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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 30/11/2010 2:41:45 AM   
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Should also add the whole of John Grant's Queen of Denmark album - he dredges up his broken heart, drug problems and disillusionment of his own career (after splitting up The Czars, he waited tables), with Midlake doing the music.  There's a very black-humouredstreak running through it, but this is someone trying to make sense out of every bad thing that has ever happened to him, and it's all there in the lyrics.
It's a brilliant album, but harrowing with it.





Been meaning to get this for about 6 months now - that's about as good a recommendation as I need.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 12:35:13 AM   
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Well this seems like the perfect time of year to ressurect this thread, especially as I've been revisiting and gorging on the Two Melancholy Marks (Eitzel and Kozelek, don't you know) for the last couple of days.
Anyway, I bought April by Sun Kil Moon when it came out in 2008 but for some reason (despite being a huge fan of their other albums, Red House Painters, and MK in general) barely listened to it more than once. Just happened to randomly pick it off the shelf yesterday and it's never left my CD player since. Christ, it's good. So I'd like to add Moorestown as I'm fairly certain it's the saddest song I've ever heard. But in a brilliant way, obviously.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 8:21:22 AM   
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Funny you should bring this thread back up. I was sitting listening to the radio last night (Planet Rock or Radio Paradise not sure which) when Johnny Cash's version of NIN's Hurt came on. What a song.
It put me in a NIN mood, which with my frame of mind at the moment is not good, but despite being bleak, also gives me immense mental strength.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 8:58:41 AM   
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Heart Attack in a Layby by Porcupine Tree.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JeDuu0riUQ&feature=related

My Dying Bride's cover of Portishead's Roads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU450iMsdOk

In fact most of MDB's output is bleak as fuck. Here's a couple more examples:

My Wine In Silence - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vqwT2Ic1sk

For My Fallen Angel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZFiTRIWaK0&feature=related

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 1:53:04 PM   
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I alway thought Portishead's Over was quite bleak. Notwithstanding the scratching.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 10:18:01 PM   
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Swans - The Beatiful Days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwG8mDnBUVY
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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 10:39:04 PM   
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Here's a few more of my favourites:

The Host of the Seraphim by Dead Can Dance (made famous by Baraka and more recently The Mist) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJhVM930YXY

The Eternal by Joy Division - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2sdUJ5OIf0

Something I Can Never Have by Nine Inch Nails - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAGAoy5WZWY

Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gavcjNniIvk&ob=av2e

Legacy by Mansun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KODtp--tXSU

R U Still In 2 It by Mogwai - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLfyO49bULU

How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vFaoA7t2RE

Harrowdown Hill by Thom Yorke - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-UXk42ZY4o

Veneno Para Las Hadas by Steven Wilson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTxmlhcl4ug

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4-8WE6YizE

The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR8XH3R95xE

Summerland by Lunatic Soul - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZh4PBvSyco

Way Out Of Here by Porcupine Tree - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY5_nQAPGXY&ob=av2n

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 10:59:45 PM   
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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 11:10:52 PM   
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AHA!

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 6/1/2012 11:24:46 PM   
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AHA!


No, ABBA.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 7/1/2012 12:50:05 PM   
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AHA!


No, ABBA.


Glenn Ponder and Debonair's version is much more bleak.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 8/1/2012 1:47:04 AM   
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Started I, Partridge the other day - the chapter about Glen Ponder is funny as fuck.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 8/1/2012 1:51:47 AM   
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Here's a few more of my favourites:

The Host of the Seraphim by Dead Can Dance (made famous by Baraka and more recently The Mist) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJhVM930YXY

The Eternal by Joy Division - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2sdUJ5OIf0

Something I Can Never Have by Nine Inch Nails - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAGAoy5WZWY

Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gavcjNniIvk&ob=av2e

Legacy by Mansun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KODtp--tXSU

R U Still In 2 It by Mogwai - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLfyO49bULU

How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vFaoA7t2RE

Harrowdown Hill by Thom Yorke - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-UXk42ZY4o

Veneno Para Las Hadas by Steven Wilson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTxmlhcl4ug

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4-8WE6YizE

The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR8XH3R95xE

Summerland by Lunatic Soul - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZh4PBvSyco

Way Out Of Here by Porcupine Tree - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY5_nQAPGXY&ob=av2n


Some lovely choices in there - the Mansun, NIN, Joy Divison and Tho Yorke tracks are weirdly enough my favourites by those particular grumpy-pants artists.
Though much as I love that Mogwai track, I reckon the saddest song they've ever done is Take Me Somehere Nice, from the criminally un-loved Rock Action album.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 12/1/2012 3:17:55 PM   
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Abba's 'knowing me, knowing you' (& no i'm not taking the piss!)
http://youtu.be/iUrzicaiRLU

Lou Reeds 'Caroline says 2'
http://youtu.be/IuHgjtAK_PE

Slyvester's 'i need somebody to love tonight'
http://youtu.be/lpFQpfryo5I

OK, didn't see the previous post on abba further up but i'm glad someone thinks the same!

