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Mix Suggestion: The Heartbreak Mix

For the inaugural mix, I've picked the topic of heartbreak because I'm such a cheery fellow. Specifically, these are songs that you'd want to listen to if you got your heart broken and were in the mood to just wallow in your misery- no uplifting "I Will Survive" songs of moving on allowed. The songs don't have to necessarily be related to the topic, as you'll see, but I think these all at least give off an empathetically despondent vibe. Here we go:

"Directives & Excuses": A Heartbreak Mix by Willie

1. Scud Mountain Boys- "Silo" (Pine Box version) (3:45) A folk-country-blues song that opens the disc on a total downer note. The rural sound and subject matter (the narrator threatens to burn the silo and shoot the livestock when his lover leaves) are piercingly lonely, and thus a great entryway into 80 minutes of self-pity.

2. Crowded House- "Don't Dream It's Over" (3:56) My brother, the Neil Finn scholar, tells me that this is not really a song about romantic reconciliation the way everyone always thinks it is. So what? I've always heard it as being about a failed attempt at getting back together that the singer refuses to accept (the yearning in his voice belies the confidence of the lyrics), but even if it's not, the tune's fragile pop beauty moves me to tears.

3. Ash- "Goldfinger" (4:31) Another lonely song: power pop with a breathtakingly enormous chorus. The quiet/loud dynamics work exactly as they're supposed to, heightening the drama of the noisier bits (excellent drum fills, too).

4. The Flaming Lips- "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" (4:34) One of Wayne Coyne's many masterpieces that are simultaneously bursting with hope and unbearably sad in the knowledge that the love and happiness we all seek will probably never come to be (or at least won't last). No one else I'm aware of can pull off that combination- let alone make the results so gorgeous.

5. Dirty Vegas- "Days Go By (Hot Shit Remix)" (3:40) Time for something with a bit more of a rhythm. The distant, vocoderized vocals and obsessive lyrics maintain this disc's sense that we are all utterly alone in the world, while the trancey beat keeps things from getting too sluggish.

6. Trembling Blue Stars- "Under Lock and Key" (4:03) What would a heartbreak mix be without a TBS song? This one is the best candidate here because of its deranged drumbeat and the horrific self-flagellation and resolutions Robert Wratten pummels himself with ("You've gotta let go/If not in your heart, then in what you show and in what you start"). Great, twisted indie-pop.

7. Sparklehorse- "Pig" (2:23) Building on the Stars' aggressive misery, this is a ridiculously assaultive noise-pop song in which Mark Linkous's distorted voice pleads to be allowed to fundamentally change his identity to get out of his current life situation ("I wanna be a stupid and shallow motherfucker now"). Anyone reeling from being dumped can certainly relate to that sentiment, I think, and the punky music gives voice to the inner rage boiling in us all.

8. Cracker- "Big Dipper" (5:40) After "Pig" leaves you drained, you'll want something narcotic. Cracker's folksy ballad, creeping along largely to a wistful piano line, hits the spot. David Lowery manages to strike the perfect balance between sweetness and exasperated sarcasm as he debates whether he's "got the courage yet" to move on.

9. Fountains of Wayne- "A Fine Day for a Parade" (4:13) A gentle, bass-driven indie number with a melody so perfectly sad it wouldn't matter if the lyrics were complete nonsense. However, the fact that they're a sympathetic tale of a paranoid, middle-aged spinster means it continues the theme of unwanted solitude that we're going for here. (Dispute the sympathetic classification all you want, CosmicBen.) Tasteful E-Bow solo, too.

10. Mike Doughty- "Rising Sign" (Smofe & Smang version) (2:14) Like all of Doughty's solo acoustic work, this song hits a wholly unique note of bittersweet emotion that can make you feel so empty that the song itself seems like your only true friend in the world, no matter what your life might look like. And especially if you're the victim of unrequited love.

11. Nick Cave (with Kylie Minogue)- "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (3:57) Lest we should get suicidal with this compilation's hypersensitivity, it's time to include some out-and-out nastiness. As a sweeping string section backs them, Cave and Minogue play murderer and deceased, respectively, in a supremely creepy story of innocence being snuffed. Pretty as the song is, it's also pretty cynical.

