“Happy on the Grill” was written by Peter Ivers, a buddy of Robert Hoffman’s at Harvard who was murdered in 1983. Here’s his memoriam website, with another Ivers tune to listen to. (Thanks to the FrontBurnervian friend of Ivers for the info and the link.) From the site:
Ivers majored in classics at Harvard, knew Latin and Greek, and could write Sanskrit, but that was just one of his personas. He was also a virtuoso blues harmonica player; a black belt in karate; a Yoga master who meditated up to two hours a day; the host of a national cable TV show devoted to New Wave music; an experimental video producer; a composer who had to his credit perhaps 100 songs, three albums and scores for a dozen films and shows; and a performer who had played avant-garde jazz at Lincoln Center and once served as the opening act for Fleetwood Mac.
No wonder he and Robert were buddies.