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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 38
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2012-04-19 02:36:08 PM
3 votes:
Copacabana by Barry Manilow is an upbeat disco hit, but its depressing as hell.
2012-04-19 02:02:29 PM
3 votes:
How the hell did the author miss this obvious one?
2012-04-19 01:57:59 PM
3 votes:

vudukungfu: Little red corvette.
Alley oop


I always thought "Little red Corvette" was a euphemism for her clitoris

Also, Elvis Costello's "Veronica" is an upbeat, depressing song.
2012-04-19 01:56:31 PM
3 votes:
"You can call me Al" is not a depressing song.

It describes an arc of personal growth that begins with a central character who is lost faith in himself and his heroes, and ends with him finally getting over himself and his own self-centeredness by seeing the people around him and realizing that his midlife crisis introspection is interfering with his ability to enjoy life.

The author of the article says, "It ends with him shouting "hallelujah!" but, for the life of me, I have no idea why."

Just a suggestion here, but if you can't understand why the song ends on a positive note, maybe you should refrain from including in your list of depressing songs.
2012-04-19 03:51:24 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-04-19 02:27:34 PM
2 votes:

downstairs: puckrock2000: How the hell did the author miss this obvious one?

Because Born in the USA isn't catchy. And the first verse:

Born down in a dead man town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up


"Born in the USA" not catchy? It's the same six-note melody repeated over and over for four and a half minutes; if that doesn't get stuck in your brain, nothing will.
As far as the verses go, everyone ignored them in favor of the chorus, leading people like George Will and Ronald Reagan to believe it was a patriotic, flag-waving anthem, rather than the rant of a bitter, unemployed Vietnam vet.
2012-04-19 02:26:26 PM
2 votes:

Rent Party: "Depending on who you ask, "Jump" represents the exact moment in time when Van Halen either stopped or started being awesome. If you fall into the former category, you're probably a die-hard Van Halen fan. If you fall into the latter category, you're the type of person who ruins anything good and everybody hates you. Sorry to break that to you on a comedy site."

A-Farking-men, Cracked article writer dude...


What about the people that listen to music to enjoy it without giving a damn when a song was written, or when a band was suppedly 'awesome' or not?
2012-04-19 02:20:54 PM
2 votes:
harp-tab.com

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.
2012-04-19 02:14:15 PM
2 votes:
The Cure's-Just Like Heaven certainly sounds upbeat.

And no one included this? Link
2012-04-19 02:07:03 PM
2 votes:

puckrock2000: How the hell did the author miss this obvious one?


Could have also gone with "Glory Days".
2012-04-19 01:36:28 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-04-19 01:16:55 PM
2 votes:
I always that this one would make it on a list like that.
2012-04-19 04:30:53 PM
1 votes:
Have we forgotten about Elton John's "Daniel"...anybody?

//I still cry when I hear that song.
2012-04-19 04:24:27 PM
1 votes:
I always found that farking song depressing.
2012-04-19 04:15:48 PM
1 votes:

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 03:07:32 PM
1 votes:

Tom_Slick: Then there is always Gaslight Abby, nubile girl at the shore for the summer hooks up with local older guy who spikes her tea with narcotics and then shiat just gets weird.


I hate to be That Guy, but that's not quite it. It's about a guy who meets a young nubile thing and they decide to drive his wife crazy so he can quietly shuffle her off to an institution instead of divorcing her..
2012-04-19 03:04:54 PM
1 votes:

kyoryu: "Anything written by Paul Simon, ever."

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


Cecilia immediately came to mind quickly followed by "I am a Rock".
2012-04-19 02:56:51 PM
1 votes:
List fails without:

synconation.com

We're leaving together
But still it's farewell
And maybe we'll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We're leaving ground
Will things ever be the same again?

It's the final countdown
The final countdown

Ohh
We're heading for Venus and still we stand tall
'Cause maybe they've seen us and welcome us all, yea
With so many light years to go and things to be found
(To be found)
I'm sure that we'll all miss her so

It's the final countdown
The final countdown
The final countdown
(The final countdown)


An upbeat, jaunty song about an earth so uninhabitable that we have to leave it for the poisoned gas filled atmosphere of Venus.
It's the final countdown....to earth's destruction, Yeahhhhhhh!!!!!!
2012-04-19 02:36:08 PM
1 votes:

OldManDownDRoad: 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".

