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Re: Best "Going Insane" Album

Postby SkronkFronkerdale on Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:01 pm

SecondEdition wrote:Albums that have soundtracked my own experiences with insanity:

Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Bach: Cello Suites

At those times, reality was unmanageably repulsive, and I needed something soothing.

This would make a good thread of its own ha. I would often listen to nothing but Johnny Cash's American Series in my own experiences that way. His powerful voice, wobbling from age as it was, can be incredibly soothing. Plus a lot of the songs he sings on those albums are about loss and heartbreak and stuff. His cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me" was like a soothing lullaby to my nightmarish world at the time. I would listen to American V the most, just seemed to help the most. Largely songs reflecting his grief at his wife's passing and stuff, a lot of emotion and vulnerability in his voice that made it feel like he was there with me.

Also, Bawlers by Tom Waits had a similar effect. I'm obsessed with dark music a lot of the time, and generally find it life-affirming. Yet, when I'm in my darkest of spaces, I need to be soothed. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill would be great for that, only I hadn't discovered it at that time!
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Re: Best "Going Insane" Album

Postby NewDarkAge on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:25 pm

Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
John Cale - Music for a New Society

That's the holy trinity for me. Pile's Youre Better Than This is up there too.
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Re: Best "Going Insane" Album

Postby SecondEdition on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:27 am

NewDarkAge wrote:John Cale - Music for a New Society

Really good choice.
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Re: Best "Going Insane" Album

Postby numberthirty on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:53 am

sulfur)addict wrote:Can't help but equate Hank Sr. with pain. There's an occasional breath of humor, but it just feels like a flat joke to stave off the pain for a moment.

While I have the utmost respect for Hank Williams Sr.'s songwriting, he never wrote this after living his son's life...

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That is a whole other level of "Losing It".
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Re: Best "Going Insane" Album

Postby MJongo on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:59 am

I can't believe not a single Pere Ubu album has been mentioned yet. The Modern Dance, Dub Housing, and New Picnic Time feel (to me at least) like soundtracks to all different flavors of insanity and collapse (mental, physical, relational, societal, capital, etc).
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