Paige on Instagram asked if I could do a whole show with songs about “holding hands, [her] favorite pastime,” which I thought was absolutely darling. I expanded that concept a little to see how many songs including hands, generally, that our audience could come up with and — once again! — it was enough to fill two weeks. (Check the Instagram post for even more I didn’t fit in. You all are so clever!)
Be a dear and stream these full shows (👇), for the first time or to dig the mixes again! Also consider sharing this webpage with someone else who might become a Thematic Static requester. For future mixtape requests, themes or specific songs, visit wnxp.org/feedback or call 615-320-9100! You can also find each week’s theme and a chance to weigh in on the socials @WNXPNashville.
#ThematicStatic Playlist – 9/7/23
Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”
Andrew Bird ft. Fiona Apple – “Left Handed Kisses”
Local Natives – “Sun Hands”
I want to lift my hands towards the sun“Sun Hands”
Show me warmth
Baby, won’t you show me warmth again?
And when I can feel with my sun hands
I’ll promise not to lose her again
And even if the morning never comes
My hands are blessed to have touched the sun
Talking Heads – “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” – Here’s a live version of this absolute banger:
Sinead O’Connor – “I Want Your (Hands On Me)”
boygenius – “Bite The Hand“
Hootie and the Blowfish – “Hold My Hand” – The album Cracked Rear View, which spawned this and several other hits, is almost 30 years old. Have a nice day.
Interpol – “Slow Hands”
tUnE-yArDs – “Look At Your Hands”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Red Right Hand”
Nine Inch Nails – “Bite The Hand That Feeds” – Reznor asking all the tough questions in this one:
Just how deep do you believe?“Bite The Hand That Feeds”
Will you bite the hand that feeds?
Will you chew until it bleeds?
Can you get up off your knees?
Are you brave enough to see?
Do you wanna change it?
The Staple Singers – “Touch a Hand (Make a Friend)” – James and Jon
Explosions in the Sky – “Your Hand In Mine”
#ThematicStatic Playlist: 9/14/23
Brandi Carlile – “Hold Out Your Hand”
Youth Lagoon – “Prizefighter”
The Promise Ring – “Electric Pink”
Divinyls – “I Touch Myself”
Conway Twitty – “Slow Hand” — Toni was really evoking sexy Twitty with this request, I mean check out these lyrics:
You want a man with a slow hand“Slow Hand”
You want a lover with an easy touch
You want somebody who will spend some time
Not come and go in a heated rush
Baby, believe me I understand
When it comes to love you want a slow hand
Jessy Wilson – “Clap Your Hands”
moony – “Falllllllll In Love” — Local pop artist moony had half a dozen folks request this song and I so respect the “sick ’em!” power of the beloved artist and the fans. It’s a bop and it’s about falling in love while driving! The bridge is the part that makes the song fit the theme, and it goes:
Sky’s on fire“Falllllllll in Love”
You and I
Taking a picture in my mind
Heart and soul
On the road
One hand on the wheel
One hand in yours
Shura – “religion (u can lay your hands on me)”
Dashboard Confessional – “Hands Down”
Mac Miller – “Hands”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Clap Your Hands”
Soundgarden – “Hands All Over”