Fiona Apple

A Brief Selection of Sad Songs About Sex (and Songs About Sad Sex)

Roughly 92.7% of Western song lyricism is about either wanting to get laid or actually getting laid. But shit, let’s be honest, most of those lyrics are full of shit. The cartoonish version of sex and love they promote bears little relation to how either works in the real world — sure, sex can be fireworks and volcanoes erupting and tidal waves crashing on shore, but it can also be a lot of other things: hilarious, underwhelming, comforting, and a thousand other shades of human emotion. And sometimes, it can just be flat-out sad. A morning of listening to much-missed Scottish miserablists Arab Strap got me thinking about the latter, so apropos of nothing in particular, here’s a playlist of sad sex songs. Have fun out there. … Read More

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The ‘Say Anything’ Boombox: Which Song Would Make You Take Someone Back?

On Monday (April 14), Say Anything turns 25. Both a classic in the rom-com and teen movie categories, Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut also spawned one of the most memorable musical moments in modern film history. The movie’s protagonist, Lloyd Dobler (played by John Cusack), wins back Diane Court (Ione Skye) by standing outside her window and blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in the middle of the night. Hearing lines like, “In your eyes/ I am complete/ In your eyes/ I see the doorway to a thousand churches,” Diane melted and took Lloyd back. … Read More

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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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Sing It, Sister: How Pop Music Can Heal a Heartbreak

I didn’t “get” Taylor Swift, really, until I had suffered an overwhelming amount of heartbreak. Last summer, I spent a few weekends in Westerly, Rhode Island, where my fiancé’s friend owned a home. The buzz there over Memorial Day was all about Taylor Swift, who had bought a multimillion-dollar home in Watch Hill, right off the main strip that ran through town. Everyone I heard talking about Taylor Swift seemed to be annoyed at her presence, which was, basically, just as a specter. I never had much of an opinion about her, because, other than the few upbeat songs of hers I’d heard on the radio, I hadn’t devoted much time to her. Then my fiancé broke up with me, and that’s when I listened to “Dear John” for the first time. … Read More

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Fiona Apple and Sister Maude Maggart Team Up On Starbucks Valentine Compilation

Apart from uniting the world via technicolor coffee beverages, Starbucks has always secondarily been a purveyor of — and occasional… Read More

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Vampire Weekend, Beck, Fiona Apple, and More Will Cover Their Favorite Love Songs for Starbucks

This Valentine’s Day, Starbucks will release a compilation of covers by artists like Beck, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Jim James,… Read More

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Fiona Apple Did a Creepy Cover of ‘Willy Wonka”s ‘Pure Imagination’ for a Chipotle Cartoon

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is, in many ways, creepy and terrifying enough on its own. But… Read More

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Fiona Apple and Dave Chappelle: Are Artists Obligated to Appease Disrespectful Audiences?

Last week, Fiona Apple performed at a Louis Vuitton-sponsored show in Tokyo, one that paid tribute to women like Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola, and Catherine Deneuve (the event was called “Timeless Muses”). As you may expect at this type of event, people were chatty and less interested in the music being performed onstage for their entertainment. Annoyed with the noise coming from the crowd, Apple allegedly cursed at the audience stormed off stage following her set. Her behavior, of course, was labeled as “a meltdown,” and the seemingly unstable Apple — whose public acknowledgement of mental illness has never particularly worked in her favor — was yet again portrayed as a loon.  … Read More

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