Caffeine Jolt: Top 6 Coffee Rockers

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coffeeAs I sit here talking sips from my coffee mug it hits me: why not go for a rocking ode to coffee? It has been praised by more than a few bands in our day. Everyone drinks it, and it’s a legal stimulant that can help wake a rocker up—aside from any other unmentionables. Now I know there are a few other songs about coffee — tracks by Old Blue Eyes, Bob Marley, Squeeze, Todd Rundgren, and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. There are the songs that I’ve deemed fit to act as the much needed burst of espresso. So any way you take it — black, one cream two sugars, or two cream — just sit back, relax, and take a sip from the Rock Nuts mug to help you get your day started.

The Guess Who – “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”

While the Randy Bachman (also of Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame) and Burton Cummings-penned “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” has the lonely allusions to sugarless coffee and tea, it had to be included. Paired up as the b-side for “American Woman” only as “No Sugar Tonight,” this features some of my favorite hooks and vocals ever delivered by The Guess Who.

Blur – “Coffee And T.V.”

Blur coujure up a Brit-Pop jaunt to theme “Coffee And T.V.,” which also happens to be written and sung by guitarist Graham Coxon. Just as charming as the song, the music video follows the misadventures of a carton of milk. With a “MISSING” picture of Coxon on the side, the carton of milk must brave the wilds in order to return Coxon to his family.

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Uncle Tupelo – “Truck Driving Man”

While the songs doesn’t feature coffee in the title, it does make you want to brave the long haul to the nearest roadhouse for some of that caffeinated black goodness. Featured on the 2003 CD reissue of final album Anodyne as a bonus track, “Truck Driving Man” is a cover of the song written by Terry Fell.

The White Stripes – “One More Cup of Coffee”

One of my favorite songs about coffee, “One More Cup of Coffee” was originally written/composed and performed by Bob Dylan on his 1976 album Desire. Showing up on The White Stripes’ self titled, 1999 album, the song holds the same tone as the Dylan song, however it plays to the stripped down strengths that The White Stripes are know for.

The Descendents – “Coffee Mug”

The most fun song on this list. Close to the time it takes to pour a perfect shot of espresso, “Coffee Mug” clocks in at 35 seconds. The Descendents make it known that “I don’t need no booze or drugs/I just chug-a-lug o my coffee mug.” It has to be the most punk song about coffee I’ve ever heard.

Humble Pie – “Black Coffee”

I thought it was originally a cover of the Ella Fitzgerald song of the same name, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. When you serve a cup of “Black Coffee” with your Humble Pie you get a fantastic combination of soul and blues — delicious.

Photo credit: By Julius Schorzman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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