1/21/14

Anorak #9: The 15 Most Depressing Songs of the 1960s and 70s


Sorry I haven't posted in a while - I actually just got out of the hospital after having my appendix removed.

It hit me at about 2:00 AM Sunday out of nowhere.  I had just watched the hideously depressing Viggo Mortenson film The Road and had innocently drifted off to sleep.  I soon awoke as if Chuck Norris alarm clock had delivered a fatal punch to the center of my abdomen.  The next five hours were spent in a kind of deathly haze, as if I had swallowed a flaming grenade that I wished would explode.

Thankfully, my wife and family were there to help out - and even my coworkers had my back.  So, a couple days later and I'm now at home trying to return to a state of normalcy.  I've posted an article on Anorak befitting the state of mind I've been in.  Have a look - I think you'll like this one.

'Til next time.

25 comments:

  1. Welcome back ! Glad you're doing better.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your appendix, that's no fun. I'm glad you're feeling better!
    Great list! I was having a discussion with some co-workers not that long ago about the most depressing songs of all time. I had forgotten about some of these! Though it's not from the 70's.....for my money the most depressing put-a-razor-to-your-wrist-rather-than-finish-listening song is REM's ultra depressing Everybody Hurts. You could be having the best day of your life and as soon as you listen to this song - ya feel like swilling some Drano.

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  3. Get well soon, you were missed!

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  4. Glar you are going to be OK.

    Most depressing song ever: In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans from1969

    In the year 4545
    Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
    You won't find a thing to chew
    Nobody's gonna look at you

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  5. You missed out what's really depressing about Suicide is Painless- the son received more money from the film for the song credits than the old man for directing the film!

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  6. 'Indiana Wants Me' by R. Dean Taylor. Right down to the singers' attempts to sound like cop sirens,
    It hurts to see the man that I've become
    To know, I'll never see the morning sunshine on the land
    I'll never see your smiling face or touch your hand
    If just once more I could see, you, our home and our little baby

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  7. There was a really emetic one called "The Deal" from the early 70s (?) that's probably on Youtube. "It was around midnight when we arrived at the hospital..."

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  8. Don't forget the song "DOA" by Bloodrock, a mediocre heavy metal band from the early 70s. A song about a plane crash and a guy with a severed arm and blood everywhere, complete with wailing sirens. This monstrosity actually got played on top 40 radio. Also, circa 1972, there was a song, also a top 40 hit, called "Things Get A Little Easier Once You Understand" by a studio band called Think. About a kid who ODs on drugs, complete with cheesy voiceover of the father being informed his son is dead, and the father loudly weeping. Just awful.

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  9. Hope you are feeling better. The guy who wrote "Rocky" works at the same radio station I do. He has been the Number 1 radio personality in Springfield, MO since the 80s. If you met him or heard his radio show, you would never guess that he wrote such a sad song.

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  10. I'm shocked "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro didn't make the cut....or is it more sappy than sad?

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  11. Definetly DOA by Blodrock,, Billy Don't be a Hero. Pretty depressing song.. Did anybody ever listen to the flip side of Seasons in th Son. Put the Bone in.. Worst song ever

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  12. Welcome back. Glad you're feeling better. I listened to the songs while reading your column and my freaking mood ring imploded. I am familiar with most of those songs(I had heard the Marmalade song before I just never knew who sang it) and hearing them in succession is definitely interesting.

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  13. Get better soon. Glad you're feeling better. This is the grooviest blog I've come across in a while. Following you now.

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  14. Damn, son! Don't you go be getting sick like that no more! We need you!

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  15. Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
    Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?

    Maybe not the most depressing, but certainly the strangest.

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  16. 3 words..Run Joey,Run.

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  17. Sorry to hear this happened to you. Hope the recovery is going well!

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  18. Glad you are on the mend Gillian!

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  19. I am so glad you are recovering thanks to modern medical science and your family. Welcome back. The internet needs you!

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  20. You forgot Bo Donaldson's Billy don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life...And how about Macarthur Park?

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    1. I think the bizarre "Macarthur Park" could use a post totally of it's own.

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  21. DUST IN THE WIND by Kansas- how can THAT slip under the radar?

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    1. Lesser-known depressing Kansas song: Two Cents' Worth.

      Well this whole world is a fright
      You know the future ain't bright
      And I'd just crawl in a hole if I could
      Or maybe live out in space
      Or some other faraway place
      And not come back to the Earth 'til it's good
      ...
      There's too much craziness here
      In 25 years I have used all the tears in my eyes


      Eeeeeesh.

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  22. "Seasons in the Sun" was recorded a decade before by the Kingston Trio, as an album cut.

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  23. Frank Mills of "Music Box Dancer" fame did one around 1971 called "Love Me, Love Me Love" that will rip your heart out. Have the Suicide Hotline number on speed dial when you listen to it.

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