Name songs. They are countless, and their quality is variable. From the heartbreaking beauty of Lennon’s “Julia” to the mind-numbing crassness of… well, there are too many bad’uns to choose from.
It struck me recently that Candy, a name which doesn’t crop up much on your average school or office register, appears to have produced a disproportionately high number of great songs. I offer “Candy Says” [Velvet Underground], “Candy” [Iggy Pop], “So Like Candy” [Elvis Costello] and “Candy” [Paolo Nutini] as evidence.
Is there any other name to rival it in songwriting history?