Burgers as conformity, 2019
September 12, 2019 10:17 AM   Subscribe

She Bop hit hard in the '80s, and Down At McDonnelzzz hit hard in the aughts, but what are the other music videos (or cultural references) where hamburgers were strongly linked with non-deviant societal conformity?
posted by I EAT TAPAS to Human Relations (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
"What We Do" by DEVO had this a bit

"Feeding and breeding
And pumping gas
Cheeseburger, cheeseburger
Do it again"
(with appropriate visuals in the backing video)

Gang of Four's "Cheeseburger" as well:

"I’m at the wheel of the company truck
On the road and all alone
Sometimes I think money is my only goal
It makes me sad
Work on up another four miles
Coffee fries and a cheeseburger"
posted by SansPoint at 10:29 AM on September 12, 2019 [4 favorites]

Fake history (but about cheeseburgers and funny, so I'm counting it):

Yacht Rock Episode 3Kenny Loggins vs Jimmy Buffett, where Buffett is trying to make a movie called Ceezeburgers R Good) and needs a pop rock hit song written by Kenny Loggins to make his movie a hit.

If I stretch 'hamburgers' a bit to 'sandwich', former Dire Straights frontman Mark Knopffler had a song called 'Cornedbeef City' from a few years ago about exactly this topic.
posted by The_Vegetables at 11:13 AM on September 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

Look, I love Yacht Rock, and other postmodern expressions of neo-sincere irony, but I'll be damned if I see a single hamburger in that video you linked, The_Vegetables.
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 11:30 AM on September 12, 2019

Does this count? From Bill and Ted's classmate's history presentation:
"While in her day Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake', perhaps today she'd say, 'Let them eat fast food'."
posted by jozxyqk at 11:32 AM on September 12, 2019

This doesn't exactly meet your criteria, and it's hella-grisly, but the image of compliant British schoolchildren being marched into the meat grinder in Pink Floyd's The Wall seems relevant.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 1:09 PM on September 12, 2019

Fast Times at Ridgemont High?
posted by nkknkk at 1:14 PM on September 12, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doublemeat Palace, season 6 episode 12.
posted by Dwardles at 1:53 PM on September 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

In Valley Girl, Julie eats burgers and fries when she's with Tommy (her white-bread valley dude boyfriend). But when she's with Randy (the punk Hollywood guy), they would never be that mainstream. OK, maybe it's a stretch; the only thing I remember them eating is a piece of pie (lemon meringue?). But I would picture the burgers and fries as a symbol of conforming to societal norms to fit in with her friends.
posted by mefireader at 1:58 PM on September 12, 2019

Van Halen, "Everybody Wants Some!!" in Better Off Dead
Wait, that might be a little deviant. It's still awesome, though.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:06 PM on September 12, 2019 [6 favorites]

from Mad Men:
Don, Peggy, and Pete at Burger Chef modeling Don's work family
Don and Megan at Howard Johnson's

ZZ Top, "Burger Man"

Lyle Lovett has a whole song about ordering a cheeseburger (spoiler!)

John Mellencamp, "Hotdogs and Hamburgers"
Now everybody has got the choice
Between hotdogs and hamburgers
Every one of us has got to choose
Between right and wrong
And givin' up or holdin' on
posted by kirkaracha at 3:37 PM on September 12, 2019

He bought the American dream but it put him in debt
The only game he could play was Russian roulette
He drank Coca-Cola, he was eating Wonder Bread,
Ate Burger Kings, he was well fed
-- Bob Dylan, "Clean Cut Kid"

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder
-- The Smiths, "Meat is Murder"
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:49 PM on September 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

Wait, that might be a little deviant.

I came here to post the fate of Lane Meyer as well, I think it fits the question fine. Lane gets a stupid boring job at Pig Burger and he's already daydreaming before the boss has left the building.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:50 AM on September 13, 2019

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