Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Danny's Bar-B-Que

How refreshing to come across a souvenir from Suicidefood World that requires so little analysis.

There is a pig. The pig is squirting barbecue sauce ("great" sauce) on himself. The pig is in a fire. The pig is happy, almost defiantly so. There. The End.

This might be the clearest and cleanest example of Suicide Food we have seen yet. Well done, Danny's Bar-B-Que, of wherever-the-hell-Danny's-is, USA!

The pig is burning himself alive, but all he's aware of is his pride at being "lean," and how tangy is the sauce that will soon lock in his flavor. If you doubt the twisted obscenity of the Complicit Animal, look upon Danny's pig here and know that a vicious power is at work.

23 comments:

Noah said...

Danny's BBQ has a few locations in the Research Triangle area or North Carolina (Durham and Cary, specifically). The Durham location is located about a half mile from IBM, Cisco, GSK, Lenovo, and about 20,000 other IT workers. Imagine the crowd.

Anonymous said...

Yes, during lunchtime (the only time Danny's in RTP is open) can be quite large, but somehow they manage to handle the flow pretty well. THe food is quite good, too!

Richard Koehler said...

Pigs that want you to eat them are a well studied philosphical problem. I would refer you to the treatment given in The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher.

I will admit that the only thing that would stop me from eating an animal, even if depicted as wanting to be eaten as in your website collection, is if they came up to me an spoke and said they wanted to be eaten. Creepy.

Tony Mora said...

Awesome site. I actually blog about something similar. I take pictures of murals around Los Angeles of carnicerias, or Mexican meat markets that have some images like these. http://sobaditsgood.blogspot.com/

Stratoblogster said...

Congrats being featured at Neatorama!
Great Blog! There's no lack of material out there for you.

the.gentleman said...

to author of blog:

i saw a dairy queen commercial for popcorn shrimp where two shrimp we're in the ocean eating the popcorn shrimp and talking about how good it it then realized they were eating someone they knew and screamed. it's actually a horrifying commercial, but I guess it's supposed to be funny. you should try and find it and put it on here. i think it's dairy queen.

Anonymous said...

Danny's BBQ is based out of Cary, North Carolina. Very tasty, they make great smoked turkey/ham as well and their hush puppies are top notch.

C. said...

I live about a mile from this place and it's pretty fantastic food. There are days when it is standing room only. While I admit the logo may be offensive to some, if my pet pig was being turned into dinner, I'd want Danny's to it!

Anonymous said...

I must also give some props to Danny's - I've been a Cary resident for 12 years and they have operated a great business for the entirety of my stay. The irony of their mascot has not escaped me, yet honestly I never figured it was unique enough to garner attention as an Internet Curiosity.

NinJA999 said...

Reminds me of the meat at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

Dave said...

I've got to agree w/ anonymous. Wouldn't have realized suicide food wasn't common. Every other BBQ joint here in NC seems to be pig eating portions of themselves or other, with even higher density in the Mountains.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I am not the only one who thinks that this sort of adverstising -- suicide food -- is disturbing. I remember a particularly gross milk commercial years ago where the cows were gleefully drinking there own milk.
Interesting site. Keep at it.

thos said...

best laugh i had all day.

thanks.

Anonymous said...

What's the problem anyway? Animals eat each other all the time, why shouldn't we?

Anonymous said...

Mmm, Dannys.

It's delicious.

I'm one of those 20,000 IT workers in the RTP area and I eat at Danny's every week or so.

In fact, we've had conversations at lunch about the suicidal pig on more than one occasion.

Anonymous said...

Check out metropolitan poultry logo--a bull, lobster, and a chicken all hanging out together.
http://www.metropoultry.com/metropoultry/index.php

Anonymous said...

4 nooses indeed! That sh*t says "LEAN meat" on there. Who could eat LEAN bbq and wake up in the morning without feeling dirty?! It defies the very purpose!

I just threw up in my mouth thinking about it.

Rick said...

< cartman>
ok, seriously you guys, ok, seriously, is this uh for real?
< /cartman>

Anonymous said...

I got a good laugh at this site... it's awesome!
Thanks for your hard work to bring this to the world! :)

SamFromUtah said...

I'm always happy to read about Quisling Animals - they are a pretty bizarre phenomenon, when you step back and think about it.

This site has a collection of BBQ restaurant signs and commentary similar to yours, though more sympathetic to the barbecue enterprise. It's a laugh.

Anonymous said...

Try this page for a selection of Suicide Food video! (Valleydale Foods commercials featuring singing pigs.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more - James Lileks' Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots has a couple of good suicide food mascots in, both animal and vegetable.

Bitter Scribe said...

Weren't there characters in L'il Abner that went around demanding to be eaten? They were called Schmoos, or something like that, and IIRC, they were so desperate to be eaten that they would die from sheer happiness if you even looked at them hungrily.

L'il Abner. I guess that strip had some chops once upon a time, but when I was growing up it was just a seething cauldron of Al Capp's right-wing obsessions.