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SWEETS: luscious lollipops, creamy cakes and pies, rich, dark chocolate and sticky toffees. Don’t pretend that these words don’t fill your mind with naughty thoughts. Yes, everyone knows that when songwriters come over all sweet it can only mean one thing, its “sexy time’.

You may be pleased to know that not all the songs on our playlist were about carnal delights. Having said that, we started the show with Bow Wow Wow’s cover of the Strangeloves I WANT CANDY. There is no doubting the sexual nature of this little ditty. “Candy on the beach, there’s nothing better.” “Someday soon I’ll make him mine and then I’ll have candy all the time.” Come on!

Nina Simone is hanging out for some more of something, and I don’t think its sugar, despite what she sings on the classic Blues track SUGAR IN MY BOWL. Big Maybelle is equally audacious. She reckons her man is just a nice piece of  CANDY.

I’ve definitely got a sweet tooth and, so, I was ecstatic to have Jackie and Renee from Brown Betty’s Bakery into the studio to tell us about their boutique business and to giveaway some mouth-watering goodies. I love Brown Betty’s, not just because they have the best baked goods out, but they really know how to work a theme. It’s 50’s retro:  the girls dress the part, the cakes look and taste delicious. During the show we gave away one of their specialties, the whoopie pie. It’s made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake (usually chocolate), with a sweet creamy frosting sandwiched between them. It’s an American Amish tradition. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as ‘hucklebucks’ at the time) and put them in farmers’ lunchboxes. When farmers would find these treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!” How cute is that.

Just for Jackie and Renee I played Dinah Washington’s version of MAKIN WHOOPEE, a case of a song that reverses my premise that all songs about sweet things are really about sex. This is just a song about sex, pure and simple. We followed with the Godfather of funk, Mr James Brown, and a song about another of my favourite treats. The song is called MOTHER POPCORN.

SEX AND CANDY, by Marcy Playground, is a track that doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. No room for innuendo, no sirree. The Four Tops gave us something a little less suspicious:  I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH). This is just one of those songs that puts a smile on your face. And you’ve got to love that.

Iggy Pop has this knack of dueting with the best people. On the track CANDY, he does it again, this time with Kate Pierson from the B-52s.

I try to play a couple of pieces of instrumental in each show, usually as background when we do Community Service Announcements or the local Gig Guide. The two I chose this week were perfect:  First up, Al Hirt with COTTON CANDY, known here in Australia as Fairy Floss. And, of course,  Hot Butter with POPCORN. With the latter, I swear I could not only hear the sound of popcorn popping, I could almost smell it. Mmmmmmm.

I was feeling an insulin rush coming on, so it was time for a little bit of Blues. MY COUNTRY SUGAR MAMA from Howlin’ Wolf was a perfect antidote. He was a big influence on the Rolling Stones so BROWN SUGAR, the opening track on the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers, was a perfect follow up. Seemingly about a favourite sweetener, BROWN SUGAR boasts some scandalous lyrics.  It’s essentially a mix of a number of taboo subjects, including interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape, sadomasochism, lost virginity and heroin.

That reminds me, I’ll be joining the Midnight Ramblers this Saturday night between midnight and dawn to help present the Rolling Stones All Nighter. So make sure all you night owls tune in then. Should be fun.

And talking of fun, next up it was a couple of guilty pleasures: Spinal Tap with CUPS AND CAKES and then a childhood hero of mine, The Cookie Monster: “What else starts with C. Who cares! C IS FOR COOKIE.

We followed with a French pop song LES SUCETTES. In English that’s LOLLIPOPS. It was written by Serge Gainsbourg and recorded by an 18 year old France Gall in 1966. On the surface, LES SUCETTES is a pleasant children’s song about a girl who likes aniseed-flavoured lollipops. But Gainsbourg’s lyrics are full of playful double meanings referring to oral sex, which Gall says she simply didn’t understand at the time. Well she was 18 and it was 1966. Naughty Serge!

