Thanksgiving is approaching, yet Christmas music already fills radios and department stores.
Christmas usually overshadows Thanksgiving, especially when it comes to music. There are plenty of religious songs about being thankful and children's simplistic history recounts, but not many songs illustrate the importance of the Thanksgiving feast. This playlist focuses on food, Thanksgiving related and not. Maybe it'll help lighten the mood as the holiday weight creeps in.
One of the most recognized food-inspired Thanksgiving songs is "The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler. Featured on a 1992 episode of "Saturday Night Live," this comical song revolves around the repetition of the word "turkey" and various celebrity and pop culture references. "Turkey and sweet potato pie/Sammy Davis Jr. only had one eye" is a line typical of the nonsensical, hilarious pairings throughout the song.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's "Eat It," a food-based parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," also makes this list. "Eat it" replaces "Beat it" in the chorus and encourages eating without discretion. He sings that he doesn't care if you're full, and to "Have some more yogurt, have some more Spam/It doesn't matter if it's fresh or canned/Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it." With yogurt and spam, who needs turkey and dressing?
"All You Can Eat" by The Fat Boys continues the theme of overindulgence. The song is about three guys who eat an entire all-you-can-eat buffet. The Fat Boys aren't picky eaters, much like many Thanksgiving feasters. They rap in true 1985 fashion about all the food they'll eat, like "bologna, salami, and ham/Toast with butter and strawberry jam."
The Descendents' song, "I Like Food," is a simplistic ode to food. This 16 second punk rock song from 1981 consists of yelling "I like food, food tastes good!" and the names of various foods such as "Juicy burgers, greasy fries/Turkey legs and raw fish eyes."
Even if Spam, toast with butter and strawberry jam, and raw fish eyes substitute the traditional Thanksgiving feast, pumpkin pie is essential. "Pumpkin Pie" by Lemon Demon demonstrates its integral existence, revolving around a merchant who won't give up his pumpkin pie recipe for the king. The king's men "(torture) him for night and day/they made him scream so much his hair turned gray." As the last line of the chorus states, "He never wanted all the fame that came with pumpkin pie" in the first place. The song is sung like a catchy children's tune and is sure to make anyone smile and appreciate that delicious pumpkin pie.
"Turkey Murder" by Jeremy Shane also shares a childlike quality. The YouTube video includes the singer dressed up in a glittery turkey costume and two backup singers dressed as Native Americans and a pilgrim in true elementary school play fashion. The song won't be making its way to school stages though, with lyrics like, "Poor turkey, Poor, poor turkey/So sorry, don't mean to be a jerky/But it's time for me to be thankful/so your neck I'm going to strangle." Poor turkey, indeed. But the bird is so tasty.
Hopefully, department stores will be playing these musical gems over the loud speakers, and Christmas-themed music won't start until Black Friday. Until then, stuff your face, put on some sweatpants and laugh.