Pedro the Lion /Criticism as Inspiration / The Only Reason I Feel
For those unlucky sods in codependent relationships....
Marvin Gaye / When Did I Stop Loving You / Here, My Dear:
Anything from this album -- written as a fuck-you to his ex-wife for
alimony royalties -- would probably push your point. But this last,
47-second track (a reprise of an earlier song) sums everything you
want to say succinctly, and the sheer afterthought quality of the
song just underscores it.
Jeff Buckley / Last Goodbye / Grace:
The soaring nature of this song will enhance your feeling of freedom,
and save you the trouble of writing a note.
Fonda / The Sun Keeps Shining On Me / The Strange and the
In case he keeps asking, "Why"?
Spiritualized / Broken Heart / Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are
Floating in Space:
This'll numb him when she has to get out the door fast.
Tori Amos / Crucify / Little Earthquakes:
A compliment and a summation of the problem in the same sentence:
"Just because you make me come doesn't make you Jesus."
Patti LaBelle / Lady Marmalade / Nightbirds:
The song that begs the question (Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce
soir?) that got the whole mess started. And maybe he'll be too busy
dancing to notice that she's packing.
Radiohead / Fake Plastic Trees / The Bends:
It'll give him an excuse to cry, if he's having a hard time faking
it. Let Thom Yorke do the work of telling her ex he's plastic -- or, er, polystyrene.
Slick Rick / Treat Her Like a Prostitute / The Great Adventures of
An explanation of his relationship aesthetic (and the reason why Sara
had to go).
Pulp / Have You Seen Her Lately? / His n' Hers:
This is what all her friends told her, and she ignored
Bob Dylan / Sara / Desire:
A sweet, melancholic ballad written for his soon-to-be-ex-wife. The
connection should be inspiring.
George Clinton / Atomic Dog / Computer Games:
She'll need something more upbeat to balance out the list. And "Atomic
Dog" has a nicer ring to it than "world-class bitch"!
Richard Pryor / When Your Woman Leaves You / ...Is It Something I
Richard Pryor can give some great advice on broken relationships, and
how to mend them. Any listener should pay close attention to his "psychology bag".