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April 30, 2007 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | April 30, 2007 |

At the risk of ruining this relatively new feature, I want to try a little something different for today’s comment diversion. We’ve done what, five now? And still, we haven’t really managed to bring to the surface embarrassing tidbits about our readers on a wide scale. That’s not to say we’re not proud to host a website whose readers boast about their love for indie bands, David Bowie, “Heroes,” and “Veronica Mars,” while featuring a sometimes eclectic mix of movies and television shows in their Netflix cues. But, I’d really like to get to something underneath the sheen of coolness that our visitors seem to be lacquered up with.

So, for this week’s comment diversion, I want to do the other end of my “Pajiba’s Guide to Third Date Flicks.” I want to explore break-up songs. Hopefully, this is not a phenomena specific to me (in which case this diversion goes bust), but throughout the course of my life, almost all of my breakups seem to have, at least, one song that is inextricably tied to the end of that relationship — the one that I found myself listening to the most the hours and days following the split. Sometimes it was maudlin, sometimes it was celebratory. And sometimes it made absolutely no sense — it was just what was on the radio on the drive home. They were not always (okay, they were rarely) particularly good songs, but they are what worked at the time. When I was 14. Or 23. And some of them I can still listen to, while others still make me a little heartsick.

So, the game is easy: Think back to a break-up you’ve had at any point in your life and write down the song that comes to mind. It’s probably best you not mention to whom it was you broke up with, though limited, song-specific details are fine. And for serial break-uppers, please limit the number to five.

Here’s mine:

1. “Hold on to the Night.” Richard Marx. First real break-up. Listened to it for weeks straight.
2. “One Headlight.” Wallflowers. It’s what was on, strangely. And it will forever be tied to that day.
3. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever).” New Kids on the Block. What can I say? I was 15. She was an NKOTB fan. She liked me ‘cause I looked kinda like Jordan.
4. “Everything Falls Apart.” Dog’s Eye View. Played out of spite, whenever she was around.
5. “My Philosophy.” Ben Folds Five. Another fuck-you song.

All right, then. Let’s see where this takes us.

Songs to Break-Up To

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | April 30, 2007 |

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