On 11 February 2019 I set myself the challenging of reading 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (ed.) and following the book’s advice to the letter. I’ve previously read 1001 Films… and started 1001 Albums… but felt 1001 Songs… would be a sensible place to start for what I have in mind here.
My challenge is to read about one song per day and listen to it (YouTube and Spotify, I need you tonight!) before sharing my own thoughts. Some songs I will love, others I’ll hate, and I’m sure there will be those that leave me perplexed but listen to them I shall.
I’ll also try, and most likely fail, to pinpoint the best song from the 1001 on offer but I’m nothing if not foolhardy. Instead of one song, I’m predicting I’ll have about 100 favourites by the end and may have to resort to a Top 10 so far to maintain any semblance of sanity.
So long as I post everyday (including Christmas) then this challenge should come to an end on Wednesday 8 November 2021. Staying with the Barney Stinson theme I am hoping that the whole experience will prove to be…
My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me with Your Kiss (1988)
” Feed Me with Your Kiss” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, and was released as a single and also the lead track to the EP of the same name through Creation Records. It is the seventh track and lead single from the band’s debut studio album Isn’t Anything .
We’re leaving the US today, dear reader, and making our way to the Republic of Ireland and Dublin. Formed in 1983 My Bloody Valentine dabbled in experimental rock and were pioneers of shoegazing, an alternative rock movement that dealt with distorted guitars and vocals and overwhelming sound. When we join the group in 1988 it is with the release of their debut album – Isn’t Anything – and from there 1001 Songs have gone with the track – Feed Me with Your Kiss.
Feed Me with Your Kiss seems to concern romance but primarily sexual intercourse. The narrator is pleading with his lover to join him on a bed and they can lose themselves in one another. He clearly has a hunger for her and the desire to have this sated via a kiss, hence the song’s title. I suppose you could argue that there is a metaphorical argument here and what we are really dealing with is drug use but I think this is track is purely about sex and the intense passion and release that comes with such an act.
My Bloody Valentine is another group who have a modest following and are known for their experimental sound rather than major success. Their history is a turbulent one with band members leaving the band in the mid-1990s leaving vocalist, Kevin Shields, to try and complete a new album. Unable to do so, Shields retreated from society and has suggested he struggled with his mental health. The band would reform in 2007 and have toured and released new material since then.
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