Happy Halloween! In honor of a celebration that, even more than Christmas or Valentine’s Day, is defined by an excess of sugar, this week’s playlist is inevitably all about candy. Commentary will be minimal: what more is there to be said? We all probably already know the words to Sugar Sugar and can sing at least one line of I Want Candy, so we understand implicitly that candy sometimes implies innocent sweetness in song and at other times provides a convenient metaphor for sex or drugs. I’ve selected a few on no grounds other than that I like the songs, and there are still hundreds more for next Halloween.
Coyote Shivers, “Sugar High”
Clip from Empire Records, featuring Liv Tyler, Liv Tyler’s stepdad Francis “Coyote” Shivers, and Renee Zellweger singing her heart out.
Soul for Real , “Candy Rain”
I don’t know how to explain this song, except–remember how many songs there were about rain in the 90s? Kiss the rain, can’t stand the rain, why does it always rain on me, no rain, etc. etc. Why not a melodic mantra about candy rain? Honestly, this song represents nearly everything I love about the 90s.
Tori Amos, “Sugar”
Well, while I’m on this 90s nostalgia train, why not this fairytale-esque fantasy of robins and sugar?
Andrew Bird, “Candy Shop”
This weird song always reminds me of Uncle Sweetshare from the Elder Scrolls: Morrowind Bloodmoon expansion. This is not a candy shop you want to go in!
Nat King Cole Trio, “Candy”
Just a simple, sweet song about calling your sugar candy.
Sugarplum Fairies, “Sugar Free”
For something completely different: “she’s your kind of girl / sweet but sugarfree”