Genuinely Scary Songs...

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by possumdude, Oct 16, 2022.

  1. UnderTheFloorboards'66

    UnderTheFloorboards'66 Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    Another genuinely creepy classic:

    Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra (2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack)

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  2. AlmostHeavenWV

    AlmostHeavenWV The poster formerly known as AlmostHeavenWV

    Lancaster UK
    Peter Hammill - Porton Down. Porton Down, in England, is home to a biological warfare and survivability research facility. The music complements the scariness of the lyrics.
    Porton Down (2006 Digital Remaster) - YouTube

    "Won't hear a sound at Porton Down,
    The clear liquids keep their silence,
    Buried underground at Porton Down
    The fast form of the final violence.

    Quite right to be worried about the proliferation
    Of nuclear bombs and power stations,
    But there's a deterrent that's going to
    Unearth us yet...

    Hurry on round about Porton Down,
    A quick glimpse of the future warfare
    Hidden under ground at Porton Down;
    Far too frightening to utter what you saw there.

    They got bacteria to drop us where we stand,
    They got diseases still unknown to man,
    They got the virus and a microgram's enough
    To do in a continent.

    The ultimate madness,
    Just one shattered test-tube to wipe out the world.

    It begins with the mustard gas,
    It proceeds to Hiroshima.
    The culture moves on -
    Now it's bacterial, truly insane.
    Porton Down waits to fever the brain.

    Won't hear a sound at Porton Down,
    The clear liquids keep their silence
    Buried underground at Porton Down,
    The fast form of the final violence.

    Hurry on round about Porton Down
    A quick glimpse of the future warfare,
    Hidden underground at Porton Down,
    Far too frightening to say what you saw there.

    No sound at Porton Down,
    From Porton Down,
    After Porton Down."
  3. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Yeah, it sounds like it was a bad scene for him. I may be wrong but I thought I read that those were kinda the last major sessions for any SMiLE tracks, I seem to remember a quote from Van Dyke Parks where he said he was done contributing to the album due to the conduct (the toy fire helmets, the trash can burning in the studio) in those Fire sessions. I am glad Brian got a Grammy for the song, it is a great instrumental track.
  4. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    The story I've heard is that Mike insulted him by telling everyone in the studio that the lyrics were rubbish and Parks quit the project after that
  5. wabrit

    wabrit from gardens where we feel secure

    Listen to Scott Walker's The Drift on headphones in the dark and it will mess you up.
  6. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    One of the few Bad Seeds records I don’t own because it was just a bit too murder-y for me. I mean, I know I could have expected that based on the title, but it was too much for me…
  7. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    I love this song, but knowing that it’s Watt trying to find a lost bag of weed makes it decidedly unscary. My pick for creepiest vibe from SY would be “Halloween.”

  8. D_minor

    D_minor Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada
    Sterling Holloway - Trust In Me (The Python's Song) (From "The Jungle Book")

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  9. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    And speaking of early Sonic Youth, there’s also “Shaking Hell.” The vocal starts around 2:35, and it really builds from there.

  10. JUNKIE

    JUNKIE Forum Resident

    Prince - Bob George
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  11. possumdude

    possumdude "Spies Like Us" Aficionado Thread Starter

    Good choice. Something about his down pitched voice over that sparse repetitive beat really makes the aggressive lyrics feel even more unsettling. I think the track is meant to be humorous more than anything else but it lives up to the dark mythology of that album.
  12. BlueTrane

    BlueTrane Forum Resident

    Creepy audio loop and the deep-voiced authoritative narration surely gave a few Hoffmanites childhood nightmares in the 60s.

  13. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    Not to mention the Scanimate stuff in the 70s, (about 10 seconds in here), which is cool to watch but eerie and spooky as well
  14. The Boney King of Nowhere

    The Boney King of Nowhere Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    “Go back to sleep, angel. Mom is going to keep the devil away.” :shake:

  15. mesfen

    mesfen Forum Resident

    lawrence, ks usa

    gives me chills
  16. William Smart

    William Smart 21st Century Schizoid Man

    North Haven, CT
    When this came out I remember thinking "my God what a frightening thought." Prophetic maybe.

  17. Nintari

    Nintari Forum Resident

    Manson's cover of Sweet Dreams, particularly the video, scared the crap out of me back when I first saw it. I didn't know who he was, but man... that video was the only time I was ever legitimately scared by a song/video.

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