View Full Version : Imagine you're trying to make a really depressing compilation CD...

09-05-2003, 15:23:08
...what tracks would you include?

09-05-2003, 15:35:51
The Drugs Don't Work - The Verve
Down in a Hole - Alice In Chains

09-05-2003, 15:36:28
Skinny Puppy: "Love will tear us apart"
(or Paul Young's version for that matter)
Depeche Mode (just about anything)
The Doors: "The End"
Just about anything by the Smiths, but "William, it was really nothing" for certain.
The Beatles: "Blackbird"
Most of the songs by Cowboy Junkies
Patsy Cline: "Crazy"
Grateful Dead: "China Doll"

09-05-2003, 15:37:38
Ooooh! One of the very best: "Crown of Thorns" by Motherlovebone.

09-05-2003, 15:41:11
Some choice selections.

BGH: Funnily enough I've already used Strange by Patsy Cline.

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-05-2003, 16:19:17
"Hardly getting over it"- Husker Du
"Too far down"- Husker Du
"Kathleen"- American Music Club
"United Kingdom"- American Music Club
"24"- The Red House Painters
"The Letter"- Kristin Hersh
"Stranger than kindness"- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
"Falling back in fields of rape"- Current 93
"Frankie Teardrop"- Suicide
"Raping a slave"- Swans
"Mother, my body disgusts me"- Swans
"Hamburger lady"- Throbbing Gristle
"She can see the angels coming"- Grant Hart
"Drunk tank"- Tindersticks

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-05-2003, 16:20:51
"Like rats"- Godflesh
"Call the doctor"- Spacemen 3

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-05-2003, 16:21:49
"The kids"- Lou Reed
"Dying on the vine"- John Cale

09-05-2003, 16:26:53
Woah, you seem to be some kind of depression specialist. Thanks, I check 'em out...

09-05-2003, 16:38:48
The Top - The Cure

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-05-2003, 16:40:21
On reflection, some of those tracks aren't so much "depressing" as "downright disturbing".

09-05-2003, 16:45:55
As you mentioned Kristin Hirsh I wondered if you had ever heard anything by Beth Hirsch? She's the chick who sings on All I Need by Air. Her solo albums are very good.

Check her out at http://www.k7.com/

09-05-2003, 16:58:45
fireworks - elvis costello
she is suffering - manic street preachers
4st 7lb - manic street preachers
25 - Veruca Salt
Here comes the pain - Juliana hatfield
mercy mercy me - marvin gaye
names - cat power

09-05-2003, 17:01:51
I didn't have you down as a Juliana Hatfield fan KG, good choice though.

09-05-2003, 17:20:07
The Birdy song.

Scabrous Birdseed
09-05-2003, 17:30:05

09-05-2003, 18:36:06
FUCKING FULL ON GRIEF-STRUCK SUICIDAL (but still nice poppy tunes)

eg: Walking in the Rain - The Ronnettes

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-05-2003, 19:08:17
That's the problem. If you take it too far, it gets scary. "Frankie Teardrop" and "Hamburger Lady" are a case in point. I've known people have nightmares about those.

09-05-2003, 19:12:26
Nightmare inducing would be good.

09-05-2003, 19:33:04
How about something stupid, insulting, AND poppy?

Monkeys are bad People (http://artists.mp3s.com/artist_song/178/178932.html)

09-05-2003, 20:09:08
Uh...there's a song by the Butthole Surfers that is very disturbing...something about Satan. I don't know. I just remember being on acid and sucking down some nitrous while it played and thinking I heard a voice that said "now is the moment of your damnation".
That sucked.

09-05-2003, 20:25:28
Fool - Swans
Rockstar - Sebadoh
Jenny - Sleater Kinney
Pastoral - The Jesus Lizard
Out There - Dinosaur Jr
Ablutions - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Barely Recognise You - Elysian Fields
Gone - Therapy?
Don't - Dinosaur Jr

Mr. Bas
09-05-2003, 22:26:52
Pretty much anything by Alice in Chains is pretty depressing, but if you want nice poppy tunes as well, try some of their (semi-)acoustic stuff, like Nutshell, Down in a hole or Swing on this. I agree with the Mother Love Bone, Husker Du, Throbbing Gristle and Manic Street Preachers suggestions. Let me add Prison Sex by Tool, a rather disturbing song about incest, and D-7 by the Wipers.

Scabrous Birdseed
09-05-2003, 23:07:05
Rocket from the Tombs - "Ain't It Fun"

Scabrous Birdseed
09-05-2003, 23:09:44
The Paragons - "On The Beach" (more whistful than depressive, mind)

Scabrous Birdseed
09-05-2003, 23:10:24
God, I'm really shit at this. I suppose "Past, Present and Future" by The Shangri-Las is a bit depressing.

Provost Harrison
09-05-2003, 23:58:51
Anything by Joy Division. Me and you have had this conversation earlier SB ;)

Scabrous Birdseed
10-05-2003, 00:01:11
Yeah but I wouldn't say "Recommend". 'Cause it all sucks. I think I'm too happy a person to be able to pick out good depressing music really, I like totally desperate stuff but usually not the low-key, monotonous "I can't be bothered because the world sucks" music that usually goes with genuine depression.

10-05-2003, 00:37:46
A happy person?!?! You're the most critical person i know - how can that be conducive to happiness?

10-05-2003, 01:21:08
SB finds happiness in criticism. My father is the same way. To him it isn't a negative thing, merely a strong disfavor or endorsement (but since he is 'discerning' there is more disfavor) of the topic at hand.
How about Yaz? "Mr. Blue" is a sort of bummer...and I recall always feeling sort of sad when I listened to them.
As obvious as it sounds, "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd or most songs on The Final Cut or just about anything by Roger Waters, who could make Big Band music sound like a funeral dirge.

10-05-2003, 01:24:28
Oh...how could I forget: Lou Reed's "Magic and Loss" album. It's all about his friend slowly dying. The whole album.
Some of the songs are really well done, but the whole thing at once is a downer and the songs don't really work on their own.
I'd guess Tom Waits has a couple of real corkers too.

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-05-2003, 07:35:28
He certainly has. Try "Poor Edward" off "Alice".

As for Lou, "Magic and loss" is certainly downbeat, but it's a sunny Sunday picnic in comparison with "Berlin". I'd pick "Berlin" as the most depressing whole album ever.

10-05-2003, 08:34:42
Nice article on Lou reed's Berlin and sad/depressing songs in general:

Scabrous Birdseed
10-05-2003, 10:45:27
No, no, you don't understand. If I was sad and critical I'd be an unpleasant miserabilist bastard. Being a really happy, satisfied bloke generally gives me the self-confidence to be critical without appearing as such.

26-04-2006, 13:40:13

and let me add:

Suffer Little Children
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
( both by The Smiths)


Last Year's Man
Famous Blue Raincoat
(both by Leonard Cohen)

Mr. Bas
26-04-2006, 14:06:41
Some more...

Husker Du - 59 times the pain
Mark Lanegan - When your number isn't up
Converge - Jane Doe
Converge - Homewrecker
Converge - The broken vow

All of Converge's Jane Doe is pretty depressing actually, although you really need a lyrics sheet to understand what he's screaming.

Scabrous Birdseed
26-04-2006, 15:55:56
Originally posted by BigGameHunter
SB finds happiness in criticism. My father is the same way. To him it isn't a negative thing, merely a strong disfavor or endorsement (but since he is 'discerning' there is more disfavor) of the topic at hand.

Hey, I missed this last time around. Thank god I'm not alone. :)


"I Don't Care Anymore" by Doris Duke was one that caught my eye recently.

26-04-2006, 16:12:17
I'm not really sure why i made that comment anyway as i don't agree with it. I must have been fishing for a response.

Walrus Feeder
26-04-2006, 18:08:09
How about the theme tune to Eastenders? that's depressing enough!

That band Type O Negative were generally miserable in sound and lyrical content. They decided to call their compilation ablum, 'The Least Worst Of.' My Dying Bride produced some turgid listening. But I must argue that The Smiths weren't generally depressing. Some very upbeat songs with very witty and funny lyrics.

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-04-2006, 18:25:33
The only unquestionably depressing Smiths song I could name is "Asleep".

26-04-2006, 20:24:47
ah, now this is right up my ally:
-"Suicide Note Pt. 1" - Pantera
-"Fake Plastic Trees" - Radiohead
-"How to Disappear Completely" -Radiohead
-"Hurt" - NIN
-"Something In The Way' - Nirvana
-"Prelude In D Flat Major, Op.28 No. 15 'Raindrop' " - Chopin
-"Climbing Up the Walls" - Radiohead
-"Light From a Dead Star" - Lush
-"Winter" - Tori Amos
-"Tourniquet" - Marilyn Manson
-"Speed of Pain" - Marilyn Manson
-"Nothing Else Matters" - Metallica
-"Christafori's Dream" - David Lanz
-"Attack on Murron" - Braveheart Soundtrack
-"H" - Tool
-"Die With Me" - Type O Negative
-"Something I Can Never Have" - NIN
-"Falling Down" - Tears For Fears
-"Bother" - Stone Sour
-"Trouble" - Coldplay
-"Breathe Me" - Sia ****
-"Nutshell" - Alice in CHains

Walrus Feeder
26-04-2006, 22:37:20
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
The only unquestionably depressing Smiths song I could name is "Asleep".

Very true Laz. Songs about suicide, (which i gather the theme of the song was) rarely seem upbeat, although the Manics did on Suicide is Painless.

27-04-2006, 08:04:07
Well, when i finally heard Don't Fear the Reaper, after everything i had heard about it, i was massively disappointed. How that song got the rep it did i'll never know, it's so weak.

Skanky Burns
28-04-2006, 14:26:48
"Bleak" - Opeth

Nills Lagerbaak
28-04-2006, 14:38:51
Hmm, gotta have
"Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procal Harum.
"Drugs don't work" is truly depressing

I do hate depressing music so don't really remember the names of the ones I hear.

28-04-2006, 14:44:29
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
Well, when i finally heard Don't Fear the Reaper, after everything i had heard about it, i was massively disappointed. How that song got the rep it did i'll never know, it's so weak.

Same here.

Nills Lagerbaak
28-04-2006, 15:02:23
that's the blue oyster one right? I heard it before I knew there even was hype about it. There was hype about it???

28-04-2006, 22:07:37
The cover of "And the band played waltzing matilda" by the Pogues.

28-04-2006, 23:39:08
Good one- that is a SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD song. What was their song about meeting your love by the gasworks wall as well? Dirty Old Town?

29-04-2006, 10:20:29
Sixteen Horsepower - Black soul choir
wish - ten bridges burning
The Cure - A forest
Nick Cave - The weeping song
Iggy pop - in the death car

Lazarus and the Gimp
29-04-2006, 12:01:49
If I had to choose the single most depressing song ever, I'd go for "Holocaust" by Big Star.

27-09-2006, 06:33:20

Resource Consumer
03-10-2006, 10:23:58
"Ballad of Lucy Jordan" - Marianne Faithfull?

Scabrous Birdseed
03-10-2006, 14:25:02
"Saviour of the Nation" by Baard