Bittersweet music to break up by

February 14, 1997|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Most people want to hear love songs on Valentine's Day. And well they should, seeing as how it's a day devoted to love and togetherness. But what if the love of your life told you to take a hike? What kind of music do you play then?

Why divorce music, of course.

Since love stories are as likely to end up as "Kramer vs. Kramer" as "Ozzie & Harriet," it's only natural that someone in the record industry would find a way to cash in.

So if you plan to spend Valentine's Day thinking ill of your former spouse, you'll have no trouble finding the appropriate background music. Start with "There Was Love" (Scotti Bros. 75402), part of a marriage-music series that also includes "There Is Love" and "There Still Is Love." Leavening its bitterness with humor, the collection includes both topical anthems along the lines of Steam's " 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and Dolly Parton singing "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," as well as such break-up burlesques as the tender "Weird Al" Yankovic ballad "You Don't Love Me Anymore" ("You used to think I was nice," he warbles, "Now you tell all your friends that I'm the Anti-Christ") and Mickey Rooney's supper club hit, "Why Can't She Lower the Alimony."

If you'd prefer something with a bit more bite, go for the country music collections "Great Divorce Songs for Him" (Warner Bros. 45598) or "Great Divorce Songs for Her" (Warner Bros. 45594).

The His volume sets the tone with Randy Travis' "Have a Nice Rest of Your Life," and such kiss-off classics as Travis Tritt's "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," Eddie Rabbitt's "Drinkin' My Baby Off My Mind" and T. G. Sheppard's "Party Time." Definitely a good disc for those tired of crying in their beer.

Her volume gives as good as his does, if not better. It's also long on good-riddance tunes, the best of which is probably Highway 101's "Someone Else's Trouble Now." There's also Holly Dunn's "You Can Have Him" and DeAnna Cox's "Never Gonna Be Your Fool Again." Lest you think the women only have dumping him on their minds, there's also K.T. Oslin's delightfully frisky "Younger Men."

Good albums, overall. Just don't play 'em on dates.

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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