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 Posted:   Feb 18, 2012 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

One I recall is Suzanne Vega's song of family abuse, "My Name Is Luka" that remains melodically upbeat throughout but relates a heartbreaking situation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjOn_a0U6Bk

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2012 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

this is rockin´bitchin´...love it smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2012 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Overkill"- Men at Work

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2012 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)

Most of The Kinks' songs could be put up here, but a special mention should go to Sunny Afternoon:

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2012 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

"Overkill"- Men at Work

Phelps, you are AWESOME. I freakin' love that song, and I'd totally forgotten about it, but the chorus always hits me in the chest like that feeling you get when you learn that someone you know has passed away. It's one of those songs that evokes thoughts of past regrets, hopes for the future, the impermanence of our existence, etc. Powerful stuff.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2012 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2012 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Overkill"- Men at Work

Phelps, you are AWESOME. I freakin' love that song, and I'd totally forgotten about it, but the chorus always hits me in the chest like that feeling you get when you learn that someone you know has passed away. It's one of those songs that evokes thoughts of past regrets, hopes for the future, the impermanence of our existence, etc. Powerful stuff.


Glad to be a service, Josh-O. smile "Overkill" has a few personal associations for me, but I won't bore you lads with my tales of woe. wink

I'd also count another song from the album as an upbeat song with downbeat lyrics.

"It's a Mistake" (dig the "Eagle Force" figures at the beginning!)



 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Heart and Soul" Joy Division



Love that bass line!

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

You're on a roll, amigo. Joy Division is one of my all-time favorite bands!

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Train in Vain" The Clash



I guess most punk songs would qualify in the "upbeat but downbeat" category. embarrassment

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

"Heart and Soul" Joy Division

Love that bass line!


Sooooooooooooooo sinister.

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"I Hear the Rain"- The Violent Femmes

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Niiiiiiiice. Is "Country Death Song" upbeat enough to qualify?

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Niiiiiiiice. Is "Country Death Song" upbeat enough to qualify?

I always preferred "Hallowed Ground" to the much-ballyhooed first album, but no one else I know did.

"Country Death Song" is just downbeat, man... big grin

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"I'm a Loser"- The Beatles

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Paint it Black" The Rolling Stones

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2012 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I always preferred "Hallowed Ground" to the much-ballyhooed first album, but no one else I know did.

I'm with you, man.

 
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