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Posted 08 July 2009 - 10:25 PM

I love me a good whinge! And I actually get pleasure out of sitting and listening to seriously depressing music.

I think the most depressing song I know of is;

Forget Her - Jeff Buckley, but even that isn't that depressing,
so tell me yours! And we can all -slitslitcrycry together! smile.gif

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:15 AM

Neil Young - Borrowed Tune
Neil Young - On the Beach
Dave Bixby - Drug Song
and anything by Nick Drake and Elliott Smith

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 09:44 AM Edited by Slamman, 09 July 2009 - 09:49 AM.

Speaking of Young;
NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE.

Sad song about friends lost, and in the stardom of the recording artist, it's a waste we all can feel.

The Bad Company song SHOOTING STAR is a tribute to their former guitarist who passed away late 1970.

Here's an interesting site covering it, I'll be using this site in the future!
http://www.songfacts...ail.php?id=5410
I also feel that Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way" and "Battle of Evermore" are pretty down-trodden

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:09 PM

I don't know if these songs are more love songs, than they are 'depressing' songs. But I kinda dig them anyway, so here goes:

McAuley Schenker Group - When I'm Gone


Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn


Van Halen - I'll Wait


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:13 PM

The vast majority of Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst's material is fairly depressing. At the moment it's just this one that stands out in my head:


Johnny Cash's rendition of Nine Inch Nail's Hurt is another one that comes to mind:


Suicide Life by Eels:


Jed's Other Poem/Beautiful Ground by Grandaddy:
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:17 PM

I'd say the majority of anything from the rapper Cage is pretty damn depressing, even his new 'Depart From Me' album which i'm currently listening to now for the first time.

'Suicidal Failure'/'Orange Agent' immediately spring to mind and 'I found My Mind in Connecticut' from the new album.

I Found My Mind In Connecticut



Suicidal Failure




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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:57 PM



Depressing, but a bloody good song at the same time.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 01:19 PM

Maybe a bit predictable and overplayed but The Drugs Don't Work by The verve is fairly downbeat.

Also, My Dreamgirl Don't Exist by Neutral Milk Hotle is pretty good. Angeles by Elliott Smith is pretty good, although I'm not sure if it's the most downbeat of his.


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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:15 PM

"Tomorrow Is Today" by Billy Joel. Song was originally his suicide letter from the very early '70s.


"Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" by Travis

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 08:44 PM Edited by Loman, 10 July 2009 - 09:24 PM.


I can't get enough Tom Waits. It's not that the song is really depressing, but the violin is

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:23 PM

Eric Clapton - Tears In heaven, awesome song with a heartbreaking story behind it.

The Beatles - Day In The Life

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:39 PM

I've been listening to quite a bit of Elliot Smith lately. This one in particular stands out to me as rather depressing:


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Posted 15 July 2009 - 06:26 AM

QUOTE (Damo. @ Jul 15 2009, 02:39)
I've been listening to quite a bit of Elliot Smith lately. This one in particular stands out to me as rather depressing:

[youtube]lKUlfaxlYJQ[youtube]

King's Crossing would probably be Elliott Smith's saddest song, in my opinion.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:45 PM

Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell - (DIO) Lonely is the Word!
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 01:01 AM







Yes, that's one song. Without any words at all, it's got to be the saddest song I've ever heard. That is made especially true in Part 3, with the radio chatter. Is he frantically calling for help to save someone's life? Is he dying himself? Or, is he just making a routine call? I can never tell, and I end up assuming the former. sad.gif

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:49 AM

"Hurt" by Johhny Cash
"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
"Everybody Hurts' by R.E.M

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:04 AM

I liked that RJD used the actual words "Saddest song I ever Heard" in Lonely is the Word. I wouldn't say it's got a sad vibe to it, but it is literal in keeping with the theme of topic for sure! haha

The music that closes the film The Boost, if I can find it. James Woods destroys his life with cocaine and the film ends on a downer but with excellent music. Also the closing music of the movie Kalifornia with Brad Pitt. I still have to look that one up, the Indians or something?

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:21 AM

Two songs, that aren't particularly depressing to me now, but I think will be in a few months to a year.

Maggie May by Rod Stewart
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Death of a Martian by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Both are linked, at least in my life. Death of a Martian is about Chili Peppers bassist Flea's dog dying, and my dog is named Maggie after the Stewart song. She is 13 years old, and probably wont make it to 14.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:35 AM Edited by Slamman, 17 July 2009 - 07:38 AM.

Still only one film clip of The Boost on YT, but I found the Indians and news is from their MySpace page, the band is REFORMING!!


Also, speaking about pets lost, we lost our dog, Leana, at about 16 years of age, and when Jeff Keith of Tesla lost his dog, he wrote a song "What You Give" I believe, one of their known ballads. I'll add that too. It was great in that he wrote a song about all the emotions of just losing a pet, still a member of the family.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:17 PM Edited by The New Pollution, 17 July 2009 - 07:23 PM.



If you understand the morbid subject matter (the infamous 'Moors Murders'), then the hypnotic bassline and melancholic vocals will strike with an even greater sense of depression.

As for Neil Young, who was mentioned earlier, both 'On the Beach' and 'Tonight's the Night', as well as being two excellent albums which I highly recommend, have their fair share of beautifully melancholic and sombre tracks.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (Damo. @ Jul 9 2009, 12:13)
Johnny Cash's rendition of Nine Inch Nail's Hurt is another one that comes to mind:

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:15 PM

Another good one:

Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:01 PM

The indians vid and, well SONG was so good, I played it a number of times the other night. Cool find. Not really as sad as The Sundays seem to me, and then there's another band from MTV's 120 Minutes that I can't recall off hand, but an almost etherial sound.
Oh, I am now hearing Phil Collin's with "In the ever Night??" Oh what is the song title??! AH, In the AIR Tonight.


Kinda sad, that one.
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitz is one great song, probably the pinnicle of Gordon Lightfoot's career.
He is still touring, amazingly enough

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:45 PM




Like manofpeace, an instrumental song sprung to mind. If your after depressing music then looking into post-rock instrumental is a good start. Bands like Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, Mogwai, GSYBE!, This Will Destroy You. All great bands, but depressing as hell.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:39 AM

I'd have to say Hero of War by Rise Against. The part where they describe what they did to the prisoner, just kills me. Might not most depressing to the other people who know the song but it just reminds me of bad times.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:57 AM



I find this song really depressing. Most of Katatonia's music generally takes on that tone.
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 03:53 AM

Nutshell - Alice In Chains
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:36 AM

QUOTE (cmh @ Jul 18 2009, 13:53)
Nutshell - Alice In Chains

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Definitely up there as one of the saddest songs of all-time.


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:40 AM



A friend of the Shinys died, and he never got to say goodbye to his family (or so I heard). The Shinys wrote this song so he could "say goodbye" to his family.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 05:57 PM



A painfully sad Beth Gibbons (of Portishead fame) rendition of the Velvet Underground classic, 'Candy Says'.




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