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Saturday Survey: Sad, Sad Man

If Mondays are list days, then Saturdays are now survey days. I should come up with a daily theme schedule. Would be a hell of a lot easier than thinking up topics every morning.

Anyhow, I'm putting together a CD for a friend who wants to wallow in his misery. The stipulations are: no country songs, no disco, no novelty ballads, no overtly manipulative sad songs (like the christmas shoes garbage). Just some rock and roll/metal/goth/teased-hair power ballad/emo songs that will make him curl up in a fetal position and cry like a bitchy little girl before he heads out to find a cross to nail himself to.

Comments

Anything by The Cure.

"No country"

That's an amateur for you.

Heh, I was just thinking the same thing, Timmer. Their last CD had a few that would be perfect: The Promise, Lost, jeez, I could go on and on ...

Staind, off the Dysfunction CD ... lots of loss, death, and anger in that one.

Suicidal Tendencies may fit the bill.

That's an amateur for you.

No, it's a guy with taste.

Just because I'm me, this list will be rife with 80s new wave sad songs. BTW, I second Timmer's comment.

"Mad World" by Tears for Fears

Either "Lament" or "Dancing with Tears in my Eyes" by Ultravox

"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult

"Bring on the Dancing Horses" or "Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen

Really, one could choose nearly any Smiths song (or solo Morrissey for that matter), but "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" even has the title for the collection. Or "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side".

"Muzzle" by Smashing Pumpkins

"Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat

"Our Lips Are Sealed". Not the Go-Gos version, which is rather upbeat. The Fun Boy Three version is sad.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division

"Just Like Honey" by Jesus and Mary Chain

"Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones

"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Starr

"More Than This" by Roxy Music

Okay, so I actually have a playlist called "Melancholia".

I was talking about "Fade into You" with someone the other day and described it as melancholy. I swear, that song makes me feel like my insides are being twisted. Makes me instantly sad and restrospective, and it's not so much the lyrics as it is the music.

Yeah, it really is the music, since I can't understand half of what she's saying anyway. Well, that and the tone of her voice while she's singing.

Lover's Cross by Jim Croce

Acoustic versions of "Outside" of "Wish You Were Here" by Aaron Lewis (Staind) and Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit)

I do believe that the following may be of great ass=istance:
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Fade to Black
I Remember You
All Out of Love
I'll Be There For You
Novermber Rain/Estranged
Janie's Got A Gun
Girl I'm Gonna Miss You

"Auf Wiedersehen" Cheap Trick
"Too Sick to Pray" La Peste
" The Reaper" Alana Davis (pretty cool cover of BOC)

dang, i was hoping that i'd be able to say "dude - Stryper! To Hell with the Devil!" but it doesn't quite fit.

but how about...

Slaughter - Fly to the Angels
Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Dokken - It's not Love
Judas Priest - You Got Another Thing Comin'

shit, i need to get out of the 80's. how about...

NIN - March of the Pigs
Static X - Bled For Days
White Zombie - Thrust!
Disturbed - The Game

"Mascara Tears" - Richard Thompson.

NIN - Something I Can Never Have. Listen to it with the blinds shut.

Type O Negative - Everything Dies

"Dead of Winter" -- Eels
"And on" -- Yaz

NIN:
Something I Can Never Have
La Mer
Right Where It Belongs

The Smiths:
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
How Soon Is Now
Never Had No One Ever

Depeche Mode or The Cure:
Anything really... :)
Same for the Smiths/Morrissey

i'll add one to the mix...
close my eyes forever -- ozzy osbourne & lita ford

Uh... can I suggest Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber?

That'll reduce him to a quivering mass of protoplasm.

The Who--
Behind Blue Eyes
Melancholia

Late for the Sky - Jackson Browne

it's not really country

Ghost Town-The Specials and The End-The Doors

In a Lonely Place - New Order
Cries and Whispers - New Order
Hurt - New Order
Confusion (Instrumental) - New Order
Lonesome Tonight - New Order
Shame of the Nation - New Order

Pretty much, "Best of New Order - Disc 2" fits the bill.

Warren Zevon -

Ain't That Pretty at All
Desperados Under the Eaves
Accidentally Like a Martyr
Looking for the Next Best Thing

Peter Gabriel - Passion
With This Love

'Christo Redemptor' is a pretty good song too if Jazz is allowed.

NIN - Ring Finger

Foo Fighters - Walking After You (accoustic)

ZZTop: "Rough Boy"

Dire Straits: "Brothers in Arms"

Type-O-Negatives "Unjustifiable Existense"

A great song about commiting suicide

OK, I'm a dumbass........it's correct title is "Are you Afraid"

sighs

Tori Amos's cover of "Lovesong" by the Cure.
Just about anything by the Smashing Pumpkins.

"Killing Me Killing You" by Sentenced. Actually, anything by Sentenced would do the trick.

No need for a compilation. The whole "Unknown Pleasures" album by Joy Division is perfect for that.

Most of the songs off of "Turn of the Cards" by Renaissance.

"Running hard towards what used to be"
"The Black Flame"
"So cold is being lonely"

Love Hurts - Nazareth

Reality Used to Be a Frind of Mine - PM Dawn

Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen (or Concrete Blonde, if you prefer)

You Shook Me - Led Zeppelin

Whippin' Post - Allman Brothers Band

The classics always work best.

I have used Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality" for years. Make sure the curtains are closed and the lights are out so that the entire room is as dark as the album cover, and play the whole album beginning to end.

I did that so many times when I was young and single. It worked, trust me.

A "wallow in misery" tune?

Yes we're the--YANKEES!
a pack of hapless sacks, the
YANKEES!
We wish that BILLY's back,
YANKEES!
Even George, is, bored with our crap....

I think Sinead's Nithing Compares 2 U is a great sad song and I am amazed that Radiohead has not been mentioned much, if at all. They make me instantly weary. I also think Muse - Absolution is a cracking album. I don't know if this is the right type of music Michele but Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Sara McLachlan, Massive Attack, Badly Drawn Boy, Jeff Buckley are all lovely when I am in a mood.

How about Queen of Misery by Toy Matinee? Things She Said fits the playbill too. In fact, the entire CD is a great one to wallow in and it should be available in the bargain bin for a buck.

Pretty much anything by Life of Agony. That was my first thought.

Hey Annette. Tuesday is "Guest Star" Day.

Too late?

"Killkelly" by the Green Fields of America.

"Hurt" by Johnny Cash (NIN cover, doesn't count as country)

"The Trampled Rose" by Tom Waits

"My Little Empire" by the Manic Street Preachers

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot

"Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath"