Thursday Thirteen #66 — Love Songs


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I bring you…

Thirteen Reasons Why ShapeShifter doesn’t write Love Songs

C’mon. Every good band out there writes love songs in one form or another. Some artists make their entire career about love songs.

And then there’s ShapeShifter. It’s probably a good thing they’re fictional, because, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are thirteen reasons why they don’t do that lovey-dovey thing with their music.

1. Love songs make Trevor gag. While that’s usually fun to watch, it’s not so fun during a show. The guy needs to concentrate, not gag.

2. Love songs make Mitchell all swoony. Which makes Trevor gag. (see #1)

3. Love songs make Daniel get all sappy and start talking about the little things about Val that he loves so much. This doesn’t just make Trevor gag; it gives him the dry heaves. IF you’re lucky enough to catch him between meals.

4. Love songs are best when they are slow. There’s nothing slow about ShapeShifter’s music. Except for love from the critics. That is very slow, indeed.

5. During a show, all those lighters held aloft blind Eric.

6. Trevor gets jealous when he looks out into the audience and sees couples making out. Those girls should be his, dammit! And the guys? They should be basking in the glory that is ShapeShifter.

7. While love songs bring about the girls, they tend to bring about the girls who whine about the lack of pink ShapeShifter t-shirts.

8. ShapeShifter’s all about saying Fuck You to the world. When you bring love songs into the mix, that takes on a whole new meaning. Not a bad one, but it loses some of its rebellion.

9. Having love songs in your catalog means you can’t conveniently forget about Valentine’s Day.

10. Guys who sing or write love songs are perceived as being tender. The only person Mitchell wants to come across as tender to is Kerri. Nope, not even his mom gets to see that side of him.

11. Ever notice how you think someone can sing until they sing a love song? Well, Mitchell doesn’t want them to feel bad. (So much for hiding that tender side, eh?)

12. Trevor believes love is for the birds and if the band were to do a love song, he’d be a hypocrite. Trevor Wolff is not a hypocrite.

13. We love ShapeShifter as they are, all prickly and speedy and thrashy. We don’t want them to change; we want them to improve.

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  1. Nicholas

    February 13, 2008 7:59 pm

    Ah, so I’m not the only one who has no time for that lovey-dovey stuff!

  2. Joely Sue Burkhart

    February 13, 2008 8:34 pm

    Aww, come on, I want to see Trevor gag!!

  3. Trevor

    February 13, 2008 8:37 pm

    Gag THIS, girlie.

  4. pussreboots

    February 13, 2008 8:49 pm

    Love songs make me gag too.

  5. bunnygirl

    February 13, 2008 9:04 pm

    I can’t stand love songs, either. Now a LUST song…that would be something! Does ShapeShifter do any of those?

  6. julia

    February 13, 2008 9:07 pm

    Very cool photo in the T13 header. Somehow I can’t picture Trevor getting into ballad mode. ‘Prickly and speedy and thrashy’, yes. Hope Trevor and the gang have a hot and spicy Feb. 14th!

  7. Adelle

    February 13, 2008 9:07 pm

    LOL Fun list Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Sandee (Comedy +)

    February 13, 2008 9:57 pm

    I loved them all but number 6 made me think…So many women, so little time. Have a great TT and Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  9. Sandy Carlson

    February 13, 2008 10:01 pm

    Gagging to another guy’s swoon seems to me to be the subject of a fast love song! Great post.

  10. L^2

    February 13, 2008 10:37 pm

    LMAO! Fantastic list, as always Susan. And about #7, pink ShapeShifter t-shirts would make me gag.

  11. The Gal Herself

    February 13, 2008 10:38 pm

    I’d hoped that Trevor would be like those Skittles candies — hard on the outside but romantic and gooey on the inside. Clearly I’m wrong. (The dry heave comment makes him a little less appealing to me.) Very funny TT, and thanks for visiting mine.

  12. Lesley

    February 13, 2008 10:39 pm

    Yeah, I think a ShapeShifter love song would be just scary. hehehe Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. Trevor

    February 13, 2008 10:41 pm

    I am much bigger than a stupid candy, thankyouverymuch. Maybe you need to see for yourself how wrong you are.


    February 13, 2008 10:44 pm

    What is it about love songs that just so TURN me off!! I agree with this list wholeheartedly.

  15. The Gal Herself

    February 13, 2008 10:47 pm

    Trevor, you make me blush! (And trust me, I don’t blush easy.) I choose to take your comment as a Valentine’s Day invitation and look forward to seeing for myself how hard your candy is.

