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Songs of Happy Heartbreak

Songs of Happy Heartbreak

Playing tracks by

The Beat, Eddie Cochran, The Buzzcocks, Naomi & the Boys, The Everly Brothers and more.

The first time I heard the Everly Brothers cut, I burst out laughing because the incessant boppiness of the music seemed so incongruous with the singer’s repeated lament that he was so lonesome every day. I was young, and didn’t yet grok the concept of ironic juxtaposition. Since then I’ve encountered an awful lot of bouncy, bouncy songs about having one’s heart tramped on like a spent cigarette.

The artists here are taking actions that range from pasting on a brave face (e.g., The Beat) to protesting that they really don’t care about the heartbreak (e.g., The Waitress) to expressing joy at finally moving on (e.g., The Cyrkle) to wallowing in schadenfreude (e.g., Arielle) to simply expressing their utter and complete despair in a relentlessly major key (e.g., Tommy Steele).


Joy Campbell

Once again, Jenny G proves her self Mistress of the Mix. Who says you can't dance with a broken heart?