Whether you’re a girl or a guy, TCS music has put together eight tracks to form the soundtrack of your relationship, from eyeing up your target across the lecture hall to the bitter end.
Music to fancy her to…
THE POLICE – EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC
(Ghost In The Machine, 1981)
A huge hit for the band, this song epitomises the queasy, expanding feeling you get in your stomach whenever you see the object of your besotted affection. When things have reached this stage it’s probably best to cut your losses.
Music to get together to…
TRICKY – YOUR NAME
Isn’t this sweet? “If you like-a-me and I like-a-you / And we like-ajust the same…” The easy, gently cascading melody of this simple trippy pop song tells of the joy of the start of a successful relationship. If you don’t like the commitment of living as one under the mango tree, back off.
Music to get it on to…
BENNY BENNASSI – SATISFACTION
She might think it’s crass, but a little bit of frankness and honesty is refreshing in music, right? And tarted up female construction workers using pneumatic drills as phallic metaphors? That’s just unalloyed genius. Play this song in bed and she’s sure to get her satisfaction.
Music to get dumped to…
SCORPIONS – LEAVE ME
(Lonesome Crow, 1972)
If your girl just ditched you, then what better way to keep a hold on your manly pride and honour but by listening to a 70s heavy metal break up song? You may not have understood your ex or any of the issues in your relationship, but at least you can break up with ROCK.
Track to start (or end…) a night out…
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – SEXY RESULT
(You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, 2004)
Grunge-tribal electro tune by punk dance masters Death From Above. Charisma-in-a-song and the musical equivalent of a little black dress: blast it out when you’re tinkering with mascara, ask for it at your nearest indie-disco, and when you and that special someone get home, hey, go with CSS’ suggestion…
Track to be in love to…
THE GUILLEMOTS – MADE-UP LOVE SONG #43
(Through The Windowpane, 2006)
The track for those moments when you skip through the streets of Cambridge, the sheer joy of young love prompting you to buy nine copies of The Big Issue on the way home and to do something crazy, like giving up smoking, for your other half. “Made Up Love Song” is that stage of a relationship in song form: half the world will want to wring it’s cheery neck, the other half will melt into puddles of romcom-esque delirium as frontman Fyfe struggles over opening line, “I love you through sparks and shining dragons, I do”.
Track to spend an evening in to…
NICK DRAKE – PINK MOON
Gentle but idiosyncratic opener to Drake’s greatest album. Sparse–the album was originally built around vocals and guitar alone–but powerful, this is the ideal album for during or after dinner. Will also win credible music taste points.
Track to get over a relationship to…
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY – PIECE OF MY HEART
(Cheap Thrills, 1968)
Fuck it, you didn’t need him/her, anyway! They made you go to sports matches/art galleries/restaurants/always forgot your birthday (delete as appropriate). Take heart and follow Janis Joplin’s raw, sarcastic advice, delivered as only she could deliver it.