Monday, January 19, 2009

Music For Creeps

Here is a quick selection of songs that have some sort of creepy edge to them. In no particular order:

1) She’s Lost Control – Joy Division
Ian Curtis eerily sings and quakes about a recent encounter with a female epilepsy victim. He is later diagnosed with the same disorder.
“And how I’ll never know just why or understand, she said. I lost control again”

2) Talking in Your Sleep – The Romantics

All I know is that my sleep talking scares the hell out of me for reasons discussed in this pop hit by The Romantics.

“ I can hear the things that you’re dreaming about – When you open up your heart and the truth comes out”

3) I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab For Cutie
This is stalker talk. Almost as creepy as hearing Sting tell us he’s checking someone out all day long, this newer DCFC song follows that same dark path.
“There are days when outside your window I see my reflection as I slowly pass”

4) Under My Thumb – Rolling Stones

Singing about the sexual submission of a previously dominant female partner is a bit heavy.

“Under my thumb - The girl who once had me down - Under my thumb - The girl who once pushed me around”

5) Every Breath You Take – The Police
All time creep fest here; you’ve heard it before.
“Every step you take, I’ll be watching you”

6) Hello – Lionel Richie
Think Lionel is a harmless lover? Think again. Total creep.
“I've been alone with you inside my mind - And in my dreams I've kissed your lips a thousand times”

7) Feet – Weston
A humorous look at one of the creepiest fetishes out there: Feet.
“When your feet are in my face, I feel alright”

8) I put a spell on you – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Screamin’ Jay puts it plain and simple in this classic tale of egotistical love control.
“You hear me - I put a spell on you - Because you’re mine”

9) Run for your life – The Beatles
Perhaps one of the most over the top songs about jealousy to date. A bit over the top as well.
“Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl than to be with another man”

10) Suffer Little Children – The Smiths
Write a song about the slaying of five British children in the early 60’s and you have a creepy song. Write it and sing from the victims’ voices and you have a creep masterpiece.
“John you’ll never be a man and you’ll never see your home again”.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this is great. i think you missed a classic though. "arnold layne" creepy transvestite from cambridge who spends his childhood plucking the underpants off of random women's clotheslines in the night. one the best pop psych songs ever written. true story?

"arnold layne. has a strange hobby.... collecting clothes. moonshine washing line.."

"... arnold layne don't do it again."