Call me naive, but I like to think that the next song we played really is innocent. It’s Mille Small’s MY BOY LOLLIPOP. We paired that with the antithesis of innocent: Madonna, with some help from Pharrell, claiming that she’s a one-stop CANDY SHOP. I, for one, believe her.

If you’re looking for a real sugar hit you can’t go past Aqua with CANDYMAN, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs with SUGAR SHACK or The Undertones with MARS BARS. Christina Aguilera broke things up somewhat with her rendition of CANDYMAN and then it back to more bubblegum pop with Mika singing LOLLIPOP. Cute animation in this clip at least:

Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers play with my head, in a good way. Certainly the track ICE CREAM MAN seems to be designed to make radio presenters pay attention. It has at last 4 or 5 false endings, but I’m proud to say he didn’t fool me!

All this frivolity needed some tempering. So it was quite a beautiful song, from the very tasty Paolo Nutini, pleading for some CANDY, that did the trick.

The always brilliant Tom Waites contributed CHOCOLATE JESUS and then it was one for all my loyal listeners who have been asking me why I don’t play Roy Orbison, at least as regularly as I used to. Yes, very remiss of me. To fill the void, I chose CANDY MAN. We followed with The Beatles and SAVOY TRUFFLE, a song written by George Harrison about Eric Clapton’s huge sweet tooth.

We closed the show with a a song about a guy whose all upset ’cause “someone left the cake out in the rain.” “He just can’t take it cause it took so long to make it and he’ll never have that recipe again.” Sounds like a bad night on Masterchef doesn’t it? No, it’s MACARTHUR PARK written by the great Jimmy Webb and sung by esteemed actor Richard Harris.

Thanks to Renee and Jackie from Brown Betty’s Bakery for the giveaway of the Whoopee Pies and to everyone who contacted me during the week to say how much they enjoyed last week’s show on UNLIKELEY COVERS.

My sister is having a birthday next Tuesday, so to celebrate, the show next week will be on SISTERS AND BROTHERS. Love to hear from you with your suggestions.

Here’s this week’s full playlist:

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

Sugar In My Bowl – Live And Kickin’, Nina Simone

Candy – Candy Disc 1, Big Maybelle

Makin’ Whoopee – The Very Best Of Dinah Washington

Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1 – 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!, James Brown

Sex And Candy – Marcy Playground

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops

Candy (with Kate Pierson of B-52s) – Iggy Pop

Cotton Candy – Al Hirt

Sugar, Sugar – Billboard Top 100 Of 1969, The Archies

My Country Sugar Mama – The Real Folk Blues-More Real, Howlin’ Wolf

Brown Sugar – Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 [Disc 2], The Rolling Stones

Cups And Cakes – This Is Spinal Tap, Spinal Tap

C is for Cookie – The Cookie Monster

Les Sucettes – France Galle

My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small

Candy Shop – Hard Candy, Madonna

Candyman – Aqua, Aqua

Sugar Shack – Rock’n’Roll Love Songs, Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

Mars Bars – The Best Of: Teenage Kicks, The Undertones

Candy Man – Back To Basics, Christina Aguilera

Lollipop – Life In Cartoon Motion, Mika

Popcorn – Hot Butter

Ice Cream Man – Best of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, The Modern Lovers

Candy – Paolo Nutini

Chocolate Jesus – Tom Waits

Candy Man – The Essential Roy Orbison (Disc 1), Roy Orbison

Savoy Truffle – The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2], The Beatles

MacArthur Park – His Greatest Performances, Richard Harris

Next week: SISTERS & BROTHERS

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park on BayFM, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Sydney time

