Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2008 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Happy Valentine's Day!

And remember every day should be an occasion to buy flowers or chocolates or music (at Amoeba of course) or to make dinner reservations, or whatever-however you demonstrate your love for that special person in your life.  

Of course if you have no significant other in your life at this time, today of all days can be a constant reminder (and not necessarily a bad one) that you are indeed alone with no one to call your own.

And if that last bit sounds like the lyrics to some song you've heard, it probably is. In fact it's probably the lyrics to countless songs as there are as many songs out there of love gone sour or unrequited as there are happy songs about being in love.

Personally I often find the sad, anti-love songs more profound since I am of the belief that some of the best art is created under times of heartbreak, upset and anger. Or when, as in the case of Joe Jackson's "Happy Loving Couples," there is no love past or present.  Of course there are some artists whose anti-love songs are thinly masked as love songs; think R.E.M.'s The One I Love. Then there are some artists  who seem to base much of their lyrical content on themes of alienation, unrequited love, and love lost-- think Patsy Cline and Everything But The Girl.

Of course Elvis Costello has quite a chunk of anti-love ditties while some genres (think country) appear to have more than their fair share of sad songs about love and relationships.  Then there's a whole strain of anti-love songs that are laced with irony and/or humor which are most effective. Morrissey and The Smiths, Jilted John, and Loudon Wainwright III would be included in this group.

So I present to you a (very) partial list of some of the best anti-love songs. Now, naturally there's way too many to attempt to do more than just scratch the surface here, so I invite you to please nominate some of your favorite anti-love songs in the COMMENTS box below. Thanks!

I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
'Cause you're evil  And you lie
And if you should die, I may feel slightly sad but I won't cry.

Loved and lost,  And some may say, When usually it's nothing
Surely you're happy, It should be this way ?
I say "No, I'm gonna kill my dog"
And : "May the lines sag, may the lines sag heavy and deep tonight"

                 - Morrissey/The Smiths "Unhappy Birthday"
                                      (Strangeways, Here We Come 1987)

"You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette

"Valentine's Day is Over" - Billy Bragg

"Let it Die" - Feist

"Superhero" - Ani DiFranco

"Don't Think Twice It's Alright" - Bob Dylan

"She's Got You" - Patsy Cline                                                                    

"Smile" - Lily Allen

"You're So Vain" - Carly Simon

"Ever Fallen In Love" - The Buzzcocks

"Cry Me A River" - Justin Timberlake

"No Action" - Elvis Costello

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - Hank Williams

"Willow Weep for Me" - Ella Fitzgerald

"Unrequited Love" - Loudon Wainwright III

"Love Stinks" - J Geils Band

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Joy Division

"Missing You" - Everything But The Girl

"I'm Looking Through You" - The Beatles

"Happy Loving Couples" - Joe Jackson

"I'm Not In Love" - Talking Heads

"These Boots Are Made for Walking" - Nancy Sinatra

"Jilted John" - Jilted John

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