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Cook Of The House

Album This song officially appears on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Cook of the House” is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney that was first released on Wings’ 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also released as the B-side to the number 1 single “Silly Love Songs.” The song was included on Linda McCartney’s posthumous 1998 solo album Wide Prairie.

Music and lyrics

Cook of the House” is a “1950s-style rock ‘n’ roll song.” Linda McCartney sings the lead vocal, her first lead vocal performance for Wings. Paul McCartney plays the same double bass Bill Black played on Elvis Presley songs. Other musicians on the song are Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch on guitar and Joe English on drums. Either Thaddeus Richard or Howie Casey plays saxophone. The song opens with the sound of bacon and chips frying in the key of E-flat. This sound effect is the only part of the song recorded in stereo; most of the track is in mono to enhance the retro feel.

Cook of the House” was inspired during the McCartneys’ stay at a rented house in Australia during their 1975 tour, and was written in November of that year. A plaque in the kitchen stated “Wherever I serve my guests, they like my kitchen best,” which inspired some of the lyrics. Most of the remaining lyrics came from the McCartneys looking at the food in the kitchen and listing the items in the song. […]

Reception

Cook of the House” was largely panned by critics. Rolling Stone called the song a “celebration of scatterbrained wife-in-the-kitchen coziness.” Authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter claim that Paul McCartney’s double bass playing is the song’s only redeeming value. Author Robert Rodriguez calls it an “embarrassment,” and author Tim Riley calls it a “feminist’s nightmare.” Paul McCartney biographer Howard Sounes praised the song’s production values but called it a “weak song” which was not sung well. Entertainment Weekly described it as a “simpleminded domestic anthem” and claimed it was “genuinely terrible.” On the other hand, Wings’ guitarist Jimmy McCulloch was happy for Linda’s lead vocal opportunity and considered the song a “tribute to her talent of whipping up a meal in no time.” Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine found the song charming, though acknowledging that it is “awkwardly sung.” Paul McCartney biographer Chris Welch called it “one of the most popular items” on Wings at the Speed of Sound.

Other appearances

Cook of the House” appeared as the B-side of Wings’ 1976 single “Silly Love Songs.” That represented the second time a singer other than Paul McCartney sang the lead vocal on a Wings’ single, the first being Denny Laine’s vocal on “I Lie Around,” the B-side to “Live and Let Die.” Linda also sang “Cook of the House” live on Wings’ 1979 UK tour. “Cook of the House” was included on Linda McCartney’s 1998 posthumous solo album Wide Prairie. The Eastmans covered “Cook of the House” on Love in Song: An Atlanta Tribute to Sir Paul McCartney.

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

Late one night when we were on tour renting a house in Australia, we were looking at one of those plaques found in many kitchens worldwide. “wherever I serve my guests, they like my kitchen best“. This led to the song. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1976 and was included on the Wings album At The Speed of Sound. The noise at the beginning is our chip pan simmering.

Last updated on November 5, 2016

Lyrics

Ground rice, sugar, vinegar, seco salt
macaroni too
Cook of the house
I'm the cook of the house

No matter where I serve my guests
They seem to like the kitchen best
'Cause I'm the cook of the house
Cook of the house

The salad’s in the bowl
The rice is on the stove
Green beans in the colander
And where the rest is
Heaven only knows

Cinnamon, garlic, salt, pepper
Cornbread, curry powder, coffee too
Cook of the house
I'm the cook of the house

No, matter where I serve my guests
They seem to like the kitchen best
'Cause I'm the cook of the house
Cook of the house

And the rest is heaven only knows

Cinnamon, garlic, salt, pepper
Cornbread, curry powder, coffee too
Cook of the house
That's the cook of the house
I'm the cook of the house
She's the cook of the house
No matter where I serve my guests
They seem to like the kitchen best
'Cause I'm the cook of the house
That's cook of the house
Cook of the house
She's the cook of the house
Cook of the house
That's the cook of the house
I'm the cook of the house
Take it fellow

Officially appears on


Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Official album • Released in 1976

2:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Double-bass, Mellotron, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Howie Casey:
Horns
Joe English:
Drums
Thaddeus Richard:
Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Horns

Session Recording:
Feb 04, 1976
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:46 • Studio versionA


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

2:40 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

2:46 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Oobu Joobu Part 4

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

2:28 • Radio show


Oobu Joobu Part 12

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

1:24 • Radio show


Last Flight

Unofficial live • Released in 1998

2:49 • Live

Concert From the concert in Glasgow, United Kingdom on Dec 17, 1979


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:38 • Studio version


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:39 • Studio versionA


Live performances

“Cook Of The House” has been played in 18 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Cook Of The House” has been played


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon







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