Thursday, February 12, 2009

When the Postman Doesn't Call on Valentine's Day

The shops are awash with hearts and flowers and chocolates and all the trappings of a commercially insipid and putrid Valentine's Day.  Call me bitter but in the spirit of being perverse I have concocted my own Anti-Valentines compilation, selecting the most twisted, miserable and bleak songs which bring either unsympathetic thoughts of love or present an alternative to being trapped in the nightmare of what constitutes the perfect ideal vision of a romantic relationship (as in the fantasies of advertising companies).  Hey so they're not all totally connected to love but the title alone should convey enough:

Touchy! - A-ha
Tears Are Not Enough - ABC
Dog Eat Dog - Adam and the Ants
I could be Happy - Altered Images
Hope there's someone - Anthony and the Johnsons
It's Better this Way - Associates
What's A Girl To Do? - Bat for Lashes
Small Talk Stinks - Bauhaus
I don't love anyone - Belle and Sebastian
Blue it is - Billy Mackenzie
Declare Independence - Bjork
Love Burns - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
No Need to Cry - British Sea Power
Why Should I Settle for You - Candie Payne
Maybe Someday - The Cinematics
Love + Pain - Clor
Men's Needs - The Cribs
Music is My Hot Hot Sex - CSS
How Beautiful You Are - The Cure
We're So Happy - Danse Society
Some Kind of Fool - David Sylvian
The Trial - Dead Can Dance
I Luv U - Dizzee Rascal
I Love You Cause I Have To - Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Darling, You're Mean - The Duke Spirit
Is There Something I Should Know? - Duran Duran
Getting Away With It - Electronic
There's A Ghost In My House - The Fall
Get Up and Use Me - Fire Engines
Bandages - Hot Hot Heat
Leif Erikson - Interpol
Fall in Love With Me - Japan
Don't Let Him Waste Your Time - Jarvis Cocker
Heart and Soul - Joy Division
Everyday I love you Less and Less - Kaiser Chiefs
Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
Can't Stand Me Now - The Libertines
I Want to Burn Again - Magazine
Going Missing - Maximo Park
Jealousy - Octopus
She's a Rejector - Of Montreal
Rip It Up - Orange Juice
XOYO - The Passage
Chained - Paul Haig
The Murder of Love - Propaganda
Lipgloss - Pulp
You and I - Mass
Love is the Drug - Roxy Music
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne
Dirty Disco - Section 25
Overrated - Siobhan Donaghy
Typical Girls - The Slits
Stop me if you think you've heard this one before - The Smiths
Say Hello, Say Goodbye - Soft Cell
I'm Free - Soup Dragons
I Think I'm in Love - Spiritualized
Still in Love Song - The Stills
Beautiful Alone - Strangelove
Walk on By - The Stranglers
Is This It - The Strokes
Life's What you Make It - Talk Talk
Watch me Bleed - Tears for Fears
That Move - Teddy Thompson
Infected - The The
United - Throbbing Gristle
Suffocated Love - Tricky
Rockwrock - Ultravox
You've got my number (why don't you use it) - The Undertones
Femme Fatale - The Velvet Underground
History - The Verve
Get Free - The Vines
Pagan Lovesong - Virgin Prunes
All I asked you to do - The Wake
Inaction - We are Scientists
Freeze - We are Performance
Last Christmas - Wham!
Love is a Number - White Rose Movement
Fell in Love With A Girl - The White Stripes
Must be the Moon - !!!

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