Lesser-Known Love Songs

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Host Bob Boilen chats with Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson about their favorite songs for love and heartbreak. Hear some of the lesser-known tracks by artists like Betty Davis, The Gerbils, Brian Eno, and Clem Snide, plus a few classic favorites.

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Lesser-Known Love Songs

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Gerbils

  • Artist: Gerbils
  • Album: Are You Sleepy?
  • Song: Glue

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Glue
Album
Are You Sleepy?
Artist
Gerbils
Label
Hidden Agenda
Released
1998

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Brian Eno

  • Artist: Brian Eno
  • Album: Another Green World
  • Song: I'll Come Running

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Song
I'll Come Running
Album
Another Green World
Artist
Brian Eno
Released
2008

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Johnny Cash

  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Album: Unearthed
  • Song: As Long as the Grass Shall Grow

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Song
As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
Album
Unearthed
Artist
Johnny Cash
Label
American Recordings, LLC
Released
2008

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Betty Davis

  • Artist: Betty Davis
  • Album: Betty Davis
  • Song: Anti Love Song

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Song
Anti Love Song
Album
Betty Davis
Artist
Betty Davis
Label
MPC Ltd.
Released
1973

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Vic Chesnutt

  • Artist: Vic Chesnutt
  • Album: Drunk (Deluxe Reissue, 2004)
  • Song: When I Ran off and Left Her

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Song
When I Ran off and Left Her
Album
Drunk
Artist
Vic Chesnutt
Label
Texas Hotel
Released
1993

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Neko Case

  • Artist: Neko Case
  • Album: Blacklisted
  • Song: (Outro) With Bees

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(Outro) With Bees
Album
Blacklisted
Artist
Neko Case
Label
Anti
Released
2002

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The Go-Betweens

  • Artist: The Go-Betweens
  • Album: Spring Hill Fair
  • Song: Part Company

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Part Company
Album
Spring Hill Fair
Artist
The Go-Betweens
Label
Japanese Import
Released
1984

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The La's

  • Artist: The La's
  • Album: La's
  • Song: There She Goes

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There She Goes
Album
La's
Artist
The La's
Label
Plain
Released
1990

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Magnetic Fields

  • Artist: Magnetic Fields
  • Album: 69 Love Songs
  • Song: Book of Love

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Book of Love
Album
69 Love Songs
Artist
Magnetic Fields
Label
Domino
Released
1999

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Sam Cooke

  • Artist: Sam Cooke
  • Album: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
  • Song: You Send Me

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You Send Me
Album
Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Artist
Sam Cooke
Label
ABKCO Records
Released
2003

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Eric Carmen

  • Artist: Eric Carmen
  • Album: Definitive Collection
  • Song: All by Myself

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All by Myself
Album
Definitive Collection
Artist
Eric Carmen
Label
Arista
Released
1997

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The Ramones

  • Artist: The Ramones
  • Album: End of the Century [Expanded]
  • Song: Danny Says

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Danny Says
Album
End of the Century [Expanded]
Artist
The Ramones
Label
Rhino
Released
2002

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Clem Snide

  • Artist: Clem Snide
  • Album: Soft Spot
  • Song: Find Love

This is an unreleased demo version of "Find Love." The studio version is available on the album 'Soft Spot.'

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Song
Find Love
Album
Soft Spot
Artist
Clem Snide
Label
Fargo
Released
2003

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The Velvet Underground

  • Artist: The Velvet Underground
  • Album: Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]
  • Song: I Love You [*][Demo Version]

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I Love You [*][Demo Version]
Album
Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]
Artist
The Velvet Underground
Label
Atlantic
Released
1997

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Billie Holiday

  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Album: Complete Decca Recordings
  • Song: My Sweet Hunk O' Trash

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My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
Album
Complete Decca Recordings
Artist
Billie Holiday
Label
Verve
Released
1944

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