Free Hot Lunch were one of the zaniest trios to step onto a folk festival stage. Although they were capable of singing serious-minded tunes, including "Home of the Whales" and a harmonious rendition of John Sebastian's "Lovin' You," the group were more at home with tongue-in-jowl, Jimmy Buffett-meets-the Beach Boys ditties, including "Sex in a Volcano," "Sex By Mail" and "Sidewalks on Parade." They joked about a hangover during "I Hate to Wake Up in Nebraska" and wondered how penguins kissed during the title track of their debut album, Penguin Love. Never mind that they were half a continent away from the ocean. Free Hot Lunch, featuring Jeff Berg (guitar, vocals), John Corning (acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and vocals) and Jeff Laramie (guitar, vocals), crafted a fun-filled sound that sounded as though they had sand in their ...
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