Music Monday: Where For Art Thou, Romeo

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There isn't much to say about romance that hasn't already been said, so this week, in honor of Valentine's Day, Scott's taking a different approach. He's made a five song mix based around the man who started the one-name fad: Romeo! Ready to fall in love with his picks? Here's the first one:

The Wipers - Romeo

 

The kid who got in a sword fight on the streets of Verona would surely jump to attention at the snap of an electric guitar. The Wipers turn the classic old story into an energy-filled race through a dark city in the name of love. You can just tell someone's going to get stabbed when you hear that scream.

While we'd love to have more Romeo songs in our mix, we'll make it easy for you: this week you can also post your favorite love song. The catch? You've got to tell us why it's your favorite. In the meantime, you'll find four more songs from Scott and last week's Spotify playlist after the jump. We'd love to see you there!

Our well-timed Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Anti-Love Songs just in case you need to balance out all the candy and lace you'll be running into this week. But before you start reminiscing, give your heart to our current Music Monday!

The Reflections - Just Like Romeo And Juliet

 

1964 was a good year for people falling in love. Sure, a lot of those Romeo-age teens would soon be protesting and experimenting, but not when this song first appeared. In the doo-wop like rhythms and the pleasant out-of-the-way sax, you can hear a complete lack of any sort of danger. Kids like this? They'd never worry about sneaking out to someone's balcony. What's the worst that could happen in such a safe place? Needing a nap the next day?

Taylor Swift - Love Story

 

A lot of people hate on tween pop, but every generation needs its own love songs. Taylor Swift doesn't say anything new in her version of Romeo and Juliet, but for a young kid just reading Shakespeare for the very first time in English class? This song would resonate like the Batman theme to a comics nerd. And clearly, it did.

Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet

 

Yeah, see? All you people scoffing at Taylor Swift just came running right back in with smiles on your faces. What's the difference between this one and the song above it? Maybe Mark Knopfler's version sounds a little more mature, but it's still the same basic song. Boy meets girl, boy loses his heart, boy takes a chance. That having been said, Taylor Swift could learn a thing or two about lyrics from this one. Still one of my favorite love songs.

Steve Forbert - Romeo's Tune

 

A sweet little pop song that isn't slick, or really even very produced. Just a nice keyboard riff and some heartfelt feelings about sneaking away from reality for a while. And, really, what else IS teenage love?

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