“Walk Away Renee” – The Left Banke

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Believe it or not, I’m actually in a good mood this evening. But I can’t talk about maudlin 60s AM-pop music without mentioning this baroque masterpiece by the Left Banke … the classic “Walk Away Renee.” The song just impels you to remember someone who broke your heart at some point (even if it was that little heartbreaker from your pre-school class who liked the boy who could build a bigger block castle than you were able to build … not that I’m bitter or anything), which prompts you to let out a heavy sigh. Yes, this is simpering adolescent angst at its most embarrassingly emotional. But it conveys simpering adolescent angst probably better than most other songs of its ilk.