Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Sad Songs Say So Much In Depressing New Book

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you can count on one thing in pop music, it’s that misery loves company – and sells records accordingly.

That’s the depressing – and hilarious – premise of a new book called I Hate Myself And Want To Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard (Hyperion) by Tom Reynolds.

Offering a depressing pop hit for each week of the year – not coincidentally, the frequency of rankings by the Billboard charts – the book groups credits, charting rankings, back stories and Why It’s Depressing commentary into ten different song categories including:

  • “I Was A Teenage Car Crash,” which describes Wayne Cochran’s 1964 bummer “Last Kiss” as having “such a timeless quality that even grumpy Pearl Jam was able to capture” it “superbly.”

  • “I’m Trying to Be Profound & Touching But Suck At It,” which ruminates on the obscure and confusing lyrics to classics like “McArthur Park” – a song “no one seems to agree upon except that spine-crawling refrain about a cake left out in the rain.”

  • and “I Mope, Therefore I Am,” a category topped by Johnny Cash’s remake of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt,” a version that Reynold’s claims listening to will “make your heart come out of your mouth.”

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