12. Pet Shop Boys- "Love Comes Quickly" (Discography version) (4:18) Though Neil Tennant insists that everyone falls in love, and if you're currently loveless, you need only wait until another comes along, he makes that sound like a sentence rather than consolation. ("Love comes quickly/Whatever you do, you can't stop falling.") The Pet Shop Boys' music is all about isolation to begin with- the infinite chasm between every human being on the planet that can never be crossed- and this incredibly sad dance number is a perfect example.

13. Boo Radleys- "Monuments for a Dead Century" (5:57) Basically three songs in one. The first one's a sweet, gentle acoustic popper that makes things a little less oppressively unhappy after the Pet Shop Boys number (dig the flute work here), and it quickly changes into a similarly sweet declaration of love that should shatter you if you really are heartbroken, because it'll just remind you of what you've lost or never had. Once it's got you off-guard, then, it builds into a grandly regretful Britpop symphony that'll totally destroy you (strings and tremolo guitar complementing the ghostly keyboards and affecting return of the flute). Even at six minutes, it feels too short.

14. Chamber Strings- "Month of Sundays" (2:49) An appropriately heavyhearted instrumental that will give you a little time to soak in the tearful shock of the previous song. How this song manages to wring such a feeling of hopelessness from such a poppy, Beach Boys-esque arrangement (albeit a sad one) is beyond me, but it's nevertheless quite a feat.

15. Big Fish Ensemble- "Distant" (2:54) A jangle-rock song about drifting apart from a girlfriend after a jaunt to the big city made her decide she wanted more. Midway through, when the song shifts the focus from R.E.M.-ish guitars to an upset bassline and violin, it's enough to give you the same pit in your stomach that the disheartened narrator has.

16. Guided by Voices- "Hold on Hope" (3:31) Another acoustic rocker, but with a wrenchingly depressing chorus ("Everybody's got a hold on hope/It's the last thing that's holding me") that doesn't leave the listener with much of that titular hope. Luckily, the song is arguably Robert Pollard's most accomplished moment of pessimistic prettiness.

17. Lush- "Papasan" (2:36) Hey, a girl's singing! And it only took 17 tracks! (Sue me- I don't imagine heartbroken girls would want to hear a bunch of guys singing about their smashed dreams, either. You're welcome to correct the feminine deficiency in my list by submitting your own.) Though two delicate guitars and a triangle make up most of the instrumentation, hints of minor-key Japanese music give this minimalist tune a somewhat exotic flavor. More universal is the song's theme of the emotional complications inherent in trying to remain friends with an ex-lover after he/she has hooked up with someone new.

18. Lincoln- "Taller" (3:18) Lush's theme of rejection continues in Lincoln's apologetic admission of low self-esteem. Though this indie-pop tune is undeniably catchy, you can practically see Chris Temple's hands clasped bashfully behind his back as he self-destructively puts the object of his affection on a pedestal far out of his own reach, and then cuts himself down farther. ("Next to you, yeah, I'm all wet/And what you see is what you get/And you ain't seen nothing yet and you're right next to me...") By this point, the listener should be thinking, "Yes, I'm so wrong! It's so hopeless!"

19. Clem Snide- "The Dairy Queen" (5:03) Speaking of hopelessness, let's follow up "Taller" with a country-tinged ode to "the root canal music of a prom night disaster" that uses plenty of specific images to evoke a vague but pervasive sense of opportunities that were missed (or blown) and are now forever gone. The song's leisurely pace- and weeping strings- allows you to really focus on this sense of how life keeps getting irreversably worse.

20. Moby- "At Least We Tried" (4:08) The final nail in the coffin of the listener's composure is also the most inexpressably doleful song Moby has ever written. As a dinky rhythm track and tasteful keyboard provide a base for the tune, the silken-voiced Freedom Bremner entreats his lover not to cry as they both come to the wrenching realization that it's just never going to work between them, and there's nothing humanly possible that can be done to fix things. It perfectly captures the very instant a heart breaks, and it will grind whatever's left of your heart into dust. Then the song ends, the disc is over, and you're left with... nothing. Exactly what you really have in life.

