Skip to main content

Valentine's Day Special: Garbage – "I Hate Love"

Call me jaded or cynical, but I've never got the big fuss over Valentine's Day. Probably because I've never been in a serious, monogamous relationship before, but I don't really care about those either. To me it's just like any other day of the year. I'm not one to sit at home in my PJs crying, drinking wine, and miming to Celine Dion like Bridget Jones (I do love that movie, though). Instead, I could be having mindless sex with some hottie I just met on Tinder, lighting a doobie, rewatching my precious Gossip Girl DVDs for the millionth time, treating myself to a shopping spree... Really, the possibilities are infinite.

Alright, let's get to the point. Valentine's Day reminds me of a Garbage song titled "I Hate Love," off of the band's latest studio release, 2012's Not Your Kind of People, which is excellent – as are their other albums.


Despite the song's somewhat upbeat instrumentation, the lyrics are quite dark and gloomy, and they perfectly encapsulate how I feel about this particular holiday – and my failed romantic interests as well. "Love leaves you desperate and feeling a fool / Love makes you ruthless and love makes you cruel / And love makes you crazy with nothing but lies / Love promises nothing and then your love dies," frontwoman and badass goddess Shirley Manson croons in one of the verses.

During the album's release, Manson explained that the song doesn't hit out at "the concept of true love." "It's more to do with the commercialized idea of love and what pain that puts us through," she elaborated. "That, and knowing that there will be no more torture in your life than really, truly loving somebody who doesn’t love you back." This last part does strike a chord with me. Right now you're probably wondering, "Weren't you the one saying you didn't care about relationships and shit?" Well, I'm human too, dickface! Even if it may often seem otherwise.

Watch Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 on Netflix!

I think it's safe to say that we've all fallen for the wrong person at some point in our lives. Yes, it sucks, and you feel like it hurts more than it should. You wonder how something that made you feel so good now makes you feel like shit. At first you're like...


But then five minutes later you're like...


Oh, well. Thank God for booze, amirite?


On to happier topics, Garbage announced last Sunday that their sixth album is finished! I love these guys so much. I got into the band when I downloaded Not Your Kind of People back when it came out, but it wasn't until early last year that I checked out their previous albums and eventually became a huge fan though it feels like I've known them my whole life. A lot of their songs resonate with me in a deep, almost spiritual level, so I'm definitely excited about their next offering.

Comments

  1. I will always have a soft spot for Garbage. Never really listened to their latest album, but I'm going to choose to believe you about it being amazing. And that's awesome we have new music from them en route! SWOON

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gurl you're totally missing out on their latest album. I regret not checking them out earlier. OMG yes, their new album can't come soon enough!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"Anchors" - AM Higgins

Here's a nice breezy, almost sensual song from AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) to start your Tuesday off right.  Her debut album "Hymning" will be out November 5th on Victorialand Records. The album was mixed by Casey Foubert, a frequent collaborator of Sufjan Stevens. The album "captures the first years of moving from an American city to rural France." Sounds like "Hymning" will be a welcome escape from the world we live in right now, especially considering that Annie Toth counts poets Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton as influences.

"Mon Soleil" - Ashley Park

If there's anything people take away from my piss-poor legacy, I hope it's what a huge, unabashed fan of "Emily in Paris" I am and will continue to be. People love "90 Day Fiancee," "The Bachelor," and other garbage - allow me "Emily," which is at least harmless, kind of goofy fluff (which does, unfortunately, lean into some stereotypes, as the country of Ukraine knows ). I have already watched Season 2 twice. And honestly my favorite part of this show (despite my crush on Camille Razart and Lily Collins channeling Audrey Hepburn hardcore ) is Ashley Park. This woman has superstar written all over her. She's a bona fide Broadway star, and "Emily in Paris" has served as her pivot into the zeitgeist.  "Emily in Paris" is also showcasing her vocal prowess front and center this season, with her covering BTS, "All By Myself," "Sympathtique," and Marilyn Monroe. But the real standout performance is th

"Happy New Year"- Let's Eat Grandma

There's no way to start the New Year like some extremely upbeat music about the New Year! That's where this new synthpop-heavy single from the British duo Let's Eat Grandma comes into play. It's a delightful song, and it helps increase any excitement about their third album, "Two Ribbons," which will be out this April. I personally am looking forward to hearing more from Let's Eat Grandma, who deserve way more attention than they currently get. Hopefully, 2022 will be a big year for them. Here's one of their older tracks I quite like: