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Author Topic: Songs that are creepy/disturbing but are overlooked because they are catchy, etc  (Read 14877 times)

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So, that led me to the fact that there's a genre of music called 'murder ballads'.


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So, that led me to the fact that there's a genre of music called 'murder ballads'.

Somebody's collected a playlist of 85 of 'em.

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The so-called Southern Gothic style flourishes everywhere. I was grateful that Mirel Wagner's album When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is only 31 minutes long.

No one ever accused Otep of being catchy or cheerful, either, but 'Voyeur' and 'Apex Predator' are... something, even for their standards.

Eddy Grant, on the other hand...


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How could I forget this..


Online Oniya

Stumbled across this one:



Steely Dan, Gaslighting Abbie

lyrics


One plush summer you come to me ripe and ready
And bad through and through
With that deep mystical soul synergy pumping steady
Between me and you

Lovin' all the beautiful work we've done cara mia
And it's barely July
If we keep on boppin' until Labor Day
Li'l miz Abbie, bye bye

What will it be some soothing herb tea?
That might be just the thing
Let's say we spike it with Deludin
Or else maybe tonight a hand of solitaire

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

With the long weekend that's comin' up fast, let's get busy
There's just too much to do
That black mini looks just like the one she's been missin'
Feels good on you

There's a few items we need in town, allez-vous girl
There's no time to waste
Such as fresh cable and fifteen watt bulbs
Couple dozen, it's a big old place

Let's keep it light, we'll do a Fright night
With blood and everything
Some punky laughter from the kitchen
And then a nice relaxing hand of solitaire

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

You can choose the music
I'll set up my gear
Later on we'll chill and watch the fireworks from here

How can you knock this mighty spite lock
Check out the work itself
A mix of elegance and function
That 's right, a tweak or two and then she's out of here

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

Offline RedRose

More for you:

French
abusive man/husband (cheating, isolation, all that jazz)
 

anything Noir Désir (those about social situation in France are quite dark and violent, the main singer killed his girlfriend in 2003 which makes it extra creepy)



violent break up (mention of murder, suicide, terror attack...)



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The music is pure goth pop bubblegum... and then you listen for the lyrics and you think you've walked into an Asian horror movie.

The Birthday Massacre - Calling

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I think this song is creepy but I really like it.

Offline RosalindRae

Baby It's Cold Outside. Besides the obvious, I like pretending it is part of Stephen King's Misery the musical.

James Caan: I really can't stay
Kathy Bates: But baby, it's cold outside
James Caan: I've got to go away
Kathy Bates: But baby, it's cold outside


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Turn It On by Genesis.  Infectiously positive-sounding, but the lyrics are incredibly depressing, especially in today's world of more social media and less in-person social interaction.



It's basically the story of a lonely person who obsesses over a television star on his favorite show, but Phil Collins adds so much more with his voice.

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Ajoura - The SCP Foundation Main Theme


This especially strikes a cord with me since the music has a unnatural vibe around it, making one feel uneasy.

Offline Atarn

Does this one count?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU
Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird AL.

Sidenote: How do you link videos so they don't just become a text link?

Online Oniya

If you don't put the 'url' tag around it, the forum's software will automatically embed it.    (Just as a note - although I'm pretty sure it doesn't apply in this case - videos that include children should be linked instead of embedded.)

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Maybe this one fits? It is kinda catchy and is played a lot on an alternative station here. The narrator is expressing the desire to commit suicide.


Offline AutumnFury

Oh goodness. If you listen to Octane on SiriusXM at all, then you've found the holy grail for songs that fit that description.

One of the first that comes to mind is a catchy little diddy that I didn't even think about, until I read the lyrics.

Red Sun Rising - Emotionless   -- Song is clearly about someone murdering a girl and then keeping her body until it's past the point of decay.

I'm Glad You're Dead - Bobaflex  -- It's about a son (I think.) that's at his father's funeral and is ever so glad he's dead, as he was abusive.




Offline RedRose

I Don't know if those were posted





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FRench
(murder, violence, sex, rampant slurs anti women and gay and foreigners)
(wanna mafioso, corruption, violence)
(juvenile delinquency)

 (violence, drugs, suicide, underage, a song entitled, nicely "my own slut", all this, really, and more)

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Oh goodness. If you listen to Octane on SiriusXM at all, then you've found the holy grail for songs that fit that description.

One of the first that comes to mind is a catchy little diddy that I didn't even think about, until I read the lyrics.

Red Sun Rising - Emotionless   -- Song is clearly about someone murdering a girl and then keeping her body until it's past the point of decay.

Holy shit, I didn't catch this. Probably because I mishear the chorus, now that I'm looking at the lyrics. >.>

Offline AutumnFury

Holy shit, I didn't catch this. Probably because I mishear the chorus, now that I'm looking at the lyrics. >.>

I still love it regardless, but wooooah. Pretty friggen creepy!!

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Going for a whole album, Marillion's 1994 prog rock masterpiece "Brave".



The band were in the early stages of jamming around tracks that would form the album. Their singer Steve Hogarth was trying to write lyrics when the news had a police call out for information to identify a woman who'd been found on the Severn Bridge. She was naked and had amnesia and had clearly been assaulted.

Being a kinda prog-rock band, it was a concept album that was created. The individual songs are awesome but you listen to them in order and the story emerges.

To be complete bastards about it though, they released a special b-side double groove album. The album builds to its crisis point, both grooves on side b are identical until you got to the last song. One groove ended with "Made Again". A redemptive piece, very much 'winter-into-spring, things get better, rebirth, etc.' stuff. The other groove ended with "Falling From The Moon" which is the anonymous characters jump from the bridge, followed by seven minutes of the sound of lapping water. Until you got to the end of the album, you didn't know which track would be last.

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To be complete bastards about it though, they released a special b-side double groove album. The album builds to its crisis point, both grooves on side b are identical until you got to the last song. One groove ended with "Made Again". A redemptive piece, very much 'winter-into-spring, things get better, rebirth, etc.' stuff. The other groove ended with "Falling From The Moon" which is the anonymous characters jump from the bridge, followed by seven minutes of the sound of lapping water. Until you got to the end of the album, you didn't know which track would be last.

This is the sort of trickery that you can only do on vinyl.  Gotta admit, that's pretty damn inventive.

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everyone thinks country is all about trucks and cowboys and stuff.
You wanta  creepy fun song...-- Dixie Chicks-

Goodbye Earl


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everyone thinks country is all about trucks and cowboys and stuff.
You wanta  creepy fun song...-- Dixie Chicks-

Goodbye Earl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodbye_Earl

Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Fly
B-side    "Stand by Your Man"
Released    February 29, 2000

I laughed.

Offline RedRose



There's a Fear Itself episode with a strangely similar plot