“Cocaine & Rhinestones,” an Addictive, Sparkling Podcast About Country Music
On one episode of “Cocaine & Rhinestones,” we learn why Loretta Lynn’s song “The Pill” was banned after its release, in 1975.
In 1975, Loretta Lynn, by then an established country singer-songwriter for more than a decade, released her single “The Pill.” At that point, Lynn had won hearts and raised eyebrows with songs like “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind),” whose themes are self-evident, and “Fist City,” warning a woman to stay away from her husband. (“You’d better move your feet / if you don’t want to eat / a meal that’s called Fist City.”) “I was the first one to write it like the women lived it,” she has said. “The Pill,” which she didn’t write but performed with gusto, is a wife’s celebration of freedom: “I’m tearin’ down your brooder house, ’cause now I’ve got the pill.” The song—like several of Lynn’s singles—was banned. In “Cocaine & Rhinestones,” an opinionated, feverish, wildly entertaining podcast about twentieth-century American country music, written and hosted by Tyler Mahan Coe, we learn why, from a progressive guy with an arsenal of doggedly presented research.