So there you go. Get the idea? I know things got kind of grim and detailed there in my mix, but yours doesn't have to be. Just remember- you're going for the loneliness that coincides with heartbreak on this one, not uplift (or revenge- maybe we can hit that one later). You don't have to time the album out like I did unless you're a perfectionist like me- just approximate. And send your mixes here and we'll try to get a little collection going, okay? I hope this works.

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Untitled Heartbreak Mix by Jeff Dixon

1. The Fraggles - Fickle (2:37) This is the only lo-fi punk ska song I've ever heard. Everything about it embodies the early moments of heartbreak: the lyrics which waver between fond memories of love and pure anguish, the poorly recorded drums with the endearingly flubbed fills, and the basic but instantly loveable melody and guitar line. (Note: you probably will only be able to find this song on mp3.com)

2. The Burning Airlines – The Escape Engine (2:54) This song’s verse is perhaps my favorite moment in pop music. That’s all I can say.

3. Elliot Smith – Needle in the Hay (4:17) The use of this song in The Royal Tenenbaums is my favorite use of music in movies ever. Even without the movie behind it, the song is still very haunting. It’s good to see a kid who can still write a nice ditty after the major label contract.

4. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Another Morning Stoner (4:33) Despite the ridiculous name, this band is one of the coolest new bands I’ve heard. I think this song actually got some airplay on the radio and TV on the coattails of the garage rock revival, but ultimately it didn’t become very popular, probably because this band actually spent some time in the garage, unlike the Strokes or Hives. Their whole new album Source Tags and Codes is incredible, and this song is one of the highlights, especially the call and response section at the end.

5. Pixies – Hey (3:31) The way that amazing guitar lick cradles Frank Black’s voice makes this one of the most soulful songs ever. I could use a little less of the creepy screaming, but when they’re making songs this great, you have to let them do their thing.

6. Dismemberment Plan – Memory Machine (2:43) “Someday, I’m telling you they’ll make a memory machine to wax our hearts to a blinding sheen to wash away the grief… If they can make machines to save us labor/ someday they’ll do our hearts the same favor/ the wails of ruined lives brought to a halt/ by the serene hum of computers in air-conditioned vaults” This song, along with the whole album Emergency & I will kick you in the ass while it breaks your heart. It’s so comfortingly familiar yet refreshingly new.

7. Les Savy Fav – One to Three (2:49) This song is as cool as you would expect from a band like Les Savy Fav, and the fact that it’s got a glossy, pop sound is just an added bonus. Tasty.

8. Quasimoto and Madlib – Am I Confused? (2:55) Hip-hop songs generally don’t fare well on rock mix tapes, but I think this one has a chance. It’s got all the aspects of a great hip-hop song (catchy hook, solid beat, introspective lyrics, and nice vocal flow) without any of that extra baggage that often ruins hip-hop songs (incessant profanity, bloated egos, and unnecessary length).

9. Led Zeppelin – D’yer Mak’er (4:22) This is one of the catchiest songs ever (but not in annoying way). Everything about this song is what you’d expect of a great pop song, especially the simple but effective guitar solo that melts my ears. It’s also only the second or third song on this mix that has lyrics that fit the description, so that helps.

10. Wrens – Jane Fakes a Hug (5:05) This song is Beach Boys, indie-fied and slowed down 200%. At the climax of the song, the pain in these vocals will kill you. The melody is perfect enough to carry the song along at such a slow pace. This is where the heartbreak really starts.

11. Pedro the Lion – Fix (2:08) This song is horribly catchy in an extremely depressing way. I kind of hate the song and the band, but if you’re in a bad mood, I guarantee this song won’t make you feel any better. It’s apparently about drugs, but I have a hard time imagining the guy singing this being on drugs, so you can pretend it’s a metaphor for girls and heartbreak.

