Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Visions of Modern Romance


By contrast, subject matter in "modern rock" during the eighties covered a wide range. Many modern rock artists painted the picture of romance as a trainwreck. Public Image Limited captured the essence of the new social alienation in "This Is Not A Love Song," which was actually more about the rise of corporate control in the modern world, but implied that love songs were phony. The Smiths put out a string of songs that treated love as a distant afterthought with depression and alienation as the foreground in songs like "Girlfriend In A Coma," "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before" and "Half A Person." Their most compelling song, complete with swirling effects was "How Soon Is Now," which called for confrontation in a relationship. New Order commented on a romance that involved a third party in "Bizarre Love Triange." Dead Or Alive talked out ditching a relationship in "Brand New Lover." Sting turned the whole paradigm on relationships upside down with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."

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