October 22, 2005

Baby I'm a fool for you

"The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives." – Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

I've been thinking (unduly I might add) about love songs.

Funny how they are mostly depressing exercises in pulling out your own heart-strings, droning on as they do about the heartache of love; whining about the bitter sweetness of loneliness; groaning over the agony of unrequited love. How pretty agony sounds when its all wrapped up in strings and minor chords. Yet after a while they all start to sound the same – saying the same thing using the same rhyming couplets.

I generalise of course, but think about it: are the love songs that stick in your throat not always the ones that tell of relationships gone wrong?

And so I commence my mission, futile though it may be, to comply a lovingly crafted list of uplifting music that, while quite clearly woven with romantic undertones, says something unusual about the human quest for love. No clichés allowed.

I'll start with Mardy Bum by the Arctic Monkeys.


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  1. 'This Modern Love' by Bloc Party.

    All the inarticulacy that we feel in love tied up in one little song.

    22 Oct 2005, 15:19

  2. Hey Jen!

    How about the ever-brilliant 'Creep' by Radiohead? So much angst in so few words.

    22 Oct 2005, 20:10

  3. Heya!

    How goes it?

    I will have to look that one up cause I don't have it on my computer…

    22 Oct 2005, 21:12

  4. Music that "says something unusual about the human quest for love":
    Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
    Burt Bacharach – (They long to be) Close to you
    Bad Company – Can't Get Enough

    may or may not be what you're after though! =)

    23 Jan 2006, 22:01

  5. Twenty eight

    Where Did You Sleep Last Night by nirvana

    24 Sep 2007, 16:34

  6. Sue

    Every Day I Love You Less and Less

    02 Dec 2007, 21:43


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