I sometimes tell people that my favourite romantic comedy is The Silence of the Lambs. I say this partly because I’m a smartass, and partly because the very idea of rom-coms makes be break out in hives—though there really is something electric about that single frame in The Silence of the Lambswhen Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling’s fingers touch for a brief, charged moment. So dear reader, you can imagine my trepidation over the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine time of the year. I won’t go on a tirade about the backwash of Hallmark’s slop bucket because I don’t want to ruin February 14 for everyone else. Instead, I present you with you a selection of ten tunes about scorned love and alternative takes on amorous relations.
Grace Jones — Pull Up to the Bumper
Diamanda Galás with John Paul Jones — Do You Take This Man?
Peaches — Two Guys (For Every Girl)
Dirty Sanchez — Give Head
Yo Majesty — Hustle Mode
Jonny McGovern — Dickmatized
Lesbians on Ecstasy with Big Freedia — She Likes to Party
David Bowie — The Hearts Filthy Lesson
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings — I Learned the Hard Way
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with PJ Harvey — Henry Lee