Sunday, February 21, 2010

Song For the Day: The Cardigans - "Lovefool"

It's been a while since I gave you a Song for the Day here on Vertigo Shtick, so I'm going to get back into what I plan on being a busy week here with a classic offering inspired by one of my student/friends. If you need more justification, think of it as a commemoration of an iconic early Leonardo DiCaprio film as the new Scorcese picture Shutter Island ends its first weekend at the box office. Or perhaps you're just one of the many unfortunate people who so understands the lyrics that so breezily yet devastatingly make up The Cardigans' great song of desperate unrequited love, "Lovefool."

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Trivia: "LoveFool," the biggest mainstream hit by Swedish band The Cardigans, was both a point of great success and a single that was problematic for the group in other ways. It appeared on their third album, First Band on the Moon, which followed their light-hearted, successful sophomore effort Life, and the success of the single after its inclusion in the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet led to the band's profile expanding beyond its former mainstays of its home country and Japan, especially in the United States. However, although it led to sales of over 500,000 copies in the US of the band's album, the song was somewhat distinctive on the moody, darker-toned album, and (much like Alanis Morissette after Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie sold tremendous amounts in its first week or two but turned out to be much different than fans had envisioned) their work was never nearly as popular subsequently.
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