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 17/9/2012 9:13:55 PM   
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Maybe it's because of recent sad events, maybe it's because we can feel the season starting to turn with the inexorable encroachment of autumn. Maybe it's because there's a new chill in the air, but my MP3 is full of bleak songs again and here's a small selection:

The Dreadful Hours by My Dying Bride - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yx7BeIMLYE

Suicide Note Part 1 by Pantera - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtys0BwT0R0

Departer by Katatonia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g02DNyBLJo4

Pain In Any Language by Apollo 440 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzj4F6CTybk

The Lake by The Cooper Temple Clause - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atn5n16sY6s

Hello by James - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE7WAgjCs-c

Keep The Streets Empty For Me by Fever Ray - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFb5z3kUSQ

On and On by Longpigs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P-oRJ-5M0A

This Is How It Feels by Inspiral Carpets - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-fX0UbpZls

The Best I Ever Had by Vertical Horizon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwYlhrfQHDQ

Cody by Mogwai - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8lL0TbItBc

Stars Die by Porcupine Tree - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rci8wiFros

Don't Go To Sleep Without Me by The Creatures - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZGSRzz-b4M

Haunted by Type O Negative - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh7J1bbzx3c

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 17/9/2012 11:40:01 PM   
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ THREW IT ON THE GROUND

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 18/9/2012 12:07:26 AM   
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Fuck off, vad3r.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 18/9/2012 12:13:19 AM   
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Fuck off, vad3r.


What? Those are serious suggestions and are certainly bleaker than Abba which was suggested earlier. You haven't even listened to them and are writing it off.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 18/9/2012 12:16:36 AM   
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The Nine Inch Nails version of Hurt is an excellent bleak song.It really gets me how utterly crushed Trent Reznor sounds in that song's opening. The Downward Spiral and A Warm Place are great too.

Also, Radiohead's Pyramid Song, You And Whose Army? and How to Disappear Completely. All very bleak, but all still beautiful songs.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 18/9/2012 12:22:22 AM   
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The Nine Inch Nails version of Hurt is an excellent bleak song.It really gets me how utterly crushed Trent Reznor sounds in that song's opening. The Downward Spiral and A Warm Place are great too.



Warm Place is my favourite. Very bleak, but also strangely soothing, almost comforting.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 24/9/2012 7:56:26 AM   
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Started I, Partridge the other day - the chapter about Glen Ponder is funny as fuck.


Particularly their fantastically efficient Nando's methods.

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 25/9/2012 6:20:35 PM   
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Funny you should bring this thread back up. I was sitting listening to the radio last night (Planet Rock or Radio Paradise not sure which) when Johnny Cash's version of NIN's Hurt came on. What a song.
It put me in a NIN mood, which with my frame of mind at the moment is not good, but despite being bleak, also gives me immense mental strength.


Another bleak one from Johnny Cash.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYnGelZ6Rms

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 27/9/2012 7:16:26 AM   
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David Kaufman - Kiss Another Day Goodbye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDolxKSOoUc


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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 28/9/2012 4:33:08 PM   
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The walkmen ? anyone ? bueller?

while i shovel the snow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdQFObDpxgI
on the water - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NkBFwGvh2I
blue as your blood - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uXcOKvlNKQ
we've been had - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftJy8rw8iJQ

etc etc etc

they also do the best angry song ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWR1h-5EzUo

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 20/10/2012 10:33:16 PM   
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Oh so many. I have an alarmingly large playlist for bleak songs on my ipod.

Leonard Cohen - The Stranger Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLq7Aqd_H7g
Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fMnF0Fvdpo
Actually, quite a massive chunk of Cohen's back catalogue would apply here.

Jacques Brel - Ne Me Quitte Pas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy7kdziHYQ

Modest Mouse - Bankrupt on selling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Zd1xV4UH8

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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 21/10/2012 12:01:50 AM   
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David Bowie, Heathen

Machine Head, The Burning Red

New Order, Ceremony

Depeche Mode, Black Day




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RE: Favourite bleak songs - 21/10/2012 10:11:44 AM   
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I agree with most of the ones put ahead,especially those of Radiohead/Thom Yorke related songs and the work of Joy Division.

Others:
Heaven-Talking Heads clicky
Wickerman-Pulp
Easy Money-Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds clicky
And No More Shall We Part-Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Asleep-The Smiths
Lighthouse-Interpol clicky
Skyscraper-Julian Plenti/Paul Banks clicky
Liars - the wrong coat for you mt heart attack clicky

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