As my junk email box fills with Valentine's suggestions, I'm reminded of the party that I will, sadly, miss again this year. When I lived in the Chicago area, a few friends and I got together on February 14th for our annual Screw Cupid Party--a night we mocked romantic comedies, music and people. An all-black-attire affair, I've unfortunately missed this sentimental gathering the past two years since I moved.
Since I won't be part of the celebration, here are a few songs for the soundtrack.
Everyday I Love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs
It's so much fun! I love the panning synth at the beginning that gives a "fuzzy" undertone to the whole song and the nonsense "na na na's" and silly rhymes that lend it a leering sophomoric tone. And how many of us have wanted our whole "crew" backing us up when it was time to tell someone it's over?! I just picture the rest of the band peeking around thumbing their noses and sticking their tongues out.
I Can't Fall In Love - Irving
One of the reasons to hate this mythical winged cherub is ourselves. It's not always a faulty partner! I appreciate the level of self-awareness this tune represents.
I Don't Really Love You Anymore - The Magnetic Fields
Quintessential Stephin Merritt. The way the song begins makes it difficult to see where he's going. But once you've reached the second section, there's no more guessing:
I don't have to love you now if I don't wish to
I won't see you anyhow if that's an issue.
One Hundred Things You Should Have Done In Bed - Snow Patrol
V-Day is a great chance to remember those failed attempts at love. One of my favorite song titles of all time and a singular "if only" kind of thought.
I Love You 'Cause I Have To - Dogs Die In Hot Cars
The ska-like electric and accent make me smile, but the lyrics hit a little close to home...
And now I spend most of my time playing computer games (or blogging maybe?)
And wishing I was loving like most of my friends, oh I am so ashamed.
What The Hell Is Love - K's Choice
Inevitably, a Screw Cupid party has a moping drunk ending, a point when everyone sits around wondering why they are single or love-less, bringing on the philosophical meanderings. This is the song to play on repeat during those conversations.
Employment, The Kaiser Chiefs
I Hope You're Feeling Better Now, Irving
i, The Magnetic Fields
Songs For Polar Bears, Snow Patrol
Please Describe Yourself, Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Great Subconscious Club, K's Choice