Bands On Breakups: Somerville Artists Share Their Favorite Sad Songs


Sometimes, love can change your life, affirm your existence, shift your worldview. Sometimes, in the words of the immortal J. Geils Band, love stinks. In case your romantic life is currently trending toward bitter rather than sweet, we asked some of our favorite Somerville-based artists to share their most-played breakup songs with us. Because misery loves company!

Josh Ritter, “New Lover”

“I can’t speak for all of us, but I’m really into [this]!” – Don

The Okay Win
Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”

“I used to cover this when I would play solo shows during a very hazy time of my life. While that relationship ultimately worked out though, and we are now happily married, I think this song still hits the nail on the head when it comes to breakups. There’s power in the lyrics, and a sense of optimism that things will be okay.”

Future Spa
The Saints, “Kissin’ Cousins”

“Never date the same relative twice.” – Cody

hot molasses

Hot Molasses

Hot Molasses
The Cure, “Pictures of You”

“It’s a great breakup song because it’s beautiful and painful at the same time and perfectly articulates the feelings you have when remembering lost love.”

Paul Simon, “Graceland”

“I couldn’t explain why any better than the actual lyrics. If they don’t resonate with your broken heart, I don’t know what will.” – Jordan

Kind of Like Spitting, “Worker Bee #7348-F87904”

“The first time I heard this song I was in the midst of a horrible breakup, and it said all of the things I didn’t know how to about the situation I was in.”

the double buscemis

The Double Buscemis

The Double Buscemis
Jeff the Brotherhood, “Prairie Song”

“Because we all want to die sometimes.”

The Durutti Column, “Never Known”

“This song has been a good friend to me during times of intense heartache and always conveyed to me the miasmic state-of-mind that typifies being in love with someone: the extreme vacillations of ecstatic pain and pure despair, the over analysis of feelings from which there really is no sense to be gleaned, the resurgence of childhood emotional needs typically relegated to a part of the mind that is only accessed when in love, etc. The pain is bright, indeed!”