Baby I Knead Your Love
November 4, 2005 2:30 PM   Subscribe

So I'm making a cd for a friend, entitled "Music To Bake Bread To". I'm looking for suggestions for songs to include that have some sort of punny reference to breadbaking.

For instance, the whole idea got off the ground when he remarked to me that he was baking bread over the weekend, and his wife asked him if she could play this cd in the kitchen. It turned out to be Barry White, and being a pun fiend, he pointed out how appropriate that was to play while baking bread. I remarked that she could also play anything by Stevie Wonder.

So now I've decided to go ahead and make a cd of songs and artists that are tangentially bread-related. So I've got the above artists, plus Anita Baker, the Average White Band, The White Stripes, and of course, Bread.

As far as songs, I've got things like Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", Burning Spear's "Rise Up", and the Kinks "I Don't Need You Anymore".

I would love any suggestions for additions to this wacky idea, ESPECIALLY anything involving "dough", "knead", "wheat", "yeast", "pan", or "oven". Famous or well-known songs would be better, but really good titles or artists are always great.

CAVEAT: the pun/reference has to be in the artist or title, so it shows up on the track listing. I'm not looking for anything that only shows up in the lyrics themselves.

posted by NewGear to Media & Arts (55 answers total)
"Flower" - Liz Phair.
posted by true at 2:38 PM on November 4, 2005

"As Long as He Kneads Me" (Okay, I used creative spelling, but you can too!)
posted by grumblebee at 2:39 PM on November 4, 2005

Kenny Rogers - I Don't Need You
Herb Alpert - Rise
Hot Butter - Popcorn
Bobby Goldsboro - Honey
Quad City DJs - Space Jam
Beatles - A Taste Of Honey
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:39 PM on November 4, 2005

Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" includes the refrain "I need you to need me."
posted by mzurer at 2:40 PM on November 4, 2005

Also anything by Jelly Roll Morton.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:40 PM on November 4, 2005

Anita Baker? Riotous punnery! (I don't want to steal this thread's thunder, but,'s search by Name or Song (title) is worth a try.)
posted by skyboy at 2:42 PM on November 4, 2005

Which is specifically excluded in your request. Do'ap!
posted by mzurer at 2:42 PM on November 4, 2005

Baking -- Aztec Two Step.
posted by ericb at 2:44 PM on November 4, 2005

Well, anything by Wheat
posted by patricio at 2:48 PM on November 4, 2005

Bakerman - Laid Back
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:51 PM on November 4, 2005

The Decemberists - As I Rise
posted by ludwig_van at 2:54 PM on November 4, 2005

tin pan alley --stevie ray vaughn
pan american --hank williams
yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread --bob dylan
get low --lil jon & the yeastside boyz

(...yeah, that's a stretch)
posted by neda at 2:56 PM on November 4, 2005

Propagandhi's "Who Will Help Me Bake This Bread?" might be too obvious (plus it's a little heavy for breadbaking). But still.
posted by rafter at 3:00 PM on November 4, 2005

On the otherhand, Shelley Devall's "He Needs Me" is perfect breadbaking music.
posted by rafter at 3:02 PM on November 4, 2005

posted by rafter at 3:02 PM on November 4, 2005

"Johnny Saucep'n" by Moxy Fruvous. "Pan" in the title, reference to flatbread within the song, and just good all-round cooking music.
posted by clever sheep at 3:04 PM on November 4, 2005

Shortnin' Bread - The Ready Men
Broken Breads - The New Pornographers
Another Day Full of Bread - Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Just What I Needed - The Cars
What My Heart Needs - Otis Redding
If You Need Me - Wilson Pickett
posted by Quartermass at 3:04 PM on November 4, 2005

Nobody has suggested the group Bread yet.

