The Rock’n’Roll London Walk lends a hand with The D.C’s Best Chips In London debate with a Spotify playlist entitled Fish & Chips & Rock’n’Roll…
Fit But You Know It – The Streets (2004)
A kitchen sink drama set in a chip shop at closing time. Our broke (and more-than-slightly drink-addled) protagonist falls in lust with a girl in a chip shop queue despite the fact that she is, in our hero’s opinion, a little too full of herself. But in the time it takes for the narrator to count out his change, a smarmy white-shirted man swoops in and steals the gal. Mike Skinner’s lyric is bleakly hilarious.
Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured – Arctic Monkeys (2006)
Carry out food and finding a cab among the debris of a night out from Sheffield’s finest.
There’s A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis – Kirsty MacColl (1981)
The title itself is worthy of a Grammy. Only an artist the calibre of Kirsty MacColl could live up to, and indeed surpass such a great title. A country-flavoured modern classic.
Fish’n’Chip Paper – Elvis Costello (1981)
Eloquent rage from the Trust album.
Jilted John – Jilted John (1978)
Pop-punk classic commonly referred to by its hook line of Gordon Is A Moron, contains the immortal line,“I was so upset that I cried all the way to the chip shop”.
Any other suggestions? NB we will NOT be accepting Rock and a Hard Plaice by The Rolling Stones, thanks for asking.
In the meantime, here’s our own Rock’n’Roll London video…
POST UPDATED 3/6/16
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