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Gluttony's Deadly Medley

Friday, February 20, 2009

In the second installment of our weekly "Seven Sins" series, music journalist Amanda Petrusich and food writer Fred Plotkin explain how gluttony has inspired exceptional (but occasionally gross) music.

List: Amanda Petrusich's deadly medley for gluttony

List: Fred Plotkin's deadly medley for gluttony

Soundcheck blog: John Schaefer on musical gluttony

Fred Plotkin will give a lecture about "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 25, 2:30 p.m. More information here.


Amanda Petrusich and Fred Plotkin

Comments [17]

Jeremy Shatan from New York City

Though it may not be a precise fit, Richard Strauss's regrettable Schlagobers came to mind as I listened to the segment. I certainly feel as if I have over-indulged in something, if not the whipped cream of the title, after just a couple of minutes of this overbaked trifle (pun completely intended)!

Feb. 24 2009 09:33 PM
Vic from NJ

Speaking of food, "Lust", "Gluttony" & Rosinni ~ Rosinni was from Pesaro, Italy (on the Adriatic Sea), and there you can enjoy a Rosinni pizza:
tomato sauce, mozzarella, lines of mayonnaise (squeezed from a tube), & slices of hard boiled eggs...It's good !

Feb. 22 2009 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

JW, I was thinking of "Everybody Eats..." too! But that one's a little different--you might call it gluttony by proxy. Cab Calloway is *urging* his guests to be gluttonous: "I fix your fav'rite dishes/Hopin' this good food fills ya!/Work my hands to the bone/In the kitchen alone/You better eat if it kills ya!"

Feb. 20 2009 02:39 PM
Joyce Hanson from Brooklyn

And don't forget Louis DiPrima's "Banana Split for My Baby":

Spray the whipped cream for at least an hour
Pile it as high as the Eiffel Tower
Load it with nuts, about sixteen tons
Top it with a pizza just for fun
Banana split for my baby
And a glass of plain water for me
Separate checks, it must be
Charge the split to her
The water to me

Feb. 20 2009 02:34 PM
Andrea from Brooklyn

"A Knife and a Fork" by Rockpile on Seconds of Pleasure.

Feb. 20 2009 02:32 PM
Melanie from Washington Heights

Lots of children's music must be about food. One of my 2 year old daughter's favorite cds is Jazz for Kids and some of the tracks include:
Yes We Have No Bananas by Louis Prima
Chicken Rhythm
The Muffin Man by Ella Fitzgerald and my personal fave:
Potato Chips by Slim Gaillard and His Baker's Dozen

Feb. 20 2009 02:31 PM
david lee from Brooklyn

Don't forget Mingus's "Eat that Chicken".

Feb. 20 2009 02:31 PM
steve from prospect heights

Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street

Loving Cup:

"But I would love to spill the bills all night with you till dawn..."

Feb. 20 2009 02:31 PM
Patrick from Manhattan

Big Butter and Egg Man performed by Louis Armstrong

Feb. 20 2009 02:30 PM
JW from Williamsburg

It may be a novelty song, but I love Cab Calloway's "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House."

Feb. 20 2009 02:21 PM
Jennifer from Brooklyn

How about Fats Waller's 1941 great, "All that meat and no potatoes"?

Sometimes my ipod shuffles Ella Fitzgerald's "stone cold dead in the market" right after it, and it always strikes me as a good fit.

Feb. 20 2009 02:19 PM
Audrey from Manhattan

What about "All You Can Eat" by the rap group The Fat Boys? Their entire act was built upon over indulgence.

Feb. 20 2009 02:18 PM
Jan from Hoboken

From For the Roses by Joni Mitchell

Feb. 20 2009 02:17 PM
Audrey from Manhattan

What about "All You Can Eat" by the rap group, The Fat Boys? Their entire act was built upon over indulgence.

Feb. 20 2009 02:16 PM
Jonathan F from NYC

The first song that came to mind for me in relation to gluttony was The Beatles' "Savoy Truffle."

Feb. 20 2009 02:13 PM
Maria from Brooklyn, NY

"Peaches," by the Presidents of the USA. Classic food song extolling the virtues of abundance -- and I detect no hint of irony. The guy just likes lots and lots of peaches.

Feb. 20 2009 02:07 PM
Jonathan Kaplan from Long Island

What about Eat it, and Fat by Wierd Al Yankovic? Those songs are clearly about gluttony, whether they are a parody or not. Your gluttony issue should include Wierd Al for his long career of making food related songs, many of which are on the Food album compilation from 1995.

Feb. 20 2009 12:34 PM

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