The Heart's Filthy Lesson

Photo of Mark Ambrose Harris By Mark Ambrose Harris | The Lost Boys February 14, 2012 at 11:30AM

I sometimes tell people that my favourite romantic comedy is The Silence of the Lambs. I say this partly because I’m a smartass, and partly because the very idea of rom-coms makes be break out in hives—though there really is something electric about that single frame in The Silence of the Lambswhen Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling’s fingers touch for a brief, charged moment. So dear reader, you can imagine my trepidation over the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine time of the year. I won’t go on a tirade about the backwash of Hallmark’s slop bucket because I don’t want to ruin February 14 for everyone else. Instead, I present you with you a selection of ten tunes about scorned love and alternative takes on amorous relations.
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I sometimes tell people that my favourite romantic comedy is The Silence of the Lambs. I say this partly because I’m a smartass, and partly because the very idea of rom-coms makes be break out in hives—though there really is something electric about that single frame in The Silence of the Lambswhen Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling’s fingers touch for a brief, charged moment. So dear reader, you can imagine my trepidation over the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine time of the year. I won’t go on a tirade about the backwash of Hallmark’s slop bucket because I don’t want to ruin February 14 for everyone else. Instead, I present you with you a selection of ten tunes about scorned love and alternative takes on amorous relations.

Grace Jones — Pull Up to the Bumper

Diamanda Galás with John Paul Jones — Do You Take This Man?

Peaches — Two Guys (For Every Girl)

Dirty Sanchez — Give Head

Yo Majesty — Hustle Mode

Jonny McGovern — Dickmatized

Lesbians on Ecstasy with Big Freedia — She Likes to Party

David Bowie — The Hearts Filthy Lesson

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings — I Learned the Hard Way

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with PJ Harvey — Henry Lee

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