Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape

This was one of my favorite pieces in The Best American Non Required Reading 2003 edited by Dave Eggers. Found it here, but since no updates to that site have happened since 2006 I’m adding it here. Isn’t it awesome šŸ˜€

Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape
by Amanda Holzer

All By Myself, Eric Carmen. Looking For Love, Lou Reed. I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston. Let’s Dance, David Bowie. Let’s Kiss, Beat Happening. Let’s talk About Sex, Salt n Pepa. Like A Virgin, Madonna. We’ve Only Just Begun, The Carpenters. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, The Ramones. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya, Culture Club. Head Over Heels, The Go-Go’s. Nothing Compares To You, Sinead O’Connor. My Girl,The Temptations. Could This Be Love?, Bob Marley. Love and Marriage, Frank Sinatra. White Wedding, Billy Idol. Stuck in the Middle with You, Steelers Wheel. Tempted, The Squeeze. There Goes My Baby, The Drifters. What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Leadbelly. Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Shania Twain. Jealous Guy, John Lennon. Your Cheatin Heart, Tammy Wynette. Shot Through the Heart, Bon Jovi. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John and Kiki Dee. My Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley. Stop! In the Name of Love, The Supremes. Try a Little Tenderness, Otis Redding. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder), Janis Joplin. All Apologies, Nirvana. Hanging on the Telephone, Blondie. I Just Called to Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder. Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain and Tennille. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green. It Ain’t Over til It’s Over, Lenny Kravitz. What’s Love Got to Do With It? Tina Turner. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore, Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond. I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That, Talking Heads. You’re So Vain, Carley Simon. Love is a Battlefield, Pat Benatar. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, the Smiths. (Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones. Must Have Been Love (But It’s Over Now), Roxette. Breaking Up is Hard To Do, Neil Sedaka. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor. Hit the Road Jack, Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer. These Boots Are Made For Walkin, Nancy Sinatra. All Out of Love, Air Supply. All By Myself, Eric Carmen.


~ by Nicole on November 14, 2009.

2 Responses to “Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape”

  1. That could well be the(almost) definitive list, all right. I know it’s easy to point out what’s missing… But, hey, where’s Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” or Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” But I’m surprised he didn’t include Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” that ’80’s anthem that became #1 the world over, and brought the Welsh singer fame ‘n fortune. I’m not surprised that Bruce Cockburn’s “Coldest Night of the Year” isn’t there, after all, he’s Canadian. And even though he is as famous there as The Other (born-in-the-USA) Bruce is famous here, he’s still not so well-known here. But it’s a great song about lost love, longing, etc. And shouldn’t Edith Frost’s “Easy To Love” be included, even if most people don’t know it? Maybe that’s a whole ‘nother list: unknown love and other catastrophes. Why not take a shot at making that list?
    Of course, I’d add three obscure but instant classics on the subject, from the queen of heartache herself, Traceyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura):
    “Tears For Affairs”, “French Navy” and “Forests & Sands”
    I’m sure y’all could come up with some interesting playlists of songs not so-well-known but perfect songs.

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