Valentine's Day Special & My Bloody Valentine Review

This Valentine's Day, Jim and Greg lend the recently-split a helping hand. They list rock n‘ roll’s best songs to tell your sweetie "I Want You Back!" And they review the much-anticipated new album from the aptly-named My Bloody Valentine.

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“I Want You Back”for Valentine's Day

When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom box and blast an“I Want You Back”song. This Valentine's Day, Jim and Greg present their favorite Pleading Songs.

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My Bloody Valentine MBV

We highlighted My Bloody Valentine in our Shoegaze genre dissection a few weeks ago, and after 21 years of scattered promises, it seemed to be a pretty safe bet that a 3rd MBV album would never see the light of day. But then on February 2, 2013, MBV was quietly released on their website. Is it even possible for the band to escape from the long shadow of their legendary sophomore album Loveless? Greg says not quite. He thinks that the first few songs rehash Loveless‘ glory, but don’t meet its standard. The second half shows the band moving into the future. He anxiously awaits that future, but in the meantime, MBV is a Burn It. Jim thinks the band lost momentum during this two decade hiatus. And while it is no Loveless, MBVis much better than he feared it would be. He gives the record a Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Jackson 5, I Want You Back, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, Motown, 1969
  2. Rod Stewart, You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim), Foot Loose & Fancy Free, Warner Bros., 1977
  3. Al Green, I Can't Get Next to You, Al Green Gets Next to You, Capitol, 1971
  4. Mudhoney, If I Think, Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, Sub Pop, 1988
  5. Stranger Cole & Ken Boothe, Uno Dos Tres, single, Treasure Isle, 1964
  6. Dawes, Coming Back to a Man, Nothing is Wrong, ATO Records, 2011
  7. Mary J. Blige, I'm Goin' Down, My Life, Uptown/MCA, 1995
  8. The Smiths, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want, single, Rough Trade, 1984
  9. The Spinners, Working My Way Back to You, Dancin‘ and Lovin’, Atlantic, 1979
  10. Yvonne Elliman, If I Can't Have You, Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, RSO/Polydor, 1977
  11. Bonnie Raitt, Love Has No Pride, Give It Up, Warner Bros., 1972
  12. Aretha Franklin, Don't Let Me Lose This Dream, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Atlantic, 1967
  13. Paul Young, Come Back and Stay, No Parlez, Columbia, 1983
  14. Trio, Out in the Streets, Trio and Error, Mercury, 1983
  15. Simple Minds, Don't You (Forget About Me), The Breakfast Club Soundtrack, A&M, 1984
  16. Alex Chilton, Can't Seem to Make You Mine, single, Fun, 1978
  17. Spoon, Stay Don't Go, Kill the Moonlight, Merge, 2002
  18. My Bloody Valentine, New You, mbv, self-released, 2013
  19. My Bloody Valentine, In Another Way, mbv, self-released, 2013
  20. Trance Farmers, Purple Hay, Dual Form, Stones Throw/Leaving Records, 2013
  21. The Sylvers, Hot Line, Something Special, Capitol, 1976
  22. The Mars Volta, Roulette Dares (The Haunt of), De-Loused in the Comatorium, Gold Standard Laboratories/Universal, 2003
  23. Joni Mitchell, You Turn Me on I'm a Radio, For the Roses, Asylum, 1972


youtube.com“I Want You Back” mybloodyvalentine.org My Bloody Valentine's website chicagotribune.com Greg's MBV Review jimdero.com Jim's essay on Loveless wbez.org Jim's MBV Review