50 Shades of Grey

(aired 2/6/15)
50 Shades of Grey

The Fifty Shades of Grey erotic romance trilogy series by E L James is one of the of the biggest-selling series in publishing history, selling more than 100 million copies worldwide, translated into 52 languages. It seized the media spotlight when its first movie version was released last month. Many specific songs are referenced throughout the chapters, so I decided to feature 50 Shades as a theme for this episode of my show. My playlist consists of songs that were all referenced somewhere in the book trilogy or from the film soundtrack.

I’m not endorsing 50 Shades as a die-hard fan or anything. Take what you like and leave the rest. My focus is on the music, not on the bleh literary quality of the text or the stereotypical sex roles it represents (although I did take the opportunity to briefly talk about some of the hot topics briefly during my show). Note: For an entertaining collection of opinions from sex-positive activists, porn producers, authors, educators and professional polyamorists, visit this web page!

Enjoy this trip into my playroom…

  1. background: Lakmé: Flower Duet – Joan Sutherland
  2. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  3. Misfit – Amy Studt
  4. The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?), Part 1 – Snow Patrol
  5. Spen in Allium – Peter phillips and the Tallis Scholars
  6. Adagio from Concerto No 3 in D Minor – James Rhodes
  7. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
  8. The Blowers Daughter – Damian Rice
  9. I’m on Fire (Bruce Springstein cover) – Awolnation
  10. background: La Traviata – Verdi
  11. Earned It – The Weeknd
  12. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  13. What Is This Thing Called Love? – Ella Fitzgerald
  14. Homelands – Nitin Sawhney
  15. Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
  16. Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
  17. I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone
  18. Principles of Lust – Enigma
  19. background: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
  20. Weather to Fly – Elbow
  21. The Great Gig in the Sky – Pink Floyd
  22. Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover) – Carolina Wallace
  23. background: The Ugly Duckling – Danny Kaye
  24. I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
  25. Sweet About Me – Gabriella Cilmi
  26. Touch Me – Rui Da Silva & Cassandra
  27. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  28. background: Bailero (Chants d’auvergne, 1st Series, No. 2) – Academy of St. Martin In the Fields, Edward Gardner & Kate Royal
  29. Your Love is King – Sade
  30. Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club

This show originally aired on KSKQ on February 6, 2015. This blog entry was posted March 7, 2015. 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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