Now March has approached, we figure that it's time for some better-late-than-never Valentine musings. We all know that February 14th is a cynical attempt by the oligarchs of chocolate, flowers and cards to empty our wallets - but equally, who doesn't count Love Actually as one of their favourite films?
So continuing on the assumption that some of us have enough shreds of soul left to believe in the concept of love, Georgie Biggin and I sat down recently to make a list of our TOP TEN MUSICAL POWER COUPLES WHO WE THINK ARE PRETTY NEAT. Catchy, right?
10. Alan Sparhawk & Mini Parker
Is there anything more beautiful than a Shoegaze marriage? What was the first dance at their wedding? Do they ever smile? All these questions and more arise from the union of Low's founding duo.
Our Favourite Song: Lullaby
9. Exene Cervenka & John Doe
First-wave L.A. punk band X were formed when John Doe realised that two men with guitars and steely personalities weren't convincing anyone. Cue Exene Cervenka; poet, writer, actor, artist. When Cervenka formed X with her then-boyfriend, she tunnelled a vein of hardcore female punk alongside pioneers like Patti Smith and Lydia Lunch (Although she's a bit too into whacky conspiracy theories to make it further up our list).
Our Favourite Song: Los Angeles
8. Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
Galaxie-500 have been on my mind this week, after catching Tugboat Captain at the weekend. They do a lovely version of the eponymous song, and may have a power couple romance blossoming themselves (GOSSIP). But enough of that. Not content with making the world weep with Galaxie, Wareham went on to form the equally saccharine Luna. Since meeting and marrying bassist Britta, the couple have transcended the realms of twee-ness to score films like The Squid & The Whale.
Our Favourite Song: Moonshot
7. Beth Ditto & Kristin Ogata
Ok, so only half of this pair is technically a musician - but it's no surprise that the body positive, gay rights championing, feminist powerhouse and former frontwoman of Gossip also has a damn cool wife. After fronting her punk trio for over a decade, Ditto now travels the world with Ogata; promoting plus-size fashion collections, LGBT causes and generally being the coolest pairing since doritos and hummus. Tickets are still on sale for her small UK tour in May.
Our Favourite Song: Standing In The Way Of Control
6. Jack & Meg White
The White Stripes secure a place at number 6 for the PR stunt of pretending to be brother and sister. Whilst this has some slightly gross inferences, the ex-husband and wife duo have inspired every 15 year old with a guitar (ever) to play the chords off Seven Nation Army and have taken on the US Air Force.
Our Favourite Song: You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
5. Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore
No Wave noise-mongers Sonic Youth have been inspiring generations to kill their parents and hit the road since the 80s. They were uncool before being uncool was cool; and although the couple split in 2011 their legacy lives on.
Our Favourite Song: Superstar (The Carpenters Cover)
4. Kathleen Hanna & Ad-Rock
Godmother of the Riot Grrrl movement Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) is married to Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys). They went skateboarding for a first date and probably have conversations about feminism, punk rock and armpits on a daily basis.
Our Favourite Song: Rebel Girl
3. Marika Hackman & Amber Bain
Marika Hackman & her partner Amber Bain (AKA The Japanese House) are the cutest thing since this tiny tortoise ate a bean sprout. They're pretty low key about their relationship, but make up for it by both being badass musicians. They're also pretty funny - you can listen to them chat on this episode of Lend Me Your Ears.
Our Favourite Song: I'd Rather Be With Them
2. Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed
We couldn't put them at number one because we'd think about it too much and probably cry. The King and Queen of Avant-Garde, Anderson and Reed have been an item since the 90s. Although sharing the world's sadness at his death in 2013; Laurie continues to make beautiful music and says she still "sees Lou all the time".
Our Favourite Song: Hang On To Your Emotions
1. Matt & Kim
Our new favourite thing, and the inspiration for this article. If the electro-pop duo are as in love as their songs sound, then these guys set the bar for creative couples the world over. They have an extensive catalogue of soul-tickling tracks, a hilarious vlog and an MTV Award. Matt & Kim, if you're reading this: Marry Us?
Our Favourite Song: Daylight
Tom Stockley (T.S. Idiot) is an artist, poet and director of We Are Uncollective. Georgie Biggin (GINS) is a musician, tattooist and longtime collaborator in our projects. They play together as The Mooncup Band and live together in Bristol with a large menagerie of guitars, animals and humans. You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via our social media.
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