July is national ice cream month, and with temperatures rising all around the country, it is indeed the perfect time of year to indulge in a cold double scoop. It seems that this cool treat also makes musicians mighty hot, as many of rock’s greatest songs about ice cream and other assorted frozen treats are rife with sweet (and sexy) double entendres.
Ice Cream Man - Tom Waits
In this bluesy, piano-laced, old school ditty, Tom Waits promises that “I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five/ sidewalk sundae strawberry surprise/ I got a cherry popsicle right on time/ big stick, mamma, that'll blow your mind.” We don’t think he’s referring to a classic chocolate and peanut covered Drumstick, although we could be wrong.
Popsicle – Talking Heads
An ode to ice cream’s frozen sweet treat sibling the popsicle, this Talking Heads track gets fresh with lyrics like “Popsicle of love/ gimme gimme gimme one of those/ It's summertime, boy!” These exaltations are innocent enough, until singer David Byrne follows up with “I'm taking off my clothes, honey honey honey don't let go.” Does he mean don’t let go of the popsicle?
Sarah Maclachlan – Ice Cream
The sweetest song of the bunch comes from songstress Sarah Maclachlan, who sings “your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried.” It must be some good love.
Ice Cream Man - Van Halen
In keeping with the thinly veiled ice cream analogies, Van Halen bon vivant David Lee Roth promises that “If you let me cool ya one time, you’ll be my regular stop” in this 1978 VH hit. Diamond Dave also wails that “All of his flavors are guaranteed to satisfy,” although we assume he doesn’t deal much in vanilla.
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