Jesus, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day! That horrible invention of the flower and sweets industry. Yes, not everyone’s that happy about the buzz around February 14. Does love actually need one specific day to be celebrated? Or aren’t small signs and everyday reminders a bit more effective in the end? And why should we even celebrate love if it should actually be a matter of course?
For all those who share a certain aversion against Valentine’s Day: NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION got you covered on this. We present you ten songs that are anything but romantic; tracks that don’t want to be loved or celebrate love. Music that shows the ugly side of love, something pop songs tend to do far too seldom, we think. So, please burn the roses, skip the romantic dinner and enjoy these sad and powerful beauties instead.
The Smiths – ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’
Two lovers entwined pass me by and heaven knows I’m miserable now…
CHVRCHES – ‘Cry Me A River’ (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be
Jeff Buckley – ‘Forget Her’
Well my tears falling down as I try to forget,
Her love was a joke from the day that we met.
Tom Waits – ‘Blue Valentines’
It takes a lot of whiskey / To make these nightmares go away / And I cut my bleedin’ heart out every nite / And I die a little more on each st. valentine day
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Love is a Catastrophe’
All my former dreams / tender romantic schemes / revealed as so naive
The Mountain Goats – ‘No Children’
I am drowning / There is no sign of land / You are coming down with me / Hand in unlovable hand
Joy Division – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
And there’s a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Is it something so good just can’t function no more?
Shellac – ‘Prayer To God’
To the one true God above: here is my prayer / there are two people here, and I want you to kill them
Carissa’s Wierd – ‘Sofisticated Fuck Princess Please Leave Me Alone’
Take a long look inside / Cause right now I’m leaving you
Arab Strap – ‘(If There’s) No Hope For Us’
You say you think we’ll still be friends / But we both know that we won’t
Are you feeling miserable enough? Right, if you want to continue to let yourself fall in an endless sea of sweet melancholia and powerful emotion we highly recommend you to head over to Spotify and turn on NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION‘s very own ‘Heartbreak Emergency’ playlist. We give you almost six hours of powerful and highly emtional pieces to comfort you, not only on Valentine’s Day but whenever you feel the need to.