Eatin’ and Drinkin’

Christmas week and I resisted the obvious. I didn’t theme the whole show around Yuletide tunes; however did find a couple of songs to open and close the show which satisfied the traditionalists and also tickled my funny bone. Otherwise all the songs were about Eating and Drinking and we gave away some terrific coffee and chocolates as our Xmas gift to listeners. A fun show.

‘Beatnik’s Wish’ opened the program. Found this on Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour compilation CD. A bit of a send up of the Beat generation and I dedicated it to Riddhi who presents the Bohemian Beat hour on Thursdays. This year she, and all the other Thursday presenters, will be working on Christmas Day – as they say, the show must go on! 

sugar-in-my-bowlOther favourites were a couple of Lil Johnson numbers from the compilation CD, Sugar in My Bowl – Vintage Sex Songs 1923-1952. She recorded over sixty Blues titles and the two I played in this week’s show, ‘Sam the Hot Dog Man’ and ‘Hot Nuts’ employed food as a sexual metaphor. This mixing of carnal and gastronomic desires can be seen in a number of songs that I played throughout the show – e.g. some say that Charles Mingus’ ‘Eat That Chicken’ isn’t about chicken at all! I have no idea what they mean of course. Oh, and have a listen to C.W. Stoneking and, (his wife), Kirsty Fraser’s cheeky rendition of ‘On A Christmas Day’.

Each week I play a Roy Orbison song and I’ve even shocked myself in that I’ve never failed to find a song of Roy’s to match the week’s theme – the guys a genius! This week it was ‘Candy Man’.

I’ve also taken to playing a bit of bubblegum over the last couple of shows. This week I went with the Archies ‘Sugar, Sugar’. The Archies were a fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones, a group of adolescent fictional characters of the Archie universe. The girlfriends, Veronica and Betty, appear on the video clip playing drums and keyboard but otherwise seem to feature only as objects of desire, (ah, the misogynist world of 60’s animation!). What I found really interesting, and it tied in beautifully with my Eating and Drinking theme, was one of the methods of distribution that was used to promote the record:  it was emobossed directly onto the backs of breakfast cereal boxes. The cardboard record could be cut out and played on a turntable – cool! How collectible would those cardboard records be now. Here’s the video clip which I hope amuses you:

Also played a wild version of ‘Jambalaya’ by Brenda Lee. In the 1960’s she had more chart hits than any other female artist and only three male singers or groups outpaced her (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and The Beatles). She also enjoys one distinction among successful American singers – her opening act on a UK tour in the early 60’s was a then-little-known beat group from Liverpool Englad: The Beatles.

I promised to include my Jambalaya recipe here for my listeners, so here goes:


Prep time: 15 mins. Cook time: 35 mins. 4 servings

12 medium green prawns, peeled, deveined and chopped

120 grams chicken, diced

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, recipe follows

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green capsicum

1/4 cup chopped celery

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

3/4 cup rice

3 cups chicken stock

150g spicy sausage, sliced

salt and pepper

In a bowl combine prawns, chicken and Creole seasoning, and work in seasoning well. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, capcisum and celery, 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Sir in rice and slowly add broth. Reduce head to medium and cook until rice absorbs liquid and becomes tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. When rice is just tender add prawns and chicken mixture and sausage. Cook until meat is done, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.

Creole Seasoning

2.5 teaspoons paprika

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yields 2/3 cup. 

Yummy dish for Boxing Day or any Sunday night. Get cookin’.


Before I run out of space, here’s the playlist:

Beatnik’s Wish – Patsy Raye & The Beatniks

Sam the Hot Dog Man  Lil Johnson

My Country Sugar Mama  Howlin’ Wolf

The Chicken And The Hawk  Big Joe Turner A

Sugar, Sugar  The Archies

Sugar Baby Love  The Rubettes

The Land Of Chocolate  The Simpsons

Candy Man  Roy Orbison

Tequila Sunrise  The Eagles

Hungry For Your Love – Van Morrison

Shortnin’ Bread  Paul Chaplain And His Emeralds

Jambalaya  Brenda Lee

Eat That Chicken  Charles Mingus

Champagne and reefer  BB King

Little Ol Wine Drinker, Me  Dean Martin

Margaritaville  Jimmy Buffet

Cool Water  The Sons Of The Pioneers

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)  The Four Tops

Do The Funky Chicken  Rufus Thomas

Hot Nuts  Lil Johnson

Ice Cream Man  Tom Waits 

The Simpsons – Homer’s Beer Song

Token Celtic Drinking Song  The Pogues & Steve Earle

Sweets For My Sweet  The Searchers 

Yummy Yummy Yummy – I Got Love In My Tummy  Ohio Express

Honeycomb – Jimmie Rodgers

Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs

Macarthur Park – Richard Harris

I Ain’t Drunk  Lonnie ‘The Cat”

On A Christmas Day  C.W. Stoneking

Tune in next week for our show on ‘Dancing’.


Lyn McCarthy presents ‘Theme Park’ on Tuesdays, 2-4pm, Eastern Standard Time on BayFM 99.9. Also streaming on


About Lyn McCarthy

Lyn presents a weekly radio show at BayFM 99.9 in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

Posted on December 23, 2008, in Broadcasting and media, community radio, music - nostalgia, music, blues, music, country, music, r&b, music, soul, Radio Program, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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