Friday, June 12, 2009

Songs to Make Your Skin Crawl and Your Heart Skip a Beat

Virtually every pop song ever written boils down to love. I love you, or I miss you because I loved you, or why don't you love me, or how can you possibly love that guy? Teen love, true love, lost love, unrequited love: it's all pretty legit and, more importantly, plottable somewhere along the nutty graph of human emotion. However, just like shooting stars and subway cars that don't smell a little bit like armpits and french fries, once in a great while a love song will skew accidentally creepy, or dark, or psychotic, or macabre. This is a mix for the crazy gleam in your eye, the part of you that wants to whisper awkward things, your inner peeping tom, your inner garbage picker and diary reader, your inner poison-swigger and passionate strangler, and that one person you love so much you could just eat them up. With some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Songs to Make Your Skin Crawl and Your Heart Skip a Beat
(Complete mixtape available on

1. Blood Bank- Bon Iver
Kai says: He's talking about a pair of lovers in a car and it's a pretty image, with snow falling, but some big secret looms over them. Plus, the references to blood make it a little creepy.

2. The Toadies - Possum Kingdom
Kai says: This one starts out with a nice romantic walk by the lake and then may lead to lyrics of wanting to kill her and keep her forever. Real healthy.

3. The Decemberists - We Both Go Down Together
Kai says: A girl from wrong side of the tracks secretly meets her wealthy high society lover. Then? Joint suicide.

4. The Cars - Drive
Kai says: This one sounds like a slow dance, but it's really just a codependent anthem.

5. Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
Kathy says: "I drove all night to get to you...crept into your room. Is that alright?" No, Cyndi, it's not. It's not alright.

6. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Kathy says: Nothing quite like comparing love to a pack of dogs about to tear a fox limb from limb to make relationships seem enticing. The kind of love I envision for myself doesn't "come for me through the trees." That's what Bigfoot does. Also, she kind of barks.

7. Heart - Alone
Kathy says: Presumably the Wilsons want to get their men to finally confess their love. Or else knock them the fuck out and tie them up and drug them almost to the point of oblivion and skin him and wear him like a big man suit.

8. Meatloaf - You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Kathy says: The intro to this song is the upper limit of creepiness. The rest of the lyrics are sort of whatever, intense and cheesy, but acceptably lovey-dovey. Although the implications of taking anything out of Meatloaf's mouth, whether via your tongue or your fingers or forceps or whatever, is horrible.

1 comment:

  1. hey kathy and kai,

    nice blog! mixtapes are the best kind of therapy, and yours are no exception to that rule. if you're ever bored, stroll on down to my music blog, let's go burn down the disco ( i don't always write, but i post music regularly. if you click the bar at the bottom of your screen there, you can stream all the tracks i've posted. which is an interesting mix, i would say.

    long live mixtapes,