Nowadays, selling musical compilations is becoming de rigueur for restaurant chains seeking hip cred and boomer bucks. Starbucks was one of the first to offer designer CDs of jazz, folk, and pop to its customers; the House of Blues and the Hard Rock Cafe have followed suit with their own series of blues and classic-rock releases. But the clearest indicator of where this trend is going may be the collections of songs from Disney movies recently sold exclusively at McDonald’s. Now that someone has realized the fast-food crowd listens to music, too, how long can it be before we see the following albums for sale at our fave eateries?
TACO BELL Compilation: Flying Burritos, Brother!: 10 Tex-Mex Heartburners Musical Contents: Jumped-up south-of-the-border rock Representative tracks: ”She’s About a Mover,” Sir Douglas Quintet; ”Jalapeno con Big Red,” Joe ”King” Carrasco and El Molino
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES Compilation: Pass the Syrup: Everybody’s Got a Hungry Heart Musical contents: Schmaltzy songs that conflate hunger with romance or lust Representative tracks: ”Taste of Honey,” Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass; ”Hungry Like the Wolf,” Duran Duran
RED LOBSTER Compilation: Sea Breezes: What’s That Smell Like Fish, Oh, Baby? Musical contents: Toe-tappin’ tunes for fish fanciers Representative tracks: ”Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food, Mama),” Fats Waller; ”Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
WENDY’S Compilation: Daddy’s Home: How’s My Little Girl? Musical contents: Squeaky-clean declarations of love, especially of the father-for-his-daughter variety Representative tracks: ”Wendy,” the Beach Boys; ”Butterfly Kisses,” Bob Carlisle
WHITE CASTLE Compilation: Scarf ‘Em All: Hard Rock for Harder Stomachs Musical contents: Punishing riffology for adolescents whose idea of a balanced meal is a bagful of belly bombs Representative tracks: ”Sick As a Dog,” Aerosmith; ”I Don’t Need No Doctor,” Humble Pie