Also streaming on http://www.bayfm.org

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SHOES

Hello thrillseekers! One of my regular listeners contacted me to say that after tuning into the show each week they felt as if they had been on a rollercoaster. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a compliment but, hey, it’s not called imagesTheme Park for nothing!! What I love about a program that investigates a different  theme each week is that it necessitates me listening to music that I wouldn’t have otherwise.  This week’s show did that for me with all kinds of songs about shoes – from sneakers to high heels, boots and shoes of every colour. But, more importantly, it took me on a musical trip that stretched from jazz and blues right through to hip-hop – and I loved every minute of it. So, this is how this week’s ride went:

We opened the show with BETTY LOU’S GOT A NEW PAIR OF SHOES by John Caferty & The Beaver Brown Band. They played the music on the Eddie and the Cruisers film soundtrack. I don’t think it was a great movie but the soundtrack did very well. And then it was one of my favourite tracks of the show: Kirsty McColl with IN THESE SHOES?  Kirsty sadly passed away in a controversial accident a few years ago. Here she is appearing on a UK television program in 2000.  

Some great funk followed with STEPPIN IN HER I. MILLER SHOES from Betty Davis, (ex wife of Miles Davis). Now if you haven’t heard of the I. Miller Shoe Company let me enlighten you. Israel Miller started his 20040107-tsq-shoecareer as a designer and maker of shoes for the theatrical profession in New York. The I. Miller Shoe Company took over a large building in Times Square that he had remodelled in 1926 with decorative sculptures on the building’s façade. The building was a tribute to the theatrical profession with statues depicting Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller and Mary Pickford. The store’s slogan, (and I love this), was “The Show Folks Shoe Shop Dedicated to Beauty in Footware.” Another tidbit: In the mid 1950’s the I. Miller Shoe Company hired artist Andy Warhol on a retainer as their chief illustrator. You can still find examples of their shoes for sale on sites such as E-Bay and they, and the catalogues, are highly sought after. 

Adam Ant sang GOODY TWO SHOES: “don’t drink, don’t smoke, goody, goody two shoes”. My guess is that Adam Ant is miles away from being a ‘goody two shoes’ but that’s what makes the song so memorable I guess. Check out this wonderfully kitch clip from the Solid Gold TV show of 1982. Ten points to Adam for the dance moves.

The Gorillaz impressed with GET THE COOL SHOE SHINE and then it was NEW SHOES by the very gorgeous Paolo Nutini from his 2007 album, These Streets: “Hey, I put some new shoes on,
 And suddenly everything is right, 
I said, hey, I put some new shoes on and everybody’s smiling, 
It’s so inviting…”. Yes, Paolo I couldn’t agree more. Buying a new pair of shoes is the answer to all the world’s problems. Well, it’s as good a theory, as any, for being a shoe-a-holic, so I’ll stick with it. Here he is performing the song live at Bush Studios in the UK. Very talented…. and good looking too, which can’t hurt.

One of the defining tracks of Acid Rock was Traffic’s HOLE IN MY SHOE, so that got a play. And then it was time for some Blues and you can’t get better than Ruthie Foster singing DEATH CAME A-KNOCKIN’ (TRAVELLIN’ SHOES), Joe South & the Believers with the classic, WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES and Bobby Blue Bland with TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES.

VLR_200My discovery this week was an album called Van Lear Rose. This was a collaboration between Loretta Lynn and Jack White of the White Stripes. It’s a Grammy award-winning album that was intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of Lynn and White. The title refers to Lynn’s origins as the daughter of a miner working the Van Lear coal-mines. Until this week I have to confess that I hadn’t heard of the album but I am now a big fan. I played LITTLE RED SHOES – an outstanding track spoken, not sung, by Lynn. Amazing.

A very young Roy Orbison covered Carl Perkins’ BLUE SUEDE SHOES with his band, The Teen Kings, and then Robert Parker cranked out a hit from the 60s called BAREFOOTIN’. Graham Parker and The Rumour appear to know all about SOUL SHOES and the Presidents of the United States have a thing for PUFFY LITTLE SHOES, whatever they are….

