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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:07 pm 
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Just listening to Can't Stand Me Now made me think of what other songs are guaranteed to bring a lump to the throat of even the most coldhearted misanthrope?

I remember as a kid Two Little Boys by Rolf and Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks would always open the flood gates even though they were both probably more than a bit naff. Then of course in my teens it was Joy Division. Atmosphere does it musically but Love Will Tear Us Apart, bearing in mind what Curtis went on to do (ie suicide because his wife left him) was horrendous. But great obviously.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:02 pm 
Hmmm...

At the moment it's 'Avalanche' by Leonard Cohen and 'Kathleen' by Townes Van Zandt that sets me off.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 12:07 am 
Dying Day - Orange Juice
Kathleen - American Music Club
Goin' Back or I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Dusty Springfield
You've really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Winter Is Blue - Vashti
Who Know's Where The Time Goes - Sandy Denny
Until I Die - The Beach Boys
Why Not Your Baby - Gene Clark
http://homepage.mac.com/silveraven/iMovieTheater6.html - lots of little Gene Clark/Byrds films!
For The Sake Of The Song - Townes Van Zandt
Sunday Mornin' Coming Down - Johnny Cash
Isn't It A Pity - Goerfe Harrison
and so forth....


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Bovine Juice wrote:
Atmosphere does it musically but Love Will Tear Us Apart, bearing in mind what Curtis went on to do (ie suicide because his wife left him) was horrendous. But great obviously.


Revisionist! He left her for Annik Honore! :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 12:18 am 
...oh and These Days - Nico, of course!


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Kathleen - American Music Club
For The Sake Of The Song - Townes Van Zandt....


Is that the very same 'Kathleen' as the one that makes me cry?


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pip wrote:
...oh and These Days - Nico, of course!


Yeah, that's a great one - "Please don't confront me with my failures/I had not forgotten them".


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Kathleen - American Music Club
For The Sake Of The Song - Townes Van Zandt....


Is that the very same 'Kathleen' as the one that makes me cry?


Unlikely - unless TVZ was doing an unlikely Eitzel cover version - does it have the 'chorus' "Your love Kathleen is someone I swear I could have been"? Nice choice Pip by the way. Also have to agree with Bov on Two Little Boys. Not much makes me go, but for v personal reasons the theme from Cheers will never fail.

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Also have to agree with Bov on Two Little Boys. Not much makes me go, but for v personal reasons the theme from Cheers will never fail.


You big jessie, SPT. I bet you were also devastated when Rhythm the Dancer found out it er had cancer... :wink:

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Lou Reed's Satellite used to be pretty great until it was remixed a few months ago, became omnipresent and impossible to have any emotion over.

I agree over Spiritualized's Broken Heart, much of the more expansive Spiritualized stuff can have that same affect because it is just so huge.


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Yeah I always assumed that if you weren't crippled with tears by 1:57 of 'God Only Knows', oh y'know, "And God only knows what I'd be without yooooooo-ooooooou" then you officially have no soul...

Anyway most of the top Red House Painters work is the ultimate in the tearjerking stakes (Katy Song, Mistress, Michael, New Jersey, Drop, Japanese to English, Brockwell Park) Jesus, some of it is too effective...

The two top tearjerking albums in my opinion have to be Eels- Electro-Shock Blues (fuck me, that ending, "'cos I've been thinking 'bout how everyone is dying, and maybe it's time to live...") and The Blue Nile- Hats (Let's Go Out Tonight... *shiver*) both infinitely more moving then your average fodder...

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Different 'Kathleen''s - both great songs.


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Westie wrote:
Yeah I always assumed that if you weren't crippled with tears by 1:57 of 'God Only Knows', oh y'know, "And God only knows what I'd be without yooooooo-ooooooou" then you officially have no soul.


Agreed. Same goes for "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times".


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Forgot one:

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