Playing tracks by
Wesley Mathias Wilson, The Handsome Family, Hedy West, The Band, Sufjan Stephens and more.
broadcast 12th May 2013
presented by Dillon & Rennie Sparks
MURDER BALLAD SPECIAL with RENNIE SPARKS from THE HANDSOME FAMILY
This weeks brings with it a show I will never forget, Rennie Sparks, lyricist of legendary band The Handsome Family spends a little while sharing some of her favorite records with us, whilst getting to the root of why we all love murder ballads so very much.
"To enjoy a murder ballad you have to be willing to see it as art and not newspaper reporting. These songs are about life and lust not about death and dust. They make your heart beat fast and your skin flush. They are, perhaps, the remnants of ancient pre-Christian blood/sex rituals and are designed to make you want to roll in fields of blooming heather, not to become the next Ted Bundy. Here are some of The Handsome Family’s favorite examples of this centuries-old form of nature-worship" – Rennie Sparks, The Handsome Family