SLS: Junk Food Junkie

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Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday theme this week is phoniness and hypocrisy. The best song to illustrate this is, of course, Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street,” but I have a feeling someone else (whose name rhymes with Bandango) will choose it. So I went with this oldie about a guy who puts on a show of being all healthy and stuff in front of others while secretly nomming up Pringles and Ding Dongs. Yep, it’s Larry Groce and his 1976 one-hit wonder “Junk Food Junkie!” I don’t know about you, but I heard this song many times on one of my favorite radio shows “Dr. Demento,” though it received regular airplay as well and actually hit No. 9 for one week on Billboard Hot 100. Larry has been active in the music biz ever since, recording classic children’s songs for Disney and hosting his own radio show on NPR since 1983 (he is 73 years old).

The song is a playful mockery of the health food craze of the 1970s and each line is analyzed here, if you are inclined to do a deep dive into the meaning of the lyrics. Nothing much has changed in 45 years — there are all sorts of new food fads (keto, paleo, fermented foods, probiotics, microgreens, etc.) and yet Twinkies and Fritos still prevail. No one cares too much about sun dried tomatoes or granola these days as we did back when they were trendy, but the Big Mac is available most everywhere. We’ll always need our yummy comfort foods, won’t we? Well, some of us anyway…

Oh yeah, in the daytime I’m Mr. Natural
Just as healthy as I can be
But at night I’m a junk food junkie
Good Lord have pity on me

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14 responses to “SLS: Junk Food Junkie

  1. Always laugh at the line, “…and an old Moon Pie.”
    This got lots of air time in Kansas City.

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  2. Sorry to have disappointed, Paula. You’re right, that Dylan song would have been a great choice if I had thought of “hypocrite,” but Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender” got stuck in my head, and when I realized I already used it for a previous SLS, I remembered the Platters’ “The Great Pretender.” Oh well. Maybe Jim will come up with another theme one day where “Positively 4th Street” will hit the mark.

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  3. Hahahahha!!! I’d forgotten about this gem! It’s GREAT! 😂🤣🤣🤣

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  4. This is the first time I heard this song Paula and it is very enjoyable. I wish that for just one time you and Fandango could stand inside my shoes and see how many prompts we had where you could have used Positively 4th Street as a song. As always, I am open to any suggestions that you come up with for future themes.

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  5. April 3rd is a Sunday and I was thinking about making the prompt Clive Davis for that day, as he will be 90 the day after and you could pick any song by any group that he was associated with.

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  6. I haven’t heard this in forever!! Thank you!💕Excellent choice!🎶💃🏼🥳

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  7. This was new to me Paula. Good one! 🤣. PS. I have used Positively 4th Street twice for different prompts! Jim’s right, we could use it for everything maybe 🤣🤣

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  8. Hahaha, really funny lyrics! Great choice!

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