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Touch Me, I'm Sick

Love once inspired sonnets, plays, novels, and countless romantic songs. But romance can become obsession, and nowadays, love songs are creepier than ever. Even the Police s stalker anthem Every Breath You Take is a popular choice at weddings and funerals. In "Touch Me, I m Sick," Tom Reynolds offers hilarious riffs on 52 love songs that have gone off the rails into the realm of the tawdry, the overwhelming, the obsessive, the self-absorbed, and the completely weird. Including songs by artists as diverse as Melissa Etheridge, Michael Jackson, Paul Anka, Sinead O Connor, and Slipknot, he also pillories a handful of the 1,700 different songs called Butterfly. Praise for Tom Reynolds "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" "A tremendous idea . . . Reynolds ameliorates the pain of havingput his ear up close to some of the most inconsiderate despair anthems of our time by having enormous fun deconstructing them.""The Sunday Times""Full of premium trivia and pinpoint pomposity-pricking, Reynolds has made comedy gold from the full base metal of misery." "NME""""An entertaining and well-researched set of cautionary tales music fans will enjoy. Consider the list a batch of enthralling liner notes for a box set that comes with razor blades." "Playboy""""Bridget Jones would love it." "The Scotsman""
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Tom Reynolds is a writer, television producer, and the author of"I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard" and "Wild Ride," which is based on his documentary, "The Wild Rideof Outlaw Bikers.""


"Exuberant and light-hearted--a great way to discover new music" --PopMatters "Just plain fun." --"Flagpole Magazine" "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" "Just plain fun." "Flagpole Magazine""

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