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Postby miseryandthesun on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:22 pm


Chrome is the only band I've ever listened to that makes me feel uneasy to the point where I'll occasionally have to turn it off.

I think it's the mix of psychedelic chaos and generally poor quality of the recordings I have. The mix of visceral rock & masterfully created confusion usually conjures images that spin me out onto a bad train of thought.

I like this band a whole lot. I just can't listen to them for all that long in one sitting.

The first time I heard Bleach as a kid, it scared me too.

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Postby projectMalamute on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:42 pm

When I was a little kid the music from Doctor Who used to scare the shit out of me.
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Postby honeyisfunny on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:44 pm

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Postby Johnny C on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:52 pm

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Postby Ty Webb on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:54 pm

The closest thing is Old Man Gloom. Really sucks you in, like a good horror movie, and then drops the hammer. Right on your forehead.
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Postby Mr. Desalvo on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:57 pm

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Postby johnnyemphysema on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:59 pm

I remember when I was a child there was this part on a cassette my parents had, for some reason I want to say Metallica, that this little girl say, "Mommy where's teddy?" My sister and I were home alone and it scared the pee/poop out of us. If anyone could help me figure out where that little bit of creepy came from I would love to repeatedly call my sister and play that.
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Postby 154 on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:02 pm

Neurosis' 'Enemy of the Sun' scared the hell out of me for about 6 months when i was a teen.
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Postby tommydski on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:04 pm

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Yeah. Something about some of these records is otherworldly. Totally haunting.
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Postby NerblyBear on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:07 pm

Throbbing Gristle
Early Swans
Rudimentary Peni

The lyrical themes and ominous or violent musical approaches of these groups can put your head in a really weird space. Sometimes I have to turn the music off and just go take a walk or eat an apple or something to get my mind off of it. There are certain bands (like these) that do actively try to make you uncomfortable, and I think that's scarier than just being confronted with the cheap horror gimmickry of, say, black metal bands or Slayer.
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Postby bigc on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:07 pm

From time to time, Ulver's album Madrigal of the Night can get under my skin and really creep me out.
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Postby NerblyBear on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:11 pm

Oh, and Suicide, especially that Half Alive ROIR compilation. That's some creepy shit right there.
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Postby Minotaur029 on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:15 pm

Any music I listened to with scary friends of mine from high school.

Lamb of God comes to mind...Cannibal Corpse...GG Allin.

None of that scares me anymore...I think it was more the kids I was hanging out with that made the music scary.
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Postby AnthonyVillalobos on Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:54 pm

Butthole Surfers "rembrandt pussyhorse".

That one gives me the creeps.
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Postby charliedon'tsurf on Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:00 pm

When I was in 5th grade I got my hands on a copy of Black Sabbath "Paranoid". It was at my tailend of believing in the invisible wizard in the sky that my Catholic upbringing attempted to instill. In any case I was quite blown away by the heaviness of said cassette, but also the pure EVIL particularly on side 2 with Electric Funeral and Hand of Doom as the first two songs. One night it freaked me out and made me think I was riskin' damnation for toolin' with Satan. So much so that I panicked and cut the tape with a scissors and discarded it in the garbage. Since then I have acquired Paranoid on LP and CD and disowned the concept of god in favor of heavy metal music.

On a somewhat related note, my first exposure to Killdozer was 12 Point Buck when I was 14 or 15 and it gave me splitting fucking headaches. I enjoyed the music and thought the lyrics were hilarious, but the first three or four times I listened to it all the way through it well like someone was drilling a hole in my skull and filling it with drano. I hardly ever get migranes and I have never had any music have that effect on me. After a few listens I just came to love Killdozer and never got a headaches from it. It was a painful initiation to Wisconsin's all time greatest band.

I also second that Rembrandt Pussyhorse is a wonderfully creepy album. In fact I just decided to put it on.
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Postby Mandroid2.0 on Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:10 pm

It's totally a cliche, since it's been used for so many horror movies, but O Fortuna from Orff's Carmina Burana. That song scares the shit out of me, even as an adult. I'm pretty sure that song constantly plays in Hell.
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Postby DNA Concept on Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:14 pm

Music isn't so scary to me as a grownup. It can be thrilling or surprising, sure, but sound can't unsettle me the way disturbing images will.

As a child, I loved the Beatles but always had to be careful to lift the needle before the guitar solo at the end of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Frightened me to no end. My father encouraged me to watch Koyannisqatsi one night when it was on PBS, and the choral portions of the score combined with the weird effects of the visuals had me pretty well shook.
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Postby doctor_chumley on Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:42 pm

Mia Farrow singing rosemary's baby tends to put a scare into me. Very pretty, very unsettling.....

That "mash/up" that mike patton did to this was laughable. Just my opinion, I'd like to keep the thread on topic.
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Postby SecondEdition on Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:25 pm

Swans - "Young God," "Raping A Slave," "Your Property," "Cop," other early songs
The Birthday Party - umm..."Fun House" and "Hamlet" live
Flipper - "I Saw You Shine"
Sonic-Youth - "Ghost Bitch" (the ending)
Throbbing Gristle - "Slug Bait (ICA)"
Oxbow - "Gal," "The Stabbing Hand"
Suicide - "Frankie Teardrop" (I listened to this once on headphones with my eyes closed in the dark.)
Miles Davis - "Rated X"
Scratch Acid - "Lay Screaming"
Butthole Surfers - "22 Going On 23"
Rollins Band - "Turned Inside Out," "Down And Away"
Black Flag - "Damaged II," "Damaged I"
PJ Harvey - "Man-Size Sextet"
Public Image Ltd - "Chant," parts of The Flowers of Romance
The Pop Group - "We Are Time," "Blood Money"
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