Five Star Fridays: Hooker Songs Edition

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Here’s one most people don’t even realize is about a whore; indeed I myself didn’t until my husband pointed it out when he said it made him think of me.  But in the New Musical Express of November 2, 1974, the late Freddie Mercury stated it explicitly:  “It’s about a high class call girl.  I’m trying to say that classy people can be whores as well.”  For the lyrics to this and five more songs from Bob Seger, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie and Cole Porter (sung by Ella Fitzgerald), see my column of October 25th, 2010.

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11 Responses to “Five Star Fridays: Hooker Songs Edition”

  1. #1 |  Ted S. | 

    Unrelated to the song, but of interest to you, Maggie: Finnish Cabinet member proposes Swedish-style laws against prostitution:

    http://yle.fi/uutiset/hs_minister_wants_a_total_ban_on_buying_sex/6224559

  2. #2 |  Stephen | 

    I love Queen. Freddy Mercury was awesome!

  3. #3 |  MacK | 

    There is a reason Queen is one of the best groups of all time.
    This song is one of those reasons.

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    I’m not sure but I think this might have been his last time performing in public.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGJJ3aKwjUI

  5. #5 |  Jeff | 

    It is by no means obvious (and certainly not universally agreed upon) that the titular character in “Candy’s Room” is a strumpet (or even a stripper).

    For an obvious example of Springsteen writing about a strumpet, see “Reno.” (For an obvious example of him writing about a stripper, see “Dry Lightning”–or “Pilgrim in the Temple of Love,” if you can find it.)

  6. #6 |  WillyT | 

    I always thought “killer queen” was about a drag queen. hmm

  7. #7 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #6 – I always thought she was an assassin; I guess the explosives and the laser beam were meant to be metaphorical.

  8. #8 |  David | 

    I had settled on space opera aristocrat.

  9. #9 |  croaker | 

    Item of interest.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/276688/harmony-rose-porn-start-turned-emt-could-be-in-trouble-over-racy-past/

    Strange that government abuse isn’t news, but there’s a major terrorist alert over the fact that a retired porn actress has volunteered to save lives.

  10. #10 |  EBL | 

    RIP Freddie.

  11. #11 |  Eli Rabett | 

    “Pirate jenny” from the Dreigroschen Opera. This has a long history. Hoopla

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