I’m a big R&B fan and adore Chuck Willis’ rendition of HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES and Tommy Tucker’s HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS, so they had to make the list. And then Patti Griffin dedicated her song, BURGUNDY SHOES, to her Mother. We followed that with the Jenny Lewis track LET MY SHOES LEAD ME FORWARD from her terrific 2005 album Love and Youth. Here’s the clip, an animation, featuring 500 pairs of shoes. It was directed by Johannes Nyholm, Perisak Snalls and Andreas Nilsson. Brilliant fun.

I’m a new convert to Hip-Hop, (let’s face it, its not my era!) but when Rapper Slug from Atmosphere sings: “Those are your shoes, these are my shoes, we’ve got issues”, it does speak to me.  Yes, we all know that the right or wrong shoe can define a relationship. The song’s name?   SHOES (of course).

I couldn’t omit the fabulous Nancy Sinatra from the list and THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING brought back lots of memories. And it was great to discover that MAXWELL SMART is still talking into his shoe-phone when we played a nice little extract from Get Smart.

Ella Fitzgerald contributed the very cute GOTTA PEBBLE IN MY SHOE, Paul Kelly told us that YOU CAN PUT YOUR SHOES UNDER MY BED, (I bet he says that to all the girls), and the very lovely Katie Melua sang a great ballad – BLUE SHOES.

Steely Dan’s song  BAD SNEAKERS is just as much about Pina Coladas as it is about shoes. Elvis Costello, apparently,  is into RED SHOES. Here’s the Buddy Holly look-alike belting out RED SHOES on Top of the Pops in 1977. Loving the comments superimposed towards the end of the song. Take a look.

The Disco era wouldn’t have been complete without our last song this week: KC and the Sunshine Band with BOOGIE SHOES. A suitably upbeat finale that had us all up dancing.

Here’s the complete playlist:

