Girls & Boys

(aired 12/4/09)

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Gender Part 1

Today’s theme is an exploration of gender identity. Since many worthy songs fit in this general category, there will be two installments. The first one, played today, features more than an hour and a half of songs about girls and boys. Later we’ll get to focus on women and men for a future show.

While the topic may at first sound really simple, it actually opens up a wide range of beliefs and ideas — sociological and personal. Some of these songs offer unique perspectives on gender identification. “Girls who are boys, who like boys to be girls, who do boys like they’re girls, who do girls like they’re boys,” sings the chorus of the first song. And that’s just the beginning! What does it mean to be a boy or girl? Hear for yourself…

  1. Girls & Boys – Blur [suggested by Kelly Lange]
  2. Little Girl – Hanne Hukkelberg
  3. This Boy – Rufus Wainwright & Sean Lennon
  4. Momma I’m A Big Girl Now – Hairspray
  5. For Today I Am a Boy – Antony and the Johnsons [suggested by Travis Ogden]
  6. Good Morning Little School Girl – Taj Mahal
  7. American Boy – Estelle (w/ Kanye West)
  8. Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  9. Barbie Girl – London Gay Men’s Chorus
  10. Girl In A Box – Blake Babies [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  11. Venus As A Boy – Björk
  12. Some Girls – The Rolling Stones [suggested by Ray Morley]
  13. My Dog Is A Plumber – Dick Cavett [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  14. Boy Named Sue – Shel Silverstein [suggested by Sarah Kowalski, for Johnny Cash version]
  15. Ugly Girl – Fiona Apple
  16. Girl Like You – Pete Yorn
  17. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – The Allstars Cover Cindy Lauper
  18. Girl – Beck
  19. Pretty Girls – Neko Case [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  20. Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room) – Flight of the Conchords
  21. God Is A Girl – Groove Coverage
  22. Cynical Girl – Marshall Crenshaw [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  23. When I Was a Boy – Dar Williams
  24. I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again – Rose & the Maddox Brothers
  25. Girls On My Mind – David Byrne
  26. I Kissed a Girl – Jill Sobule [suggested by Derek Keevil]

Originally aired on KSKQ on December 4, 2009. 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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