A Valentine's Guide To Rock'n'Roll & Dating


If you're a musician and/or are dating one, you may know that things are not quite as straight-forward as the (already not quite straight-forward!) world of dating "normal" people. So check our guide to the good, bad and ugly side of rock'n'roll romance...

Lover's Guide to Rock'n'Roll & Dating

We all know that playing an instrument is great fun, good for the mind and for your health. But, according to researches, being a musician means being a "player" in more than one sense - you become more attractive to the opposite sex! That's why on a previous blog, we recommended learning a musical instrument as a good new year's resolution...

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But if you're dating a musician, it's important to know that it's not all a bed of roses.... but as long you're prepared for it, you should be fine! Here's our low down of dating a musician:


1) Musicians can be a bit... egocentric. Don't fight it - just accept it.

Musicians are gods

Golden God

2) To date a guitarist means you're not the only love of his/her life. Be prepared to catch him/her cheating on you. Regularly...

Guitar in bed

3) If you're not a musician, and try to socialize/interfere with his/her band, be prepared to be called "Yoko"

Beatles Yoko

LENNON: "Don't we love her?" MACCA, RINGO & GEORGE: "Noooooooooo!"

4) If you're a musician in the same band as your other half, remember Ike & Tina. When your relationship is over, so is your band! Most of the times, anyway...

Ike & Tina Turner

5) If you're dating a musician, be prepared for a broken heart...

broken heart

6) If you're a famous musician, be prepared for some kiss and tell...

Pamela Des Barres Book

7) If you're still not sure about whether dating a musician is right for you, check these rules. If you can live with it, then you'll be just fine!



There are plenty of love songs out there. Some of them are nice. Some of them are Michael Bublé. But here's our alternative Valentine's playlist, with the good, the bad and the ugly side of romance... enjoy!

1. The Clash, 'Lover's rock'. Just because you're a punk, it doesn't mean you can't be lovin'...

2. Public Image Limited, 'This Is Not A Love Song'. Or, hang on - maybe being all "lovey dovey" is not for you? Then this is for you...

3. Velvet Underground, 'Venus In Furs'. Because love can be kinky...

4. Nick Cave, 'Deanna'. And love can be dark. Here, Cave discusses murder with his sweetheart...

5. Serge Gainsbourg, 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Of course, for Serge nothing is more romantic than the story of Bonnie and Clyde, the Prohibition-era criminals who killed and died together!

6. PJ Harvey, 'Good Fortune'. Bonnie and Clyde pop up again in the lyrics of this song, an unusually upbeat love song by PJ!

7. My Bloody Valentine, 'Feed Me With Your Kiss'. Who said love songs need to be mellow after all? As Kevin Shields & co. show in this shoegaze classic.

8. Nirvana, 'Drain You'. Kurt Cobain was also a romantic, but not as we usually know it. The chorus is genius: "Chew my meat for you/ Pass it back and forth/ in a passionate kiss/ From my mouth to yours/ Sloppy lips to lips/ You're my vitamins/ I like you"

9. Manic Street Preachers, 'Further Away'. The Manics vowed to never write a love song. But post-Richey, the mellowed Manics eventually relented, with this "almost love song" (according to lyricist Nicky Wire).

10. Elastica, 'Stutter'. Love is no easy ride. What do you do if your lover can't satisfy you? Well, you can write a song about it, once he becomes your ex!

10. Savages, 'The Answer'. Love can be possessive, too! Love is the answer but singer Jehnny Beth says: "If you don't love me, you don't love anybody". Know the feeling?

11. Ryan Adams, 'Love Is Hell'. Love is all you need. Love is the answer. And, according to Ryan Adams, love is hell!

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