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Touch Me, I'm Sick: The 52 Creepiest Love Songs You've Ever Heard Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"Thoughtful and vivid. . . . This should start many debates among pop music die-hards." Publishers Weekly Online Annex
"Here is incontrovertible proof that pop stars are all healthy, well-adjusted individuals. I laughed and self-harmed in equal measure." Seb Hunter, author, Hell Bent for Leather and Rock Me Amadeus
"Reynold's casual, comedic prose suits the subject well, conjuring up more than a few laugh-out-loud moments." Under the Radar
"A cunning, devastating autopsy . . . I found myself strangely attracted." Danny Hutton, Three Dog Night
"Author Tom Reynolds gives his spin on repugnant songs that you probably have hummed without even thinking about it." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Exuberant and light-hearteda great way to discover new music" PopMatters
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The amazing thing is many of these songs are highly popular and requested to be played and set the mood at inappropriate places like wedding receptions and graduations. Which means those who request these songs for these occasions are either sick in the head or have never actually listened to the lyrics and do not know what they are actually about.
Most of these songs spent time in the top ten of the UK or US charts (Reynolds tells you at the start of the dissection of each song) and there's also a few you may not have heard of. Even with the ones you've never heard of Reynolds gives a detailed account of what the song is about then tells the reader why it is creepy. For those of us who were not around in the 70's or earlier when some of these songs were hits you'll also learn interesting facts such as I never knew Michael Jackson's Ben was being sung to an injured human flesh eating rat.Read more ›
Personally, I didn't think it was *quite* as good as Mr. Reynolds first effort, "I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard", but I suspect that's at least partly due to his choice of songs; as a previous reviewer indicates, the list of songs skewered here includes a number of more recent (as of the book's publication date) hits that older audiences -- i.e. the kind of people who actually still read books :D -- aren't likely to be as familiar with. While you don't necessarily *need* to be familiar with the song in question to enjoy the caustic commentary, any more than you *have* to have heard the original to enjoy a Weird Al parody, it just doesn't quite have the same satisfactory bite as when Reynolds eviscerates a well-loathed classic like "You're Having My Baby"...
Still, well worth the read. Just be careful about loaning these books to your friends -- you might never get them back!
One reason why this book works as well as it does is that, while the title had me expecting really bad love songs - and there are some - Reynolds also chooses some he freely admits to liking, but which are nevertheless creepy. As with his last volume, on depressing songs, his commentary never fails to be hilarious no matter how awful the subject at hand is. And sometimes it is pretty awful.
One minor shortcoming is that Reynolds' selection of songs to bash is a bit less convincing than it was with the depressing songs book. In my opinion, he chose a few too many teen pop hits from the past five years or so which nobody over the age of 18 is very likely to be familiar with. His analysis of them is just as funny as it is with the better-known ones, but there's something especially entertaining about seeing so-bad-they're-good classics like "Afternoon Delight" and "I've Never Been to Me" ripped to shreds. It just isn't the same with a song I don't know.Read more ›
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Funny book, actually mentions a song by an artist I love but that isn't generally very well-known (VAST). Lots of info on the songs and it certainly nailed sick! Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Terhune
Ah, Reynolds has done it again with "Touch Me, I'm Sick..." and the creepiest love songs ever. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elisabeth Altruda
MY TEN YEAR OLD SON COULD HAVE WRTTEN THIS BOOK. THE AUTHOR SHOWED NO REAL INSIGHT TO ANY OF THE SONGS HE SELECTED TO REVIEW. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Tom Reynolds. He has a way of perfectly putting no-talent, pretentious, and legend-in-their-own-mind recording "artists" in their places like no one else. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by chef steph
This book is an interesting concept - worthy of checking out.
But I have to say that Every Breath You Take by the The Police is NOT a 'creepy' song, nor is it a... Read more
This is the second book of Mr. Reynolds in which he skewers both popular and obscure music.The first book focused on depressing songs. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Miss Hater
Tom Reynolds' Touch Me I'm Sick, chronicles 52 love songs Mr. Reynolds finds creepy. He gives the background, analyzes the song and says why it's creepy. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Dr. Milktruck
The concept is great, and I agree with the song choices (mostly) and the author makes sure to talk about the subjectivity of the book, and thats where we run into trouble. Read morePublished on October 3, 2009 by David Vass