12. Daniel Johnston – Worried Shoes (6:33) I knew I needed some Daniel Johnston, and I was tempted to put on one of his great pop songs like “Some Time Spent in Heaven”, but this here is the real deal. It’s just the man (who supposedly has bi-polar disorder or something like that), his accordion, and a melody that will break your heart. To be honest, the song is about 4 minutes too long, but under the assumption that your heart is truly broken and you’re not going anywhere, it’s just fine.

13. De La Soul – All Good (4:58) No offense to Daniel Johnston, but this rap song is quite necessary to make up for the lack of rhythm in the last 6 ½ minutes of the mix. However, despite a stellar beat, it’s no less emotional than any of the songs before it. It’s quite mournful with poignant lyrics and a great hook. It’s safe to say that this song is more moving than most rock songs I’ve heard.

14. Coldplay – Yellow (4:29) This is my favorite song of the last few years that’s received heavy radio and TV play. No matter how elite you are, I can’t see how you can deny that this is a great love song. Unless you think about the lyrics. But it’s still great.

15. Pavement – In the Mouth a Desert (3:52) I can’t say this song has much to do with heartbreak, but it does the job. Besides “Trigger Cut” and lots of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement didn’t get much better than this. Scratch that, indie rock in the 90’s didn’t get much better than this.

16. Modest Mouse – Heart Cooks Brain (4:03) This is as weird and delightful as any Modest Mouse song. Really, any song by them could have gone here – “All Night Diner”, “Bankrupt on Selling”, “Broke”, “Worms vs. Birds”, etc.

17. Wilco – Radio Cure (5:09) This song comes from the legendary Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and while it’s not the most instantly likeable song the band has made, it’s still got some incredibly catchy parts despite its slow pace, repetition, and length.

18. Built to Spill – Scarin (1:49) This is a nice little ditty. It’s short to the point and has aching vocals only Doug Martsch could pull off. Well, Wayne Coyne, too.

19. Clinic – Distortions (4:01) This song is a combination of the Beach Boys and “Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Radiohead.


A Heartbreak Mix by Saman Hosseini

1. Rolling Stones - Good Bye Ruby Tuesday (3:20) How can you not cry hearing this song. It's sappy as hell, it thought it sounded like a great way to start things off.

2. Cake - It's Coming Down (3:45) Cake, jazzy kinda lo fi pop rock, its vibrantly moody all throughout, the lyrics are a bit repetitive but along with the music they always give you a good picture of whats going on, when its raining outside you feel as though its raining outside etc.

3. Radiohead - No Surprises (3:49) Im pretty sure the bells in this song have some kind of intended chemical reaction in your brain to make you feel instantly depressed.

4. Sonic Youth - Superstar (4:07) Another absolutely sappy classic, its a cover off an old Carpenters hit, the lyrics are perfect.

5. Weezer - Only In Dreams (8:45) I would call this song sappy, but it feeds out a terrible feeling, it shows you something beutiful and then reminds you its off limits, so you can only dream about it and feel worse and worse.

6. Jeff Buckley - So Real (4:43) Everytime I hear anything by him it is evn more chilling since he is dead. This is a beautifully tragic sounding song where Jeff retells his memories of his past lover and concludes that is was "so real".

7. The Cure - Burn (6:39) This song was written for The Crow sountrack. To me it is a painful and moving song that also provokes you to seek revenge.

8. Opeth - To Bid You Farewell (10:56) Opeth, one band that can really put into no definite category of music, some call them Progressive Black Metal, some might call them Melodic Gothic Metal, eiher way they are gods of todays metal scene. They have made their reputation for writing epic songs full of thrashing vocals and unbelievable melodies, To Bid You Farewell is one of their strictly serene and melodic songs and they have quite a few of them, this song was written about the greif the vocalist felt after her found out that his girl friend of 4 yours was fucking around.

9. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan (4:35) This is another very serene song, i think it works well, Ozzy can barely be understood in this song because hes using some very primitive synthesizers, i think hes singing about space travel, but anyway, the peacful vocals along with the great rythmic guitar and evocative bongo drumming in this song work splendidly, i visualize listening to this song next to a fire taking one last look at the pictures of the one who broke my heart before i toss them into the fire.

