Food Songs for the Ages



First love and knockin' boots get a disproportionate amount of musical attention on commercial radio compared with really a important subject like food, which takes up much more of most people's time, if not their imagination and psychic energy.

That's why Parry Gripp's loopy little food ditties are such fun. Gripp's Wikipedia entry calls them fake jingles.

Our attention was first captured by the catchy, infectious "Do You Like Waffles?"— a real hit with the preschool set. Listen to it below, or get the full effect with the YouTube video of pre-breakfast, pajama-clad tots lip-synching.

Do You Like Waffles

In nearly three years of Gripp's Song of the Week has frequently featured food and eating in songs like "English Muffin," "Pizza Bagel," "Sandwich," "Surfin' Taco," "This is the Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten," "Crunchy Taco," "Mr. RaisinToast Theme," and "The Ballad of Melvin the Magic Hotdog."

Tangentially related are "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom," because nothing is cuter than tiny furry animals eating, and because you'll never be able to stop singing it. August 2009 brought a Song of the Week that shares a name with our cherished commenter "Hungry Hippo." On a darker note, "Up Butt Coconut" adds a certain elemental dimension to an otherwise culinary topic. Or maybe it just rhymes really well.

Gripp's focus is pretty squarely on Mexican and street food. Far be it from Bites to suggest artistic inspiration, but imagine how rich a vein he'd find in Italian or Polish food. Or sushi. Or Thai.

Sure, it might be the Alvin and the Chipmunks of tomorrow, but that doesn't make it less enjoyable today.

Hear more on Gripp's YouTube channel or at

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