Monday’s Music Moves Me: Drinkies!

Our guest conductor Mary B has chosen a theme: “songs with beverages in the title.” Good choice!

One advantage of waiting until Monday to do my M4 post is that I get to see what a few people chose so that, if I chose the same songs, I can change them out. You know me. In this case, Alana had put Doris Day’s “Tea For Two” on her list, and Mary B had selected Tom T. Hall’s “I Like Beer,” so I changed those out for a couple new ones. Here are eleven (I’ll explain as we go along) songs with beverages in the title.

  1. Spike Jones & His City Slickers, “Cocktails For Two” What kind of cocktails? Who cares? Spike and his gang (who were all tremendous musicians, by the way) would take nice songs and “jazz ’em up” a little, turning them into some excellent comedy.
  2. Manhattan Transfer, “Java Jive” I still have yet to read John Dos Passos’s novel Manhattan Transfer, from which the group took its name. If you have, let me know if it’s worth reading. Anyway, the first time I saw MT, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson back in the mid-’70’s, they did this one. Made me a fan for life.
  3. Grandpa Jones, “Good Ol’ Mountain Dew” Rest assured, this isn’t the hyper-caffeinated soft drink Mountain Dew that he sings about. Although you might get the sense that he had a little of that before he put on this show. “Grandpa” was in his mid-40’s when he did this, by the way: he had gotten that sobriquet (how’s that for a word?) when he was a young man who complained about his aches and pains.
  4. Tin Tin, “Toast And Marmalade For Tea” I talked about this one recently, and if you were paying attention (didn’t know there’d be a quiz, did you?) you would know that Tin Tin was an Australian band that Barry Gibb was promoting. He wrote and produced this song, in fact. It’s a simple little ditty that buries itself in your heart.
  5. Neil Diamond, “Red Red Wine” Mary B had UB40’s faux-reggae version in her list, so I thought I’d play the original from 1968, when Neil was still more of a songwriter than a performer.
  6. NRBQ, “RC Cola And A Moon Pie” The New Rhythm & Blues Quintet (or Quartet, depending on how many members they had at the time) has been remarkably successful and long-lived for a band that has never had a Top 40 single. I haven’t seen RC (Royal Crown) cola since I moved from Chicago, where I once applied for a job at the RC bottling plant on 47th and California. Here, it’s Coke, even if it’s Dr Pepper or 7up. It’s a Southern thing, you wouldn’t understand. Wikipedia says “A moon pie or stylized as MoonPie is an American confection, popular across much of the United States, which consists of two round graham cracker cookies, with marshmallow filling in the center, dipped in a flavored coating. The snack is often associated with the cuisine of the American South where they are traditionally accompanied by an RC Cola.” Breakfast of Champions!
  7. Marty Robbins, “Cool Water” A Country classic sung by a Country classic. He did a whole album of songs like this, 1959’s Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, on which you can also hear his most-popular song, “El Paso.”
  8. Muddy Waters, “Whiskey Ain’t No Good” From Muddy’s 1973 album Can’t Get No Grindin’, which came out right around the time I was getting heavily into blues.
  9. The Grasshoppers, “Pink Champagne” An obscure song from an equally-obscure band. Way back in the ’60’s, we had one of those cheapo records by a “band” called The Grasshoppers (essentially a ripoff of Alvin and The Chipmunks, with the same sort of mechanically-altered voices), attempting (and failing miserably at) songs by The Beatles (as well as a cover of “The Chipmunk Song”). You’ll be happy to know that “Pink Champagne” was not done by them…
  10. & 11. Johnny Fosdick and His Orchestra with vocals by Anita Boyer, “Swinging The Jingle” and “Get Hep” Another obscurity, these are two sides of a 78 rpm record from the late ’30’s. Technically, these songs don’t belong, as they don’t have beverage namees in the titles. HOWEVER, I’m including them because the jingle they swing on Side 1 is an old Pepsi-Cola jingle, and it’s reprised on Side 2.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 27, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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30 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Drinkies!

