Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 971: Couples in music

Have you ever had to work together with your significant other? I don’t mean things like housework, parenting, or anything like that. I’m talking about a job–your primary source of income–where the two of you have to work on the same things under the same conditions in the same place.

This can go one of two ways. First, the bond between you grows stronger because you have shared interests, goals, and frustrations. Your combined knowledge and unique emotional bond can make things proceed more efficiently and in perhaps in directions two uninvolved people might never think to take.

Or things can go south. Fast. No life-work balance. Disagreements on how the work should be done. Maybe one partner strays. This can lead to lots of unhappiness, fights, and maybe a breakup.

When it comes to the history of rock, there are plenty of couples who worked (and continue to work) in the same bands. Sometimes things work out great. Other times, while things may be fine for the couple, they might be annoying to others in the group. And if the couple breaks up, does the band break up? Or does everyone suck it up and keep going despite all the tension?

Then there’s the worst-case scenario: when one-half of the couple de-couples with one member of the band to couple up with someone else in the group. What happens then?

Time for a little couples therapy. Let’s see if we can sort through everything from wedded bliss to horrible divorces and break-ups.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees, Happy House
  • Sonic Youth, Kool Thing
  • The Cramps, Goo Goo Muck
  • New Order, Blue Monday
  • White Stripes, Fell in Love with a Girl
  • The Sundays, Here’s Where the Story Ends
  • Yo La Tengo, Autumn Sweater
  • Martha and the Muffins, Black Stations White Stations

Eric Wilhite has put together this playlist.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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