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(Cracked)   "You Can Call Me Al" may sound upbeat, but it's included in the 6 Popular Upbeat Songs You Didn't Realize Are Depressing   (cracked.com) divider line 246
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2012-04-19 03:52:19 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: killershark: John McCain did a similar thing when he used John Mellencamp's Pink Houses during his campaign. The song is about people being depressed and realizing their American dreams will never come true. But hey, it has "America" in the chorus! Alot! So it must be awesome!

His whole campaign was lulzy. I loved when he used Orleans' "Still the One". The cowriter, John Hall, had been the Democratic representative to New York's 19th District at the time and informed the campaign that they definitely did not have permission to use his song. :)


I thought it was funny when the band at the DNC played that song. John Hall was there. They should have asked him to do a guest performance if they are going to play it all.
 
2012-04-19 03:53:12 PM

FirstNationalBastard: MatrixOutsider: Every Breath You Take - a song about possession and obsession.

I love it when broads think that song is romantic... helps you know which ones are the crazy ones.


Doesn't romance necessarily involve some degree of creepy obsession, at least from the point of view of anyone not directly involved? Even most of my more level-headed married friends can make the whole room uncomfortable pretty fast.

//A song having depressing lyrics doesn't necessarily make it a depressing song, or vice versa. Dance music is dance music.
 
2012-04-19 03:55:01 PM

Fallout Zone: Treygreen13: Abner Doon: So I guess they couldn't decide and wrote it both ways? Or they just threw in the "came here to talk" part for flow or something? *shrug*

I took it as the idea that he has a new girl. But he's still obsessed with her.

And she does live there, since he's asking why she kept some of the things that are his. So they obviously live apart.

But again, the mousetrap and dishrack are things that you might leave behind when you move out of a place. Another hint that "she" could be the apartment itself.


Well I doubt the apartment painted the walls, cleaned the floor, and plastered over the hole he punched in the door.
 
2012-04-19 04:11:04 PM

KwameKilstrawberry: Just My Imagination Perhaps not 'upbeat' in terms of tempo, but it definitely has a dreaminess not generally associated with unrequited love.


Love. That. Song.
 
2012-04-19 04:14:07 PM
Just wanted to stop in and comment about how your favorite band sucks.

Yes, you.
 
2012-04-19 04:14:31 PM

Treygreen13: Fallout Zone: Treygreen13: Abner Doon: So I guess they couldn't decide and wrote it both ways? Or they just threw in the "came here to talk" part for flow or something? *shrug*

I took it as the idea that he has a new girl. But he's still obsessed with her.

And she does live there, since he's asking why she kept some of the things that are his. So they obviously live apart.

But again, the mousetrap and dishrack are things that you might leave behind when you move out of a place. Another hint that "she" could be the apartment itself.

Well I doubt the apartment painted the walls, cleaned the floor, and plastered over the hole he punched in the door.


Well, whatever is going on in that song, there's some serious pronoun abuse involved. That doesn't really favor any theory over another I don't think.
 
2012-04-19 04:15:48 PM

MithrandirBooga: List MegaFails without The Beatles - Help.

Lennon wanted it to be a slow somber song. Record company forced them to make it poppy to sell more.


Here's Lennon doing a demo as he envisioned it (I think).

Here's U2 playing a slowed down version at Amnesty International in the 80s.

Sorry if these have already been posted. I didn't read ahead in the thread.
 
2012-04-19 04:16:06 PM
I always thought the lyrics in Jump were "Can't you see me standing here I got my bike against the wrecking machine..."
 
2012-04-19 04:16:53 PM

Tom_Slick: SharkTrager: DeaH: Just about any song from Sublime. This one has a chipper, cheerful tune completely at odds with the sad story in the lyrics.

The New Radicals, too. Joyous sound, but sad story at the heart.

Yeah, Sublime does that too.


Yes they do "Date Rape" is an annoyingly catchy tune.


This one as well (IMHO).

Apologies if it was already posted
 
2012-04-19 04:17:21 PM

MoronLessOff: KwameKilstrawberry: Just My Imagination Perhaps not 'upbeat' in terms of tempo, but it definitely has a dreaminess not generally associated with unrequited love.

Love. That. Song.


I forgot to say, it's kind of like Two Silhouettes
 
2012-04-19 04:18:45 PM

downstairs: Strongbeerrules: Maxwell's Silver Hammer. The most upbeat song about a serial killer I ever heard.

Its my ringtone, to boot!

/CSB


My son is named after that song (which I've loved since I was a little kid).

/no, his name is not Joan, Rose, or Valerie
 
2012-04-19 04:24:27 PM
I always found that farking song depressing.
 
2012-04-19 04:24:47 PM

theorellior: Can I just be the first to say that "Pumped Up Kicks" is a really catchy song the first time you hear it, but by the third time you're ready to get all stabby on random passersby?


Both "Funny" and "Smart." Damn right.
 
2012-04-19 04:25:37 PM

T-Servo: kyoryu: "Anything written by Paul Simon, ever."

Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. But not much.

I knew a guy who asked his wife if they could play 50 Ways to Love Your Lover at the wedding dance. She didn't think that was funny.

Did I miss people mentioning Carnival Cruise's use of Iggy Pop?

I could also put in an 80s vote for Come on Eileen.


Went to a wedding reception in the late 90s and the bride and groom's first dance was to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. They were not being cute or ironic.
 
2012-04-19 04:26:56 PM

KwameKilstrawberry: I know this is a slightly different tack, but Motown was the absolute masters of combining danceable, upbeat melodies with heartbreaking lyrics:

Tears of a Clown The fast version. Later, it was slowed down and that version does sound sad. This one is a real a barnburner.

Since I Lost My Baby This one has always made me think the lyrics betray the melody. It even starts off, 'the sun is shining...' Everything is going right in this guy's life, except...well, you know.

Just My Imagination Perhaps not 'upbeat' in terms of tempo, but it definitely has a dreaminess not generally associated with unrequited love.

Ain't Too Proud to Beg You know you dance to this one.

My Whole World Ended Listen to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and David Ruffin just kill this one.


Absolutely. And this will really make me seem old & square, but a lot of the Carpenters' songs had really sad lyrics, if you only listen. Especially in light of Karen's eventual demise. I never was a fan during their heyday, but I have a lot more respect for her/them now.

"Do I listen to pop music because I'm depressed, or did listening to it MAKE me depressed"....I'm paraphrasing here, but anyone who has seen "High Fidelity" knows what I mean.
 
2012-04-19 04:30:53 PM
Have we forgotten about Elton John's "Daniel"...anybody?

//I still cry when I hear that song.
 
2012-04-19 04:31:53 PM

MedTek: This is where medtek jumps in and reminds everyone that the "horn section" in "You Can Call Me Al" is actually Adrian Belew on guitar.

thank you.


I had no idea. And you made me listen to that horrible song and watch that horrible video with those horrible people in it.

/the horror
 
2012-04-19 04:35:36 PM

deathon2legs: MedTek: This is where medtek jumps in and reminds everyone that the "horn section" in "You Can Call Me Al" is actually Adrian Belew on guitar.

thank you.

I had no idea. And you made me listen to that horrible song and watch that horrible video with those horrible people in it.

/the horror


It's true though. I promise.
 
2012-04-19 04:35:40 PM

Angry Buddha: Went to a wedding reception in the late 90s and the bride and groom's first dance was to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. They were not being cute or ironic.


That's classy. Did they dance through motions of sliding into third?
 
2012-04-19 04:35:56 PM

Strongbeerrules: KatjaMouse: Strongbeerrules: Maxwell's Silver Hammer. The most upbeat song about a serial killer I ever heard.

What about Mack the Knife?

Yes, that too, although Silver Hammer is more cheerful.


But Mack was just cooler. You know... like... 30% cooler.
 
2012-04-19 04:47:38 PM
Everything the Guess Who ever wrote.

Sounds upbeat, but rather creepy and down.
 
2012-04-19 04:51:10 PM

Angry Buddha: Went to a wedding reception in the late 90s and the bride and groom's first dance was to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. They were not being cute or ironic.


I used to cater for weddings in the early 2000's. That was shockingly popular - having Paradise by the Dashboard Lights as the first dance.

The fact is that most couples don't tell the DJ what they want and Wedding DJs are usually complete mocking assholes.

/Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" during the garter portion of the bouquet ceremony was pretty common too
 
2012-04-19 04:55:59 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: /Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" during the garter portion of the bouquet ceremony was pretty common too


My buddy's in a band. (levon helm is gone btw)
and he frequently plays someone's wedding for a second time.
 
2012-04-19 05:08:26 PM

vudukungfu: {levon helm is gone btw)


Oh, man :( I knew he was in the final stages of cancer but I didn't realize he'd passed away already.

I used to live right outside of Woodstock. I regret not going to his weekly concerts.

/FWIW they sold out really quick and I was on-call 24/7 for my job at the time
 
2012-04-19 05:12:21 PM
Anything by Drake, Wale, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, or Justin Bieber...........

/because it got made, yeah
 
2012-04-19 05:17:22 PM
You can pretty much add the entire discography of the Violent Femmes to this list.

/hates the violent farking femmes
 
2012-04-19 05:21:35 PM
Where, o where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over, and thought I'd found true love.
You met another and THBBPT you were gone.
 
2012-04-19 05:22:31 PM
party at groundzero anyone?

Link
 
2012-04-19 05:27:57 PM

Pontious Pilates: "One" by U2 is a farking depressing song about dysfunction and codependence.


I was gonna add that one, but I always took it as a father making a half-assed effort to reconcile a hateful attitude towards his gay / HIV+ son... "Did you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?" + the video put the idea in my head... but I spent a lot of time living in SF, so I may have an odd perspective.

Still, One and With or Without You being considered "romantic" slays me.

Angry Buddha: Went to a wedding reception in the late 90s and the bride and groom's first dance was to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.


