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Old 21st July 2006, 04:03 PM   #101
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¨Since 1995 -or so- making music out of sadness¨
Some of the songs are potent, some others are coma inducing.
Great stuff, nevertheless.

My fav is ¨Nex Stop: This Town¨.
A wicked sense of humor navigates under those currents of doom: in that song, doing Bvox, there`s a guy called ¨Elton Jones¨...
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Old 21st July 2006, 04:51 PM   #102
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Well stuff that does it for me:

Fade into you - Mazzy Star

Lover, you should have come over - Jeff Buckley

Sleep - The Dandy Warhols

All great to go with the mood after your GF dumps you

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Old 21st July 2006, 11:44 PM   #103
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Most anything from the band "Low". Seems depressive music mostly comes from the cold and dark lands. An Rx... take a B12 shot get on a plane/ship and go to the tropics.
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Old 27th July 2006, 07:25 PM   #104
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Lot of good ones posted here. One that sticks out in my mind is from Natalie Merchant off the Tigerlilly album (yeah, I know...I'll always call them albums) called "Beloved wife" talking about an older man that's just lost his wife to a long illness and contemplates suicide since he sees no joy in facing life without her after all the years together.

Very moving.

Not totally depressing, but dark, is an obscure song from Fleetwood Mac entitles "Hard Feelings".
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Old 27th July 2006, 08:22 PM   #105
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Yes, that`s a beautiful song. And the live version is very powerful.
I like too the ¨Noha`s Dove¨ version from the 10.000 Maniacs unplugged CD.

I`m remembering some Nick Cave`s song now, called ¨We Came Along this Road¨, from the ¨No More Shall We Part¨ album...

¨I left by the back door
With my wife's lover's smoking gun
I don't know what I was hoping for
I hit the road at a run
I was your lover
I was your man
There never was no other
I was your friend
Till we came along this road
Till we came along this road
Till we came along this road

I ain't sent you no letters, Ma
But I'm looking quite a trip
The world spinning beneath me, Ma
Guns blazing at my hip
You were my lover
You were my friend
There never was no other
On whom I could depend
Then we came along this road
We came along this road
We came along this road¨

Strange and powerful...

That album is a tour de force in bittersweet darkness. Highly reccomended.
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Old 27th July 2006, 08:46 PM   #106
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Off the top of my head: how about something off Skip Spence's OAR? I've not listened to it in a while, but back when I first got it I could not put that album down. The strange thing is that, while the vibe certainly is dark, I do not find the album to be depressing; I find it uplifting.

In any case, 'Weighted Down (The Prison Song)' is certainly a fitting candidate for this thread.

Also stuff off Beck's Mellow Gold, such as 'Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997' -

I was born in this hotel
Washing dishes in the sink
Magazines and free soda
Trying hard not to think..

That song nails the 'blah' feeling like few others I've heard (imagine that sung in a weary baritone, with a lazy 'junkyard cowboy' backing.)

Then there's also Sea Change which is some sort of monument to depression, but I've not thoroughly digested that one yet.

Syd Barrett's stuff is also quite the downer, but in a different way - you can't help feeling sorry for the guy.

Edit: how could I have left out Cat Power's Moon Pix? That's slit-your-wrists stuff for sure - and also one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard, period. Anyone heard her version of Moonshiner?

Edit II (): Neutral Milk Hotel's
Oh Comely - party stuff:

Goldaline my dear
We will fold and freeze together
Far away from here
There is sun and spring and green forever
But now we move to feel
For ourselves inside some stranger's stomach
Place your body here
Let your skin begin to blend itself with mine

(I read this bit once that argued that the characters in that song are two twin siblings who are lost in the wild and about to be eaten by beasts, but I dunno.. )
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Old 27th July 2006, 10:27 PM   #107
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Then there's also Sea Change which is some sort of monument to depression, but I've not thoroughly digested that one yet.


I've been a big fan of Beck since his freak hit song "Loser" (w the refrain "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me")
Sea Change is probably his best work to date, but most depressing of all is his cover of "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" from the must see film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". Maybe the film had an effect on my feeling of that though, as the lyrics seem hopeful. I don't think the lyrics of any one song make it depressive to my thoughts. An anti-thesis of this is the song "Loser" has almost depressively sick lyrics and yet somehow comes off pop sounding.
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Old 3rd August 2006, 11:32 PM   #108
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I'm amazed its taken until page 11 of this thread to mention Nick Cave! I'd almost given up hope of seeing his name here. "Where do we go now but nowhere" has to be up there. No More Shall we Part is a stunning album from start to finish. As for joy division, "24 hours", "the eternal", "atmosphere", "new dawn fades" and almost everything else....

Low I used to think were miserable but then figured they're tongue in cheek and actually pretty shallow (but I still like a lot of their stuff)

"faith" has to rank up with the best of the cure, along with "the kiss", "hundred years"....

there's some pretty bleak stuff by Sophia (understandably)

I could go on but I'm away from home and don't have immediate access to my music collection...

loads of stuf mentioned here I've never heard before so some surfing may need to be done.
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Old 3rd August 2006, 11:42 PM   #109
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Almost forgot: PJ (Polly Jean) Harvey: 'My Beautful Leah' (from 'Is this Desire'). You can find her lyrics in the booklet, or on the net, which I just cut & pasted here. One of the most disturbing tracks I know.

'Did you see her walking?
Did she come around here, Sir?
Black hair, brown eyes
My beautiful Leah
She was always so needing
Said, "I have no-one"
Even as I held her
She went out looking for someone

She only had nightmares,
And her sadness never lifted
And slowly over the years
Her lovely face twisted
Did she come around here, Sir?
I swear you would remember
Black hair, Brown eyes
Late September
October
November
December

It never leaves my mind
The last words she said
"If I don't find it this time,
Then I'm better off dead".

That dark enough for you guys?
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Old 3rd August 2006, 11:49 PM   #110
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Is this desire is a fantastic album, her best imho.

glad to see another yorkshireman posting here in the most depressing thread....
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