referencing his telethon activism in the 80s.  Here’s The Dead Milkmen with “Labor Day”.

Set 6:

  1. The Dead Milkmen – Labor Day
  2. Blaze Foley – Big Cheeseburgers & Good French Fries
  3. Lord Invader – Labor Day (Jump In The Line)
  4. Main Source – Live At The Barbeque
  5. Jimmy Buffett – Cheeseburger In Paradise

Outro Background Music:  The Soul Investigators – Midnight Bar-B-Q

DJ:   I like mine with lettuce and tomat-uh!  Key West King Jimmy Buffett had major success in the late 70s, including this ode to the American cuisine champion of sandwiches, the cheeseburger.  Main Source held the party up with one of their better known tracks – “Live At The Barbeque”.  Before the hip-hop gold, we played calypso artist Lord Invader.  This was the second incarnation of the track, which would eventually make its way to Harry Belafonte and be reworked into “Jump In The Line”.  Funny how music evolves like that, huh?  Blaze Foley was a songwriter who’s songs were covered by artists like Merle Haggard and John Prine.  Blaze was shot in 1989 at 50 years old by a man named Carey January; a friends’ son.  He may have left this Earth a bit early, but he left us some great folk tunes, including “Big Cheesebugers & Good French Fries”.  Alright, quiet nerding out on music trivia, go enjoy your Labor Day!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!



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