Here's a discussion of my selections for Food & Drink, Volume 20 of the Green Monkey Music Project.
Bucket of Grease - Les McCann
Okay, so I start out with a song that is stretching the mix's theme, I know (unless you routinely sit down and ingest a large container of grease). In my defense, look at the album cover. They are standing in front of a fast food joint. So, "Bucket of Grease" CLEARLY refers to food, yes? I think the album cover pic might be of a place on Maxwell Street in Chicago. I think I might have eaten there, actually. This song has a great start -- a 1-2-3-4 count-off that leads into a killer piano riff. It's a great way to start a mix.
Lady Marmalade - Labelle
You might be more familiar with this song as "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)". A great, funky song. It holds up after repeated listenings.
Hold All The Butter - The Bats
A nice, cheery song from the New Zealand band The Bats. Maybe a little too cheery. DEAL WITH IT.
Have A Cuppa Tea - Kinks
A nice little slice of homespun British pop. From the record Muswell Hillbillies.
You Left The Water Running - Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett is awesome. He has one of the best voices ever.
Hooch - The Melvins
Not sure if this works in the mix. It might be too jarring a transition from Wilson Pickett. I had thought about replacing the previous song with "Tropical Hot Dog Night" by Captain Beefheart, but... I didn't. I have no idea what this song is supposed to be about. I don't think I am supposed to know.
Champagne and Misery - The Clean
Some more New Zealand pop, this time from one of my favorite bands, The Clean. The word "Misery" is in the song title, so I hope it reduces some of the cheeriness of "Hold All The Butter" for you, Dr. Gloomypants.
Potato Chips - Slim Gaillard
I first became aware of Slim Gaillard through Jack Kerouac's book On The Road. His music has a nice, playful silliness. And he loves potato chips!