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Old 07-31-2004, 01:18 PM   #16
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My vote for most depressing band EVER is way old school. There's nothing more depressing than Simon and Garfunkel...
Sounds of Silence, I am a Rock, Kathy's song, Leaves that are Green...

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Old 07-31-2004, 02:32 PM   #17
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I suppose its what you mean by depressing band, if its music that makes you feel depressed/sad then I would say the majority of the bland music thats out today, Radiohead, keane, snow patrol, etc.. these guys need to chill out

The Cure wrote wailing sad tunes but they also wrote some awesome tunes, Pictures of you and lullaby were excellent and they had some catchy tunes to even things out, In between days, just like heaven, can you imagine Radiohead writing anything catchy..

Pink Floyd were depressing I agree but how fantastic was "the Wall"

Some songs have depressing lyrics and music but sound awesome such as "Everyday is like sunday" by morrisey and "Stay" by U2

imo Radiohead and The verve would be top contenders or for a weekly list:

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90% of these make me depressed

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Old 07-31-2004, 04:22 PM   #18
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As far as non-stop depressiveness goes, Radiohead and Nirvana own this thread. They are great bands, but I can't listen to them for very long at a time because they are such downers.

I'm not as familiar with Joy Division, but from what I've heard of them they have to have the most ironic name in the history of music.
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Originally posted by u2popmofo

Here are some I think stay depressing most of the time:

Radiohead (which is odd, because I've never really thought of them as a depressing band until I was just thinking about it now!!)
I've been thinking about this, and I've realized that I dont ever really think of these bands as being 'depressing' when I listen to them. I suppose the depressing aspect is more in their lyrics than anything, but I can listen to these bands no matter what mood I'm in. I seriously can even get a feeling of elation from listening to them, and I'm sure that comes from the 'music' in general. Anyways, I just wanted to share that.

Here are a couple albums I thought of that do depress me:

The Cure - 'Faith'
Beck - 'Sea Change'
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Old 07-31-2004, 05:12 PM   #20
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definitly Beck - Seachange

in addition to everything,

Nick Drake (i.e. Five Leaves Left)
Grandaddy -(i.e. Sophtware Slump)
Elliott Smith (i.e. everything)
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Old 07-31-2004, 05:20 PM   #21
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About Radiohead, one of their best and most optimistic songs is also unreleased. It's called Lift. It was played in concerts in 1996 (the Pinkpop version is very famous among the fans) and 2002.
My favorite unreleased track by any band.
"So, lighten up...squirt". Pure classic HAPPY Radiohead.
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:06 AM   #22
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My top three pics are Staind, Nick Drake or Pink Floyd. That's what I usually listen to when I'm depressed and don't want to be cheered up. All great music, but there is certainly a time to listen and a mood for it.
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Definately NIN.
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:09 PM   #24
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Joy Division without question. The only thing that could possibly have beaten Joy division is an Ian Curtis solo record
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Pink Floyd isn't that bad. The only real depressing period was when Roger Waters was chief songwriter (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut). Everything else is actually pretty optimistic.

Take a listen to High Hopes from The Division Bell, or Learning to Fly from A Momentary Lapse of Reason for some post-Waters optimism.

Or if you prefer the older stuff, try just about anything from Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Syd, although what happened to him is the supreme depressant, wrote some damn happy songs), or Grantchester Meadows from Ummagumma, or most of Meddle (barring One of These Days).

For the ultimate optimist PF song though...Coming Back to Life from The Division Bell, with On The Turning Away from A Momentary Lapse of Reason in a very close second.

Go download them now.
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morrissey. radiohead.
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I don't know if "depressive" is the right word...
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Originally posted by u2popmofo

The Cure - 'Faith'
Can't never go wrong with that one
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:32 AM   #29
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It occurs to me, that I have never ever in my life been depressed by music, unless in a cathartic manner, which I guess is what would apply in this situation. I'm a stickler for catharsis I will admit.

Nick Cave is definitely about the darkest artist I can think of off hand, or on hand for that matter. Not really depressing though.

Radiohead is pretty good for that. I used to listen to the Bends a whole lot when I was pissy, and it made me feel better in some sort of weird way.

how about the tindersticks?
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Palace Brothers
some Modest Mouse, I can barely listen to it right now
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