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I am listening to the New Order box set again, and am going 'oooooh' listening to 'Ceremony', which has always been one of my favorite of their tracks.

What stuff do you listen to that it seems strange to find comforting?
  • the 'twin peaks' soundtrack and 'murder ballads' immediately spring to mind.
  • nine inch nails' "pretty hate machine".
    • I'm down with that. The angrier the song, the better, when I'm in that mood, because it's cathartic, and less disturbing to those nearby than punching holes in things.

      • I've got a whole slew of CDs and songs that qualify as 'angry music' for me to vent along with...

        ..but the most disturbing 'music that comforts me' has to be GWAR.
  • Opera. It can make me very passionate or calm, but usually I'm comforted by it.
    • Likewise. Specifically, I just love the end of Wagner's Gotterdamerung. Siegfried's funeral and the burning of Valhalla is very powerful music but, perhaps paradoxically, relaxes me.
      • For me, it's Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly and The Revange Aria from the Magic Flute that get me relaxed. And I know what you mean, it's completely paradoxical, but it works.
  • Songs

    Bombshell :: Operation Ivy
    Last Night :: The Srokes
    Lucretia (My reflection) :: Sisters of Mercy
    Temple of Love :: Sisters of Mercy
    and it probably seems strange to feel joy and comfort from Puddle of Mudd's "She Hates Me".
    • Re: Songs

      You need to be exposed to Richard Cheeses' cover of 'She Hates Me'.

      You will probably laugh your head off.

      I like the song a lot, but it troubles me how much the verseline sounds like the adjectives song from Schoolhouse Rock.
  • Hmm. Other than what I mentioned above...

    The BtVS "Once More With Feeling" OST
    Various tracks from the Final Fantasy 7 OST, particularly "One Winged Angel" and "Aerith's Theme" (how's that for contrast?)
    "November Rain" by Guns n Roses
    "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath (again, catharsis)

    I dunno. If there's something I can get emotionally into the sound enough to make me exhausted, then I'm all for it when in a mood.

  • joy division. chokebore. elliot smith.
  • I'm split. Lately I find "Baddy Doub [Extended Mix]" by Elissa as heard on the Arabia remixed compilation. It also has vocals by José Reyes of the Gypsy Kings.

    That and (this is going to sound cheezy..) beloved, by VNV Nation. I feel like such a poser, but it puts me in that uninhibited romantic state-of-mind lately.
  • I listen to my selection of music on a mix CD which includes
    Head like a Hole, Star*uckers, (Nine Inch Nails)
    X-Hymne de Groupe (X Japan),
    Child Prey, Umbrella, (Dir en grey)
    Voodoo (Godsmack)
    Prayer (Disturbed)
    Aeriels, Chop Suey (SoaD)
    Ai no Fuge - Theme of Nazca (Eccentric Orchestra)
    and random music from Ragnarok Online.

    The louder, faster, and more likey to appear in an anime fight scene, the more it cheers me up.
  • Lots of music comforts me, but *strangely* comforting?

    Toss-up between The Birthday Party - Mutiny, the first Public Enemy album, and The Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.

    I know, you don't even have to tell me. I was putting away "Alice's Restaurant" after our Thanksgiving Party and realized that right after Guthrie in my CD collection is GWAR. I have weird tastes.
    • Yesterday I shelved a big batch of CDs: I noticed this batch of them as being particularly discordant.

      Cale, John (Fear, Helen of Troy, Hobo Sapiens)
      Dead Can Dance (the whole run)
      Eno, Brian (Taking Tiger Mountain)
      Joy Division (Still)
      Joplin, Scott Asst' Rags)
      KMFDM (Boots (are made for walkin))
      Love & Rockets (the whole run of albums)
      Lovich, Lene (the whole run of albums)
      Moyet, Alison (Hometime)
      Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (Requiem)
      Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (Magic Flute)
      Murphy, Peter (Holy Smoke)
      Pig (Poke In The Eye W/ A Sharp Stick, A Stroll In The Pork)
      Placebo (Sleeping with Ghosts, Black Market Music, and a fuckton of singles)
  • What stuff do you listen to that it seems strange to find comforting?

    Noam Chomsky spoken word, and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

    So what is the deal with 'Blue Monday' having the same bass line as Falco's 'Wiener Blut'?
    • I blame the fact that

      the Roland drum synths in the early 80s came with some truly impressive preprogrammed riffs.
      • Re: I blame the fact that

        I prefer to think that Falco's car accident in the Dominican Republic was NO accident...


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  • I gotta go with the songs about death and murder. Particularly 'Jeannie' by Falco, which is about a serial killer.
  • Heheh

    In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up.

    Maybe its a comfort to get in touch with one's anger? But mostly it reminds me of being young and full of life. I felt so... sharp.
  • VNV Nation is very comforting to me. I think it's because the music is so repetitive and hypnotic. It doesn't matter that it's frenetic in pace; it soothes. And the lyrics kick ass, too, so, y'know, that helps.
  • Just about anything by The Swans. Also, a lot of dark ambient stuff like Schloss Tegal, Dead Voices On Air, or Turbund Sturmwerk.. perhaps tossing in Zoviet France...

    There's nothing unusual about being comforted by dark/sad msuic. It's called The BLUES, baby!!! :D

  • Hmm. I find Morrissey comforting. In addition, any band that employs histrionic bashing sounds or a relentless wall of noise, like Neubauten, Curve, Medicine, Jesus & Mary Chain. It's as if certain vibrations shake or scour the negativity from my brain.
  • When I'm having a bad day at work I'll put on Respect by Course of Empire and just listen to it all day. The drumline just seems to resonate with me.
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