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Old 04-03-2007, 02:04 AM   #16
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Most Joyous

5. "El Scorcho" by Weezer (How can you not feel joyful after screaming this at the top of your lungs?)

Weezer

Keep Fishin'

Talk about a happy song!!! (Ok, well, maybe not the lyrics . . . . but that video is DAMN CUTE!!!! )

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Old 04-03-2007, 02:30 AM   #17
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My problem is that I genuinely enjoy what many of you would consider to be very depressing songs, especially in a lyrical sense. Opeth's Bleak lyrically lives up to its title, but I find listening to the song to be genuinely enjoyable. I suppose Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree said it best: "Melancholic music is very uplifting. Why? Because it’s a shared experience. In contrast, I find music that is artificially happy or very joyful to be very depressing." So for the depressing songs selection, I've chosen some songs that genuinely bring feelings of sadness to the fore. I couldn't really organise them, so it's not a selection of five or anything.

Depressing

Agalloch: ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
Anathema: Forgotten Hopes
The Chills: Frantic Drift (or Pink Frost)
Dream Theater: Space-Dye Vest
jesu: Friends Are Evil
Joy Division: Twenty Four Hours
Orphaned Land: The Beloved's Cry
Porcupine Tree: Collapse The Light Into Earth
Sculptured: Our Illuminated Tomb
U2: One Tree Hill

Joyous

The Chills: Heavenly Pop Hit
Crowded House: Distant Sun
Pop Art Toasters: Everyone's Gonna Wonder
Porcupine Tree: The Rest Will Flow (the most uplifting song I know; my goodness, this song is amazing)
Spock's Beard: Walking On The Wind (or Skin)
Edit: How on earth did I manage to forget Swingers' Counting The Beat?
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:33 AM   #18
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Depressing:

I Know It's Over - The Smiths

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She Loves You - The Beatles
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:40 PM   #19
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My problem is that I genuinely enjoy what many of you would consider to be very depressing songs, especially in a lyrical sense.

And you're assuming that we don't?

I love a good, depressing song. If I'm sad or feeling blue, a depressing song will perk me up more than something like Katrina and the Waves "Walking On Sunshine" (which would probably push me over the edge and you may as well call the Coroner's office at that point.)


"SRXT" by Bloc Party. has helped me through the last couple of days TREMENDOUSLY:

SRXT

Walking in the countryside
It seems that the winds have stopped
I took down the posters from my wall
Left letters for you all
I remember moments of happiness
Endless summers, acoustic guitars
Being a man made me coarse
When I wanted to be delicate

I called up Eugene told him I was drowning
I called up Eugene told him I was drowning

Like a castaway on a warm ocean
Waiting for purpose to rise
They say it’s not becoming
For a boy of my age
If you want to know what makes me sad
Well its hope, the endurance of faith
A battle that lasts a lifetime
A fight that never ends

Walking in the countryside
It seems that the winds have stopped
Tell my mother I am sorry
And I loved her
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Depressing:
1. The Smiths - I Know It's Over
2. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now (esp for the "There's a club if you'd like to go" verse)
3. Coldplay - The Scientist
4. U2 - Kite
5. Johnny Cash - Hurt

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1. The Divine Comedy - National Express (HOW has this not been mentioned yet??)
2. Faithless - We Come One
3. Daft Punk - One More Time
4. The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
5. The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger (not amazing musically but if it comes on in a club it is impossible to stand still )
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Depressing:

Love Is Blindness - U2
Karma Police - Radiohead
Fox In The Snow - Belle & Sebastian
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Sing For Absolution - Muse
Sky Phenomenon - Jens Lekman
Drugs Don't Work - The Verbe
Louise Louisa - Mew

Joyous:

Michael - Franz Ferdinand
Trains To Brazil - Guillemots (it's not joyous but it reminds me some very good moments with friends)
Everyday I Love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Tony The Beat - The Sounds (guilty pleasure)
Angel Of Harlem - U2
Single Again - Fiery Furnaces (the lyrics are crazy but this song makes me laugh...)


