Who Is Harry Nilsson? (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him)
Who Is Harry Nilsson? (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him) has to be one of the best titles for a documentary I can think of, speaking on the fact that nobody knows who he is and the title playing on his biggest hit, Midnight Cowboy’s title sequence track “Everybody’s Talkin”. The documentary covers the life and trials of Harry Nilsson, one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of all time and famously Lennon’s favorite musician, who we have highlighted on two top ten lists. The Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter had a tragic and tragically underappreciated career, so it’s great to see a documentary completely devoted to gushing about Harry Nilsson. While I love that this exists, it’s a pretty bland documentary that plays more like a Behind the Music than something that deserves to be a free standing documentary.
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With the approach of Thanksgiving, we decided it appropriate to offer up a list of our favorite songs containing food and drink references. The pool of songs was way more impressive than we imagined, necessitating us splitting the list into two parts; the first highlighting food and the second focusing on drinks (check it out here). What we found, at least while putting together this first list, is that almost every song referencing food is either inherently silly or sexual in nature. We gravitated toward the sillier songs, so our apologies to Warrant for not recognizing their terrible strip club staple.
As a further note, since this list is of the less serious variety, I apologize for not giving too much legitimate information on the songs or artists that follow. I pretty much just free associated, and it felt right. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we missed or where we screwed up.
10. “Ham N’ Eggs” – A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest was almost as forward-thinking in their dietary decisions as they were in their jazz-influenced hip hop beats. “I don’t eat no ham n’ eggs, ’cause they’re high in cholesterol” are some words the LxL staff should heed a little more often to be completely honest. “Ham N’ Eggs” is jam packed with more than 25 soul food references. Yum!
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Matthew E. White
Late last year, Virginia newcomer Matthew E. White came along with his 7-song, 40-minute debut Big Inner and swept us off our feet. The deep-voiced bearded crooner borrows the sounds of 70’s Stax Soul and the folksy charm of Randy Newman mixed with the fragile spirit of Harry Nilsson to make a sound all his own. A year later, White releases the Outer Face EP, a 5 song EP that still comes in at 27 minutes (not far off the length of his debut) for another sweeping and intimate outing of psychedelic soul.
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