Just for funsies, "King of the World" is a post-apocalyptic fantasy, "Peg" is about a porn fanboi, and "Josie" is about a gang-bang.

But nothing beats "Gaucho" - a rich old man invites a boy toy up to his apartment only to have him arrive with a rent boy from Rio.



Hey 19 was always a little dark, ply a 19 year old with Tequila and Pot and you can have your way with them, just kick them out before morning.
2012-04-19 02:34:18 PM
1 votes:

EMCGuy: Rent Party: "Depending on who you ask, "Jump" represents the exact moment in time when Van Halen either stopped or started being awesome. If you fall into the former category, you're probably a die-hard Van Halen fan. If you fall into the latter category, you're the type of person who ruins anything good and everybody hates you. Sorry to break that to you on a comedy site."

A-Farking-men, Cracked article writer dude...

What about the people that listen to music to enjoy it without giving a damn when a song was written, or when a band was suppedly 'awesome' or not?


If you enjoy Jump, then you enjoy shiatty music. That song sucked no matter who did it. That it was at the vanguard of Van Halen producing decades of songs that suck is relevant.
2012-04-19 02:29:47 PM
1 votes:
"1984" was pretty much the swan song of Van Halen. I love that album--yes, even "Jump"--but the very things that made it such a fine album were the very things that spelled doom for the band and its sound.
2012-04-19 02:18:20 PM
1 votes:
Maxwell's Silver Hammer. The most upbeat song about a serial killer I ever heard.
2012-04-19 02:13:42 PM
1 votes:
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?
2012-04-19 02:06:13 PM
1 votes:
Don't forget John Lennon's "fark you" to the hippies.
2012-04-19 01:58:39 PM
1 votes:
"Her name was Veronica."
2012-04-19 01:57:29 PM
1 votes:

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.


Like when McDonald's had the "Mac Tonight" ad campaign?
/listening to Threepenny Opera
2012-04-19 01:56:03 PM
1 votes:
There is no hidden meaning but it seems a rather upbeat for a song about a 9 year old orphan freezing to death.
2012-04-19 01:37:14 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-19 01:30:38 PM
1 votes:
I want to see a list of sad sounding songs that are really about happy things.
2012-04-19 01:29:18 PM
1 votes:
I wasn't able to see the second part of this list. But, if it wasn't included, the list fails without "Pumped Up Kicks."
2012-04-19 01:26:16 PM
1 votes:

Cisco-Kid: Bare Naked Ladies "The Old Apartment" is about a psycho stalker ex-boyfriend.

Punched a hole in the wall.
Ripped the phone out of the wall.
Why did you change the locks? Why did I have to break in? I only came here to talk


Yeah, guy's in a boring marriage so he gets drunk, goes to his old place, breaks in and trashes the joint while mourning his past love (which, incidentally, included a few "broken bones").

Sounds just peachy to me.

Anyway, FTFA: Steely Dan gets a lot of flack

No, Steely Dan gets flak. I'm sure they have flacks on the payroll, but when critics fart in their general direction, it's flak.
2012-04-19 01:22:31 PM
1 votes:
How about when they jazzed and sped up 'Suicide is Painless' the last few years of M*A*S*H.
2012-04-19 01:21:23 PM
1 votes:
Bare Naked Ladies "The Old Apartment" is about a psycho stalker ex-boyfriend.

Punched a hole in the wall.
Ripped the phone out of the wall.
Why did you change the locks? Why did I have to break in? I only came here to talk...
(yeah, right.)
kab
2012-04-19 01:16:45 PM
1 votes:
I can tell you why Jump is secretly depressing... because it's a shiatty tune.

List really should include a song about being robbed on Christmas eve, tracking down the thief, shooting him, dumping the body in the river, and making it home in time for your kids to open their presents, with nary a regret. (new window)

/one of the best bands you've never heard of.
2012-04-19 01:15:59 PM
1 votes:
No "Excitable Boy"?
2012-04-19 01:14:47 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-04-19 01:12:58 PM
1 votes:
Every Breath You Take - a song about possession and obsession.
2012-04-19 01:11:03 PM
1 votes:
Little red corvette.
Alley oop
 
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