An Ode to Love Songs (The Song)

(Download the instrumental version here)

In an effort to mine the depths of self referential art, I’ve written a spoken word song about love songs. If it was any more meta it would be a camera plugged into a TV, in an endless feedback loop.

The lyrics have been pieced together from famous songs with the word “Love” in their title. It references hits by everyone from Elvis Presley to Bon Jovi, from Soft Cell to Nine Inch Nails, from Radiohead to Kanye West.

If you haven’t heard one of my audio shorts before, this bit of word play is a great place to start. It’s a progressive piece of pop; a funky clavinet riff paired with a bendy synthesizer, and an upright bass, above a collage of found sound textures, and a tight beat. Give it a listen!

Drew Soft Cell

Love Song Reference List:

Pulp: Feeling Called Love

Queen: A Crazy Little thing Called Love
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender
Anita Baker: Sweet Love
Depeche Mode: Strange Love
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Geils Band: Love Stinks
Roxy Music: Love is the Drug
Justin Timberlake: Love Stoned
Beyoncé: Crazy in Love
The Beatles: Love is All You Need
Barry White: Can’t get Enough of Your Love Baby
Meatloaf: I Would Do Anything for Love
The Beatles: can’t buy me love
Jennifer Lopez: Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Kanye West: Love Lockdown
Kenny Rogers: Ruby, Don’t Take your Love to Town
The Searches: Don’t Throw your Love Away

Righteous Brothers: Lost That Loving Feeling
Chicago: I Don’t Want to Live Without Your Love
Huey Lewis: The Power of Love
Captain and Tennille: Love Will Keep Us Together
Joy Devision: Love Will Tear Us Apart
TheThe: Love is Stronger Than Death – Dusk
Chromatics: Kill for Love

Dean Martin: You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You
John Lennon: Nobody Loves you when You’re Down and Out
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers: Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Outcast: The Love Below
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Billy Idol: Rock the Cradle of Love
Joan Jett: I Hate Myself For Loving You
Bon Jovi: You Give Love a Bad Name

Pat Benatar: Love is a Battlefield
Lionel Richie – Love Will Conquer All
Def Leppard – Love Bites
Nazareth: Love Hurts
The Mills Brothers: You Always Hurt The One You Love
The Supremes: Stop In The Name Of Love
New Order: Love Vigilantes
Seals and Crofts: Love Takes No Prisoners
Johnny Lee: Looking For Love

Roxette: It Must Have Been Love
Bjork: All is Full of Love
Sweet: Love is like Oxygen
John Paul Young: Love Is In The Air

The Supremes: Baby Love
Donny Osmond: Puppy Love
Captain & Tennille: Muskrat Love
Golden Earring: Radar love
The O’Jays: Love Train
The Ohio Players: Love Rollercoaster
The B52’s: Love Shack

Bryan Ferry: Is Your Love Strong Enough?
Taylor Dayne: Prove Your Love
The Partridge Family: I Think I Love You
Depeche Mode: Just Can’t Get Enough
Eddie Holland: Just Ain’t Enough Love
The Beatles: All You Need Is Love
Nine Inch Nails: Love is Not Enough

Mariah Carey: Love Takes Time
Radiohead: True Love Waits
Mary J blige: Real Love
Sade: No Ordinary Love
U2: One
New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Joe Cocker: Up Where We Belong
Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
The Cure: Friday I’m in Love

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