If, like me, you spent some time either as a sort of goth kid or at least being good friends with goth-y kids, at some point you probably considered this your favorite love song (this is if you were a goth-y type kid and also too much of a snob to just like “Tonight, Tonight” like everybody else even when it is pretty clearly a better song).
Also: I believe this is my sister’s favorite Smashing Pumpkins song—I distinctly remember her blaring it in the car and singing along obnoxiously a lot when we were in high school.
And it is her birthday. So happy birthday to my sister, who will never, ever see this.
I feel like I don’t talk about how much I love hip hop enough. I really, really love hip hop. It excites me that I’ve learned to appreciate it—despite growing up in a generation largely influenced by hip hop culture growing up it never really “took.” But now I love it and it’s what I listen to most of the time right now. I’m a little remiss to have not included any rap in my list of favorite Christmas songs but frankly I don’t think I could name one Christmas rap song (outside of “Christmas Wrapping” which obviously doesn’t count).
Anyway, as a result for Valentine’s I am determined to include more rap. So here’s a Kanye Song of Heartbreak ((perhaps) second only to “Runaway”). The audio quality is shit because it’s stolen from the internet. This song is only available as a bonus track on the CD in Japan for some reason.
A million kudos to Kanye for choosing that amazing Chairmen of the Board song to sample. Obviously I understand the need to have a different vocal track than the actual one from the song, but I am completely lost as to why he went with John Mayer. No comment on that guy.
This is just about everything I love in one video, give or take.
As far as versions of this song go, I don’t particularly like this sort of dancehall beat thing. But RuPaul is a perfect goddess, Elton John’s acting is awful but endearingly sincere, and at one point there’s a heart-shaped cake that says “fish face” on it. And later, one that says “you dope.”
If anyone wants to get me a Valentine’s day card or something, might I suggest just writing “you dope” on it? It will fill my heart with temporary joy and I will probably put it on my fridge.
It was really thoughtful of Belle and Sebastian to write a lovesong specifically for lonely, single ladies who are Belle and Sebastian fans. Which is to say: me.
In all seriousness, Belle and Sebastian may be cloyingly cute basically all the time but I still like them and this is a nice, semi-uplifting Valentine’s appropriate song for single people. Especially single people who are also incredibly likely to love cats and Oscar Wilde, wear thick glasses, like tweed…etc. I could do this all day.
I may have posted this in the past but it’s tumblr, I doubt anyone gives a fuck.
I love this song from this movie that I hate. Also this video would be worthless if it weren’t for Elvis Costello’s amazing facial expressions—the fact that he is either the worst or best actor possible is well-documented in The Colbert Christmas Special and is clearly reflected here.
Can’t mention love songs with The Magnetic Fields. My sister once described them as “soulful crying music” which is basically pretty accurate at least half the time.
This isn’t the most saccharine or “seriously-about-love” of their songs, but it’s one of my favorites and I’m apt to like anything that contains the phrase “let our clothing drop off, feel each other’s butts.” How romantic?(!)