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Love Stinks

" I've had the blues,

The reds and the pinks

One thing for sure

Love stinks ! "

J Geils Band

It's Valentine's Day again ,that wonderful super sweet holiday designed just for the lover in all of us .The one day of the year dedicated to that most special of all emotions ,the one thing that keeps the whole wide world a-turnin' ,yes we're talking about love .Love ,the most elevated and high minded of all emotions ,the one sure fire dividing line between us and those lowly animals who will never know the thrill of just sharing space with that one incredible being who lights up your life,opens up your heart and lets the light of the cosmos shine down upoun you.

And if you believe all of that then you either haven't hit puberty yet or you are the most gullible person that Hallmark Cards has ever seen coming down the pike.Love's a bitch ,and a dirty back-stabbing one at that.Pat Benatar once sang that Love is a Battlefield but that assumes a chance of actually winning somehow.Love isn't a battlefield ,it's a myth .A rumor ,not to be believed .Sure ,you hear of people finding their one true love ,but you also hear of people being taken up in flying saucers.And I put about the same amount of faith in each.Back in high school I read the book Love Story,the author said that love meant never having to say that you're sorry .Mainly I was sorry that I had wasted my time reading such a load of crap,if you never want to say you're sorry then I'd recommend a massive bank account ,not true love.

Of course one could say that I'm somewhat cynical........but if so then I'm hardly the only one .Have you ever looked into the content of love songs ? For every Unchained Melody there are at least two Heart of Stone 's .For example,a few Valentines ago I was suffering from a major case of lust (not love,sorry) and set out to put together a mix tape of " Love" songs for someone.And I soon discovered it was damn near impossible to put together 20 songs about love without a good percent of them being about the down side of it all.The side that rips the beating heart out of your chest just so you can feel the pain ,the part where that bottle of sleeping pills looks more and more delicious by the minute.I finally did get that tape put together and sent it off to the object of my desires and......two days later she was back with her ex and I haven't heard from her since .So maybe the love songs did have an impact ,but hardly the one I intended.And that's love in a nutshell ,just as soon as you believe in it you can count on it twisting and turning and becoming the one thing you fear the most ,love gone away .And that leads to the other love songs ,the ones designed to help you deal with the reality ,not with the myth.

So a few years ago I was really happy to discover a celebration of those dark,disturbing songs,the ones who outnumber the sappy ones ,the ones who would win any election due to sheer numbers alone.And it's on February 15th ,the day all the sweetness comes crashing down. As far as I know it was first started by KUTFM Eklektikos host John Aielli ,he dedicates his post Valentines show every year to love's bad side and he starts off every year with the incredible Love Stinks by the J Geils Band,maybe the best stinkin' love song of all. I say maybe the best because once you start digging into them the list is amazingly long ,and it just keeps growing.Apparently one of the top growth industries every year is that of hearbreak and disillusionment,new entries just keep on coming.This year I've put together a top 10 list of some of my favorites ,of course Love Stinks is at the top .But other than that they are in no particular order .So take a look ,maybe put your own list together .And then keep them in mind when you're eyeing that new sweetie ,the one you know you could always love all of your life.And then remind yourself that these songs didn't write themselves ,think of them as the warning signs that you see around high voltage wires.Or those labels on pill bottles.......Then wise up and remember


Here are Rev Jim's stinking love songs ,I hope to hear them time & again forever .

1) Love Stinks J. Geils Band

2)Heart of Stone Rolling Stones

3)Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

4)Alison Elvis Costello

5)It's Not Supposed To Be That Way Willie Nelson

6)Empty Handed Heart Warren Zevon

7)Love Has No Pride Bonnie Raitt

8)Thin Line Between Love and Hate...The Pretenders

9)Roses in The Fire Rosanne Cash

10)Why D'ya Do It Marianne Faithful



Rev Jim Feruary '12




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