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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Breakup Songs

I was rather bored with the Olympics last night so I made a mix CD of my favorite breakup songs. I tried to stick with more contemporary artists and avoid cute or jokey tunes and go for more heartfelt stuff. I also tried to end it with some more hopeful breakup songs. Here is the track list:

Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour
Built To Spill – Fling
Blur – No Distance Left To Run
Morrissey – Will Never Marry
Magnetic Fields – Why I Cry
Jon Brion – Ruin My Day
Lloyd Cole – No More Love Songs
Beck – Guess I’m Doing Fine
Wilco - At Least That’s What You Said
Pernice Brothers – 7:30
Pulp – Bad Cover Version
Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
Belle and Sebastian – I’m Waking Up To Us
They Might Be Giants – Narrow Your Eyes
Scud Mountain Boys – Grudgefuck
Minus 5 – I’m Not Bitter
Wilco – Box Full of Letters
Lucksmiths – Deep Sea Diving Suit
Elliott Smith – Oh Well, Okay
Badly Drawn Boy – A Minor Incident
XTC – I Can’t Own Her

Anything I forgot? All suggestions are welcome.

19 Comments:

At 8/25/2004 12:49 PM, Blogger Sally said...

My favorite breakup song of all time is Fiona Apple's "Get Gone." It's a bit angry, though.

 
At 8/25/2004 4:50 PM, Blogger Headstart For Happiness said...

Well, you know some of my favorites like:

Train in Vain by The Clash ("You didn't stand by me, no not at all")

That's What Thoughts Will Do by Willie Nelson ("Well, I thought I loved just you, I thought you loved me too... Look what thoughts will do")

Questioningly by The Ramones ("When I'm coming home, whiskey bottle, movie on TV, and I'm alone just me, just me")

And there's many more. I prefer "Your Dictionary" to "I Can't Own Her," as far as breakup songs go. And no Elvis Costello? And what about my new favorite The Go-Betweens (particularily "Was There Anything I Could Do")?

 
At 8/25/2004 11:55 PM, Blogger merychippus said...

I Hope You're Happy Now -- Elvis
Go Your Own Way -- Fleetwood Mac
Everything -- XTC
The Night Was So Young -- Beach Boys
If You're Gone -- Matchbox Twenty
Love Is Everything -- Jane Siberry
Where Were You When I Needed You -- Bangles
No More Looking Back, Sweet Lady Genevieve, Days -- Kinks
Lover Don't Go, Lonesome Reverie, Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart -- Nick Lowe
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart -- Bee Gees

And, for a twist,
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright and The Only Living Boy In New York -- Simon & Garfunkel

 
At 8/26/2004 12:02 AM, Blogger merychippus said...

More...

Hear Me Out -- Frou Frou
Other World -- Glenn Tilbrook (from his first album)
Here's Where the Story Ends -- Tin Tin Out

 
At 8/26/2004 12:09 AM, Blogger merychippus said...

And, since you like twee,

I'll Sail This Ship Alone
and
A Little Time
by the Beautiful South

 
At 8/26/2004 10:31 AM, Blogger Headstart For Happiness said...

Don't forget "I Won't See You" by Glenn Tilbrook! Listen to it -- great lyrics!

 
At 8/26/2004 1:58 PM, Blogger merychippus said...

Great lyrics indeed, maybe better than "Other World," but not quite the right sound for such a CD, I thought.

 
At 8/26/2004 1:58 PM, Blogger merychippus said...

Any good ones by Robyn, I wonder?

 
At 8/26/2004 3:04 PM, Blogger successlessness said...

no good robyn ones other than a few stalkerish ones or an apolitical reading of I Wanna Destroy You.

Great suggestions all around maybe a second disc is in order. Most of the older stuff were things i considered by through by the way side to be more contemporary and mopey. I think the oldest tracks on this CD are the Moz and TMBG ones

 
At 8/26/2004 5:04 PM, Blogger merychippus said...

"I Hope You're Happy Now" is one of the greatest tracks of its genre ever IMHO!

 
At 8/26/2004 8:26 PM, Blogger successlessness said...

"I hope your Happy Now" is a great song but I'm not really fond of any of the released arrangemnts of the song. It's one of those song I think Steve Nieve almost ruins.

"I Can't Own Her" is ten times the song that "Your Dictionary" is. "You're Dictionary" is clever but its too clever and the ending undermines the emotion of the song.

My personal faves are "I Can't Own Her", "One More Hour", Will Never Marry", and "Why I Cry".

 
At 8/27/2004 10:47 AM, Blogger sprizee said...

Okay with the vintage group, I’m pretty much sticking my fingers in my ears, humming The Smurfs and ignoring your request for contemporary songs.

VintagePatsy Cline – Crazy
Diana Krall – I’m thru with love
Michael Buble – Kissing a Fool
Diana Krall – If I had you
Diana Krall – You call it madness (I call it love)
Diana Krall – A Blossom Fell

Contemporary-ishYeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
The Cure – Pictures of You
The Police – Voices inside my head
Hall & Oates – Some things are better left unsaid
Keane – We might as well be strangers
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Travis – Driftwood
Justin Timberlake – Cry me a river
Coldplay – Warning Sign
Coldplay – In my place
U2 – With or Without You

”Nobody said it was easy
Oh it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said that it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start.”
- Coldplay – The Scientist

And on that note, it's time for me to crawl under my desk and cry my eyes out.

 
At 8/27/2004 11:20 AM, Blogger successlessness said...

"Driftwood" now that is a great song! i almost added it. Also old songs are great I love em. I was just explaining that i didnt consider them for my intial CD.

 
At 8/27/2004 11:57 AM, Blogger merychippus said...

That's not what "Sweet Jane" is about, is it?

 
At 8/27/2004 1:39 PM, Blogger successlessness said...

The Velvet Underground's version of the song is not a break up song. The its kind of a moving to the big city with your friends and falling in love song. But the Cowboy Junkies version is so sad souding that it turns the song on its head and becomes a song of grief.

 
At 8/27/2004 2:01 PM, Blogger Anita7779 said...

Indigo Girls...Ghost. I swear this one makes me remember the not so fun guy I just can't forget about. I know this sounds weird but "Never Gonna Get It" by En Vouge.

 
At 8/28/2004 10:38 AM, Blogger Headstart For Happiness said...

En Vogue are cool! I should get En Vogue's greatest hits someday. Ah, it brings back memories...

 
At 8/28/2004 5:00 PM, Blogger merychippus said...

I used to sing to myself "never gonna make it, never gonna make it" when I 'd see someone a block away from the stop running for the bus I was on. They never did.

I don't ride the bus nearly as much anymore, but that song stil comes to mind when I do.

 
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