  1. You managed to come up with some different ones that I didn’t see elsewhere–impressive. When I was a kid Spike Jones was my musical hero. My parents had a compilation album that included “Cocktails for Two” and I would give that song many a listen.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Spike Jones knew how to mix music and comedy and turn it into complete anarchy better than anyone.

      With these playlists, I do my best to find songs no one else will have in theirs. It makes me happy to know I’ve succeeded.

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    1. I know the version Peter Sellers did on “The Muppet Show,” and it looks like it was written for The Sons Of The Pioneers by a guy named Tim Spencer. I’ll throw that in.

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  2. Love the list and the prompt. Would like to add Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg. Also Rum and Coca Cola, performed by the Andrews Sisters but written by jokemeister Morey Amsterdam. Maybe Spill the Wine by War?

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  3. Spike Jones!! Talk about a blast from the past! Loved listening to his comedy troupe as well as Homer and Jethro and of course Roger Miller. You have truly made my day πŸ™‚

    ~Mary

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    1. After Homer died, Jethro moved to Chicago (either that, or they were based there, because I think they were regulars on The WLS Barn Dance) and started doing session work, most notably with Steve Goodman (who composed “City of New Orleans”). He was one hell of a mandolin player. Story about him: He and Homer were on the Tonight Show, cutting up and goofing off as always. Johnny asked them, “are you ever serious?” With that, Jethro played an incredible version of “Autumn Leaves.” After all the wild applause, Johnny said, “how long have you played like that?” “Oh, ’bout five minutes.”

      Jethro’s son John was a rock guitarist and somewhat of a minor sensation in the Chicago area when I was in college. Don’t know if he’s still playing. I know his dad passed a few years ago….

      Believe it or not, I had never heard Spike Jones until about 25 years ago, when Dr. Demento played “Cocktails For Two” on his show. The guy was a nut…

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  4. Now i have the Tea for Two song in my head:) I love Marty Robbins so you can never go wrong with that one. I might have already mentioned in a previous post the Cole Porter song, I get no kick from Champagne. There is also the song from The Student Prince, β€œDrink”

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  5. John,

    You sneak, holding back to see what others come up before you go live! πŸ˜€ I read through your song titles first, none sound familiar to me. So, now I’m listening to them. I see why you were instantly hooked on Manhattan Transfer with such catchy tune “Java Jive”. Grandpa Jones earned his nickname (why didn’t you use that word?) when he was forty? That doesn’t seem old enough to be a grandpa but some folks are made grandparents in their 30s. My mother was 39 when my brother made her a grandma. Tin Tin “Toast and Marmalade For Tea” has that late 60s vibe but I learned it released in 1970, so I wasn’t too far off base. Tracks 5-9 I recognize either from other bloggers or from my own research. I like how you finished your playlist with a vintage Pepsi jingle which is new-to-me. Fabulous job! It’s great having you on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic and blessed week!

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    1. That Pepsi jingle was a real find. I was looking for a bunch of jingles for Dr Pepper,actually, specifically the ones done by Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry in the mid-’70’s, and found the Pepsi ones instead.

      I might just wait until I see everyone else’s list before I build my own from now on. That worked out really well.

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    1. The original “Tequila” was done by The Champs, whose members included Jim Seals and Dash Crofts. Oddly, no one picked that one. Well, Michele at Angels Bark found just about every song with liquor in the title and built a bunch of playlists, sorted out by liquor and everything. Gee, I might have to do something other than a survey on Friday…

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  6. How could any of us not post “Tequila”? I think I know two Spike Jones songs (the other being “Der Fuhrers Face”. I didn’t know the UB40 “Red Red Wine” was a Neil Diamond cover (!). I forgot all about “Toast and Marmalade for Tea” which is from my college days. And you capped it off with those vintage tunes from the 30’s. Imagine big band Pepsi jingles, but of course, that was the music of the 30’s. I also love how you come up with stuff no one else does, John. Great playlist!

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    1. Re “Tequila”: I know. I purposely left it off my list because I figured everyone else would have it. It would seem everyone else did, too.

      There’s plenty of Spike Jones on YouTube. For all the silliness, you could tell they were really talented musicians.

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