On this most romantic of days, we conducted an unofficial straw poll of 15 Montreal artists (and one from Quebec) to find out what their favourite love songs are. So line these videos up back to back and prepare for a sure-to-be fascinating night of babymaking.
“A Faustian disco epic that reflects that fleeting moment of magical seduction where you feel you could follow a certain person absolutely anywhere…”
CTZNSHP’s Jesse LeGallais:
“‘I love you to the max!’ Best love line ever.”
Young Galaxy’s Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless (a real couple no less!):
“Combine the intimacy of Buckley’s performance with the greatest lyricist’s greatest lyrics, and you have a recipe for soul annihilation… Buckley perfectly conveys Cohen’s profound reverence for how love both creates and destroys a person – that ultimately, true love is raw, devastating,
intoxicating and transcendent.”
“Rejoice what was shared instead of regrets in Leonard’s words, all of a sudden the end of a relationship is put in beauty.”
“You can find ALL of my favorite love songs on Bon Iver’s “For Emma, forever ago.” It’s sad, it’s beautiful, it’s unique, it’s luminous (especially “Flume”). Flume’s meaning is slippery, yet I think it is about regret, and love of course.”
“A tie between ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, one of the best love songs ever written, and John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy,’ which is just untouchable.”
Reversing Falls’ Tyler Crawford:
“When I think about the lyrics and “analyze” them..to me it kinda says that the reason they love the person is because they used to love them…which seems funny to me but it also seems to hit on some truth about love…what do I know I’m single hahaha…
“The whole album “On Bond Street” is filled with so much emotion. It’s impossible to listen to it and not feel lifted.”
“I challenge anyone to listen to the last verse and not get chills. Old beautiful love. It gets me every time.”
“It’s the perfect way to describe the way new love feels like an illusion, and as the song progresses he goes through a whole married life and the doubt never goes away…there’s just so much in the song.”
Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir:
“It was the first song Kirsty and I danced to at our wedding. The line ‘would you be an outlaw for my love’ gets me every time. It’s a love song without the sappiness… a beautiful telling of puppy love with a hint or rock ‘n’ roll thrown in for good measure. Classic.”
“Verse chorus verse chorus solo verse chorus. Passionate, painful and enjoyably redundant. My favourite love song so far…”
Wake Island’s Philippe Manasseh
“Because Popeye needing something other than spinach to be happy is heartbreakingly touching.”
Jonathan Cummins, of Cult MTL and USA Out of Vietnam
“Don’t have one”
[What I think he meant to say was “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” while wiping a solitary tear from his eye]
“Best line in a love song, ever: ‘In my mind, we can conquer the world, in love, you and I.'” ■
Automelodi and CTZNSHP perform as part of Cult MTL’s One Night Stand Valentine’s Day party at Il Motore tonight, Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 p.m., $5/$7
Peter Peter also performs tonight at Club Soda.
Elephant Stone launch their self-titled album at Divan Orange tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 15.
Wake Island are featured in this month’s print issue of Cult MTL and will be launching their new album, It Takes Time to Be Uncomfortable, with opener Reversing Falls, this Saturday, Feb. 16 at Casa del Popolo.
Young Galaxy will perform at Passovah’s Fifth Anniversary show at Il Motore on Friday, Feb. 22.
Karim Ouellet performs at l’Astral on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Elisapie Isaac performs at Cabaret du Mile End on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Vilify DJs every Wednesday at Bass Drive at le Belmont. Bass Drive’s fourth anniversary happens on Feb. 27.