Breaking stuff gets a bad rap.
When music breaks through my crusty exterior and exposes my gooey nougat center, I may be uncomfortable for a few minutes but inevitably I’m grateful. Feeling things is a nice change of pace.
Not that all feelings are welcome. Broken hearts are miserable, for example, and the feeling of pain accompanying a hunk of broken glass in the foot ain’t so great, either.
But there are plenty of good things to break: habits, routines, prejudices. So get to it. It’s a new year, a new start. Go break stuff.
“Breaking Glass,” David Bowie.
“Breaking Up the Girl,” Garbage.
“First You Break It,” Filter.
“I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” Wilco.
“Nookie/Break Stuff,” Richard Cheese.
“Break Down the Door,” The Specials.
“Breakin’ the Law,” The New Pornographers.
“When the Levee Breaks,” Memphis Minnie.
There you have it: Eight songs for breaking stuff. What did I miss? I’m listening.
Categories: Deep Cuts
“Break On Through” – The Doors
“Breakdown” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
“Breakin’ Down” – Waylon Jennings
“Give the Kid a Break” – Alice Cooper
“Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee
“Hard Habit to Break” – Chicago
“19th Nervous Breakdown” – The Rolling Stones
“Don’t Break My Heart” – UB40
“The Breakup Song” – The Greg Kihn Band
That playlist broke me up, Robbo.