Via Kate, a call for love songs. I like most of the songs on Kate’s list, but as I tried to think of songs to add, I realized a couple of things: 1) I own more really good kiss-off songs than I do traditional love songs, and 2) even the songs that I like about loving relationships tend to be a little… odd. Make of this what you will.
Anyway, as a complement to Kate’s list of relatively conventional love songs, here’s a list of some odder tracks, mostly by less well-known artists. They’re all songs about love or people in love, but not quite the sort of thing you should expect to hear as the first dance at a wedding any time soon:
- Papa Was a Rodeo by the Magnetic Fields. The romance of the century, involving truckers, cowboys, and gator wrestling.
- Hey Julie by Fountains of Wayne. A sweet song about how much an office job sucks.
- Mississippi by Bob Dylan. He never had a good voice, and what’s left of it is a wreck, but it works well for this song.
- The Rock Show by Blink-182. Because snotty punk kids fall in love, too.
- Just to See You Smile by Chuck Prophet. OK, this one is fairly straightforward and sappy, but not enough people have heard it.
- Cooksferry Queen by Richard Thompson. Because “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” is too obvious.
- North Bronx French Marie by Stew. I have a lot of odds and ends in my music collection. This is one of them, but it’s kind of sweet in an off-kilter way.
- Lockjaw by the Rugburns. Another odd little song, from an album that swings between this sort of sweet little tune and ridiculous juvenalia.
- Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti. Because these needs something more upbeat to close it out.
So, there you go. This is deliberately skewed a little weird, even by my standards, because it’s more fun that way. It’s also skewed a little by the availability of good versions online– there are some great tracks that Google only turns up in off-key live versions, or weird edits.
Feel free to suggest more weird stuff in the comments. Be warned, though, that too many links (where “too many” is usually “more than two”) will put your comment in limbo until I get a chance to approve it.