Guitar Romantic was the debut album of The Exploding Hearts, an ill-fated Pop Punk group from Portland, Oregon. Little-noticed on its April 2003 release, Guitar Romantic nonetheless became a minor cult hit on the strength of a supportive Pitchfork magazine review and illegal mp3s from Germany. Not four months later, a van accident claimed the lives of three quarters of the band; this had the perverse effect of bringing press to the original album, canonizing it as a classic of the genre.
- "Modern Kicks" (3:18)
- "I'm A Pretender" (2:31)
- "Thorns In Roses" (2:42)
- "You're Black And Blue" (2:05)
- "Sleeping Aides And Razor Blades" (2:36)
- "Rumours In Town" (2:32)
- "Throwaway Style" (2:58)
- "Boulevard Trash" (2:10)
- "Jailbird" (3:37)
- "Still Crazy" (4:04)
- Adam Cox: vocals, guitar
- Matt Fitzgerald: bass
- Terry Six: guitar
- Jeremy Gage: drums
Sleeping Tropes and Razor Blades
- Alliterative Title: "You're Black and Blue".
- Break-Up Song: "Modern Kicks", "Jailbird", "Sleeping Aids And Razor Blades".And it hurt when you leftYa know you're hurtin' yourself
- Cradle of Loneliness: "Modern Kicks"I'm all alone and I'm getting stoned, staring off in space.
- Drugs Are Bad:
Girl we're caught in the act of sniffing glueAnd you just keep getting high now so what can I do?
- Sitting alone and "just getting stoned just leaves the protagonist of "Modern Kicks" shivering and shaking, pondering a frustrating relationship.
- Face on the Cover: A group shot of the band.
- Just Friends: "Rumours In Town" regards a couple who've "never really been an item". May also be Friends with Benefits.
- Obsession Song: "Jailbird", which is about a guy who is in jail over a girl he loves desperately, but can't get.
- One Album Band: Punk Rock's most famous Downer Ending. A few posthumous singles made it out, though.
- One-Word Title: "Jailbird".
- Self-Deprecation: The singer in "Boulevard Trash" has been missing since the age of ten and considered turning himself in for the comically small $100 reward.
- Silly Love Songs: The album is primarily love songs, some more bittersweet than others.
- Unrequited Love: "Jailbird".I see you talking to a squirrelKissing its lips, why not mine?So kiss me, please!