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Unrequited Love

Rock ‘n’ roll is filled with songs about Unrequited Love. This week Jim, Greg and listeners from around the country pick their favorites for Valentine's Day.

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Music News

Sad news for a number of rock fans this week. Both The White Stripes and LCD Soundsystem have announced they are closing up shop. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem suggested he'd be calling it quits (at least under that name) when he was on Sound Opinions last year. But the White Stripes announcement has come as a surprise. Greg is disappointed since Jack White's other side projects as a member of The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs and producer of albums by Wanda Jackson haven't provided him the vehicle he deserves. But, as Jim notes, the adage is true: nothing gives an artist a greater boost than dying or breaking up. Albums by The White Stripes have seen a massive sales surge.

U2's Bono and the Edge have joined forces with veteran theater and film director Julie Taymor to bring Spider-Man to the Broadway stage. The early reviews are in, and they ain't pretty. From The New York Times ("sheer ineptitude") to the Los Angeles Times ("an artistic form of megalomania") to the Chicago Tribune ("incoherent"), the critical pans are far harsher than anything U2 has received on any album. And it wasn't for lack of funds. The $65 million musical production is charging fans up to $300 just for previews. Jim and Greg wonder if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will fare any better than Capeman.

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Unrequited Love Songs

What would rock ‘n’ roll be if not for the thousands of songs about love and heartbreak? Jim and Greg explore this legacy for this week's Valentine's Day episode featuring the best Unrequited Love Songs:

Featured Songs

  1. White Stripes, We're Going To Be Friends, White Blood Cells, V2, 2001
  2. U2, Boy Falls from The Sky, Live From Good Morning America, unreleased, 2011
  3. Cheap Trick, I Want You To Want Me, At Budokan, Epic, 1979
  4. Redd Kross, I Don't Know How To Be Your Friend, Third Eye, Atlantic, 1990
  5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps, Fever To Tell, Interscope, 2003
  6. Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine, Just As I Am, Reel, 1971
  7. Radiohead, High And Dry, The Bends, Capitol, 1995
  8. Neil Young, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, After The Gold Rush, Reprise, 1970
  9. Smoking Popes, Need You Around, Born To Quit, Capitol, 1995
  10. Roky Erickson, You Don't Love Me Yet, All That May Do My Rhyme, Trance Syndicate, 1995
  11. Jurassic 5, Thin Line, Power In Numbers, Interscope, 2002
  12. Sam Cooke, Bring It On Home To Me, The Best of Sam Cooke, RCA, 1962
  13. Pulp, Babies, His N Hers, Island, 1994 (1:00)
  14. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, I Second That Emotion, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, 1968, Motown
  15. The Left Banke, She May Call You Up Tonight, Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina, Smash, 1967
  16. Twilight Hours, Alone, Stereo Night, Princess, 2009
  17. Dire Straits, Romeo And Juliet, Making Movies, Warner Bros., 1980
  18. Aimee Mann, Save Me, Magnolia O.S.T., Reprise, 1999
  19. Billy Bragg, A New England, Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy, Charisma, 1983
  20. Baths, The Vapors, Pop Music/False B-Sides, self-released, 2011
  21. Chromeo, Call Me Up, Fancy Footwork, Vice, 2007
  22. The Decemberists, Calamity Song, The King Is Dead, Rough Trade, 2011
  23. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Come Walk With Me, Ballad of the Broken Seas, V2, 2006

Footnotes

billboard.com LCD Soundsystem calls it quits metrotimes.com The White Stripes call it quits nytimes.com NYT of“Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark”