History CerebusSyndrome / Music

1st May '16 12:21:36 PM aye_amber
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* The 69 Eyes started out as a typical Glam Rock band, but ever since "Wasting the Dawn", have developed a progressively more Gothic sound, which reached its tipping point at "Paris Kills."

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* The ''The 69 Eyes Eyes'' started out as a typical Glam Rock band, but ever since "Wasting the Dawn", have developed a progressively more Gothic sound, which reached its tipping point at "Paris Kills."
24th Apr '16 12:23:11 AM aye_amber
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* Can be seen throughout the album ''DangerDays: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'' by MyChemicalRomance. Starts out on the light-hearted, you-suck-we-win themed track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egG7fiE89IU "Na Na Na"]], before the tracks get more and more angsty and tragic. However, their last track, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3L6T0dfHa0 "Vampire Money"]], revamps the entire feel and ends the album with the same feeling it started out with, contradicting this trope in the first place.
* Music/JoyDivision, who started off playing upbeat punk music with vaguely war related lyrics. By their last year, Ian was writing songs that came across as suicide notes. Their last recorded song "In A Lonely Place" mentions the process of a man hanging himself. And Ian did just that several days later. The band's evolution, NewOrder are an inversion, starting off a dark continuation of Joy Division and moving into poppier territory as they went on.
* MileyCyrus' first album outside of the ''HannahMontana'' franchise, ''Meet Miley Cyrus'' was in the teen pop vein, with love songs devoted to her then-boyfriend [[TheJonasBrothers Nick Jonas]]. After they broke up, her second album ''Breakout'' naturally reflected the breakup. Her EP ''The Time Of Our Lives'', despite being more lighthearted, contained some angrier/punkier material like "Talk Is Cheap" and her cover of Ashlee Simpson's "Kicking And Screaming", while some songs show the beginnings of her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp image makeover]] to come. More of the makeover was found on ''Can't Be Tamed'' (although more of the songs invoked ''empowerment'' than sexuality), while songs like "Stay" and "Forgiveness And Love" were more reflective and/or melancholy.
* Although BruceSpringsteen's early songs have occasional moments of melancholy, the overall impression of his first three albums is a manic world of street racing, fairgrounds and lots and lots of sex. After a long court case, he came back with ''Darkness on the Edge of Town'', which was [[DarkerAndEdgier just what you'd expect from the title]]. A few years later, he put out ''Nebraska''.

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* Can be seen throughout the album ''DangerDays: ''Music/DangerDays: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'' by MyChemicalRomance. Starts out on the light-hearted, you-suck-we-win themed track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egG7fiE89IU "Na Na Na"]], before the tracks get more and more angsty and tragic. However, their last track, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3L6T0dfHa0 "Vampire Money"]], revamps the entire feel and ends the album with the same feeling it started out with, contradicting this trope in the first place.
* Music/JoyDivision, who started off playing upbeat punk music with vaguely war related lyrics. By their last year, Ian was writing songs that came across as suicide notes. Their last recorded song "In A Lonely Place" mentions the process of a man hanging himself. And Ian did just that several days later. The band's evolution, NewOrder Music/NewOrder are an inversion, starting off a dark continuation of Joy Division and moving into poppier territory as they went on.
* MileyCyrus' Music/MileyCyrus' first album outside of the ''HannahMontana'' ''Franchise/HannahMontana'' franchise, ''Meet Miley Cyrus'' was in the teen pop vein, with love songs devoted to her then-boyfriend [[TheJonasBrothers [[Music/TheJonasBrothers Nick Jonas]]. After they broke up, her second album ''Breakout'' naturally reflected the breakup. Her EP ''The Time Of Our Lives'', despite being more lighthearted, contained some angrier/punkier angrier / punkier material like "Talk Is Cheap" and her cover of Ashlee Simpson's "Kicking And Screaming", while some songs show the beginnings of her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp image makeover]] to come. More of the makeover was found on ''Can't Be Tamed'' (although more of the songs invoked ''empowerment'' than sexuality), while songs like "Stay" and "Forgiveness And Love" were more reflective and/or melancholy.
* Although BruceSpringsteen's Music/BruceSpringsteen's early songs have occasional moments of melancholy, the overall impression of his first three albums is a manic world of street racing, fairgrounds and lots and lots of sex. After a long court case, he came back with ''Darkness on the Edge of Town'', which was [[DarkerAndEdgier just what you'd expect from the title]]. A few years later, he put out ''Nebraska''.
20th Apr '16 6:09:14 AM aye_amber
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* JoyDivision, who started off playing upbeat punk music with vaguely war related lyrics. By their last year, Ian was writing songs that came across as suicide notes. Their last recorded song "In A Lonely Place" mentions the process of a man hanging himself. And Ian did just that several days later. The band's evolution, NewOrder are an inversion, starting off a dark continuation of Joy Division and moving into poppier territory as they went on.

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* JoyDivision, Music/JoyDivision, who started off playing upbeat punk music with vaguely war related lyrics. By their last year, Ian was writing songs that came across as suicide notes. Their last recorded song "In A Lonely Place" mentions the process of a man hanging himself. And Ian did just that several days later. The band's evolution, NewOrder are an inversion, starting off a dark continuation of Joy Division and moving into poppier territory as they went on.
17th Apr '16 5:44:47 AM aye_amber
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* GreenDay started out doing pretty straightforward punk with lyrics about getting high, masturbating and being a deadbeat. By ''AmericanIdiot'' they instead started focusing on politics and [[GrowingTheBeard becoming more serious]]. [[BrokenBase The fans are now very split up around this]]. ''[[TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown 21st Century Breakdown]]'' continued from ''AmericanIdiot''.

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* GreenDay started out doing pretty straightforward punk with lyrics about getting high, masturbating and being a deadbeat. By ''AmericanIdiot'' they instead started focusing on politics and [[GrowingTheBeard becoming more serious]]. [[BrokenBase The fans are now very split up around this]]. ''[[TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown 21st Century Breakdown]]'' ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' continued from ''AmericanIdiot''.''Music/AmericanIdiot.''
11th Apr '16 2:41:32 PM SCBlue
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic is a relatively minor example compared to the rest of this list. Though he's still undeniably a comedian, many of his recent songs ("Don't Download this Song," "TMZ," and a good portion of ''Mandatory Fun'') have elements of social satire, as opposed to his earlier "pick a silly topic and make the song about that" style.
26th Dec '15 1:17:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* Oh, {{ABBA}}. In ten short years they went from shiny and upbeat to angsty and vaguely political. You can say what you want about early sad songs like "S.O.S." and "Knowing Me, Knowing You", but when both couples divorced we got really heartbreaking songs like "The Winner Takes It All" and "Happy New Year". There are only two songs on their final album that are remotely upbeat: "Head Over Heels", about a childish woman and her long-suffering boyfriend, and "Two For The Price Of One", about a man who feels so lonely and worthless that he religiously scours the personal ads (and was suicidal in the demo lyrics).

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* Oh, {{ABBA}}.Music/{{ABBA}}. In ten short years they went from shiny and upbeat to angsty and vaguely political. You can say what you want about early sad songs like "S.O.S." and "Knowing Me, Knowing You", but when both couples divorced we got really heartbreaking songs like "The Winner Takes It All" and "Happy New Year". There are only two songs on their final album that are remotely upbeat: "Head Over Heels", about a childish woman and her long-suffering boyfriend, and "Two For The Price Of One", about a man who feels so lonely and worthless that he religiously scours the personal ads (and was suicidal in the demo lyrics).



* In 2007, "EvelynEvelyn" was what AmandaPalmer and Jason Webley called themselves when they pretended to be conjoined twin girls and sang a cute song about riding an elephant. As of 2010, Evelyn and Evelyn are two full-fledged characters whose backstory is 99% rape, pedophilia, slavery, beatings, more slavery, abandonment and death.

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* In 2007, "EvelynEvelyn" was what AmandaPalmer Music/AmandaPalmer and Jason Webley called themselves when they pretended to be conjoined twin girls and sang a cute song about riding an elephant. As of 2010, Evelyn and Evelyn are two full-fledged characters whose backstory is 99% rape, pedophilia, slavery, beatings, more slavery, abandonment and death.



* The English band Japan started out as a bunch of glam rock loving teenagers who managed to sound a lot like a British version of the {{New York Dolls}}. Then, beginning with their low-key cover of Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion" and the release of 1980's ''Quiet Life'', they began sounding more adult and experimental, culminating with their very Asiatic (fitting for their name) final studio album, 1982's ''Tin Drum''. Then band leader David Sylvian struck out on his own and recorded a few albums of solid adult contemporary pop/jazz hybrid music before repeating the Japan trend by going off into a progressively more experimental direction with each subsequent album. (His late-'90s album ''Dead Bees on a Cake'' was a brief foray back into the jazz-pop world.)

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* The English band Japan started out as a bunch of glam rock loving teenagers who managed to sound a lot like a British version of the {{New Music/{{New York Dolls}}. Then, beginning with their low-key cover of Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion" and the release of 1980's ''Quiet Life'', they began sounding more adult and experimental, culminating with their very Asiatic (fitting for their name) final studio album, 1982's ''Tin Drum''. Then band leader David Sylvian struck out on his own and recorded a few albums of solid adult contemporary pop/jazz hybrid music before repeating the Japan trend by going off into a progressively more experimental direction with each subsequent album. (His late-'90s album ''Dead Bees on a Cake'' was a brief foray back into the jazz-pop world.)
21st Aug '15 5:21:40 PM Twentington
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* Songwriter Dennis Linde, though a ReclusiveArtist, seemed to show this. His early material was often light and bouncy, and often about being in love: for example, "Burning Love" by Music/ElvisPresley or "I'm Gonna Get You" by Eddy Raven. But by TheNineties, a darkness began to creep in. Some examples include "Night Is Fallin' in My Heart" by Diamond Rio (a song about a breakup), "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer" by Sammy Kershaw (about taking a woman back from another man who has claimed her), or most notoriously, "Goodbye Earl" by Music/DixieChicks (a BlackComedy song about two women who conspire to kill an abusive man). Some of his later material also shows a sort of disilluisonment with the Nashville music scene, such as "Down in a Ditch" by Joe Diffie (about a worker who wishes he were at the top of the food chain) or "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" by Music/AlanJackson (about a man who micro-manages an amateur songwriter's song).
25th Jul '15 4:42:46 PM nombretomado
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* When a part of ''The Jackson 5'' MichaelJackson sang whatever a kid his age was expected to, cute songs about romance and such. After he grew away from the group he sang lighthearted tunes. An album or two later, his songs became more angsty and dark (even including cursing on more than one instant), before eventually changing back.

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* When a part of ''The Jackson 5'' MichaelJackson Music/MichaelJackson sang whatever a kid his age was expected to, cute songs about romance and such. After he grew away from the group he sang lighthearted tunes. An album or two later, his songs became more angsty and dark (even including cursing on more than one instant), before eventually changing back.
4th Jan '15 10:11:22 AM Twentington
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* Music/MartinaMcBride: She was originally an above-average female country singer with pop aspirations, which generally meant that she did what was popular at the time. But starting with "A Broken Wing" in 1997, she began focusing more entirely on sweeping Adult Contemporary ballads with loads of belting and "serious" issues ("A Broken Wing" was about domestic abuse and implied suicide) before then, her most "serious" song was 1994's "Independence Day", which was at least still country-sounding. From the late 90s onward, almost ''everything'' she did was a dead-serious "issue" song of the same ilk. Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (self explanatory), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she ''does'' do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls"). Not counting an album of 1960s and 1970s country covers she put out in 2005, her last real departure from formula was "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" way back in 2001.

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* Music/MartinaMcBride: She was originally an above-average female country singer with pop aspirations, which generally meant that she did what was popular at the time. But starting with "A Broken Wing" in 1997, she began focusing more entirely on sweeping Adult Contemporary ballads with loads of belting and "serious" issues ("A Broken Wing" was about domestic abuse and implied suicide) before then, her most "serious" song was 1994's "Independence Day", which was at least still country-sounding. From the late 90s onward, almost ''everything'' she did was a dead-serious "issue" song of the same ilk. Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (self explanatory), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she ''does'' do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls"). Not counting an album of 1960s and 1970s country two covers she put out in 2005, albums, her last real departure from formula the syndrome was "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" way back in 2001.
23rd Dec '14 10:57:02 AM Temmere
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* Music/TheBeachBoys, the Beatles' American rivals, went through a similar progression. Their early albums were all about love, surfing, and having fun, but after a while Brian Wilson wanted to bring something deeper to their music. The second side of ''The Beach Boys Today!'' started to hint at this before the band's masterpiece, ''Pet Sounds'', brought it fully to the fore. Many of the songs on ''Pet Sounds'' are still love songs, but with a more introspective, melancholy tone. Unfortunately, despite a great deal of critical success, ''Pet Sounds'' was the Boys' lowest-selling album (at least initially), contributing to Wilson's CreatorBreakdown and the collapse of his follow-up project, ''Smile''.
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