While I’m playing all sorts of Valentine’s Day dedications on the radio, I thought I’d go in a different direction for today’s blog. Instead of getting sappy and romantical (fake word – I made it up), I’ve got some songs for those who are NOT big fans of the Hallmark holiday! There are a bunch of different categories. Which do YOU fall into?
Workaholics: For those of you just too busy to cram a love life in your deadline-infested schedule. Not only is Valentine’s Day just another day at the office, it’s meaning is about as important to you as the paper submitted through your shredder.
Victims: Whether you’ve been susceptible to a philandering tease or a gut-wrenching case of infidelity, it’s never fun to be on the wrong side of a dirty relationship.
Hopeless Romantics: Waiting for someone to sweep you off your feet, but keep finding lemons? Maybe it’s time to stop living vicariously through The Notebook.
Dispassionate Cynics: If there is such a thing as “true love,” than Cupid is hogging it all for himself.
“Love Stinks” – J. Geils Band
A mandatory addition to the list. I posted Adam Sandler’s rendition from the film The Wedding Singer, featuring a classic example of one of his famous fits of anger.
“Sometime Around Midnight” – The Airborne Toxic Event
Sad? Certainly. Unless your name is Don “Magic” Juan, you’ve probably been afflicted by a similar situation.
“Nah Nah Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” – Steam
We sing it at sporting events. But, there’s NO team effort here. This is when the team falls apart!
“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – The Ramones
“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” is themed around the love/hate relationship. Such as (in extreme cases) the couples that break up every three months, then get back together, then break up, and so on.
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Men cringe every time this song plays. And, we deserve it! Though, I still think there needs to be a version of this song for guys.
“Evil Woman” – Electric Light Orchestra
OK…if there IS an “I Will Survive” for guys, this one from ELO comes pretty close!!!
“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” – The Smiths
If you view life through a somewhat gloomier lens, you can relate to Morrisey. It’s cathartic for some. Downright depressing for others. Regardless, it’s a perfect song for singles who want to rejoice in their Valentine’s Day melancholy.
“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” – Green Day
So your squeeze just got up and bounced huh? Maybe even moved to Ecuador? Life can get pretty rough in one tragically spontaneous moment. If not for those moments, however, we wouldn’t have great anti-love songs such as these.
“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell
Did you know “Tainted Love” was originally performed by Gloria Jones back in the 60’s? Now take that golden nugget of knowledge and use it the next time you go on a date. All of your love problems will be resolved. Guaranteed.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division
Another great song that’s holistically kind of a downer. Ian Curtis wrote “Love Will Tear Us Apart” after his divorce from wife Deborah, committing suicide soon thereafter. Curtis passed in 1980, and the remaining members formed New Order who went on to create another renowned love-stricken track titled “Bizarre Love Triangle.”