Chow Down with our Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship Playlist!
Along with being our nation's birth, July 4th is also the day all eyes will be on Coney Island for Nathan's world famous Hot Dog Eating Competition. Yes, competitive eating's biggest day of the year goes down tomorrow as the biggest names in consumption will attempt to out-devour each other in a morning of intense voracious fun! Whether you're watching the competition from home or making the trek to Coney Island to see it live, you're probably wishing you had the perfect soundtrack. Well fear not as we at the Weekly have assembled the ultimate Hot Dog Eating Contest playlist!
The Fat Boys
Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five - "Beans and Cornbread" 1949
It's hard to believe, but for some people the idea of competitive eating is a bit hard to swallow. If it makes it any easier for the the skeptics out there, try to think of the hot dog eating contest as an act of self-defense. Case in point, Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five's "Beans and Cornbread," shows how volatile food itself can get when expected to co-exist with each other. On a personal note, this song sticks with me for two reasons. While I do have fond memories of it as the theme to TBS's "Dinner and a Movie," I did lose a substantial chunk of my personal savings on the Beans-Cornbread fight.
"Weird" Al Yankovic - "Eat It" 1984
Musical prankster and all-around genius "Weird" Al Yankovic has found his muse in food quite often. So much so, in fact, that a compilation of all his songs about confections in his catalog, appropriately titled The Food Album, was released in the mid-90s. Among his most popular singles of all time is his send up of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" lovingly known as "Eat It." A classic comedy track, it earned Yankovic a Grammy and even charted higher than its source material in Australia. It also makes for a great motivator for you aspiring competitive eaters out there in need of some direction.