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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2013, 06:46:07 pm »
Anything at all by The Beautiful South (they seem to have all the bases covered, domestic abuse, alcoholism, affairs etc etc)
I couldn't believe the lyrics of "Woman in the Wall" the first time I heard it.
Or the one where someone dives into a pool "with the water drained out".  :o

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It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2013, 07:05:21 pm »
Mack the Knife - Strange that teenage heartthrob Bobby Darin had a huge hit with it.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #77 on: June 19, 2013, 11:56:23 pm »
I won't claim this is, in any way, popular, but many, many years ago I was in a record shop in That London, and they were playing a track....

It was by a bunch of Swedes. In Swedish. and the lyrics were so bloody sinister I simply had to buy it, and years later it is still a favourite.

"Det ar jag" by Den Fule.
[With apologies for accents etc]

"Det ar jag som star i morket, det ar mine steg du hor
Det ar jag!""

It is me that stands in the shadows, it's my step you hear...It's me!
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #78 on: June 20, 2013, 12:17:54 am »
Helen Reddy,  Angie Baby is worth inclusion for darkness as is Ode to Billie Joe

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #79 on: June 20, 2013, 10:00:48 am »
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams.

What, everything? Fucking psycho stalker.

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #80 on: June 20, 2013, 06:33:24 pm »
Diverting slightly from the 'popular' aspect of the OP - an ode to arson:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/3KB54p8_wh8&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/3KB54p8_wh8&rel=1</a>

The lyrics

And also a sinister track by an otherwise jolly band:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/BF5ey6QJNOY&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/BF5ey6QJNOY&rel=1</a>

Bingo! That's what I am, a saviour.
A sort of cocky version of Jesus.

clarion

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #81 on: June 20, 2013, 07:47:42 pm »
Just heard on Planet Rock: Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain
Getting there...

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #82 on: June 20, 2013, 09:22:46 pm »
Well if we're moving off mainstream mention must be made of Keving Coyne. Marjorie Razorblade, or just about any of his.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #83 on: June 20, 2013, 11:17:29 pm »
Check-out the lyrics to 'Kinky Boots' .....

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #84 on: June 20, 2013, 11:20:49 pm »
Just heard on Planet Rock: Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain
It doesn't even have any lyrics!

[If it existed, I would add that to the thread about "Song/band names, whose derivation you always meant to lookup on Wikipedia" ]
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #85 on: June 20, 2013, 11:25:17 pm »
Just heard on Planet Rock: Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain
It doesn't even have any lyrics!

[If it existed, I would add that to the thread about "Song/band names, whose derivation you always meant to lookup on Wikipedia" ]

Doesn't Nantucket Sleighride derive from Whale harpooning in small wooden boats (without accessing Wikipedia)?

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #86 on: June 20, 2013, 11:58:09 pm »
It does.  It's the bit after the whale is harpooned, as it drags the boat at high speed through the water (and sometimes under it, killing the sailors) before dying.
Getting there...

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #87 on: June 21, 2013, 12:01:37 am »
It does.  It's the bit after the whale is harpooned, as it drags the boat at high speed through the water (and sometimes under it, killing the sailors) before dying.
Just as I thought ... we must have had the same books as kids!

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #88 on: June 21, 2013, 01:38:06 am »
Just heard on Planet Rock: Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain
Puzzled...
I have a several of recordings of the song, which was the music for Weekend World on sundays. Do you find the song or the subject sinister?

I would add the song from the same album, 'For my Lady', which was a love song from the singer of NSR to the woman who did the cover art for their albums and then later blew his head off
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #89 on: June 21, 2013, 06:15:59 am »
Les Sucettes by Serge Gainsbourg and France Gall.  Sounds innocent until you realise it is about a small girl noshing off Serge.  Dirty old man.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #90 on: June 21, 2013, 08:36:32 am »
Les Sucettes by Serge Gainsbourg and France Gall.  Sounds innocent until you realise it is about a small girl noshing off Serge.  Dirty old man.

Great call... for anyone that hasn't seen it.....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/q-iysdFu_TQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/q-iysdFu_TQ&rel=1</a>

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #91 on: June 23, 2013, 01:25:09 am »
The fridge horror quotient of Queen's "Fat-Bottomed Girls" depends on how much you read into the line about being left alone with Fanny the naughty nanny.

It's speculated that "I'm Going Slightly Mad" from Innuendo is about Freddie's AIDS-aggravated dementia.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #92 on: June 27, 2013, 05:18:29 pm »
How to grow a woman from the ground - Chris Thile

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fXEJn-cMmlM&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/fXEJn-cMmlM&rel=1</a>

It's not any specific line it's just the entire thing is dark, weird and creepy.

I caught a string full of fish down by the damn
I'll drag them back to the field they should be dead by then
Wipe the sweat off my neck and tally ho the plow
I'm gonna grow a woman from the ground

The night was a chalkboard with a fingernail moon
If the fish ain't dead yet they will be pretty soon
Kinda like the feeling at an old folks home
Even though you love them you can't wait for them to go

I'll call her Angelina she's a teacher I once had
A halo of honey wrapped around her head
And she always used to give me some when I was a kid
I told her that I loved her and then I went and hid

I'll take you into town and I'll show you off
And there's room on your dress for a corsage
And I'll open up every door for you

I opened up my almanac and in my head I read
Cut your wrist on the fins of the fish and drain all you can
So I rolled up my sleeves and then began to draw lines just as deep as the days are long

I sewed up my wrist and sewed the ground with my blood
Staind up my clothes pretty good and I turned that dirt to mud
I couldn't help but close my eyes and lay my body down
'Cause I heard it takes forever to grow a woman from the ground

I bleed for you now and I'm skinny as a rail
And I'll be so obliged to keep you nice and warm and safe
and won't you be so proud of me
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #93 on: June 27, 2013, 08:10:02 pm »
How to grow a woman from the ground - Chris Thile

That is really rather odd - which is usually good! The performance isn't at all sinister, but the lyrics do make you think something ... odd is going on. (you feel it's probably something very sinister, but might not be!)

Intriguing. And a nice tune.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #94 on: December 07, 2013, 11:36:46 am »
"My Sharona" has lyrics that would probably be banned these days, as the subject was 17 when the song was written for her.

She's not wearing a bra on the sleeve, either.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #95 on: December 07, 2013, 11:45:25 am »
Why? 17 is legal.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #96 on: December 07, 2013, 01:51:30 pm »
Not in all US states, and not in the UK if they're the subject of anything vaguely erotic.  You can shag a 16-year old six ways to Sunday, but you can't take a photo of her with no clothes.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #97 on: December 07, 2013, 06:01:33 pm »
Suspect Rolf Harris is regretting 'Two Little Boys'.

and..

They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! Napoleon xiv   was hugely influential in the spawning of lyrics about mental health.
Sic transit and all that..