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: Where quantity is job one!
Two generous donors to the SOA/CV cause
requested - in return for their donations - lists. I'll handle these things one a time. First up:
Name the five most depressing songs you know. Not songs that are depressing in nature, but are depressing to you.
I am the queen of depressing songs, ranging all the way back to my youth when I spent several days crying that Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge. Of course, I didn't know Billy Jo personally (ok, so I thought he was real at the time), so that makes the song a secondary depression song, meaning that I am getting all morose over someone else's problems.
Primary depression songs are a different animal. They don't even have to be sad - they just have to remind one of of a really sad time in your life, like when mother said your kitty died but then you find out that she sold it to some Korean restaurant for ten dollars. Mostly PD songs are the ones you had on repeat for days on end while you curled up on your bedroom floor and swore that you would never, ever love again. I wasn't even a teenager when I did that. It was like....six years aog and was the result of a horrible communication mix up which is a story that I may tell someday if you ask nicely, but ended up ok because I'm married to him now, but nonetheless, I can't listen to Stabbing Westward's Darkest Days
albums without getting that "oh god, I'm gonna throw up my heart" feeling.
Five really depressing songs:
* Stabbing Westward: Everything I Touch.
Ok, the whole album is a therapist's wet dream - but this song in particular makes me sob uncontrollably. Well, it did. Now I listen to it and I just want to smack Chris Hall across the face and say "grow the fuck up, man! Get over it, already!" Because I think he was pining over the same girl for years and if the songs are any indication, she was one of them C-word girl. And then Chris and the band went and made another album after Darkest Days and, well....does that saying quit while you're ahead ring a bell? Holy suckage, Batman. And that's just another reason why this song is so depressing - it marked the end of a really good band and the start of a really sucky one.
* Nine Inch Nails - The Great Below
(you thought I was gonna say Hurt
* Radiohead- Fake Plastic Trees
Just can't explain this one away with a specific incident or even lyric. It just depressing. Beautifully depressing.
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone
* Sarah McLachlan - Possession
You really don't want to go there. Not unless you want to hear a long story about friendship, devotion, death and the Green Bay Packers. It's not a story I feel like telling right now.
(which I will add to as I think of them): Jane's Addiction - Three Days
Have no fear, your Prozac is here. Next up: Funny songs and Feel Good Songs.
The lovely SOA contributor asks that you all tell us your most depressing songs as well (or make fun of mine - I swear, that's what the email said) - my only caveat would be that they be Primary Depression Songs, not just sad songs.