I know it's more then five...
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I can't come up with 5 of anything right now but these 2 came to mind right away:

Depressing:
To Wish Impossible Things - The Cure

Uplifting:
Nearer Than Heaven - The Delays
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Depressing:

To Wish Impossible Things - The Cure

That is a damn depressing song, but also, so good! I would also nominate "Closedown" from Disintegration as a great depressing song.
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And you're assuming that we don't?
Yes. You can pretty much count on one hand the amount of people here who listen to death metal or black metal.

Now, if you ask me, Agalloch's The Mantle is a fantastic album that actually makes me feel good, especially when I'm feeling down. I'm sure even the majority of people who would actually listen to it disagree with me there!
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My problem is that I genuinely enjoy what many of you would consider to be very depressing songs, especially in a lyrical sense.
I feel the same attachment for the melancholy stuff--it somehow connects on a deeper level, even if you're not in such a mood while listening. Weird how that works.


Most joyous

Planet Telex - Radiohead (It could fit equally in 'depressing,' but the sound, and the lyrics, make me think about overcoming stuff in the face of adversity...the cycle of disappointment, but also of possibilities).

No Cars Go – Arcade Fire (A song I wish I had written ten years ago when strange little men in black suits and briefcases came to our house to tell us a four-lane highway was going to be constructed through our property...great things happen to those black suit guys every time I hear it).

Life Wasted – Pearl Jam (Featuring Eddie Vedder laughter...a rare thing!).

A Sort Of Homecoming - U2 (One of the most spontaneous-sounding things they've done).

Never Stop - Echo & The Bunnymen (Incredible wordplay).

Elsewhere - Sarah McLachlan (A coming of age/transitional song that always moves me).


Depressing

Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke (A song about Dr. David Kelly...and his equally sad story).

Helpless - Neil Young (Neil needing help, and you will be too, after listening).

Fallen Angel - Neil Young (Maybe about Kurt Cobain).

Immortality - Pearl Jam (Definitely about Kurt Cobain).

Black - Pearl Jam (Lost love...they tagged it with The Beatles'
Eleanor Rigby here in St. John's. Double dose of melancholic goodness).

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (Wonderful sadness).

I Will Not Forget You - Sarah McLachlan (When our German Sheppard died years ago, this was powerful stuff).
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I'm going to break the rules a bit here and add a category (plus I'm doing the first five that come to mind )

Joyous:
Desire - U2 (I can't hear this song and not smile)
Tommy The Canexican - Eddie From Ohio
My Baby Loves A Bunch Of Authors - Moxy Fruvous
Beautiful - Danny Michel
Turn - The Supers

Depressing/Sad
All My Pretty Horses - The Nields (gorgeous but sad)
Mothers of the Disappeared - U2 (ditto)
Mortal City - Dar Williams
Vimy - Tanglefoot (cried the first time I heard this song - written from the point of view of a Cdn veteran of WWI)
Jonathan Gull - Danny Michel

Silly/Humour
History Is Made By Stupid People - The Arrogant Worms
Ash Hash - Bob Snider (also covered by Moxy Fruvous)
Hunting The Duck - Buddy Whatshisname and the Other Fellers
I Just Wanna Hear Another Bottle Go Pop - Martina Sorbara
I'll Pick - Wendell Ferguson
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"In between days "

and "boys don't cry" by the Cure

very joyous songs despite their dark lyrics
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Weezer

Keep Fishin'

Talk about a happy song!!! (Ok, well, maybe not the lyrics . . . . but that video is DAMN CUTE!!!! )



ignore the video
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Most joyous (no order):

1. Weezer - Surf Wax America
2. The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine
3. Radiohead - Airbag
4. Supergrass - Alright
5. U2 - Beautiful Day

Most depressing (no order):

1. Radiohead - No Surprises
2. Ween - Baby B*tch
3. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
4. Beck - Lost Cause
5. Nick Drake - Parasite
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