Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Rip Up Your Hearts

Valentine's Day - bah, humbug!! Just a manufactured money-spinner to feed the capitalist machine between Xmas and Easter.

This year, no overpackaged chocs, no environment-degrading, worker-exploiting roses, no enforced dining out for Mr & Mrs FiL. We're staying in, having a nice but simple meal, watching a chick-flick (I Capture The Castle), and scrumming down on something sweet (not Ben & Jerry's - it just hasn't been the same since they sold out to Unilever) on the sofa.
Sod Valentine's Day. Rip up the script. If you love someone, go a step further and surprise them some other way on some random day. Pick them a bunch of daisies from beside the highway. Sing them a song. Draw them a picture. Send them an e-mail poem. Make them a bowl of soup. Go skip rocks together on your local body of water.
Just a suggestion.

P.S. I love you all!!! And here's something to prove it:
Public Image Limited - Flowers of Romance (buy here)
Blancmange - That's Love, That It Is (buy here)
Age of Chance - Kiss (bid here for old skool vinyl)
Julian Cope - The Greatness & Perfection of Love (buy here)
Hedwig & The Angry Inch - The Origin of Love (buy here or e-here)

P.P.S. You've not seen Hedwig?? Oh, you must, it's lovely. Curl up with someone/something you hold dear, watch it, and weep for all that is beautiful and painful.
P.P.P.S. Visions of Vegas coming soon...


JC said...

I demand a go on your fabulous time machine. Its Tuesday 13 February and we're at least 7 (or is it 8?) hours ahead of Vancouver time. And yet.....you can put a posting up for 14 February.....

I knew you had talents, but this is quite exceptional. Please, ASAP, advise of the winner of the 3.30 steeplechase at Plumpton so that I can make my fortune and just blog for a living.

bjeubo is word verification. Its almost pornographic....

Rachel said...

Oh weeeeee the best Armadillo in the world!

Valentine's Day is lame! But what dynamite advice, surprising someone you love on some random day. I think that is always the way to go.

But these track picks will help me get through the V-day hype and the actual V-day brew-ha-ha! Thanks.

Loved that Blancmange! Good stuff!

Elizabeth said...

I want a Hedwig Valentine's Day! My favorite re-used from a film catch phrase is, 'Hey Berlin! I'm the new wall! Try and tear me down!'.

Over-used catch phrase, that is.

And please don't my fan club membership, but I actually like Rufus Wainwright's version of 'Origin of Love' a bit better. But yes, it's a perfect song for Valentine's Day. Now, who has the other half of me tattoo....

FiL said...

Dearest JC, I offer you several explanations for this temporal disjoint:

1) Too much of that fine, local crop, BC bud

2) I am The Doctor

3) In the words of Dee Dee Ramone, somebody put something in my drink

4) That agent of crass capitalist consumerism, Cupid, shot me so full of arrows that I thought it was the 14th

5) I started the post on 12 Feb, was switching the time/date to reflect the actual day/hour of posting, but was over-addled by tiredness

Take your pick...

(BTW, Bjeubo Hjeubo for the 3:30 Plumpton, twenty-f'ing-five to one...)

Dearest Rachel: Indeed, I far prefer the surprise route! And glad you like the Blancmange - methinks they're an overlooked gem of 80s synthpop.

Dearest Liz: Fear not, you hold a Lifetime Titanium Fan Club Membership card that allows you to get away with such heresies...

But if I'm Tommy Gnosis, who are you??

mjrc said...

i certainly don't buy into the hype, but i would never refuse chocolate! ;-)

A. B. Chairiet said...

Am I the only person who LIKES Valentine's Day?? :(

I think I'll go throw my enthusiasm into the river now, then sit on our raft and cry a bit.

Or maybe I'll just smother you with sugary-sweetness... ;)

Happy Valentine's Day!! :)

I hope you and Mrs. FiL enjoy your cozy night in.

Take care, Dear Fil.

~ Ash

Mentok the Mind-taker said...

Well, if you're not into Valentine's, how's about Anti-Valentine's? It's the same day and way more fun. Check out these cards:

JC said...

I like Valentine's Day.....but I'm with those who say the love and joy should be expressed all year round.

I also find the anti-valentine cards rather amusing.

Ouch....that's the bit of fence I'm sitting on ripping into my posterior.

Mentok the Mind-taker said...

Well, nothing says love like ripping into a posterior, know what I mean, wink wink, wink's as good as a nod to a blind bat ;-)

JC said...


The 3.30 at Plumpton was won by a twenty-f'ing five to one shot - but it was Bottle of Smoke and not Bjeubo Hjuebo.

Back to the office tomorrow.

Ed said...

Thanks for posting these. saw Hedwig when it came out - good to be reminded of somgs other than 'Wig.' and always good to hear Flowers Of Romance.

FiL said...

Dearest Marcy, I agree - any excuse for a choc!

Oh, Dearest Ash, as I said chez toi, please don't drown your enthusiasm. We need the likes of you to reclaim the day from mawk and kitsch and consumerism!! ;-)

Dearest Mentok: Tee hee! I just sent one to Dearest Wife. Bet steady on the posterior ripping...

Dearest JC: I think you're firmly on our side of the fence, Comrade!! P.S. Whoops! Bjeubo Hjuebo was at the 3 PM at Plimpton. Sorry...

Hi Ed, glad you liked the tracks!