Song of the Day, November 26: Romance by Any Trouble

AnyTroubleRomanceToday’s song is Romance from Any Trouble’s amazing debut Where Are All the Nice Girls? Clive Gregson and company created one of the finest post-punk dissections of emotional gambits, and this is one of the highlights. Over a propulsive beat, Gregson looks at the rituals of romance questioning both their effectiveness and sincerity. With all the effort to be cool and present the perfect facade, where is the honest needed to make a real go of things? He implicates himself with bracing honesty:

Love’s the only promise I could never keep.

It’s a smart package, saved from sheer bitterness by the real sense of humanity that holds the song together. Enjoy this smart bit of cynicism today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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