The Letter C

(aired 10/12/12)

Letter C

Almost  exactly 1 year ago I did a show that featured songs all starting with the letter S. Earlier that year I’d enjoyed focusing on the letter M. The letter F started this fun tradition in February 2010. (Looking back through my notes I also realized that we’d brainstormed songs starting with the letter U a couple years ago, but I ended up concentrating solely on two particular words: Under and Up.) This week I decided it was time to continue with another chapter, this time looking at the letter C.

This theme actually emerged in an unexpected way. Addictions had been on my mind recently, and it occurred to me that a lot of my own vices actually happen to start with the letter C. I’m not actually going to divulge my own personal specifics, but here’s a brainstorm of various elements starting with the letter C that can be addictive: cocaine, crack, cannabis, cigarettes, cocktails, coffee, caffeine, colas, cookies, crackers, candy, chips, carbs, calorie counting, cardiovascular charge of exercise, computer games & computer porn, codependency, compliments & care from others, compulsive cleaning, crime, cards & coins in gambling, collecting cars (classics & clunkers), cocks, clits, condoms, cuckold, centerfolds, creampie, coming, climaxes, control, cable/communications industry, coaxing a certain someone’s charm & charisma – these are ALL compulsions. Now what? Use control and close it cold turkey, cut the chain, call it a day, choke the cords, crack the code to curb it, cease the craziness!

Thus I feature a sub-theme for this show, with two specific sets of songs focusing on elements that can be seen as related to addictions in some form (songs #14-22 below). Other than that, the theme is specifically just songs starting with the letter C. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! Perhaps I’ll do a second chapter of this same theme for my next show…

  1. The C Song – A.J. Jenkins
  2. Change – Blind Melon [suggested by Alison Young]
  3. Carnival – Natalie Merchant [suggested by Elisa Vick]
  4. Come On In My Kitchen – Robert Johnson [suggested by Joe Fitzsimmons, Joshua Geesaman]
  5. clip: Channel Z – The B-52’s [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  6. Culture of Fear – Thievery Corporation [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  7. Catherine the Waitress – Teitur [suggested by Sara Porter]
  8. Cowgirl in the Sand – Neil Young [suggested by Bruce Wright]
  9. Cream – Prince [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  10. Canary – Liz Phair [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  11. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens [suggested by Natalie Reiser]
  12. C. C. Rider – Elvis Presley [suggested by Charlie Stanton]
  13. Cowboys – Portishead [suggested by Andy Rowan]
  14. Crazy Love – Bob Dylan & Van Morrison [suggested by Claire Robbins]
  15. Cure For Pain – Morphine [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  16. Coffee’s Cold – Abigail Washburn [suggested by John Swift]
  17. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett [suggested by Bob Fisher]
  18. clip: Constant Craving – k.d. lang
  19. Cocaine – Eric Clapton [suggested by Laurie Hultquist]
  20. The Crystal Ship – The Doors [suggested by John Tredway, Natalie Reiser]
  21. Candy Shop – 50 Cent [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  22. “C” Is for Cookie – Cookie Monster on Sesame Street [suggested by Derek Keevil, Claire Robbins]
  23. Conjunction Junction – Schoolhouse Rock! [suggested by Vanessa Houk]
  24. Cannonball – The Breeders [suggested by Mark Mezadourian, Joe Fitzsimmons]
  25. Call Me – Blondie [suggested by Claire Robbins, Bob Fisher, Crystal Hannan]
  26. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel [suggested by Laurie Hultquist, Crystal Hannan]
  27. Christo Redemptor – Charlie Musselwhite [suggested by Scott Rogers]
  28. clip: Come With Me – S.I.P.
  29. Commissioning a Symphony in C – Cake
  30. Cow Cow Boogie – The Ink Spots [suggested by Joe Fitzsimmons]
  31. clip: Calls, Cries and Clamours – Jocelyn Pook
  32. Chemmie – Joan As Police Woman

Originally aired on KSKQ on October 13, 2012. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)


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