Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love stinks! Ten great songs about the downside of Valentine's Day

Dear St. Valentine and Hallmark: thanks for the memories!

1. ABC - Poison Arrow

Key line: "Who broke my heart? You did, you did!"

2. Beck - Lost Cause

Key line: "I'm tired of fighting."

3. Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine

Key line: "Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak?"

4. Magnetic Fields - All My Little Words

Key line: "I could make you fly away, but I could never make you stay."

5. J. Geils Band - Love Stinks

Key line: "You just can't win."

6. The Beatles - Yesterday

Key line: "Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say."

7. Human League - Don't You Want Me?

Key line: "You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry!"

8. The Divine Comedy - The Frog Princess

Key line: "I don't love anybody. That stuff is just a waste of time. Your place or mine?"

9. The Smiths - You Just Haven't Earned it Yet Baby

Key line: "You must suffer and cry for a longer time."

10. Tom Petty - Don't Come Around Here No More

Key line: "I've given up on this love...getting stronger!"


  1. the Love Stinks song makes me think of a dirty duster for some reason..

  2. Some other solid choices to consider:

    Sleeping Aides and Razorblades by the Exploding Hearts (I guess it has a bit of a happy ending, but the heartbroken verses carry the weight)

    Why Bother by Weezer

    Woman Done Broke My Heart by Johnny Riverboat (I hear these local chumps have a video on YouTube or something)

    Anyway, happy V-Day!

  3. I would be quite remiss if I didn't bring up one of my favourite anti-love songs, Daniel Cirera's "Motherfucker Fake Vegetarian Ex-Girlfriend". It's a surprisingly charming little ditty!

  4. Is it just me or does the Human League song "Don't You Want Me" sound like it could have been recorded in 2009. Egads, 80's music is sounding contemporary! Good song, takes me back to the prom. (lucky rhyme)

  5. I've never found Tom Petty good looking, except in the video for Don't Come Around Here No More. I think it's the fact that I imagine every version of The Mad Hatter to look like Tommyboy there. Maybe it's the fact that everyone looks amazing in a gold chair. One or the other.


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