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Not including Goth bands...

 

"Superman" Crash Test Dummies

"Run Like Hell" Pink Floyd

"Hey You" Pink Floyd

"Head Like a Hole" Nine Inch Nails

"Brick" Ben Folds Five

"Silent All these Years" Tori Amos

"Breakfast in Vegas" Praga Khan

"Somebody" Depeche Mode

"Faith, Too" Tragically Hip

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In reverse order

 

"Ticking, Ticking" by Elton John

"The Sniper" by Harry Chapin (seriously disturbed.)

 

One might also consider "The End" by The Doors

or "The Gift" by The Velvet Underground, and the Vanila Fudge version of "Season of the Witch".

 

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Great thread, Duke.. Hurt is my most recent favorite dark song... and it's certainly destined to be a Classic (with a capitol "C"). This ain't gonna be a short list. I love dark songs.

 

(BTW - Great call bpark for Harry Chapin's Sniper. A lot of Harry Chapin songs fall into this category and I love 'em all. The saddest has to be The Shortest Song about a starving family. :cry:

 

  1. In A New York Minute - The Eagles
  2. A Month of Sundays - Don Henley
  3. There Was A Little Boy - Toy Matinee
  4. Empty Air - The Peregrins
  5. The Highwayman - The Highwaymen (Cash, Kristofferson, Jennings, Nelson)
  6. Janie's Got A Gun - Aerosmith
  7. Laura - Billy Joel
  8. Captain Jack - Billy Joel
  9. No Son Of Mine - Genesis
  10. The Man's Too Big - Dire Straits
  11. Moon Over Bourbon Street - Sting
  12. Russians - Sting
  13. We Work The Black Seam - Sting
  14. Children's Crusade - Sting

That's the short list. :D Pretty much the whole Dream Of The Blue Turtles album is a fantastic, dark album.

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Ooooh, some good one's listed here! I wish I could clonk the links to hear some samples of the songs I didn't recognize.

 

Okay, let's see if these are dark enough.

 

"Don't Fear the Reaper" B.O.C

 

"Prison Sex" Tool

 

"Dogs" or "Sheep" Pink Floyd

 

Actually, there are quite a few dark tunes out there. I think this list thread could go on for a while.

 

Ooooh, one more....a classic:

 

"Playground In My Mind" Clint Holmes

 

Yup! 'My name is Michael, I've got a nickel'. It may not sound dark, but it makes me want to stike my head repeatedly with dull objects till the lights go out.

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Oh my GOD this is gonna take awhile, maybe I'll try to shorten it :D Uh here we go!

 

- Nine Inch Nails: The Becoming (screaming crowd sample background!)

- Nine Inch Nails: Somewhat Damaged (admire the bluntness but kinda painful "where the fuck were you?" lyric)

- Nine Inch Nails: Eraser (powerful, tortured guitar line, lyric "erase me/kill me")

- Mudvayne: Nothing To Gein (about Ed Gein)

- Type O Negative: Red Water (Christmas Mourning)

- Primus: Bob (suicide of Les' friend)

- Machines Of Loving Grace: Golgotha Tenement Blues (from Crow 1 movie, dark bass line)

- The Cure: The Kiss (more tortured guitar work)

- Nirvana: Polly

- Bjork: Army Of Me

- Stevie Ray Vaughan: Life Without You

- Marilyn Manson: Sweet Dreams (cover)

- Quake 1 soundtrack

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Originally posted by Dan South:

What do you mean by dark? Sad? Bitter? Angry? Enraged? Perverted/kinky (dark side)? Guilt-ridden? Suicidal? Obscure?

Yes :D

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Let's go back a ways...back to the 60s...AM radio. Bobbie Gentry..."Ode to Billy Joe". Not my favorite song in the world...but, if you listen just to the guitar and voice, it's a straightforward, simple, I-IV-V blues song. Might even be a boring tune. Then you add those ominous strings...and listen to the lyrics. Disaster all over...everyone's dying or having bad things happen. What were they throwing off the bridge?

 

Don't know why that happened to pop into my mind.

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A few from the variety pack that pop into me noggin right off:

 

"Home" Sheryl Crow

"My Own Summer" Deftones

"Infected" Bad Religion

"I Don't Live Today" Jimi Hendrix

"Gimme Shelter" Rolling Stones

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Here's some more, dark in diff'rent ways:

 

"Animal," "terrible Lie," "sin," just about anything ... 9 Inch Nailz

 

"How Soon is Now?" The Smiths (do I have the title right?) and others by them

 

"Blasphemous Rumours", "Walking in My Shoes," "In Your Room," others, Depeche Mode

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Originally posted by Gus Lozada:

Originally posted by Dan South:

What do you mean by dark? Sad? Bitter? Angry? Enraged? Perverted/kinky (dark side)? Guilt-ridden? Suicidal? Obscure?

Yes :D
Haha, yeah, what he said.

 

I was actually thinking of songs where the singer is despondent about something. I mean, if we're talking sad songs, that's kinda different. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones is sad but I dunno if it's dark. Same for "Long Black Veil" by Lefty Frizzell. Or "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix or "A Man Needs A Maid" by Neil Young. "Pusher Man" by Steppenwolf of "Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young are about bad things (evil of drugs) but I dunno if they are "dark." "Dark" to me meant despondent or you know, dark.

 

One more time, to me, these are perfect...

 

"Working Class Hero" by John Lennon

"Hurt" by Johnny Cash

 

Some excellent songs listed here. Chugging along nicely.

 

I played some dark songs at a gig last Sunday night and a girl friend said "Wow, for awhile you got a bit too dark on us" and the guy next to her said "No, don't change anything!" (I played silly songs as well.)

 

It's fun to play/listen to dark songs to me. I dunno, I like them. I love minor chords. I am a sucker for a minor chord. And then there's Steve Earle's "My Old Friend The Blues." It's not laden with minors but it's dark because of the lyric. His best friend is the blues.

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Originally posted by geekgurl:

Here's some more, dark in diff'rent ways:

 

"Animal," "terrible Lie," "sin," just about anything ... 9 Inch Nailz

I hate it when people always get the title wrong (animal?) it's "Closer" :D -- no offense. But hey, at least you heard more than that one song, because Trent write's some much less "disturbing" or dark songs and quite some beautiful inbetween calm-somber stuff - like the Still CD of the deluxe "And All That Could Have Been".
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The entire "Smell The Glove" album. How much more black could it be? The answer is: none, none more black. ;)

 

The use of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet".

 

Billie Holliday "Strange Fruit"

 

Much of Tom Waits' catalog is dark. If I had to pick one, it's "Frank's Wild Years". It begins "Frank settled down in the Valley, and he hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead" and ends with him laughing as he torches his house (including his wife's Chihuahua). And yet, it's funny as hell.

 

Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life", especially Johnny Hartman's take

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erm, most of my favorite songs are dark! Most of the tunes I make are dark aswell. Dunno why, I'm not a dark person!

 

Would you class Radiohead as dark?

Massive Attack's last two albums, some very dark stuff there.

Lots of Nine Inch Nails.

Potishead,

Tricky,

A lot of Pink Floyd,

I could go on for a while, so I wont.

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