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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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
Tom Reynolds is a unique person. I read his previous book called "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" (about the saddest and weirdest songs) and this book is a lot like it - incisive... Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by paperback writer
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
thought this would be a fun book for a friend since that friend uses song lyrics in his poetry. the feedback i got, was not too impressed, yet entertained.Published on April 29, 2009 by Black Dragon In HB