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If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On

Touring bands, especially those that haven't graduated to bus level, have a special relationship with Denny's. The roadside restaraunt chain is always open, providing a perfect post-gig spot to sober up on free coffee refills or just get to know the townies a little better. Its locations are often located adjacent to one of one of America's many budget-motel chains - and if that night's crowd was especially light, there's plenty of room in the parking lot to crash in the van.

Now Denny's, having grown fat on bands' per diems for generations, wants a few lucky bands to grow fat in return. It's sponsoring a new promotional campaign called Denny's All Nighter, where visitors to the Web site can choose which bands Denny's will "adopt," in other words give free food to between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in exchange for not-at-all-gratuitous Denny's mentions on those bands' Web sites and blogs. Right now Austin indie-rockers the Boxing Lesson are in the lead with 39 percent.

This made me hungry, but not hungry enough to go to Denny's, so instead I thought I'd visit the rock & roll supermarket, and see what sort of meal I might throw together from bands and musicians named after items you might find at your neighborhood Food Lion (if it were still around). Turns out it was a lot more than 10, so I apologize to all those people behind me in line.

Bakery

Bread Cracker Cake The Sea and Cake Humble Pie

Dairy

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine String Cheese Incident Neutral Milk Hotel Cream the Eggmen (Austin-based Beatles cover band)

Seafood

Country Joe & the Fish Reel Big Fish Leftover Salmon Hot Tuna Eels Blue Oyster Cult

Meat Market

Cows T-Bone Burnett Meat Loaf Lambchop Flying Burrito Brothers Taco ("Puttin' on the Ritz") the Bacon Brothers Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs Lard

Produce

The Apples in Stereo Green Apple Quickstep Orange Juice The Oranges Band Tangerine Dream Blind Lemon Jefferson Bananarama Peaches Moby Grape the Raspberries the Cranberries Wild Cherry Black Eyed Peas Red Hot Chili Peppers Korn Smashing Pumpkins the Gourds

Dessert

Sugar the Sugarcubes A Taste of Honey Vanilla Fudge Starlight Mints Jello Biafra Eminem The Jam Green Jelly Jawbreaker the Lemonheads Banana Splits Hot Chocolate

13 Songs That May or May Not Be About Food

"Eat It," Weird Al Yankovic "Milkshake," Kelis "Watermelon Man," the Headhunters "Hot Burrito No. 2," Flying Burrito Brothers "On Top of Old Smokey," Various Artists "American Pie," Don McLean "Lady Marmalade," LaBelle "Peach," Prince & the New Power Generation "Fried Chicken & Gasoline," Southern Culture on the Skids "Watermelon Crawl," Tracy Byrd "Eat Steak," Reverend Horton Heat "Barbecue," Robert Earl Keen "TV Dinners," ZZ Top

Who's ready for seconds? - Chris Gray


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