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Added by Bad☆Alice

on 24 Aug 2011 12:07

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Cheery songs that are actually depressing.

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Pumped Up Kicks

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1. Foster The People - EP - Foster The People

Feels like: A hazy, late-summer cookout.

Is actually about: A kid who swiped his dad's gun and is about to go on a shooting spree.

Dead giveaway: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet."
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Glory Days

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2. The Essential Bruce Springsteen - Bruce Springsteen

Feels like: A college kegger.

Is actually about: Growing up leads only to wasted youth and bitching about growing up. It's a "Peter Pan" ode soaked in stale beer and regret, basically.

Dead giveaway: "Well, time slips away and leaves you with nothing, mister, but boring stories of glory days."

F**K You!

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3. Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine - Cee-Lo

Lust for Life

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4. Nude & Rude: Best of Iggy Pop - Iggy Pop

Feels like: Austin Powers jaunting down the street with a horde of dancers in tow.

Is actually about: A hard-partying druggie.

Dead giveaway: "Yeah I'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk--no more beating my brains...with the liquor and drugs...well I am just a modern guy, of course I've had it in my ear before."

Wrong Way

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5. Sublime - Sublime

Feels like: Skateboarding on a California boardwalk in the mid '90s, preferably while wearing Jncos.

Is actually about: An underage prostitute pimped out by her dad.

Dead giveaway: "Annie's 12 years old, in two more she'll be a whore. Nobody ever told her it's the wrong way. Don't be afraid, with the quickness you'll get laid, for your family get paid."

Fortunate Son

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6. Chronicle Vol. 2: Twenty Great CCR Classics - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Feels like: A Southern road trip on the Fourth of July.

Is actually about: How your government wants to chew you up and spit you out.

Dead giveaway: "And when the band plays 'Hail to the Chief,' oh, they point the cannon at you."


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7. One of the Boys - Katy Perry

Feels like: A super-dramatic dance party.

Is actually about: A girl so pathetic and lonely that she has given up on trying to find love on Earth, and thus yearns for an alien to abduct and then vigorously probe her.

Dead giveaway: "Fill me with your poison. Take me, ta-ta-take me. Wanna be a victim,
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Last Kiss

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8. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam

Feels like: Something you'd hear at the high school dance in "Back To The Future."

Is actually about: A guy takes his woman out on a date, and they are in a horrific car crash. He lives, she dies in his arms.

Dead giveaway: "I lifted her head, she looked at me and said, 'Hold me darling, just a little while.' I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss...I lost my love, my life that night."
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9. The Very Best of... Sting & the Police - Sting & The Police

Feels like: The last surge of a late, drunken night.

Is actually about: Trying to convince a stubborn prostitute to stop being a such a GD stubborn prostitute.

Dead giveaway: "Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light, those days are over. You don't have to sell your body to the night. Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight, walk the streets for money."

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

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10. The Beatles [The White Album] - The Beatles

Feels Like: Something you could easily boogie too!

Actually About: Maxwell hitting people over the head with his silver hammer and making sure they are dead.
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My Life

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11. Billy Joel Greatest Hits: Vol. 1-2 (2CD) - Billy Joel

Sounds Like: Something rather upbeat and a song that could be played at a high school dance.

This song about asserting your independence was the theme to the 1980 television sitcom Bosom Buddies - the one that introduced many of us to Tom Hanks (in a dress!). However, because of licensing issues, the title theme was not Joel's version and was sung by a soundalike singer.

50 ways to leave your lover

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12. Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Sounds like he's so happy and laid back singing this song!

This song is specifically about someone meeting a 'new' lover, and they are suggesting ways to help in the situation. They are suggesting '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'
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No Promises

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13. Shayne Ward - Shayne Ward

No care of cell 44

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14. Yesterday Went Too Soon - Feeder

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15. "The Zombies - Greatest Hits, Greatest Recor... - The Zombies

I don't like Mondays

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16. The Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats


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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 4 21:51
Nice. Off the top of my head, I would also add The Beatles' "Maxwell Silver Hammer".
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 0:06
the giraffe mentioned a good one. Also, Billy Joel's "My Life" and Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover". =]
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 5:16
nice work ..really its a good selection
but i miss here
shayne Ward - "No promises song" that it is my humbly idea
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 13:16
ok... nice.. but i'll give you the no.1 for the list.. the best one.. the most epic song that fits this description... listen it, listen to it's lyrics. Atmosphere - yesterday
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 13:44
"I don't like Mondays" by The Boomtown rats, and the previously mentioned "Maxwell Silver Hammer" by the Beatles, fits this list perfectly.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 6 14:50
Thank you, a very interesting list.
I would also add "Goodbye my friend it's hard to die", by Nirvana =)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 4 11:26
Great list! I actually loved Pumped up Kicks even more when I realized what it was really about.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 5 16:50
Thanks for your suggestions! I am updating as I type!
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 15 16:39
Excellent list !
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 1 11:43
"Girl" by Beck could also be on this list.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 16 18:30
Maybe "Bullet" from Hollywood Undead?
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 18 22:57
Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" is actually about King Louis XVI's POV during the French Revolution, how he knew his reign was doomed.
"Pumped Up Kicks" was specifically based on the Columbine shootings, or so I've heard.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Mar 16 16:45
The first thing I thought of was "Komm, susser Tod" from the End of Evangelion soundtrack.

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