10. The Dandy Warhols - Sleep (5:06) It's one of those songs you could hear over and over and not realize your doing so, it's addictive. The lyrics make a lot of sense to me, they are about trying your desperately to sleep in an effort to extinguish your painful memories.

11. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (6:40) I think trip-hop in general works especially great for heart break. This song is like the feeling you get when you've become a bit numbed from the pain but your now paranoid and something is still biting you, hard.

12. Massive Attack - Teardrop (5:25) Ah yes, listening to this song lets you know you are truly shit out of luck.


The Autumn Mix by Anne Becking

NOTE: Technically, this isn't a heartbreak mix, but it works pretty well in achieving a similar mood. Anne explains her decision here: "I don't really believe in I-am-oh-so-sad Heartbreak Mixes. They only get you down. You need something soothing – but not too wallowy, you don’t wanna drive yourself to suicide (which explains the absence of certain usual suspects in this mix) and slightly optimistic – but not too optimistic because you’re not likely to believe the sun will ever shine again. Maybe I'm just too much of a perfectionist but I found it very hard to find songs to match this - and I pay a sickly huge amount of attention to lyrics and I got myself all in a twist, thinking how every heartbreak is different and would need different songs because sometimes you get dumped and sometimes you dump someone and then there's getting huge crushes over people and being too chickenshit to tell them and them ignorantly breaking your heart by running off with a dimwit blonde... and when you're in the most terrible need of a heartbreak mix you usually don't have enough emotional distance from the situation to analyse it and... then I just had to stop myself."

1. Jessica Sligter 4 – Use Me (7:30) Jessica Sligter is one of my best friends and she’s gonna be a famous jazz singer. That is such a satisfactory sentence to write down, especially because it’s true. She’s really good. Her voice reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald’s. This is of her first demo (unavailable anywhere). It’s a cool song by Bill Withers, kinda Police-style as in we-respect-silence-in-music-and-our-timing-is-glouriously-perfect.

2. Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo (4:18) When it's raining, you need a song with a chorus that goes "and there ain't no one going to turn me around." This is the way to go.

3. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why (3:06) Another soothing jazz ballad.

4. Matthew Sweet – Everything Changes (3:50) This song is a bit CSNY-ish in the vocal harmonies.

5. Elliott Smith – Pretty Mary K (2:36) Just because it’s so perfectly crafted.

6. Betty Carter – Moonlight In Vermont (3:25) There's something about the mood of this song. And I love the way she sings "telegraph cables they SING down the hiiiiighway."

7. Radiohead – Subterranean Homesick Alien (4:28) I had to include this because my uncle, despite having a vast CD collection that makes his apartment look somewhat like a record store, does. not. posses. ok computer. Can you believe it? And the mood of this song fitin with the rest of this mix, it has that autumn-y feel of take-me-away-to-a-better-place.

8. Reef – Consideration (5:45) The overall mood of this song is very warm and they go on singing “it’s gonna be alriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, it’s gonna be alriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight” for like a full minute. Anyway, the album this comes off, Glow, is one of pop’s overlooked gems in my opinion. I bought it when I was 13 or 14 because I liked the singer’s long hair but it still stands as a very balanced and ultra-cool album. Contrary to some other albums I bought back then (Smashing Pumpkins come to mind, ugh!)

9. Neil Halstead – Hi-Lo and In Between (4:48) Meet Neil Halstead, a.k.a. My Great Discovery of 2002.

10. Al Green – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (6:18) the alpha and omega of autumn music. Six minutes of wallowing in Al’s voice :-)

11. Joni Mitchell – Urge for Going (5:08) A song that was included on her Hits album (an album title only justified by the fact she brought an album out called Misses together with it) and unreleased before. My uncle and me are HUGE Joni Mitchell fans. This song is very much about summer turning into fall and love withering and stuff. The song "Marcie" from her first album is probably a better song from her early period on this subject but I had to include Urge For Going here.

