Hey, it’s summer – let’s lighten things up a little! No doubt you’ve already noticed but the kitchens are something of common lyrical trope in pop music. The kitchen is the perfect environment to slap an album or playlist on and soak it in while crafting a mighty fine meal. Anyway, we’ve dug around and come up with five favourite tunes about kitchens you can enjoy this summer. Expect popular favourites and a couple of cult curveballs…
- UB40 – Rat In Mi Kitchen
While they have long since descended into something of a caricature act, their seventh album Rat in the Kitchen made quite the cultural impact back in 1986 thanks to this classic single. No rats in our kitchens, thank goodness.
- The Lemonheads – Kitchen
It’s A Shame About Ray remains one of the quintessential indie pop albums of the early 90s and this track is a particular highlight. Evan Dando always had a way of making simple, everyday emotions and perceptions sound profoundly lovely and Kitchen is no different.
- Dolly Parton – Nine to Five
OK, it’s about work but it does quite make explicit reference to the kitchen – as in stumbling to it. We’ve done that plenty of times and also worked our fair share of nine to five jobs. Despite always being something of a marmite track, there’s no denying the cultural impact left by ol’ Dolly.
- Band of Horses – Evening Kitchen
A gorgeous acoustic ballad from Ben Bridwell’s wonderful gang of Seattle folk rockers, Evening Kitchen arguably marked the highlight of their hugely polished third album Infinite Arms.
- Susanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
A diner has a kitchen… shh. Here’s a miscellaneous fact for you, Tom’s Diner is considered ‘the mother of the MP3’ as it was used to develop the compression techniques that resulted in the popular digital format of the 00s.