The Lover Speaks – No More I Love Yous (1986)

Annie Lennox – No More I Love Yous (1995)

 “Something’s happened to time. Time itself  has changed in some fundamental way. There’s something about being on a computer…you can just flit around in time in a way you couldn’t before…”Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania: Pop Culture‘s Addiction To It’s Own Past in a recent interview with http://www.thequietus.com, June 2011.

“Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days!”Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1891.

Nostalgia; real or borrowed? Cut up, remixed. Present emotions mixed with the present concept of emotions past. A visual/aural collage of memories instantly accessible, a utilitarian, egalitarian time machine where we can all disengage, wallow in nostalgia, wishing for an idealized  imitation of  a life that has already been lived.

All that bollocks aside, No More I love Yous ’86 version I only heard recently having become familiar with Annie Lennox’s version through its constant rotation on radio and television in the Nineties. They released two albums; their eponymous début album and 1994’s The Big Lie –  before splitting due to lack of public interest. The original version of No More I love Yous only reached #58 on the UK charts in 1986 but eventually became  a hit in 1995 as the lead single from Lennox’s second solo album Medusa. The original has a fragile quality, an awkwardness, a potent sense of naïve romanticism that Lennox’s  smooth, polished cover just can’t match despite her sterling vocal performance.