12. Jim White – The Road That Leads to Heaven (3:57) Please, everybody, check this man out!

13. Nick Drake – Things Behind the Sun (3:57) My lovely Nick.

14. dEUS – Nine Threads (3:35) a jazzy, sad song.

15. Tom Waits – Take It With Me (4:25) One of Waits’ gut wrenching ballads.

16. Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (5:07) Sandy Denny, the singer of the FC at the time they recorded this, has a voice that is very maternal to me – instant recognition and attraction. I know of no singer that fuses lyrics and melody better than her. The way they touch the subject of Time Passes here is so light (but not slight). I know it sounds morbid, but this is the song I want to be played at my funeral. You know, in 583 years.


There's No Hope For Me, So Let It Be A Farewell by Oleg Sobolev

1. Jackson 5 – "I Want You Back" (2:56) – Let's start with a perfectly optimistic song. I mean, the protagonist sounds like he's 100% sure that the girl that he never noticed at the first place and then realized what a huge mistake he made is gonna to be his finally. Of course, you know how it's all going to end. She probably won't care. But right now, you can hope and enjoy probably the best single of all time. An ideal slice of Motown production, an example of perfect songwriting and one of the best vocal performances ever. Good God, Michael Jackson surely sounded better as a teen, did he?

2. The Flatlanders – "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown" (2:44) – this one is also one of my favourite songs of all time as well. Sad, amazingly lonely and empty country masterpiece, complete with one of the most confusing set of lyrics in the history of pop music. You can enver know what the fuck that guy in the song is doing, but you can guess he's going through some hard times.

3. Terry Callier – "Golden Circle" (3:34) – do human beings get better than Terry Callier? Well, at least musicians rarely reach the same level of brilliance as he once did. And, man, can he write a touching song. This one tears my heart out all of the time: "And now the circle wheel has turned/ And things for each I've yearned/ Just vanish like a dream in air/ With all the lessons that I've learned/ I still got badly burnt". Perfect jazzy arrangement and unforgettable vocal performance.

4. This Kind Of Punishment – "Holding" (2:46) – This Kind Of Punishment were a curiously unknown band from New Zealand, not familiar to many even there. This song isn't written or sung by any of the actual members of the group, instead, it's a damn strange solo effort by the guy from Kiwi experimental collective The Dead C, Michael Morley. A lo-fi, almost stripped down electric ballad, a complete opposite to most of The Dead C stuff that I've heard. Also, so fucking sad and bitter.

5. Prince – "When You Were Mine" (3:41) – this song is so obviously great that it's needless to describe it.

6. Sparks – "Here In Heaven" (2:48) – this song is about a couple who decide to commit suicide together and leave the world. However, a girl didn't go after a guy, who completed his mission. Now, he's in Heaven, she's on Earth, and she's probably living too good to even remember a guy. A hilarious and amazingly sad situation at the same time, perfectly mixing the drama and comedy factors (something Sparks were always good at). Doesn't break-up sometimes go like that?

7. The Bats – "Miss These Things" (3:12) – this a jangle-pop track that definies the word "loneliness". It's for those moments when you stare at the photograph of a former significant other and think of what could have been.

8. Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov, Svyatoslav Kurashow – "Zimi ne budet"/'There'll Be No Winter" (3:43) – is Leonid Fedorov the greatest Russian rock songwriter ever? Yes. Is "Zimi ne budet" one of the greatest songs ever written? Yes. Is it also a moody meditation on a painful break-up? Yes. I seriously don't recommend listening this song to anyone who's feeling suicidal. Even if you don't understand the words. It's THAT sad. Especially live version from Auctyon's (Fedorov main band) live album "Eto mama"/"It's Mom". But that one wouldn't have fit the mix. Check out http://www.leonidfedorov.ru/index_e.html for more info on this great guy.

9. Felt – "All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead" – I think that it was Adrian Denning who said that this song is worthy the entire Smiths career. I agree. Oh God, how I agree. A solemn five-minute tale of insanity, confusion and complete loneliness.

