Valentine’s Day Playlist: Cycles of Love: Tragic Love

Something’s wrong. You’re love didn’t stand the test of time like you thought it would. Now you’re spending your time with someone you don’t love. Well, I suppose you could still love them but they no longer love you. Either way, the love well has run dry and that’s nothing short of a tragedy. I should also note, there are far too many sad love songs which is why Marissa and I picked our own playlists. There’s just so much heartbreak out there.

Tragic Love

Amanda’s Picks
Local Music: Grown So Cold- Get Back Loretta

Nothing quite like a love that’s fizzled out which is exactly what this song is about. There is a haunting hope about escaping this cold love but lost love is still a tragedy.

Top 40: You Oughta Know- Alanis Morissette

Nothing quite like a woman scorned. I can tell you even if the breakup wasn’t bad, being replaced by someone else hurts. Sometimes we just like to think you’re thinking of us when you’re with the new one. Makes us feel better about us.

Alternative Radio: Pictures of You- The Cure

I suppose this song could have a creepy connotation associated with it, but all I hear is a song about a sad guy looking at pictures of his lost love. To think that he sees this pictures and believes her to be there is even more saddenning.

Soundtrack: Iris- City of Angels

I think this is widely accepted as one of the saddest love songs ever for a movie. While I haven’t seen the movie, the song itself is just haunting to me with phrases like, “when everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am” and “I’d give up forever to touch you.” I need a tissue.

Misc.: Bang Bang- Nancy Sinatra

If you have a special someone who is shooting you down (fake or otherwise) then that’s a relationship you should exit stage left from. Don’t let your baby shoot you down.

Marissa’s Picks

Local Music: Lie To Me – Kevin Martin

Haunting. Chilling.  Beautiful.  Kevin Martin wrote a song about deceit and trust that slices through to that tingling part of your part that will always sting when you’ve been wronged.

Top 40: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Barbara Streisand & Neil Diamond

A love gone cold, a love gone forgotten, a truly tragic waste of love.

Alternative Radio: I Could Spit On A Stranger – Pavement

“However you feel, Whatever it takes…” Stephen Malkmus, you fuck my shit up.(eloquent I know).

Soundtrack: “The Winner Takes It All” – Mamma Mia

Meryl Streep’s performance of ABBA’s classic break up song, “The Winner Takes It All” is stirring to say the least.  Revealing and raw even in the context of a fairly cheesy film.  The metaphor of the game that is love comes to a head, leaving the loser with nothing.

Misc : Sleeper – One Man Army

One Man Army tricks you into to thinking this might be a love song, but by the end of the first verse you are left to your own devices and there’s no telling what you’ll get yourself into.

Time to get over that break up hump. We’ve got you covered if you come back tomorrow.

Musical Tastes (On a Date)

Every once in awhile, I go cruising through the interwebs all day and happen upon something rather golden. This time, I was going perusing through a particular site I like to visit on occasion called The Frisky (I have my girly moments, alright?) and came across this article about musical tastes on a date. Well, it wasn’t so much an article as a list from another site called How About We… and includes bands like Nirvana, The Ramones, The Pixies, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Best Coast, Tool, Oasis, Prince, The Strokes and the like.

I’ve pulled some rather choice excerpts but you can view the full list here and part 2 here


David Bowie: You’re selective, but slutty.

The Arcade Fire: You spend the first third of relationship in a romantic frenzy and the last two trying to justify it.

AC/DC: If you’re a woman, you’re the kind of person who lets a guy move in with you after three dates because he’s temporarily homeless. If you’re a guy, you’re temporarily homeless.

LCD Soundsystem: You’re not the type to let your strong sense of irony ruin your good time.

Belle and Sebastian: If you hook up, it’s gonna get weird.

R.E.M.: You’ve got a big heart.

The Mountain Goats: You’re very serious about your feelings.

Van Morrison: You’re a romantic. Possibly with a slight drinking problem.

Nirvana: You’re angry and hurt.

Radiohead: You’re angry and hurt. But you’re open to getting some professional help.

Bob Dylan: You’re an asshole, but you don’t know it.

The Clash: You’re willing to work for it, but you’re kind of pissed that you have to.

The Cure: You fall in love WAY too easily.

Best Coast: You fall in love way too easily, but only for, like, a week.

Guns N Roses: You’re going to have to sex in the bathroom and regret it.

Joan Jett: You’re going to have sex in the bathroom and not regret it.

Leonard Cohen: You’re the kind of person that people get obsessed with for years. Too bad you’re too depressed to appreciate it.

Depeche Mode: You’re screwed up, but you know it, which actually does help.

Gogol Bordello: You sweat a lot and you have a nice smile.

Coldplay: Missionary position only. But lots of kissing and eye contact.

Paul Simon: You’re sincerely insightful about your relationship issues, but in the end you decide that it’s not your fault.

Green Day: You get upset over nothing all the time, but bounce back quickly.

Prince: You’re a little weird, but you make up for it by being a total sex machine.

U2: You’re very loving, but prone to fits of irritating self-righteousness.

Lady Gaga: You’re sort of obnoxious, but people can’t help but like you.

I can’t really pick just one from the lists. I have some R.E.M. with some Van Morrison and Depeche Mode thrown in. What about you?