Various Artists

Waffle House Jukebox Favorites, Vol. 1

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Only in America could a 24-hour diner serve as inspiration for not merely one song, but an entire CD's worth of selections. Prior to this disc, the solitary place to hear these tracks was actually on Waffle House jukeboxes. The story behind Waffle House Jukebox Favorites, Vol. 1 (1999) starts with the Atlanta, GA-based team of Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, who might best be known for their one-off novelty hit "Pac Man Fever" as well as singer/songwriter Mary Welch, then wife of the establishments co-founder and restauranteur Joe Rogers Sr.. Their initial collaborations were in essence musical adverts for the chain, commencing on the upbeat contemporary country groove of "Waffle House Family -- Part 1." From there, Garcia and Buckner joined forces with additional local and regional talent, creating a small yet significant cache of odes, such as the catchy "844,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger" -- melodically recalling the homespun fable of Charlie Daniels' "Uneasy Rider" -- or the appropriately-titled '50s R&B parody "Waffle Do Wop." Among the other entries of note are the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' influenced "There Are Raisins in My Toast" by Danny Jones, the modern pop and soulful brass-driven "I'm Going Back to the Waffle House," and the Jerry Lee Lewis styled sound-alike "Good Food Fast." Even though the Waffle House System operates more than 1,400 restaurants in 25 states, the CDs are offered only via mail order on their internet site www.wafflehouse.com.

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