Friday, January 8, 2010

A Rob Fleming-Gordon inspired list

John Dillinger was killed behind that theater in a hale of FBI gunfire. And do you know who tipped them off? His fucking girlfriend. All he wanted to do was go to the movies. - Rob Gordon, High Fidelity

There is, apparently, a rash of inconsiderate break-ups going on across our fair land. OK, maybe not a rash, but at least two via text message, and that’s two too many. The other aggrieved party in a text break up was mndmazes who writes “It is what it is”.

She was cool enough to comment on my post and point out it wasn’t just the ladies doing text break-ups, since it’d recently happened to her. My condolences mnd. She’s right, guys are equally inconsiderate and stupid. I won’t even try to make any excuses for myself or the fellow members of my gender. Really, how could I?

From her comment I jumped over to her blog (which is pretty good so take a look) and I left a comment inspiring me to write what you're now reading. What I said there was “Actually caught myself ([Thursday] morning) considering “Hi-Fidelity” as this evening’s entertainment. Either that or a Rob-inspired blog post: “Top 5 songs to send the person who just ditched you via electronic medium”…or something like that.”

Well, that sounded like such good advice I actually did sit down to watch this fine film adaptation of a great book (hence the hierarchy of names in the title of this post). Even though both are actually called “High Fidelity” we won’t let that get in the way. And now I've written the post. So at least I know how to keep promises to myself.

We’re going to shorten the topic to “Top 5 break-up songs” for simplicity, since I don’t know of anyone singing about getting dumped via Facebook, twitter or, as in my case, by text. If you do, please pass them along. So, here we go...

Foggy’s top 5 break up songs
5. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morisette. I’ve always wanted to meet the man, be it Dave Coulier or whoever, who inspired this song and ask him “Dude (it was the 90s, we could still say “dude”), what the fuck did you do to this chick to have her write this song? Really, I wanna know so I can avoid the same mistake. That and take her to the movies. “Would she go down on you in a theater?

4. Du hast by Rammstein. Once listened to this song in a black, Mustang Cobra while going 110 mph in the local lanes of I-270. That little nugget of a memory has nothing to do with a break-up, but it's still a good break-up song. And it's in German.

3. Why Don’t You Get a Job? by The Offspring. This song was on a continuous loop through my head most of Thursday.

2. Song for the Dumped by Ben Folds Five. “Gimme back my black T-shirt…” If I were to add up all the clothes I’ve lost in break-ups, I could probably start my own charity. The one that really hurt was a rugby jersey with the School House skull and crossbones logo.

1. The Heisman by Johnny Quest. A great song from the college years. OK, maybe pre-college years, but not by much.

Any deletions and additions? Tell me in the comments what your favorite break-up/getting dumped song is.


Anonymous said...

1. Thanks for the shout out and the props. You just made my day. Seriously.

2. Song for the Dumped - love it.

3. Would add - Fuck Was I by Jenny Owen Youngs. A little more mellow than angry but Alanis Morisette takes care of the rest.

Happy Friday.

Liebchen said...

I tend to wallow more, and thus go for the sad music. For instance, after a particularly messy college break up, I had "King of Wishful Thinking" playing on repeat, for I don't even know how long.

Lemon Gloria said...

I have played Song for the Dumped too many times. So you wanted to take a break, slow it down some...

FoggyDew said...

mnd - Glad to make your day. My work here is done. Almost. I looked up the lyrics to that song, yeah, angry a bit? Gonna have to download it.

Liebchen - Are you even old enough to know that song? Don't think I was involved long enough for wallowing, but I'll keep it in mind if I ever need it.

Lisa - ... and have some space
well fuck you too [not you, of course]
Give me my money back
give me my money back
you bitch
I want my money back
And don't forget
And don't forget
to give me back my black T-shirt

Have you ever heard the version in Japanese? Pretty good.

Zipcode said...

Rammstein is good for everything - I highly recommend their new album

Titania said...

I have one, but it is in Spanish. It is called "Me gusta todo de ti, pero tu no" by Joan Manuel Serrat. The title translates "I like everything about you, but I don't like you"

FoggyDew said...

Zip - I might have to look into that.

Titania - That is one of the best song titles I've ever seen. It's one you could send to someone when you break up.

Anonymous said...

FD - she sings it with such a sweetness though... you'll see.

Sebastian said...

It's like... an emofest!

I'm only commenting because Ben Folds/Five is my favourite artist/band of all time.

FoggyDew said...

mnd - Watched it on youtube, you're right. Although they did blank out all the naughty words. Made me sad.

Seb - You're right. Enough of that. Also, it's hard not to love something that comes from Chapel Hill.

Anonymous said...

FD - I don't blame you. Naughty words are fun.

FoggyDew said...

mnd - especially when girls use them.