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Billy Austin by Steve Earle's up there. not to be melodramatic or anything, but yeh.
Mount Eerie - Moon Sequel
I always say those two though.
mutyumu - raison d'etre
low - shame
everybodies happy nowadays - the buzzcocks
iron lung - radiohead
is what came to mind immediately.
...Waiting Around To Die
Brand New- Limousine
Anything by Codeine
Amazing one-two at the end of that album
I heard of it very recently in some kind of 'sad music' thread on here and I'm now pretty obsessed with it. Totally stops you in your tracks.
And the Dinah Washington/Max Richter 'This Bitter Earth' track from the Shutter Island soundtrack. Raised my opinion on that film exponentially just by playing over the credits, and is now one of my favourite songs.
He just sounds so fragile and broken.
Such relentless bit of music.
Helmet - Murder
Early this mornin', ooooh, when you knocked upon my door.
N'I said "Hello, Satan, I believe it's time to go"
Bob dylan Ballad of Hollis Brown
So simple, so sparse, yet so destructive
Steve Earle knows him some devastation
Have a Nice Life- Bloodhail
Bruce Springsteen- My Father's House
Afghan Whigs- My Curse
Sparklehorse- Sea of Teeth
Tom Waits- Kentucky Avenue
talons'- Fool's Gold
Vic Chesnutt- Flirted With You All My Life
I hate myself to a husband at war
Shipping news actual blood
Josh T.Pearson- Woman, When I've raised hell...
The Antlers- Epilogue
Wild beasts- Deeper
Bear > thirteen > two absolutely tears me apart every time. The whole album has a pretty ruinous effect on me, but just knowing the intro for two is on the way after Thirteen usually tips me over the edge.
Probably one of the saddest records I've ever heard, especially if you know and understand the concept. Still it's one of my favourite albums ever, just for the pure and raw emotion of it. It's devastatingness is part of its winning factor, in my opinion.
I saw the performance again recently, and it's still extraordinary. It's moved me to tears on more than one occasion.
Even aside from the knowledge of what came after, it's an extraordinary piece of singing and sheer bloody emotion. Stunning.
The Irrepressibles - In This Shirt
(the number of times I've suggested to people to listen to this song..)
Yann Tiersen - Summer 78 (instrumental)
Bleak as fuck
Jonathan Richman - Hospital
Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas
Husker Du - Too Far Down
Whipping Boy - We Don't Need Nobody Else
I used to think it was about taking drugs to forget the pain of a broken relationship, & the pain being so great the drugs didn't work. Sad song, but nothing devastating. Then someone told me it was about Ashcroft's mum dying of cancer. And they told me this about a week after my mum died of cancer. Find it very hard to listen to now. "And I know you're thinking of me, as I lay down by your side". My god.
"As you lay down on your side" of course. But all the same...
Lou Reed - The Kids
John Cale - most songs on Music For a New Society
Nico - Ari's Song
John Lennon - Mother
Neil Young - a whole bunch, but Soldier, A Man Needs a Maid and Borrowed Tune are pretty annihilating
Eels - In The Beginning / Little Bird / On My Feet....take your pick from that album really.
He was totally defeated by the death of his two friends and drugs, at 1:13 his voice totally breaks and it sounds like he has just given up on everything, it's devastating... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxF1tFFL2Wc
(although they are both pretty haunting)
It's like a soundtrack for the end of the world.
OK, I'll say it then: 'Moya' by Godspeed.
bonnie prince billy...the song or the whole album - take your pick.
Remember the first time you heard the Johnny Cash cover?
the bit where he screams his head off at the end is fairly devestating
"And the mother of gloom, In your bedroom, Standing over your head, With her hand in your head"
Gets me every time!
Pretty much all of The Drift.
and the Ballad of Lou the Welterweight - Felice Brothers