Monday, January 7, 2008

Music Monday - Love Stinks - The J. Geils Band

Once upon a time there was a Maiden of, say, 20 or so, who fell in love with a prince...

Okay, so it wasn't a prince.

It was a fellow techie at a summer stock theater, where said Maiden was whiling away her summer with a hot glue gun as the "accessories" person in a light opera company costume shop.

Said Maiden and Young Tech (who whiled away his days with a hammer and occasionally a paintbrush) spent all their spare hours (about two a week) running down to the sea shore, splashing in the waves, and in all other ways behaving like the two lovers in From Here to Eternity.

The Maiden and the Young Tech were huge fans of both Kerouac and Castaneda. And it was the 70s. So they did what any self-respecting late-70s Kerouac and Castaneda-loving young lovers would do, and they ran off... to California. (Berkeley, to be exact).

And they lived happily ever after.

For about three months.

Until an earthquake hit. And being the wimps East Coast types that they were, they ran off to his land of Tennessee.

But said Maiden had actually dropped out of college to fulfill her Kerouac-fueled dreams, and decided that she and academia were missing each other.

So the two scooted off hand-in-hand (well, by Greyhound, actually) to the land of Michigan, where all went wrong for our two young lovers.

There they met a young sorceress, who feigned friendship with said Maiden so she could get her slimy claws delicate hands onto the Young Tech.

The sorceress waited until the perfect moment, when said Maiden returned back to the land of the East where she attended the funeral of her beloved grandmother. And upon her return she was greeted with the desertion of the Young Tech, who told her, "Yes just broke up" (their favorite band), "and I think it's time we did, too."

But even break-ups are not so simple when presented in such a charming manner, and it was difficult for said Maiden and Young Tech to actually separate. So during their last, miserable, sit-down, drag-out, whining weeks together, they played the song below. Often. And sang along.

For other tales of musical woe joy, please visit Soccer Mom in Denial. Harry Potter was thrown in, just because this clip was more fun than the others available on youtube.


Mariposa said...

Cool song...and so with the story that goes with it... ;)

soccer mom in denial said...

You love her
And she loves him
And he loves somebody else
You just can't win

And SOOOOOOOOO it goes
Until the day you die
This thing they call love
Is gonna make you cry

I've been through diamonds
I've been through mink
I've been through it all

(Beat, beat)

Love stinks

I love the J. Jeils Band!!!!! I listen to them on my iPod. Some of the band members lived in my hometown when I was a kid. I'm not joking. I'm always amazed people outside of the eastern part of my state know them.

Oh, this wasn't about them. Ummm.... sorry for the slimy sorceress? What a jerk the Tech was.

But J. Geils just ROCKS!

Flower Child said...

My angel is a centerfold? Sounds like the sorceress was a ho.

Very sad for you - but I have to say that was one of the best breakup lines ever.

Wholly Burble said...

Oh that is a sad tale--the song is certainly fitting to the situation. Glad your life has worked out Oh so much better. But I'm sure at the time, well, the song would have said it all!

Jan said...

What a great story and song. It's probably best that techie took off. (((HUGS)))

Unknown said...

"Yes broke up and I think we should too?"

I give the guy credit for the most improbable break up line ever!

Jenn in Holland said...

Oh, no he did NOT break up with you with that sorry line! Man, it was going so well and I was totally swept up in the adventure (and laughing out loud at the way it's written) and then POW, it's over. I suppose I should read more into titles and I wouldn't be so shocked, eh?

Great post Jen!

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, you are SO good. And I love Yes.

"I've had the blues, the reds, and the pinks..."

anno said...

Well, at least you got a good story out of the experience... and the chance to find a real prince.

Marianne Arkins said...

"Yes just broke up and we should, too" ...???

OMG... that... it's... I...

I'm speechless.

But I did love the J. Geils Band :-)

Alex Elliot said...

I can't believe that break up line either! And that he said it after you had just gotten back from a funeral!

Liz Dwyer said...

Loved the tale of this break-up and the music associated with it.

Why is it that Sorceresses always manage to cast their spells at the most opportune times?

Goofball said...

oh gosh, did that really happen?

painted maypole said...

wow. that story DOES stink

Jen said...

It actually did all happen... I actually have to write up that year into a real story at some point. It was pretty funny.

Next week I'm going to post my favorite romantic song of all time.

Anonymous said...

It probably didn't seem like it at the time, but now, now this is a good story. And you tell it so well!

Anonymous said...

Great work.