SONGS ABOUT SECRET VICES

Vice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Sex isn’t a vice, but bonking your best friend’s partner might be. Drinking isn’t a vice, but drinking from bottles that you’ve hidden in the back of the wardrobe possibly is. So, for the purpose of this week’s playlist,  its only a vice if a certain amount of secrecy or shame is attached to it.

So what do you think Doris Day was really singing about in our opening song, SECRET LOVE? Recorded in the ultra-conservative mid 1950’s, and knowing what we think we now do about Doris, could it possibly be  about the love that dare not speak its name? When she declares “My secret isn’t secret any more” she suddenly appears way more interesting than her wholesome image would have us believe.

Mary Gauthier confesses to taking after her alcoholic Dad on I DRINK. And while we’re on the subject of Daddys, Ray Davies call to ‘Come to Daddy’ has a very creepy subtext on the otherwise quite beautiful ART LOVER.

Prince’s SISTER is a 30-year old song about incest that still has the ability to shock. Another unnerving confessional was supplied by Anthony Hegarty, of Anthony & The Johnsons. He sings about his violent lover with incredible sweetness on FISTFUL OF LOVE.  The sting of a secret vice is unmistakable in lines such as, “I feel your fists, and I know it’s out of love.”

I’M LIVING IN SHAME sings Diana Ross and the Supremes, while Marvin Gaye’s admits that there’s something extra-curricular going on between him AND MRS JONES.

Nina Simone has some advice about FORBIDDEN FRUIT: “Go on and taste it, you don’t want to waste it”. The Kinks know exactly what she’s talking about on their huge hit about transgender love, LOLA.

The Go-Betweens’ song STREETS OF YOUR TOWN is a beautiful tale of small-town romance undercut with the revelation that even this seemingly perfect place is actually “a town full of battered wives”.

The Prodigy  admit to a little pyromania on FIRESTARTER:

And the Strangers submitted their quintessential song about perving at the beach – PEACHES:

We finished the show with a couple of very non-offensive pop songs. Kate Ceberano admits YOUNG BOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS. Is that a bad thing? Surely not.  Jill Sobule also owns up: She’s KISSED A GIRL, and she just may do it again. Shock horror! Released in 1995, way before whats her name’s version.


Next week I’m going to dedicate the show to SONGS ABOUT CRITTERS and I’m looking for songs about unusual animals, not just your cats and dogs. Film director Mark Lewis has sent me a recording of Tim Finn singing ‘Cane Toad Blues’ so that gives you an idea of the kind of thing I’m after.

And just a reminder that BayFM is hosting the premiere of Cane Toads: The Conquest in 3D on Wednesday June 1, 7pm at the Dendy Cinema in Byron Bay. It’s a benefit for BayFM with a party after at The Owl & Pussy Cat included in the price. If you’re a BayFM Subscriber that’s only $20. Get to the cinema now to pick up your tickets!

Here’s the complete playlist:

Secret Love - Doris Day, Ray Heindorf And His Orchestra
I Drink	- Mary Gauthier
Art Lover - The Kinks
Sister - Prince
Fistful of Love	- Antony & The Johnsons
I'm Living In Shame - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Me and Mrs. Jones - Marvin Gaye
Lola - The Kinks
Forbidden Fruit - Nina Simone
Streets Of Your Town - The Go-Betweens
Firestarter - The Prodigy
Peaches - The Stranglers
I Kissed A Girl - Jill Sobule
Young Boys Are My Weakness (Brave Album Version) - Kate Ceberano

Next week:  SONGS ABOUT CRITTERS

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park on BayFM at the new time of Mondays 1–2pm, Sydney time
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About Lyn McCarthy

Lyn presents a weekly radio show at BayFM 99.9 in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Australia, Australian music, Broadcasting and media, community radio, Funk, general, jazz, Motown, music, music - nostalgia, music, blues, music, country, music, r&b, music, soul, New Wave, pop, Radio Program, rock, Songs about Secret Vices, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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