  16. Jill

    February 13, 2008 11:00 pm

    I’m gonna write a song in french for the guys, and would make it a love song, and they won’t even know!!It would be so fun to see them turn their tongue to sing it!!

  17. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 13, 2008 11:01 pm

    Who says they don’t know French??

  18. Cricket's Hearth

    February 13, 2008 11:14 pm

    Hmmmm… Happy Valentine’s Day

  19. Cricket's Hearth

    February 13, 2008 11:14 pm

    Hmmmm… Happy Valentine’s Day

  20. Cricket's Hearth

    February 13, 2008 11:14 pm

    Hmmmm… Happy Valentine’s Day

  21. pjazzypar

    February 13, 2008 11:19 pm

    There is nothing wrong with a good love song. You don’t have to be in love to enjoy it either. Happy TT and thanks for visiting me.

  22. Kaige

    February 13, 2008 11:56 pm

    When I saw the title, I knew this one wasn’t going to be trite or sappy!BR/Great list and Happy TT! and Valentine’s Day.BR/BR/Mine’s more of a trip through history today.

  23. SJ Reidhead

    February 13, 2008 11:56 pm

    I’m so not in a romantic mood….!BR/BR/SJRBR/The Pink FlamingoBR/

  24. Lara Angelina

    February 14, 2008 2:01 am

    Aw, c’mon Trev. Even Alice Cooper did love songs!! With a snake…on stage…with fake blood! How romantic is THAT???BR/lol!!BR/happy Valentine’s day to the boys!!

  25. Robin

    February 14, 2008 3:56 am

    Personally I’m a sucker for a rock band doing a really incredible love song.BR/BR/Trevor can just face backwards if he needs to gag.

  26. Pop Tart

    February 14, 2008 6:11 am

    Was Trevor’s comment to, “Gag THIS, girlie,” open to anyone, or just Joely… ;)BR/BR/I do miss my rock-star days. (And don’t believe my kids; I did have them.)

  27. Tilly Greene

    February 14, 2008 7:40 am

    Love to see a bunch of sexy hunks having to deal with their softer side, but any gagging and dry heaving and I’m either joining them or running for the door! And because it’s the Shapeshifters, I’m joining in 🙂

  28. Sanni

    February 14, 2008 8:14 am

    Shapeshifter ROCK!BR/BR/Happy TT + Happy Valentine´s Day hearts;

  29. storyteller

    February 14, 2008 9:06 am

    To each his (or her) own! Happy Valentine’s Day.BR/Hugs and blessings,

  30. Sue

    February 14, 2008 10:24 am

    Not feeling up to doing my own list this week, but wanted to wish all my fave 13ers a Happy Valentines Day, and TT 🙂

  31. jayedee

    February 14, 2008 10:55 am

    aw c’mon! not even one teensy tiny little remake of “you’re havin my baby”?

  32. Darla

    February 14, 2008 11:28 am

    but… but… NO love songs, Trevor? At all? You know the very best love songs are the ones by hard rock bands.

  33. Aline de Chevigny

    February 14, 2008 11:51 am

    Yup Trevor gagging would be bad LOLBR/Happy valentine’s Day **grin**BR/BR/Aline

  34. Lynne

    February 14, 2008 12:20 pm

    Interesting list! Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀

  35. Harris Channing

    February 14, 2008 12:57 pm

    I love love songs but I don’t want to see anyone gag or swoon so it’s best if they stay away from the sappy stuff!!!BR/BR/~Harris.

  36. Pamela Kramer

    February 14, 2008 1:22 pm

    LOL – What a hoot! Happy TT and Valentine’s Day! Oh and thanks for saying I’m a Terrific Mom on my blog. With age comes a lot of patience.

  37. OneLuvGurl

    February 14, 2008 1:51 pm

    Well, here’s 13 love songs anyways!BR/BR/My TT is 13 love songs that you can listen to in the post. Happy TT Valentine’s!BR/BR/

  38. Janet

    February 14, 2008 2:33 pm

    have you been to a concert lately? It’s not lighters anymore…it’s cell phones LMAO!BR/BR/Love songs suck! Death and doom!

  39. No Nonsense Girl

    February 14, 2008 4:22 pm

    Hi susan,BR/BR/I want someone to sing me love songs. ;)BR/BR/Happy TT and Happy Valentine’s day!

