In honor of my home state taking a major step towards marriage equality today, I give you Your Unofficial Valentine’s Day Playlist.
At the top of the post: “Heart” by Rockpile, from the album with the greatest title ever: Seconds Of Pleasure. If that’s not the official theme song of Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what is. Why, yes, that is Dave Edmunds on lead guitar and Nick Lowe, a/k/a The Jesus Of Cool, on bass. Not to mention the Billy Bremner with one of the best late ’70s/early ’80s vocals you’ll ever hear. Power pop at its finest. Why Rockpile didn’t own the world in the 1980s is beyond me.
Speaking of the ’80s, how’s about a little U2:
Remember when everybody played at Red Rocks? Yeah, well U2 did a pretty fantastic version of “Two Hearts Beat As One” there in 1983. I only wish Bono would’ve kept his shirt on. Anyways, all you haters can bite me; I make no apologies for liking this band.
Staying with the ’80s theme here, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the Psychedelic Furs. “Heartbreak Beat,” of course:
Remember when the Furs were considered “punk”? Yeah, well, they made some decent pop records, anyway.
Or, if you’d prefer a little more twang, there is, of course, Steve Miller Band’s “Heart Like A Wheel”:
And if that’s not enough twang for you, how about the most underrated band of the 1990s? The Mavericks, “There Goes My Heart”:
As an aside, one of the greatest mistakes in the history of pop music was the decision to pigeonhole the Mavericks as strictly a country act. This song, like a lot of their early work, is pretty damn country; but even the Rolling Stones made a country record or two in their day. The Mavericks were so much more than that. The good news is, the Maverick’s are finally putting out a new record after about a decade of not making music together. So we got that goin’ for us.
Finally, no dystopian Valentine’s Day would be complete without Bobby Bare, Jr.’s “Valentine”:
Don’t try this at home, kids. I’m a professional.