The assignment: a playlist of the sultry, the lusty, the sexy. Bein’ Good Isn’t Always Easy
Via social media, I asked friends to give me 3 songs they found to be “sexy, slutty, or, I guess, romantic. Any genre with words.” I received some good responses, from which I selected some; responses prompted more ideas, and with a playlist structure put together, I filled in some cracks. During the process, and after its conclusion, I wrote some words.
Pretty cool collaboration. Let’s do more of this.
One striking theme is a sense of wanting, yearning. From a person being 500 miles away to the begging “Call Me.” Braggarts and bravado, certainly, and flat out nasty. I’m digging the subtle, forbidden love, of “Son of a Preacher Man”.
- Marvin Gaye – Let’s get it on
Nick Hornby made this song OK for guys everywhere. “There’s nothing wrong with me; Loving you, Baby, noooo”
- The Temptations – My Girl
I love this era. The pretty voices, the sweet dance moves, the icky uniforms. Beautiful singin’. Romance.
- Prince – Cream
Yikes – this is just nasty. (Hooray!) Diane offered this one up, and rightfully so.
- Roxy Music – Avalon
Another Diane selection. Bryan Ferry, a voice could make boys cry. “Much communication in a motion; Without conversation or a notion” Yum.
- Pink Martini with singer Storm Large – Până când nu te iubeam
Garwood played the game, with several good choices. Without help, I have no idea what Storm Large is singing about, but it sure sounds sultry, eh? By the magic of Internet translation services, the Romanian title becomes “Before I Fell in Love with You”. (Romanian!?) Here’s the first verse:
Before I fell in love with you
My love, my love
I used to sleep like a baby
My love, my love.
From Portland, OR, Pink Martini is a band I’ve been meaning to learn for far too long. I hope my readers dig into this one; they’re an original.
- The Cure – Pictures of You
It just wouldn’t be right if Robert Smith ever found happiness.
- The Makers
There was a time that The Makers were Seattle’s greatest live band; they didn’t even live here. It was the post-Grunge era, before we completely collapsed in on singer-songwriter emo-esque boys. Girls used to come to the shows, screaming, “Michael!”; “Oh, Michael, you’re beautiful.” Lead vocalist, Michael Maker, was a Prince look-a-like, with giant, bug-eyed shades. Hilarious. Cool band.
- Guns n Roses – Rocket Queen
Ty played the game. I feel bad for his young bride.
I’ve never been a Metal guy, save a few examples from high school, so I struggled to place this anywhere in the lineup. Tension is one of the Haiku rules that I try to observe, which in my practice tends to be a sudden transition in mood or visual, or a comedic line. I’ve said before that I question my segue skills– let the tension live.
- The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
You can’t really have a clutch of slutty songs and not have Mick Jagger singing – statistically speaking, I’d think it’s cosmically impossible. Don’t you think he’s trying to be nice in this song?
- David Bowie – Heroes
Another Garwood selection, this is one of my favorite Bowie songs. I’ve always imagined this as a wedding anthem, if I could ever indulge, “…nothing, will keep us together“
- Bow Wow Wow – Louis Quartorze
I love these kids.
Louis, Louis’s locking my door, Louis’s serious, I’m delirious
No plays, he just doesn’t care, Louis Quatorze starts to undress me
- Andy Williams – Moon River
This was a group effort. Thomas recommended other AW songs, but Diane recommended this one. I struggled to fit this into the flow, but I think I’ve found a sense of Southern; I’ve really enjoyed the cohesion of the backend of this playlist.
- Peter, Paul and Mary – 500 Miles
Thomas also recommend this song. I chose a different artist. (I’m the editor. I’m allowed to move in mysterious ways.) This song reminds me of “Why I Live in Memphis”, which is a song I really like, but I couldn’t find a YT version that I wanted to use.
- St. Paul and The Broken Bones – Call Me
Some new-fangled soul from Alabama, and a return of that yearning theme – wanting, not having. Local DJ once told Paul Janeway, “Dude, you could sing the phone book and it’d sound amazing.” Yap.
- Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
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