Hear This: If anyone could die of angst, it would be The Shangri-Las

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as we regret the New Year’s resolutions we’ve already cast aside, we’re picking our favorite songs about broken promises.

The Shangri-Las, “You Cheated, You Lied” (1965)

Even if a teenage girl appears calm on the outside, inside she usually wants to lay down on the floor and die of something—heartbreak, embarrassment, loneliness, anticipation. The Shangri-Las, teenagers themselves for much of their short career, understood this angst. Following the success of “Leader Of The Pack,” they became known as the “bad” girl group, foregoing the white gloves and ladylike demeanor of their contemporaries for stiletto boots and songs about juvenile delinquency. And bad-girl angst is more intense than a good girl who’s never even ridden on the back of a motorcycle could ever hope to understand.

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