10. Pulp – "Razzmatazz" – it's about time for you to start hating. HATING. Hating that bitch or that sucker who left ya. It's about time to put on one of the greatest post-break-up put-downs ever. Here's Mr. Jarvis Cocker singing these lyrics over the irresistibly catchy beat: "You're starting getting fatter/ Three weeks after I left ya/ And now you're going with some kid/ Who looks like a bad comedian". I mean, come on, this song is perfect. It's catchy, like all Pulp singles, it's genius, in fact. And he's destroying that girl better than Bob Dylan could destroy that girl in "Like A Rolling Stone" : "No one's gonna care/ If you don't call him when you said/ And he's not coming 'round tonight/ To try to talk you into bed/ And now it's half past ten in the evening/ And you wish that you were DEAD/ And all those stupid things/ They ain't working/ No, they don't work anymore". Damn damn damn. I love Jarvis. He writes songs about my life. I wanted to include "Do You Remember The First Time?" originally, but this song fits better.

11. The Mountain Goats – "No Children" – more hate. This song has actually some of the greatest lyrics ever written. And that's an obvious fact. If you try to argue, you're dead. I'm not going to quote them here, just go googling or whatever.

12. The Wrens – "Hopeless" (5:08) – finally, the epitome of post break-up ending, "Hopeless". A great power pop song, with a powerful coda and also one of the most bitter things that I can remember.

13. Dolly Parton – "I Will Always Love You" (2:54) – ok, you really don't hate him or her, you know? So put this song to remind yourself that, in fact, you will always love that one.

14. The Zombies – "Maybe After He's Gone" (2:35) – this one has the same subject as "I Want You Back", but it sounds so completely pessimistic and even gothic that it's impossible to even see the ay of hope in the darkness of pain. OK, that last sentence reads like a bad eight-grade poetry.

15. The Go-Betweens – "Quiet Heart" (5:20) – I needed to include something off the greatest break-up album ever, "16 Lovers Lane", and so I did.

16. The Left Banke – "Walk Away Renee" (2:42) – no need to comment on here, you know everything yourself.

17. Red House Painters – "Katy Song" (8:23) – it's hard for me to forget about this song as it's so closely connected to my life. I mean, these lyrics are almost completely about me and the break-up I went through. "I know tomorrow you will be/ Somewhere in London/ Living with someone" – this line is particularly aching, as this girl is going to marry an English guy now and move there. Anyway, personal connections aside, it's a great song. The instrumental ending is a huge ear candy.

18. Blur – "No Distance Left To Run" (3:27) – if you see the video to this song, you will see a sad and unshaved Damon Albarn lying in his bed at the final section. Somebody asks: "What is this song about?" Damon replies: "This song is a warning… a gentle reminder". It's curious that one of the best break-up songs ever is actually a warning to a former lover not to bring the subject up again: "If you see me/ Please, turn back and walk away". The pain of protagonist is so huge that he chooses to isolate himself from this girl he still loves. As there's no real hope.

19. The Millenium – "There Is Nothing More To Say" (2:24) – lyrically, this song is actually one of these dated semi-hippie manifestos of 60s, but I prefer to think of it as a perfect goodbye to your ex. Also, it's the greatest song ever written. Perhaps. I don't know. Don't ask me.

20. The Kinks – "Days" (2:52) – screw "There Is Nothing More To Say". THIS one is a perfect goodbye: "Days I remember all my life/ Days when you can't see wrong from right/ You took my life/ But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me/ But that's allright/ Now I'm not frightened of this world, believe me". And now imagine that this song was written by ray Davies, probably the most insane and cynical man in the universe. OK, he wasn't like that in 1968, OK.

21. Bob Dylan – "Girl From The North Country" (3:22) – this song needs no comments – just as some others in this mix.

22. Joy Division – "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (3:25) – this song is the zenith of pure fatalism. It's also simply of one the most gorgeous things ever. And I think that closing this kind of mix with it is sorta clichéd, but fuck that, I'm going with my Ian Curtis anyway.

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