FMF Episode #26 – Labor Day BBQ

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FMF# Artist Song Album Year
1

Keith Mansfield

“Beach Barbeque”

Chorus And Orchestra

1969

 

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: 

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
2

Wendy Rene

“Bar-B-Q”

Bar-B-Q – 7″ Single

 1964

3

Black Lips

“Raw Meat”

Arabia Mountain

2011

4

Descendents

“I Like Food” / “No Fat Burger”

Bonus Fat / Hypercaffium Spazzinate 

1985 / 2016

5

The Turtles

“Food”

Present The Battle Of The Bands 

 1968

6

Eric Burdon & The Animals

“It’s All Meat”

Winds Of Change 

1967

Intermission 1 Background Music

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
7

Lionel Hampton And His Sextet

“Ribs And Hot Sauce”

How High The Moon / Ribs And Hot Sauce – 10″ Single

1948

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:

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
8

Courtney Barnett

“Pickles From The Jar”

B-Sides

2015

9

Susan Christie

“I Love Onions”

I Love Onions / Take Me As You Find Me – 7″ Single

1966

10

Streolab

“Emperor Tomato Ketchup”

Emperor Tomato Ketchup 

1996

11

The Beatles

“Mean Mr. Mustard”

Abbey Road

1969

12

Gang Of Four

“Cheeseburger”

Solid Gold 

1981

Intermission 2 Background Music

13

Jack McDuff

“Hot Barbeque”

Hot Barbeque

1966

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:

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
14

The Vandals

“Anarchy Burger (Hold The Government”

Peace Thru Vandalism 

1982

15

Tony Joe White

“Polk Salad Annie”

Black And White

1968

16

The Detroit Cobras

“Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)

Baby 

2004

17

Weezer

“Pork And Beans”

Weezer 

2008

18

Kelis

“Jerk Ribs”

Food 

2014

Intermission 3 Background Music

19

Nat King Cole Trio

“Cole Slaw”

The Complete Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio

1948

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:

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
20

The Moldy Peaches

“Steak For Chicken”

The Moldy Peaches 

2000

21

NOFX

“Hot Dog In A Hallway”

Heavy Petting Zoo 

1996

22 {Set 4 Score}

No Parents

“Napkin”

Hey Grandma And The Greatest Hits 

2016

23

Buck Owens

“Hot Dog”

Hot Dog \ Rhythm And Booze – 7″ Single

 1956

24

Little Feat

“Hamburger Midnight”

Little Feat

1970

Intermission 4 Background Music

25

Walterwarm

“Cheeseburger Break”

Summer Break 

 2017

 

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.  Recorded under the pseudonym Corky Jones, 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:

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
26

Chicano Batman

“Stoned Soul Picnic”

Cycles Of Existential Rhyme

2014

27

The Beach Boys

“Vegetables”

Smiley Smile

1967

28

The Rabies

Labor Day

Labor Day EP

1982

29

Led Zeppelin

“Hot Dog”

In Through The Out Door

1979

30

The Delfonics

“Hot Dog (I Love You)”

The Sound Of Sexy Soul

1969

Intermission 5 Background Music

31

King Curtis

“Potato Chip”

The Shirelles & King Curtis Give A Twist Party

1962

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:

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
32

The Dead Milkmen

“Labor Day”

Death Rides A Pale Cow

1984

33

Blaze Foley

“Big Cheeseburgers & Good French Fries”

Sittin’ By The Road 

2010

34

Lord Invader

“Labor Day”

Calypso 

1955

35

Main Source

“Live At The Barbeque”

Breaking Atoms 

1991

36

Jimmy Buffett

“CheeseburgerIn Paradise”

Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

1978

Outro Background Music

37

Calypso King & The Soul Investigators

“Midnight Bar-B-Q”

Home Cookin’

2002

 

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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Author: Nick FMF

Music Blogger. FMF is a playlist curated specifically to chosen themes. Think Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour meets Little Steven's Underground Garage.

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