Betty Lou’s Got A New Pair Of Shoes 1:41 John Caferty & The Beaver Brown Band Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack Pop/R&B 6 6/06/09 8:46 PM
In These Shoes? 3:42 Kirsty McColl Tropical Brainstorm [UK] Alternative 13 6/06/09 8:34 PM
Two Shoes 5:08 The Cat Empire Two Shoes (2005) Indie Ska/Jazz… 5 6/06/09 10:52 AM
Steppin In Her I Miller Shoes 2:57 Betty Davis (ex of Miles Davis) Betty Davis (1973) Funk 11 6/06/09 8:34 PM
Walk In My Shoes Feat Lupe Fiasco 3:30 Emily King Hip Hop 4 6/06/09 11:00 AM
mr bowling shoe giver outer 0:37 Clip 5 6/06/09 11:02 AM
Goody Two Shoes 3:30 Adam Ant Pop 6 6/06/09 11:13 AM
Let’s Dance 4:10 David Bowie Let’s Dance (1983) Pop/Dance/ Funk 10 6/06/09 11:17 AM
Get The Cool Shoe Shine 3:28 Gorillaz lo-fi thriller Alternative/trip-hop 11 6/06/09 8:27 PM
New Shoes 3:22 Paolo Nutini These Streets (2007) Pop/Rock 3 6/06/09 11:24 AM
Hole In My Shoe 2:53 Traffic Best of Traffic Acid rock 3 6/06/09 8:48 PM
Take off Your Shoes 4:49 Bobby Blue Bland Blues 6 6/06/09 8:49 PM
Death Came A-Knockin’ (Travelin’ Shoes) 3:18 Ruthie Foster Runaway Soul Blues 3 6/06/09 8:38 PM
Walk A Mile In My Shoes 3:44 Joe South & The Believers Theme Time Radio Hour with Your Host Bob Dylan (Disc 2) Country/Folk/Rock 8 6/06/09 8:29 PM
Little Red Shoes 3:35 Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose Country 4 6/06/09 11:43 AM
Blue Suede Shoes (B.P. Ellis, J. Kennelly, J. Morrow, R. Orbison) 1:56 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison: All Time Greatest Hits Rock 8 7/06/09 6:31 PM
Barefootin 2:36 Robert Parker Carolina Classics Vol. 2 60’s 13 7/06/09 6:34 PM
Soul Shoes 3:15 Graham Parker & The Rumour You Can’t Be Too Strong – An Introduction to Graham Parker & The Rumour Rock 4 7/06/09 6:37 PM
Puffy Little Shoes (Bonus Track) 3:36 The Presidents Of The United States Of America The Presidents ofThe United States of America: Ten Year Supe Alternative 2 7/06/09 6:41 PM
Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes 2:20 Chuck Willis Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947 R&B 16 7/06/09 6:43 PM
Hi-Heel Sneakers 2:51 Tommy Tucker The Chess Story 1947-1975 (1962-1964) (Disc 10) R&B 13 7/06/09 6:46 PM
Burgundy Shoes 3:22 Patty Griffin Patty Griffin: Live from the Artists Den Folk Rock
Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward 4:26 Jenny Wilson Love & Youth (2005) electro/pop 12 7/06/09 6:48 PM
Maxwell Smart 0:17 Clip 11 7/06/09 6:48 PM
These Boots Are Made For Walking 2:44 Nancy Sinatra Boots (1966) Pop 3 7/06/09 6:50 PM
Shoes 3:02 Atmosphere Seven’s travels Hip-Hop 17 6/06/09 9:27 PM
Gotta Pebble In My Shoe 2:56 Ella Fitzgerald The Legendary Volume 3 Jazz 3 7/06/09 7:02 PM
You Can Put Your Shoes Under My Bed 3:52 Paul Kelly Post Blues 2 7/06/09 7:10 PM
Blue Shoes 4:39 Katie Melua Piece By Piece Pop 4 7/06/09 7:15 PM
Red Shoes 2:46 Elvis Costello My Aim is True Rock 4 7/06/09 7:19 PM
Bad Sneakers 3:19 Steely Dan A Decade of Steely Dan Rock
Boogie Shoes 2:17 K.C. And The Sunshine band Saturday Night Fever Disco/Pop 9 7/06/09 7:28 PM

Betty Lou’s Got A New Pair Of Shoes – John Caferty & The Beaver Brown Band

In These Shoes? – Kirsty McColl

Two Shoes – The Cat Empire

Steppin In Her I Miller Shoes  – Betty Davis 

Walk In My Shoes Feat Lupe Fiasco – Emily King

mr bowling shoe giver outer – Vintage radio commercial

Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Get The Cool Shoe Shine – Gorillaz

New Shoes – Paolo Nutini

Hole In My Shoe – Traffic

Take off Your Shoes – Bobby Blue Bland

Death Came A-Knockin’ (Travelin’ Shoes) – Ruthie Foster

Walk A Mile In My Shoes – Joe South & The Believers

Little Red Shoes – Loretta Lynn

Blue Suede Shoes – Roy Orbison

Barefootin – Robert Parker

Soul Shoes – Graham Parker & The Rumour

Puffy Little Shoes – The Presidents Of The United States Of America

Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes – Chuck Willis

Hi-Heel Sneakers – Tommy Tucker

Burgundy Shoes – Patty Griffin

Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward – Jenny Wilson

Maxwell Smart Clip from Get Smart

These Boots Are Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra

Shoes – Atmosphere

Gotta Pebble In My Shoe – Ella Fitzgerald

You Can Put Your Shoes Under My Bed – Paul Kelly

Blue Shoes – Katie Melua

Red Shoes – Elvis Costello

Bad Sneakers – Steely Dan

Boogie Shoes – K.C. and The Sunshine Band

Next week: each song will be about RADIO!

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park on BayFM Tuesdays 2-4pm, (Sydney time). Also streaming on http://www.bayfm.org

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