1. “I Know It’s Over” The Smiths. Morrissey’s specialty, self-pitying angst, expressed in its ideal format.
2. “A Little Time” The Beautiful South. The typical boy-needs-space, girl-is-angry-at-commitmentphobic-boy story with a satisfying twist at the end.
3. “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em Like That Anymore)” Greg Kihn Band. By far the catchiest song about a break-up.
4. “Rowboat”- Johnny Cash (also Beck). Seedy undercurrents (what exactly is the gasoline for?) make you want to listen to this one again.
5. “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” Paul Simon. For those needing a little guidance….
Best frighteningly vengeful breakup song:
“Make Your Bed” Neko Case
1. “Unloveable” The Smiths. I know I’m unloveable / you don’t have to tell me. / I wear Black on the outside / because Black is how I feel on the inside
2. “Crucify” Tori Amos. Why do we crucify ourselves?
3. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I think of you every night and day / You took my heart then you took my pride away
4. “Creep” Radiohead. And I wish I was special / You’re so fuckin’ special / But I’m a creep / I’m a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here? / I don’t belong here
5. “Criminal” Fiona Apple. Oh help me but don’t tell me / To deny it / I’ve got to cleanse myself / Of all these lies till I’m good / Enough for him
Okay, I have a couple lists to post. But first, a moment of silence for the end of a great SF local music listing site: livemusicisbetter.com.