Here are three songs with ‘coffee’ in the title. The first is a Bob Dylan one, ‘One More Cup of Coffee’, from the Mexican-flavoured Desire album, released in the mid-seventies during his second creative peak. Bizarrely, the Dylan version isn’t available on YouTube, but this one by the White Stripes is pretty good … it doesn’t have Scarlet Rivera’s violin or Emmylou’s harmonies, but it retains a touch of Mexican mystery.
Next up is ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ by Squeeze – a bunch of young (then) East London kids that The Bulletin liked – he used to go to see Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook playing in a pub. This one is dedicated to him.
I don’t think any British band apart from The Beatles and (possibly) The Kinks has been as good with a melody as Squeeze. It’s a late one from the band, and one of their best, I think. Real early eighties music.
Finally, something of an oddity … a Bob Marley track that isn’t reggae, but ska – ‘One Cup of Coffee’. This is from the early sixties – my son, a huge Marley fan, introduced me to it. It’s irresistibly catchy.