“Love Removal Machine” by The Cult

31 05 2013

I was thinking about The Cult’s “Love Removal Machine” the other day. It’s a sort of okay song, though the best part is probably about the first 20 seconds of it:

But I’ve always wondered: What, exactly, is a love removal machine? The lyrics don’t really help here, because the lyrics are, well, kind of dumb. So what is it?

Recently, I realized that I now know the answer to this question. A while back, I saw “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, a rather good Jim Carrey movie from 2004 in which, to quote the Internet Movie Database plot synopsis: “A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour.” Aha! Nearly twenty years after the fact, we now finally know what a love removal machine is!

(P.S.: Why would anybody ever want one?)

Something I didn’t know about Ian Astbury, the lead singer for The Cult: he lived in Hamilton, Ontario, for five years from 1973 to 1978. According to Wikipedia, he developed a love for this country, and will follow the Stanley Cup playoffs if a Canadian team is playing. Gosh.

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