Your favourite miserable songs

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  • This utterly depressing tune is about an equally depressing subject. It's on the "B" side of Shout to the top from 1984 by The Style Council. Extremely haunting given the subject matter.

    https://youtu.be/sVoz0tZpyDg
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,663
    ^ click on that wants a credit card number... err no thanks.
  • orraloon said:

    ^ click on that wants a credit card number... err no thanks.

    It's restricted for some reason but one of the options is to simply "watch it on you tube", and then it plays no problem.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,615
    edited February 2023

    Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 1,911
    Needs to be played on a bugle, not a trumpet (Never sounds right. Sorry Brian) but will always bring a lump to my throat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McCDWYgVyps
  • Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
    I don't count Loaded as velvet underground proper. Especially not New Age which is Doug Yule on vocals.

    Sad Song is definitely solo Lou Reed really, is also on Berlin where it's one of the more uplifting moments.

    Heroin isn't miserable at all. He seems to quite like the sensation.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,201
    edited February 2023
    On the subject, this is heartbreaking but upbeat - a cover version but much better than the original.

    https://youtu.be/PINZNB6knaA
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,306
    Although, I like this one from the Nebraska album:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5MyNuBdhg
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  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,306
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • pinno said:
    Probably left him cos he was needy.
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Paradise Bruce Springsteen from the Rising album
  • Joan Armatrading, "The Shouting Stage". Simple sad pop song, beautifully sung.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On_G5CxHr7A
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  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,615

    Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
    I don't count Loaded as velvet underground proper. Especially not New Age which is Doug Yule on vocals.

    Sad Song is definitely solo Lou Reed really, is also on Berlin where it's one of the more uplifting moments.

    Heroin isn't miserable at all. He seems to quite like the sensation.
    And Here Comes the Sun or While My Guitar Gently Weeps aren't real Beatles, right?
  • Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
    I don't count Loaded as velvet underground proper. Especially not New Age which is Doug Yule on vocals.

    Sad Song is definitely solo Lou Reed really, is also on Berlin where it's one of the more uplifting moments.

    Heroin isn't miserable at all. He seems to quite like the sensation.
    And Here Comes the Sun or While My Guitar Gently Weeps aren't real Beatles, right?
    Why would you think that?

    Weird.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,201
    edited February 2023
    As far as I know, all four beatles were still members when the songs were released.

    Velvets without Cale are basically Lou Reed solo. Apart from the Squeeze album which surely nobody would include.

    (Third album is still great. Loaded is good.)
  • And this. Still cry every time I hear it, some personal history with it...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_69zDl_xYFk
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  • As far as I know, all four beatles were still members when the songs were released.

    Velvets without Cale are basically Lou Reed solo. Apart from the Squeeze album which surely nobody would include.

    (Third album is still great. Loaded is good.)

    I say this as someone who parted with money for Metal Machine Music and listened to it.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,615

    Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
    I don't count Loaded as velvet underground proper. Especially not New Age which is Doug Yule on vocals.

    Sad Song is definitely solo Lou Reed really, is also on Berlin where it's one of the more uplifting moments.

    Heroin isn't miserable at all. He seems to quite like the sensation.
    And Here Comes the Sun or While My Guitar Gently Weeps aren't real Beatles, right?
    Why would you think that?

    Weird.
    Well Lou wrote most of the songs and sang most of the songs... so.... not weird?
  • Surprised Lou Reed or Velvet Underground hasn't come up yet. He'd make happy birthday sound miserable.

    I put the whole of Berlin in there earlier.

    Velvet Underground aren't particularly miserable.
    https://youtu.be/yWIc6mpCqjk

    Dunno. This isn't particularly uplifting.

    Or Heroin.

    Or New Age. Particularly if you are overweight and blonde.

    Don't let a catchy guitar rift distract you from being miserable.
    I don't count Loaded as velvet underground proper. Especially not New Age which is Doug Yule on vocals.

    Sad Song is definitely solo Lou Reed really, is also on Berlin where it's one of the more uplifting moments.

    Heroin isn't miserable at all. He seems to quite like the sensation.
    And Here Comes the Sun or While My Guitar Gently Weeps aren't real Beatles, right?
    Why would you think that?

    Weird.
    Well Lou wrote most of the songs and sang most of the songs... so.... not weird?
    See above.
  • Anyway, Loaded is mostly pop songs and the third album has pale blue eyes and is basically all upbeat. Not miserable.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,435
    Not a song but Barber’s Adagio For Strings always gets me. The perfect piece of music for that scene in Platoon.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,435
    This thread has made me realise that many of my favourite songs or pieces of music are pretty downbeat.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,615

    Anyway, Loaded is mostly pop songs and the third album has pale blue eyes and is basically all upbeat. Not miserable.

    I don't think a not miserable song excludes a band from a miserable list. I mean we have Tears for Fears on here.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,435

    And this. Still cry every time I hear it, some personal history with it...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_69zDl_xYFk

    Not one I’ve heard before and reminded me he’d made some great songs amongst the fluffy pop. When I first started work one of the first things I bought after a ‘proper’ bike was my first CD player and Listen Without Prejudice was one of the first CDs I got from Britannia music club. Not sure why as it wasn’t really the sort of music I listened to but I loved the album and it had a few songs that would qualify for this thread. Mother’s Pride is a song I’d completely forgotten and Cowboys & Angels is a fantastic sad track.
  • Fix you / Coldplay

    It’ll be unpopular, as haters love to hate, but it’s a beautiful tune and has so many emotional ties for me - the happy outcome was that we did manage to fix my wife (health!) .

    Could list countless other more obscure tunes or artists (Siobhan Miller / The unquiet Grave for example) to come across more cultured but hey Fix You gets tears rolling.
  • Speaking of The Beatles

    https://youtu.be/hgJ7dmr_ysU
  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,196
    edited February 2023
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  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 27,594
    Alison Moyet's version of Dido's Lament.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

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