16:07:11 ::: radioShirley presents “What’s a Matter, Baby?”

Greetings Shirleyphiles and welcome to another 40 minutes or so of low-fi lovliness!

That four-letter word ‘baby’ is much maligned as a throw away, trite and glib
addition to a lyric. mr.K and I have heard too many times someone say,
“If I hear ‘baby’ in a song one more time, well I’ll … ” But here at radioShirl HQ,
we intend to elevate the status of ‘baby’ with a show where it features, not
necessarily as a substitute for “I can’t think of anything else to call you, darling,
sweety pie, hot lips, gorgeous, honeybun etc. etc” but as the integral textual
ingredient to any worthwhile pop lyric this side of, well, the Brill Building!

So Shirleyphiles, drop an extra lump of that extra sweet ‘baby’ goodness into
your organic double-strength chai soy latte frappacino and tempt your aural
earworm alarms as Brigitte Bardot, Mama Cass, Marc Almond, Timi Yuro,
The Vibrators, Erma Franklin, Dave Graney and other popular song stylists
deliver up a damp nappy full of ‘baby’ tuneage!

Until next time kids, take care and play fair!
*be smooched*
radioShirl and mr. Kenneth


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  1. Baby, I’m yours, mrK! In other words, thanks for these many wonderful tunes that stand the test of time. it’s interesting, isn’t it, how often baby appears in the girl song lit, contrary to my expectation! (or maybe that’s your bias, can’t tell…) And those kids – brutal! 😉

  2. radioshirley

    thx chaiscout!

    You know hun, I can’t work out on which side of the fence the bias really sits. Its confusing these days! 😉 So to readdress that, I just had to put in our favourite rogue poet of Oz, Dave G. You’re just too hip, chaiscout! x

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