Goodbye, Girls: A Jersey Boy Picks Their Best Songs

Christopher Owens and his dirty hair

Today’s both a momentous and sad day. My friend Lloyd is making his blog debut, an event I never thought I would see. And, of course, there’s the news about Girls. Take it away, Lloyd!

Leave it to Girls to break your heart on a Monday morning.

Girls frontman and chief songwriter Christopher Owens announced today on Twitter that he’s leaving the band.

Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely–Christopher

Girls leaves behind two stellar albums, 2011’s Father, Son and Holy Ghost and 2009’s Album as well as 2010’s Broken Dreams Club EP.

And as one should do at the end of every great relationship, it’s time to look back at the Top 5 – how it started, where it got great, when it got weird, and how we said goodbye.

5. “Die”
You know the relationship is ending. Things don’t feel right, there’s a huge sense of unease, and you find yourself spiraling out of control. “No, nothing is going to be alright.” But even when things are crashing around you (and you realize one of your favorite bands is disintegrating), you can’t stop listening. “Die” isn’t just one of the best Girls songs, it’s one of the best songs of the last decade.

4. “Vomit”
It’s too good. Just listen.

3. “Hellhole Rat Race”
I know this guy who loves Girls but doesn’t like this song. I kid you not. It’s like loving Vincent van Gogh but hating Starry Night Over the Rhone. It makes no sense and it’s as wrong as these subjective things can get. And like the Dutch post Impressionist painter, Owens is never more emotionally honest than when painting a simple scene, in this case, of a guy who doesn’t want to “die without shaking up a leg or two.” The song builds, beautiful and rough, to a plea for a dance, a chance, a laugh.

2. “Ghost Mouth”
Maybe it’s just me, but this ethereal pop song which features a perfectly placed solo at the 1:53 mark is special because of how toned back it is. The song is a classic bedroom lament.

1. “Lust for Life”
It’s probably the first song you heard by them and it’s probably still one of your favorites. It should be. The song is like summer and love, or falling in love in the summer. Beach Boys fused backing vocals and hand claps that sound natural, a catchy chorus and a head bopping beat. You knew this was the start of something special…so “come on, come on, come on, baby.”

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