The UK Bands And Heartbreak

The UK Bands And Heartbreak

English bands have skillfully learned the art of heartbreak.


I was first introduced to the world of United Kingdom bands through the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When Asleep by The Smiths came bustling to life through my television's speakers, I was instantly entranced. Bands like the Smiths or the Cure have a knack to surface deep feelings revolving around love, loneliness, and depression among its listeners. From masking dark lyrics with upbeat rhythms to artists being uniquely themselves. It's safe to say that English bands have skillfully learned the art of heartbreak.

Below I have listed five well-known English bands, including a blurb of their most iconic songs. Enjoy.

The Smiths

Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now by The Smiths

Asleep: "Deep in the cell of my heart. I will feel so glad to go"

This Charming Man: "On a hillside desolate. Will nature make a man of me yet?"

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side: "And when you want to live... How do you start? Where do you go? Who do you need to know?"

The Cure

Just Like Heaven by The Cure

A Forest: "I'm running towards nothing. Again and again and again and again"

Pictures of You: "Looking so long at these pictures of you. But I never hold on to your heart"

Lovesong: "Whenever I'm alone with you. You make me feel like I am whole again"

Friday I'm In Love: "It's such a gorgeous sight. To see you in the middle of the night"

Joy Division

She's Lost Control by Joy Division

Love Will Tear Us Apart: "And the resentment rides high. But emotions won't grow"

Disorder: "I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand, could these sensations make me feel the pleasures of a normal man?"

Transmission: "No language, just sound, that's all we need know, to synchronise. Love to the beat of the show"

Atmosphere: "Worn like a mask of self-hate. Confronts and then dies"

Shadowplay: "To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank, searching for you, I was moving through the silence without motion, waiting for you"

New Order

New Order

Blue Monday: "But if it wasn't for your misfortune, I'd be a heavenly person today"

Bizarre Love Triangle: "Every time I see you falling. I get down on my knees and pray"

True Faith: "My morning sun is the drug that brings me near. To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear"

Ceremony: "All she asks is the strength to hold me. Then again the same old story"

Shellshock: "It's never enough until your heart stops beating. The deeper you get, the sweeter the pain"

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

Strangelove: "From your sea of love. I'll take more than another river full"

Personal Jesus: "Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who cares. Your own personal Jesus"

Enjoy the Silence: "Pleasures remain. So does the pain. Words are meaningless. And forgettable"

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"ATLA" didn't just give us a typical group of teenage heroes, with each one fitting into a typical mold. They were complex and realistic, and that's what made them relatable. We saw Aang balance his role as Avatar with his personal moral philosophy, all while experiencing the onset of puberty and young adulthood. We watched Katara struggle with responsibility as the main female role model in her family after her mother's death. We observed and related to Toph and Zuko's complex relationships with their families, including the influence that an abusive parent can have on a young life. We experienced the struggles of inferiority to "better" friends with Sokka, and even learned about toxic friendships with Mai and Ty Lee. These were all growing kids and teenagers, and nothing could have been more genuine.

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