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To celebrate the New Year and Honeybee's recent induction as Dymocks Book of the Year, we've assembled the ultimate Honeybee playlist! Read about the moments from the book that inspired Craig Silvey's song selection while you listen along to our exclusive selection of tracks. 
 

Honeybee Playlist

Listen to the Honeybee Playlist on Spotify 


SIDE A is dedicated to the drag show chapter, and it’s a veritable smorgasbord of bangers, bops and ballads. I love the art of drag, and I delighted in the opportunity to design an evening with my fleet of queens.

 

I wanted to showcase a diversity of styles. There’s the mainstream, athletic dancing of Pip Smears cartwheeling and death-dropping her way through Lady Gaga’s Telephone, followed by the high-drama theatrics of veteran performer Blanche Boudoir, lip-syncing Gloria Gaynor’s I Want To Know What Love Is, before PJ Harvey intrudes mid-track to declare: This Is Love.

 

Can't use the player above? Listen to the Honeybee Playlist on Spotify


For Honeybee’s moment of triumph in the spotlight, I needed a song with some heft and some heart, and I chose Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend for its panoply of emotions. Out of the gate it’s an upbeat, optimistic, resilient track – but the tone turns bittersweet, it’s just as earnestly solemn as it is hopeful. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s a song about endorsing a mature and respectful break-up so as to begin a new relationship. Furthermore, I feel there’s something beseeching about Robyn’s vocals here, which imbue the lyrics with a quiet desperation and give the song an interesting depth. Maybe she’s tired of being messed around? Or maybe it’s a fervent, unrequited, lovelorn wish? Maybe I’m reading too far into it. Maybe it’s just a great song and you should pick up a copy of Honeybee, turn to the chapter called Cinderella, and listen to it.

 

For Fella Bitzgerald’s spellbinding live performance, it had to reference Marilyn, so it had to be from Some Like It Hot, which meant it had to be I’m Thru With Love. It’s one of my absolute favourites.

 

SIDE B is a tutti frutti hodge-podge of the sundry songs that feature throughout the rest of the novel. It’s... eclectic. What other mixtape dares to follow up Belinda Carlisle’s Summer Rain with Bugs Bunny singing The Rabbit Of Seville and Judy Collins Sending In The Clowns? Further to that, is a playlist even a playlist if it’s not graced by that Knight of the Round Table himself, Sir Mixalot? My point is: don’t hit it and quit it, stay and play this soundtrack, because it’s an absolute belter.
 



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If you can't get enough of Honeybee and want to engage all your senses, feast your eyes on Diane's Pantry Genoise Spongecake recipe from Craig and get a taste of the recipe inspired by our Book of the Year

 

Honeybee
Craig Silvey
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