Saturday, January 11, 2014

The joy unformidable

Blue Monday doesn't exist - let's just be clear about that - but if it did, and if it was this week rather than in a couple of weeks' time (a matter of dispute), then Drowned In Sound readers spent it profitably, compiling "a gloriously melancholy playlist" of tracks for when you just want to wallow in misery. And don't we all, from time to time?

Generally speaking, the bands and artists included are predictable -  Joy Division, Sparklehorse, Cat Power, Nick Cave (twice), Red House Painters, Leonard Cohen, Low, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Arab Strap - as are the specific songs - Nirvana's 'I Hate Myself And Want To Die' and Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt'.

However, it's somewhat surprising that REM's misery anthem 'Everybody Hurts' didn't make the cut, and neither are Radiohead represented on the playlist. Pretty much anything from OK Computer would have been a worthy inclusion, but perhaps 'Exit Music (For A Film)' above all else thanks to its use in a classic scene from the final episode of Father Ted. But if I had to nominate one song, it would be 'Cave In' by Codeine - you don't get much more devastatingly bleak than that.

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