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Kim Gordon on five of her favorite breakup songs

Body/Head at National Sawdust
Kim Gordon with Body/Head at National Sawdust in 2016 (more by Greg Cristman)

Kim Gordon was interviewed by Rolling Stone about five of her favorite breakup songs, and she ended up picking songs by Eleanor Friedberger, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, PJ Harvey, and Angel Olsen. “I was actually thinking of picking songs that dealt with different kinds of breaks, like a break with culture. I was gonna pick Bikini Kill’s ‘Suck My Left One,’ which is kind of a breakup with the hardcore scene and the patriarchy [laughs]. Or Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Out of My Mind,’ which is about feeling a separation from a community,” she said.

On the PJ Harvey song she picked (“Shame”), Kim said, “The albums Uh Huh Her and B Sides, to me, are two of my favorite PJ records. I love ‘Shame’ because she’s so defiant in it: ‘I don’t need no ball and chain.’ I also love the song ‘Who the Fuck’ on Uh Huh Her. It’s kind of like, ‘You’re an asshole. Get out of here.'”

Kim’s commentary is as worth reading as her picks are worth hearing, and you can read all of what she had to say HERE. Listen to all five songs below.

The former Sonic Youth member recently released a great new album with Body/Head (Kim’s duo with Bill Nace), and she apparently has a solo album on the way, that might see the light of day in 2019.

Eleanor Friedberger – “Roosevelt Island”

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Aimee Mann – “Save Me”

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Lucinda Williams – “Steal Your Love”

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PJ Harvey – “Shame”

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Angel Olsen – “Unfucktheworld”

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