  40. Tink

    February 14, 2008 4:52 pm

    Imagine Shapeshifter singing Bye Bye Blackbird… Nâh…. :DBR/Thanks for visiting my poem TT!

  41. xakara

    February 14, 2008 7:13 pm

    They don’t make thrashy, speedy, love songs? Ah well then, some things just aren’t meant to be. *Grin*BR/BR/Hugs, BR/BR/~X

  42. Joyismygoal

    February 14, 2008 7:19 pm

    Well i am a sucker for a good fun not sappy love song: sorry — Good list–Have a fun Valentines Day BR/

  43. Thomma Lyn

    February 14, 2008 7:24 pm

    Yay for prickly, speedy and thrashy! I have to ‘fess up to liking love songs, but only if they are not cloying and saccharine. The saccharine kind would make me gag right alongside Trevor!

  44. tommie

    February 14, 2008 8:20 pm

    Most love songs make me gag as well! BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my TT.

  45. Moondancer

    February 14, 2008 8:31 pm

    Poor Trever (rolls eyes).BR/BR/#66 already? You go gyrl!

  46. Jill

    February 14, 2008 8:36 pm

    I know that you know some, Susan, but never hear the guys saying that they knew some!

  47. Marylin

    February 14, 2008 9:07 pm

    hehe great list! I’m not so keen on the love-songs myself, always seem to depressing! Happy TT 🙂

  48. Nicole Austin

    February 14, 2008 9:54 pm

    Aw, come on. There’s nothing wrong with a good rock love ballad. *g*BR/BR/Happy Valentine’s Day!

  49. Shelley Munro

    February 14, 2008 10:23 pm

    Sigh, Trevor obviously needs to meet his match. For want of a good woman 😉

  50. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 14, 2008 11:08 pm

    Oh, have no fear, Shelley. He meets her. Gotta wait for the book…

  51. beth

    February 14, 2008 11:15 pm

    I’m with Trevor – they generally make me gag! Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for coming by.

  52. Natalie

    February 14, 2008 11:25 pm

    That’s great! LOL!

  53. Serina Hope

    February 14, 2008 11:26 pm

    lol You are funny. Love songs generally do suck.

  54. cajunvegan

    February 15, 2008 1:37 am

    Who would say this: Valentine’s Day is for Losers? BR/BR/Great TT!

  55. Chelle Y.

    February 15, 2008 2:18 am

    Love songs are so fun!

  56. Malcolm

    February 15, 2008 9:07 am

    Shapeshifter reminds me of AC/DC because I have never heard “The Thunder from Down Under” do a love song or a rock ballad for that matter. BR/BR/#1 on your list made me think of The Swingin’ Medallions (Double Shot of My Baby’s Love). I remember reading that the band members would vomit on stage as part of their act! It might have been hazardous to sit in the front row of one of their shows.

  57. Joy Renee

    February 15, 2008 11:11 am

    if i found myself in a place where love songs and love were not welcome i would know myself to be in hell. the only remedy would be to start singing a love song. so gag all you want trev i’ll just take the beat off them. gagging can be a good thing. it is meant for expelling poisons. it isn’t love that is the poison it’s those dark demons gnawing on your soul.BR/BR/sorry susan helene i may have got carried away there. but whenever i see behavior and attitudes like trevor’s i see a great gaping oozing pustulant wound on their psyche. this awakens the compassion in me and the longing to witness their healing. when i encounter such wounded characters in major roles in stories it is the hope of witnessing the moment of their healing that keeps me turning the pages. BR/BR/well i guess you know you hit a nerve. that makes this a great TT. one i’ll remember for awhile.

  58. vixensden

    February 15, 2008 1:05 pm

    I think its best they stay away from love songs then, as it makes me gag when I see others gagging.

  59. auria cortes

    February 15, 2008 4:14 pm

    I’m a sucker for Lionel Richie love songs. Endless Love? Come on people. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  60. colleen

    February 15, 2008 6:52 pm

    How about a youtube video of ShapeShifter playing?

  61. Julia

    February 16, 2008 3:18 am

    I chuckle over everything that the shapeshifter said. Especially Trevor gagging LOL !BR/BR/But yeah, I would love to see Trevor gag LOLBR/BR/Thanks for visiting my blog, have a good weekend!BR/BR/Julia – Yen

  62. damozel

    February 18, 2008 11:00 am

    Gah, I’m so late to the party! But I’m with Trevor; I prefer songs about other things, although I am okay with songs about lost love….BR/BR/Thanks for visiting mine and sorry to be so late—events overtook me.

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