Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Reggae’s Toppa Top Food Tunes

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December 9, 2014

1. Lee “Scratch” Perry โ€” “Roast Fish and Cornbread” (b/w “Favorite Dish”)


With Lee “Scratch” Perry, it’s always tough to tell where the literal ends and the metaphysical begins. The tracks “Roast Fish and Cornbread” (not to be confused with the album’s title, which adds “Collie Weed” to the equation) and “Favourite Dish,” from 1976’s classic/brilliant LP Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread, clearly express his preference for an Ital diet. Chatting over an ethereal riddim (and through samples of a moo-cow toy), Scratch lists key ingredients in his diet on “Roast Fish and Cornbread.” The catchy, working-man anthem “Favourite Dish’ is a bit more direct in its approach, with Perry offering the following insight: “I’m a well fed man, so I’ll grow up strong, I hope you overstand… Strictly collie weed and a bunch of ital feed.” โ€”Jesse Serwer