Perhaps they suck.
posted by kindall at 3:06 PM on November 4, 2005

Anything by Meat Loaf or Wheatus!
posted by wannalol at 3:07 PM on November 4, 2005

I'm the One You Need -- The Jackson 5
Need You Tonight -- INXS
All I Need -- Air
Baker Baker -- Tori Amos
posted by amarynth at 3:14 PM on November 4, 2005

Oh, and Bird Stealing Bread -- Iron & Wine
posted by amarynth at 3:15 PM on November 4, 2005

Nobody has suggested the group Bread yet. Perhaps they suck.

Or perhaps they read the OP's entire question (in which Bread is already noted).
posted by jdroth at 3:20 PM on November 4, 2005

Here are some totally dorky suggestions:

- Cornbread - Freestyle Fellowship
- Anything by Chet Baker - you already got Anita Baker, but I think Chet's much more palatable. ;)
- ROLL Over BeethOVEN - Chuck Berry (it's got Roll & Oven! hur hur hur)
- You Suck by the Yeastie Girls (potentially very offensive, proceed with caution!)
- Is cake going to far? You could have a song by Cake... or Birthday Cake by Cibo Matto
- Rolling With Heat - The Roots
- Heat Wave (by ...?)
- Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf
- Honey Bun - Charline Arthur
posted by pazazygeek at 3:23 PM on November 4, 2005

big leg woman keep your dresses down
you got stuff make a bulldog hug a hound
if you roll your belly like you roll your dough
people is cryin', cryin' they want some mo'

Big Leg Woman
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
posted by Chuckles at 3:23 PM on November 4, 2005

damn caveats...
posted by Chuckles at 3:24 PM on November 4, 2005

Bread and Butter by the Newbeats.
posted by billysumday at 3:37 PM on November 4, 2005

The Beatles - All You Need is Love
Cowboy Junkies - Bread and Wine
Beth Orton - Don't Need a Reason
Dan Bern - I Need You (lovely one, this)
Michelle Shocked - Strawberry Jam (Saturday morning found me itching // To get on over to my grandma's kitchen)
The Girl From Ipanema (ouch)
posted by blag at 3:39 PM on November 4, 2005

And anything by Mike Doughty. I like "Looks" and "No Peace Los Angeles"
posted by blag at 3:46 PM on November 4, 2005

The Small Faces had a song about exactly this: "Song of a Baker,""Song of a Baker," which originally appeared on Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. (Ocean Colour Scene did a cover version.)

There's wheat in the field
And water in the stream
And salt in the mine
And an aching in me

I can no longer stand and wonder
'cos i'm driven by this hunger
So I'll jug some water
Bake some flour
Store some salt and wait the hour

While I'm thinking of love
Love is thinking for me
And the baker will come
And the baker I'll be

I am depending on my labor
The texture and the flavor...

Besides that, here's also "Rise" by Public Image, Ltd.
posted by scody at 3:47 PM on November 4, 2005

upon seeing that formatting mistake above, would it be too cheesy of me to exclaim "D'OH!"?
posted by scody at 3:48 PM on November 4, 2005

Rise by Azure Ray
posted by fuzzbean at 3:48 PM on November 4, 2005

Rise Up - Indigo Girls
Roll My Blues - Jolie Holland
Roll On - The Living End
Don't Touch My Tomatoes - Josephine Baker
Oven - Seven Mary Three
Mama's Cooking - Marcia Ball
That's What My Heart Needs - Otis Redding
Five Feet High and Rising - Johnny Cash
Temperature Rising - Les Nubians
Something Burning - Deb Talan

And of course:
Burn Down the Trailer Park - Paul Thorn
posted by naomi at 3:49 PM on November 4, 2005

Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff
posted by fire&wings at 4:10 PM on November 4, 2005

I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl--Nina Simone
posted by lobakgo at 4:19 PM on November 4, 2005

Damn Firefox didn't find the mention of "Bread" in the original question for some reason. D'oh.
posted by kindall at 4:42 PM on November 4, 2005

Edguy, Until We Rise Again.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:44 PM on November 4, 2005

White Riot--The Clash
Cream and Bastards Rise--Harvey Danger
Roll With My Baby--Ray Charles
I Wonder Who--Ray Charles
Bad Moon Rising--Creedence Clearwater Revival
posted by lobakgo at 4:52 PM on November 4, 2005

New Pornographers - Broken Breads
The Beta Band - Dr. Baker
A Silver Mt. Zion - Stumble Then Rise on Some Awkward Morning
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Mike Doughty - Down on the River by the Sugar Plant
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Hung Over As The Oven In Maida Vale
Ween - Pork Roll Egg And Cheese
Soul Coughing - Rolling
posted by panoptican at 5:03 PM on November 4, 2005

One more...

