My good friend Fandango did a post Killing Me Softly where he selected nine music pieces that someone could listen to if they were going out to commit a murder. He asked me to try this challenge, but he already took the best songs, Killing Me Softly’ ‘Helter Skelter, ‘Angry Eyes’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ and some others. I was able to come up with nine songs, but I will never get these last two hours of my life back that I spent writing this post. I hope that everyone enjoys my selections, but as the Grateful Dead say in their song ‘Dire Wolf’ please don’t murder me.
Not surprisingly the Iron Butterfly song ‘In-A-Gadda–Da–Vida’ didn’t make Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs list and it is so lame I could see someone going out on a killing spree after listening to this.
The Fugs song ‘Nothing’ really drones on and this could drive a person to become a whack.
One of three songs sung by Nico on the first Velvet Underground album, ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ was inspired when Lou Reed observed the regular patron’s of Warhol’s studio and came up with this dark, brooding tone that permeates the song.
The gloomiest hit by the Yardbirds ‘Evil Hearted You’ which is about a woman stomping on a guy’s heart belongs on this list.
Staying with evil Santana ‘Evil Woman’ is a tale of a poor little guy betrayed by the big bad evil woman.
Here is a totally depressing Billie Holiday song ‘Strange Fruit’ that was inspired by a photograph of a lynching.
The man in black Johnny Cash song ‘Ain’t No Grave’ is kind of creepy and Cash sang this just after he buried his wife, June Carter Cash.
There is a lesson to be learned from this Eric Clapton tearjerker ‘Tears In Heaven’ which is to never ever leave children alone with an open window, or in a swimming pool, or in a car with the windows closed, or in the shopping centre, or any other place! You never know what can happen, before it’s too late and this song was inspired by the death of Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor.
The Tom Waits song ‘Blue Valentines’ will haunt you with feelings of remorse and guilt.