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Let's face it folks, from time to time, we can get into that particular frame of min where we don't want to listen to any kind of music that makes us feel happy or picks us up. Instead, we want music that gives us a perverse sense of pleasure. You know the kind of music that I'm talking about: pain, suffering or someone saying, "F you to your rules."
Today's post will be the exact opposite of last week's music oriented post, in that I will list a few of my faves that I really enjoy listening to whenever I'm in that particular frame of mind (like I was last week for example). And except for one glaring example, most will be rock oriented.
1} All Out Of Love by Air Supply. I first discovered this one back in '79 while I was in the throes of my first (and only) love crush rejection. Can't really describe how the whininess of love lost resonated with me, but from time to time over the next three decades, I would pull this song out whenever I was feeling like crap in my love life. Factoid: Last 8 track I ever bought was of this album.
2} Love Stinks by J. Geils. Do I really need to explain why this song is soooooooooooooooo popular on Valentine's Day? Or for any other day whenever we get rejected and dumped by our significant other? I didn't think so.
3} Killing In The Name Of by Rage Against The Machine. While this song is not listed on the c.d., it is a kick ass song. Forget about the clean version that's played on the radio, as in order to fully appreciate the blatant disregard for other people and the unfiltered anger, you have to listen to the original version. The cover art for this c.d. is very disturbing (probably makes my top five last of artwork that strikes a nerve for all the wrong reasons) and most the songs jibe with the artwork. The only political band that makes MoveOn.org look like a moderate that I will actually listen to on a consistent basis.
4} Bodies by Drowning Pool. Nothing says "take no prisoners" like a song that was briefly banned from the airways in the months after 9/11.
5} Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter. A song about a public suicide on television is about as disturbing as one could possibly get.
6} I Fought The Law by The Dead Kennedys. Of course, a song about a double homicide and the "Twinkie" defense comes a close second.
7} Anarchy In The U.K. by The Sex Pistols. Gotta throw in one of my favorite old time punk songs into the mix. Even though I got hooked into the Pistols way late (like the late 80's), it's still the best music to listen to when I'm in a crappy mood.
8} I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats. I'm not sure why but songs about murder tend to stay with me a heckuva lot longer than most other songs, and this one was no exception.
9} The Rodeo Song by Garry Lee and Showdown. I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with this song, but this song is great if you got that "I-don't-give-a-shit" attitude but don't want the heaviness of song #3.
10} Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry. I first heard this one on the radio around '92 or so, and I found it as a cassette single later that year. A kick ass car song that has one of the best spoken word openings that you'll find on a hard rock song. Note: this particular link clocks in at eight minutes.
11} Black Betty by Ram Jam. Why this particular song from a band whose founder played in a 60's bubblegum pop group? I listen to this song, then I think of all the myopically misguided protests that sprang up that put pressure on radio stations not to play the song because it was racist, then I think about the fact that this song was written by a black convict in the 1930's called "Ledbelly", whose music was featured on the Smithsonian's Folk Music series...which of course makes me angry all over again.
For better or worse, this is but a sample of some of the music I enjoy listening to when I have black clouds of doom hanging 'round my head.
How 'bout you? What do you listen to when in you're in an unhappy mood?