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - Sex In A Pan
posted by panoptican at 5:06 PM on November 4, 2005

Keiji Haino and Ruins have recorded two albums together under the name Knead - the first was self-titled, i.e. Knead by Knead, the second was called This Melting Happiness, I Want You To Realise That It Is Another Trap. They're both incredible records, incidentally.

Also, anything by the Archers Of Loaf.
Johnny Cash - Breaking Bread
Blind Blake - No Dough Blues
Beanie Sigel - Get That Dough
Fairport Convention - Cup Of Tea! A Loaf Of Bread
Armand Van Helden - Yeast Interlude
posted by nylon at 5:20 PM on November 4, 2005

Anything by the Light Crust Doughboys.
posted by mds35 at 5:25 PM on November 4, 2005

I see you're in the US, so you might not appreciate these, but brand names are also fun. Anything by:

Dan Warburton
Guy Hovis
Ted Hovis
Allinson & Brown
Hugh Kingsmill
posted by nylon at 5:37 PM on November 4, 2005

Cardigans - Rise and Shine
Ike & Tina Turner - I'll Never Need More Than This
posted by cloeburner at 8:00 PM on November 4, 2005

Lifted directly from my comment in the "sex songs disguised as food songs" thread:
"He's Just My Size" by Lillie Mae Kirkman (lots of talk about baking cakes and having biscuits rise--this one's a riot; let me know if you can't find it)
"My Stove's in Good Condition" by Lil Johnson
posted by Tuwa at 8:23 PM on November 4, 2005

Parachute Club: Rise Up
Anything by Cake
posted by Rumple at 11:15 PM on November 4, 2005

"Pans of Biscuits" by Hedy West
posted by maurice at 2:22 AM on November 5, 2005

"Jelly Roll Baker" by Lonnie Johnson:

I was sentenced for murder, in the first degree
The judge's wife called up and said: Let that man go free
He's a jelly roll baker, he's got the best jelly roll in town
posted by mochapickle at 3:07 AM on November 5, 2005

Superchunk-The Breadman off of No Pocky For Kitty
posted by OmieWise at 5:28 AM on November 5, 2005

Pantera - Rise

It's time to RISE! RISE!

eh, i thought it was a pretty sweet bread making song, although not quite along the lines of barry white and stevie wonder.
posted by deadmouse at 5:52 AM on November 5, 2005

How about "I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit" (the Mazzy Star version)?
posted by justonegirl at 7:54 AM on November 5, 2005

Also, anything by Ry Cooder.
posted by cloeburner at 8:09 AM on November 5, 2005

Hey, I can heartily recommend the song "Bread" by a band called On! Air! Library!

Not very punny, but a great song. Email me if you want the mp3 of it.
posted by krunk at 11:48 AM on November 5, 2005

There's always "Baking Bread" by Neptune's Car (a contemporary of Pere Ubu in the Cleveland '70s avant-rock scene)... it can be found on the Datapanik in the Year Zero box set. The lyrics do, in some weird fashion, concern the baking of bread.
posted by mykescipark at 2:45 PM on November 5, 2005

Why don't you try typing some of those words into the iTunes Music Store search? You don't need (knead!) to buy them there, but it's a good way of getting artist and song results quickly. Alternatively, you could try

Good luck!
posted by rossination at 3:40 PM on November 5, 2005

A song that is actually about baking break. This is essential:

The Aquabats - The Baker
posted by frankie_stubbs at 11:07 PM on November 6, 2005

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