LOL. Awesome.

Not yet mentioned:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow -- not particularly "upbeat," but popular and catchy... and not happy and hopeful, but rather, "my god this place / my life is a shiat hole."

Also, can't believe no one has mentioned Mmm Bop. Isn't that once-wildly-popular teen-ie pop song about aging and death?

But mostly, I wanted to biatch: Am I the only one annoyed by the fact that youtube links don't reveal anything about the video? Having to click through to see what song is mentioned is annoying, dammit!
 
2012-04-19 05:30:54 PM
Where have you been, my blue eyed son?
 
2012-04-19 05:41:14 PM
"who's that knocking at my door" cried the fair young maiden
 
2012-04-19 05:45:12 PM
I've always hated that stupid song
 
2012-04-19 06:00:51 PM

propasaurus: This is going back a ways, but I always thought it was bizarre that "Mack The Knife" was turned into a peppy jazzy upbeat feelgood kinda number when it was all about a murdering rapist.


I thought he was a mafioso.
 
2012-04-19 06:04:56 PM

theorellior: "Josie" is about a gang-bang.


"Josie" is about the town slut, but it's not indicated whether everybody dances on the bones at the same time, or in sequence.
 
2012-04-19 06:10:52 PM
to be fair, the radio (and probably MTV) used to edit out the overt references to meth in that Third Eye Blind song.
 
2012-04-19 06:12:36 PM
Isn't this the entire thesis of "emo" music? I mean, every single song by Fallout Boy has this exact theme. It's upbeat dance music about depressing ass shiat.
 
2012-04-19 06:12:41 PM
"We know you're used to 16 or more/Sorry we only have eight."
The last time 8 mm film wasn't used to film something terrible was sometime around the Great Depression.


Way to pick out the most superficial meaning of that couplet, and miss out on the most odious.

/8 and 16 can also refer to the ages of the performers in Mr. LaPage's films vs. others.
 
2012-04-19 06:27:45 PM

PsyLord: Linvin' La Vida Loca not on the list? Unpossible.


Woke up in New York City
In a bathtub full of ice
She had taken both my kidneys
Now I need some good advice

/at least those are the lyrics that play in my head
 
2012-04-19 06:37:55 PM

FistingMidgets: No "Excitable Boy"?


As far as Zevon goes, Roland was the first that came to mind, but that doesnt disguise much either.
 
2012-04-19 06:42:57 PM

space_cowgirl: Huh. I always thought "You Can Call Me Al" was sort of an uplifting song, about a man who takes a look at his life, finds he's lost his way, and then realizes what's really important.


Yeah, that's pretty much my take on it, too.
 
2012-04-19 06:58:11 PM
It always amazes me that companies use Big Rock Candy Mountain n their advertising.
Google it. I dare you.
 
2012-04-19 07:36:05 PM
i43.tower.com
Should be number 1.
 
2012-04-19 07:40:06 PM

Gunderson:

Also, Elvis Costello's "Veronica" is an upbeat, depressing song.


This song came on the radio in the car once, and I lost my shiat sobbing (as a passenger... song reminds me of my grandmother) and my husband had no idea what was going on. He's not familiar with the song.
 
2012-04-19 08:07:39 PM
All of the Nick Lowe references are hereby awarded 35 intratoobs.
 
2012-04-19 08:13:56 PM
Carmelite - Warren Zevon
Ride On - ACDC
 
2012-04-19 08:18:57 PM
"The Ledge" by the Replacements is a fantastic song......

/but it's sad
 
2012-04-19 08:39:09 PM
Sort of like how Squeeze's Cool for Cats is about the dangers of Capitalism?

/it's stuck in my head
//misery wants company
 
2012-04-19 08:47:05 PM

theorellior: Now that I've read the article, there are a few more songs by Steely Dan that are more creepy and a farkton less obscure than "Everyone's Gone to the Movies".

I respectably disagree.

 
2012-04-19 09:35:54 PM
"Music loud and women warm
I've been kicked around
since I was born

And now it's all right, it's ok
and you may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York Times' effect on man

Well now I get low and I get high
And if I can't get either, I really try
Got the wings of heaven on my shoes
I'm a dancin man and I just can't lose

You know it's all right, it's ok
I'll live to see another day
We can try to understand
The New York Times' effect on man

Life goin' nowhere
somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life goin' nowhere
somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Stayin' alive."

Barely capable of tolerating the pain of existence? NIetzschean lament of alienation, nihilism and futility?

--Nope, another catchy disco classic
 
2012-04-19 09:37:18 PM

Treygreen13: [harp-tab.com image 543x635]

Ruby lips above the water,
Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,
But, alas, I was no swimmer,
So I lost my Clementine. -- Chor.

How I missed her! How I missed her,
How I missed my Clementine,
But I kissed her little sister,
I forgot my Clementine. -- Chor.



If I at some point in my life knew what you just taught me, I had blocked it out because that is farked up.



/*goes to eat a small orange and watch Reno 911 and tries to bring back some goodness back to the name Clementine*
 
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