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Diner Jukebox

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12:23 a.m. July 15

The Lite House is too crowded.
The Golden Apple is too far.
Mickey's Diner in St. Paul is a good call, but when does the train leave?

Its hot. Chicago Avenue is sizzling like bacon.
Its quiet.
Even the cats in the alley aren't screeching.

You can hear the dream jukebox from a distant diner:

1. Diner, Martin Sexton
2. Eggs and Sausage, Tom Waits
3. A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird, Louis Jordan
4. Don't Put Ketchup On My Toast Bread, Park Central Squares (Springfield, Mo.)
5. Do Fries Go With That Shake?, George Clinton
6. Pass The Peas, J.B.'s
7. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, John Mellencamp
8. Red's, The Morells (Springfield, Mo.)
9. Cheeseburger In Paradise, Jimmy Buffett
10. Hot Dog, That Made Him Mad, Wanda Jackson (but Carolyn Mark's version is pretty hot..Bloodshot)
11. It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
12. Raindrops In My Coffee, Sexsmith & Kerr
13. The Ghosts of Saturday Night, Tom Waits
14. No Free Lunch, Green On Red
15. Rib Tips (Parts 1 & 2), Andre Williams & His Orchestra
16. Black Coffee, Bobby Darin
17. Sugar Town, Nancy Sinatra
18. Stir It Up, Johnny Nash
19. Jelly, Jelly, Doc Pomus
20. Sugar, Sugar, Wilson Pickett
21. Polk Salad Annie, Tony Joe White
22. Mama Had A Stove, Stan Ridgway

What are we missing?

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eggs, Martin Mull
Cruisin for Burgers, F. Zappa
savoy truffle, Beatles

Savoy Truffle, excellent call...Dave

I heard you yesterday on WCKG, with. I enjoyed it very much, and will now look at your online suntimes posts. great knowledge and energy, keep it up.

Thank you.
I will try to write travel stuff even when I'm not going anywhere.....Dave

grits ain't groceries wet willie

Or by Little Milton.....Dave

How 'bout "Red Beans and Rice", by Booker T. and the MG's?

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Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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