Articles about 'song of the day'

Guest song of the day: Downtown – Petula Clark

1960s pop sung by women often has lyrics associated with private and domestic concerns but, in 'Downtown', public space is a site of solace and the city is a place of freedom, says Eli Davies in this guest post

Holly Combe // 20 March 2013

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Guest song of the day: Can’t Hold Us Down – Christina Aguilera

A guest post from Amy S. Rushton about Christina Aguilera's classic calling out of sexual double standards and slut shaming

Guest Blogger // 27 January 2013

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Song of the day: Big Mama Thornton – Ball n’ chain

This performance of ‘Ball n’ chain’ dates from 1970 and, as Thornton acknowledges in her intro to the song, it was written by her and “made famous by me and...

Cazz Blase // 7 January 2013

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Song of the day: Janis Ian – Society’s Child

This tale of a mixed race relationship, and its demise thanks to the pressures of a racist society, was Janis Ian’s first single, written and recorded when she was 13....

Cazz Blase // 6 January 2013

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Song of the day: Dixie Chicks – Taking the long way

The title track from the Dixie Chicks 2007 album, ‘Taking the long way’ can be read on a number of levels. On one level it is a song about female...

Cazz Blase // 5 January 2013

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Guest song of the day: Robots in Disguise – Girl

It's not a dirty word! Hayley Foster da Silva gives praise to a celebratory song from Robots in Disguise

Guest Blogger // 4 January 2013

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Song of the day: Florence + the machine – Dog Days (live at the Brit Awards launch party, 2009)

One of the attractions of compiling clips and songs for the song of the day series was that it enabled me to look at a number of clips that encapsulate...

Cazz Blase // 2 January 2013

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Song of the day: Salt N Pepa – Tramp

A re-working of the Otis Redding and Carla Thomas duet, from 1967, this was an early outing for Salt N Pepa, and in terms of success it would be eclipsed...

Cazz Blase // 31 December 2012

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Song of the day: Shakespear’s Sister – Goodbye Cruel World

The first single to be released from the second Shakespear’s Sister album, Hormonally Yours, ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ saw the duo of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit take on a darker...

Cazz Blase // 29 December 2012

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Song of the day: Brenda Lee – Sweet Nuthin’s

A song that fitted seamlessly into the rock’n’roll nostalgia film that was, and is, American Graffiti the initial attraction of the teenage Brenda Lee would be hearing that voice tearing...

Cazz Blase // 28 December 2012

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Song of the day: Carole King – So far away (live, BBC concert, 1971)

As half of the songwriting partnership of Goffin and King, Carole King wrote more pop hits in the 1960s than most people can probably count, amongst them the Shirelles ‘Will...

Cazz Blase // 23 December 2012

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Guest song of the day: Emilie Autumn – Thank God I’m Pretty

Kaite Welsh on Emilie Autumn's sarcastic and angry song about objectification and the perils of being thought of as 'pretty'

Guest Blogger // 22 December 2012

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Song of the day: Jesca Hoop – The Kingdom

Raised in California, now resident in Manchester, ‘The Kingdom’ is taken from Jesca’s 2009 debut album Hunting my dress. Unlucky enough (or lucky enough, depending on how you look at...

Cazz Blase // 21 December 2012

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Song of the day: Kathleen Battle/various – Summertime

A guest Song of the day post from Marianna Karakoulaki who, in the light of negative attitudes towards feminism, has found an inspiring message in 'Summertime'. If you'd like to contribute a guest Song of the day piece, please contact Holly (holly DOT Combe AT thefword DOT org DOT UK).

Guest Blogger // 29 October 2012

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Song of the day: Amy Studt – My Paper Made Man

The UK musical climate throught the 2000’s seems to have belonged to the Amy’s: Winehouse, Duffy, MacDonald, and Studt. In the light of the success of the other three Amy’s,...

Cazz Blase // 14 September 2012

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Song of the day: Kate Nash – Foundations

'Foundations' is dramatic and evocative in a way unmatched by much of Kate Nash's material since but her recent move even further away from it signifies her independence and willingness to take creative risks

Holly Combe // 13 September 2012

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Song of the day: India Arie – Video

"Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't"

Holly Combe // 12 September 2012

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Song of the day: Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

It might not be quite as famous as its parent song, the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys collaboration ‘Empire State Of Mind’, but this understated and cinematic answer record is rapidly...

Cazz Blase // 11 September 2012

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Song of the day: Tori Amos – Me and a Gun

Tori Amos' disturbing personal account of being raped has functioned as "a piece of trauma art" for many of her fans who have experienced abuse and continues to serve as a reassuring voice speaking out over the usual victim blaming noise

Holly Combe // 10 September 2012

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Song of the day: Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control

There is more to this song than lending itself well to scenes of partying, hedonism and bear suits

Holly Combe // 8 September 2012

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Song of the day: Le Tigre – Get off the Internet

Le Tigre's call to activists to return to real life protest

Holly Combe // 7 September 2012

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Song of the day: Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free

Candi Staton warns against being trapped into a negative relationship for the sake of settling down

Holly Combe // 6 September 2012

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Song of the day: Fern Kinney – Together we are beautiful

Fern Kinney began her career in the 1960s in the girl group The Poppies, but it wasn’t until 1979 that she first tasted success with her disco version of King...

Cazz Blase // 5 September 2012

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Song of the day: Helen Love – Formula One Racing Girls

This unusual indie pop track is the debut single by Helen Love, the Swansea punk-pop band. It was released in the summer of 1993. It isn’t very well known, and...

Cazz Blase // 4 September 2012

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Song of the day: Vital Disorders – (Let’s talk about) Prams (live TV broadcast)

I first heard Vital Disorders about twelve years ago when a friend of mine, who was a first generation punk, put them on a compilation tape for me. I was...

Cazz Blase // 3 September 2012

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