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Author Topic: Songs that are creepy/disturbing but are overlooked because they are catchy, etc  (Read 2459 times)

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Offline Oniya

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Not sure about other cultures, but it is bad juju, superstition, whatever you want to call it, to pick up rice after a wedding. Something about it is cursed, the rise is supposed to draw all the bad stuff from the newly married.

Oddly enough, the reason I've heard for the rice-throwing is that it is a wish for prosperity (corn and other grains were used in ancient times).  And someone has to clean up after weddings, so the rice is going to be picked up by that someone.  A few Beatles fan-sites suggested that Eleanor was picking up the rice because it was as close as she ever expected to get to being married.  (Also kind of depressing.)

Funny story - the first time I ever played ER on the piano (Courtesy of 'Great Songs of the Sixties, Vol. 1'), I played it at somewhere around 3/4 speed.  Not quite half speed, but much slower than the original.  If you thought it was haunting before...

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Yes, very poignant song. I saw a great cover of it on tv at the end of a superb show with blues/soul revue Tedeschi Trucks Band, they're doing it in a much faster, rousing style and with live brass - owes something to Aretha's version of it from the early seventies. Very soulful, there's urgency in it allright but it's not as bleak as the original. TTB also changed the lyrics of the first verse to first-person, "I'm Eleanor Rigby...", giving it a feeling that Eleanor is still fighting her isolation.

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Offline The Dark Raven

I always assumed Eleanor Rigby was severely depressed, possibly in love with the groom, and committed suicide in the church after the wedding party was gone.  Tell me I wasn't a morbid little 10 year old (first time I heard the song).

Offline Pumpkin Seeds

The song that comes to mind for me with this topic is "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People.  For a long time they played this song as the song of the summer with a care free attitude and nobody really listening to the lyrics.  Yet the song is about someone about to do a school shooting. 

Offline Warlock

Maroon 5's ''Animals'' played around themes of sexual predation and stalking and music video featuring quite gory scences. Caught some media attention when it was released, with RAINN and other organization like them came out against it.


The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.

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The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

Y'know, I don't think I've mentioned 'Mother's Little Helper', which was about this stuff

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If I were a zombie.

Offline Magali

Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Here's the lyrics:  (Sorry I could not find a video with them on)

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"Harold The Barrel"

[News:]
A well-known Bognor restaurant-owner disappeared
early this morning.
Last seen in a mouse-brown overcoat,
suitably camouflaged,
they saw him catch a train.

[Man-in-the-street:]
"Father of three its disgusting"
"Such a horrible thing to do"
Harold the Barrel cut off his toes and he served them all
for tea
"Can't go far", "He can't go far".
"Hasn't got a leg to stand on"
"He can't go far".

[Man-on-the-spot:]
I'm standing in a doorway on the main square
tension is mounting
There's a restless crowd of angry people

[Man-on-the-council:]
"More than we've ever seen.
- had to tighten up security"

Over to the scene at the town hall
The Lord Mayor's ready to speak

[Lord Mayor:]
"Man of suspicion, you can't last long, the British Public
is on our side"

[British Public:]
"Can't last long", "You can't last long".
"Said you couldn't trust him, his brother was just the same"
"You can't last long".

[Harold:]
If I was many miles from here,
I'd be sailing in an open boat on the sea
Instead I'm on this window ledge,
With the whole world below
Up at the window
Look at the window...

[Mr.Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us son"

[Harold:]
You must be joking
Take a running jump

The crowd was getting stronger and our Harold
getting weaker;
Forwards, backwards, swaying side to side
Fearing the very worst
They called his mother to the sight
Upon the ledge beside him
His mother made a last request.

[67-yr-old Mrs Barrel:]
"Come off the ledge if your father were alive he'd be very,
very, very upset.
"Just can't jump, you just can't jump"
"Your shirt's all dirty, there's a man here from
the B.B.C."
"You just can't jump"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us Harry"

[Harold:]
You must be joking.
Take a running jump......


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On the same lines as that one:



This one is more disturbing if you watch the movie Quadrophenia (based on the album).  It's the final song on the soundtrack, played as 'Jimmy' rides a stolen scooter along the top edge of the Cliffs of Dover
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and as Roger hits the final 'rock scream', the background music stops, the scooter goes over the cliff, and we see it smash to the rocks below.

Offline zzy123

The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

I always found the lyrics to Under My Thumb really quite awful! Yeah sure, the subject may not have been a very nice person but it's still pretty harsh.

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A Day in the Life - The Beatles



I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph.

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the red lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.


I saw a film today, oh boy
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on.

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.
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Very catchy song and the Icelandic accent is sexy as hell. I remember the band being interviewed and the song is about an old woman who talks to her dead husband.

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Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Mmm. With Peter Gabriel, Genesis did many songs that tell strange or creepy stories - strange tales about madness, weird accidents and stuff, and Peter indulged in some of those outside of the actual songs too (the story of a woman in the subway on the rear cover of Genesis Live). On the same album as "Harold, the Barrel",  The Musical Box is a riveting song, but the story half-buried underneath it is a dark tale of deceit, premature aging and rabid desire between two siblings. The dramatic impact of the music and Gabriel's vocal just pulls you in as a listener though, even before you'd realize what the guy in the lyrics has actually been through (though the story was "spoilered" in a note above the lyrics on the original album).

There are so many details I cherish about the song - the violent, crunching guitar solo (proto-speed metal?), the gentle trio of drums, twelve-string guitar and flute where Collins is playing with mallets and brushes instead of sticks and avoids striking at the points where most drummers would hit the beat, instead creating a dreamlike, flowing spell in the music...the nuances of Peter Gabriel's voice, from wistful pleading to an angry roar...

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