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Diner Jukebox

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?