Big Beautiful Women

(aired 3/22/13)

This show is an appreciation of a particular female body type: voluptuous, curvy, big. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many songs through various eras and genres that honor the beauty of the heavy physical form. My hope is women can transcend media’s warped ideals in order to feel comfortable in their own bodies, no matter what size.

As Candye Kane sings, “I like to sing the virtues of a big girl. Because I never did see myself or women like me on the cover of Cosmo or Vanity Fair. I only saw myself on the cover of Plumpers and Big Women and Hefty Mamas. But my message to you is: you’ve got to love your body, love yourself, and love everyone else’s body if you get the chance. It works for me, baby. And while you’re at it, work what you got – whether it’s a little or a lot. Just work what you got. And love what you’ve got, cuz it’s yours.”

  1. clip: Fat Bottomed Girl – Queen
  2. Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) – Mika
  3. Perfect 10 – The Beautiful South
  4. Big Mama – Taj Mahal
  5. Big Boned Gal – k.d. lang
  6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles
  7. Solid and Strong – Kimya Dawson
  8. You Need a Great Big Woman – Candye Kane
  9. Big Bottom – Spinal Tap
  10. clip: Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC cover) – Vitamin String Quartet
  11. Dr. Feelgood – Piano Red aka Dr. Feelgood and the Interns
  12. Gigantic (Pixies Cover) – Ok Go
  13. Ms. Fat Booty – Mos Def
  14. Big Girls Are Best – U2
  15. clips: Baby Got Back – Richard Cheese, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Glee cast
  16. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-a-Lot cover) – Jonathan Coulton
  17. I Need a Fat Girl – The Heptones
  18. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others – The Smiths
  19. Fat Slut – Tori Amos
  20. Fat Gal – Merle Travis
  21. RISK podcast #425 story clip: “The Fat Lady Sings” by Mollena Williams
  22. They Call Me Big Mama – Big Mama Thornton
  23. You’re the One for Me, Fatty – Morrissey
  24. 300 Pounds of Joy – Howlin’ Wolf
  25. She’s a Bad Mama Jama – Carl Carlton
  26. clip: Thunder Thighs – Andre Williams
  27. I Like ‘Em Fat Like That – Louis Jordan
  28. BBW (Chunky Girl) – Dan Bryk
  29. There’s Lightning (In These Thunder Thighs) – Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women
  30. Big Fat Mama – Mississippi Fred McDowell on Steakbone Slide Guitar
  31. Donald and Lydia – John Prine [suggested by Ben]
  32. Skin and Bone – The Kinks

This show originally aired on KSKQ on March 22, 2013. This blog entry was posted April 17, 2013. 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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