History CreatorBreakdown / Music

12th Jul '16 9:22:00 AM Prfnoff
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* Say Anything DEFINES this trope. Partly justified, because Max Bemis (the lead singer/songwriter) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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* Say Anything Music/SayAnything DEFINES this trope. Partly justified, because Max Bemis (the lead singer/songwriter) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.



* John Cale had a lot of ups and downs psychologically in the seventies. ''Fear'' started showing his mental side, and ''Helen of Troy'' in 1975 had a photo of him in a straitjacket on the front cover. By the time he recorded ''Sabotage'' in 1979 he was heavily addicted to alcohol, cocaine and heroin (and amphetamines) and he degenerated into madness in his live performances of the '80s (which he later described as being 'shambolic'). But he cleaned up and did ''Fragments'' in '91.

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* John Cale Music/JohnCale had a lot of ups and downs psychologically in the seventies. ''Fear'' started showing his mental side, and ''Helen of Troy'' in 1975 had a photo of him in a straitjacket on the front cover. By the time he recorded ''Sabotage'' in 1979 he was heavily addicted to alcohol, cocaine and heroin (and amphetamines) and he degenerated into madness in his live performances of the '80s (which he later described as being 'shambolic'). But he cleaned up and did ''Fragments'' in '91.



* In a weird twist on the trope, Jewel's hit song "You Were Meant For Me" was written by her ex-boyfriend, Steve Poltz of ''The Rugburns'', to deal with ''his'' grief over ''her'' breaking up with him. Apparently, there weren't ''too'' many hard feelings in the wake of the breakup -- Poltz appears as Jewel's love interest in the music video.

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* In a weird twist on the trope, Jewel's Music/{{Jewel}}'s hit song "You Were Meant For Me" was written by her ex-boyfriend, Steve Poltz of ''The Rugburns'', to deal with ''his'' grief over ''her'' breaking up with him. Apparently, there weren't ''too'' many hard feelings in the wake of the breakup -- Poltz appears as Jewel's love interest in the music video.
12th Jul '16 9:19:06 AM Prfnoff
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* Subverted by the Music/{{Rancid}}. After guitarist Tim Armstrong's divorce they produced, not the expected angst-fest, but the rather upbeat album ''Indestructible'', which featured a tribute to ThePowerOfFriendship in the form of the song "Fall Back Down."

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* Subverted by the Music/{{Rancid}}. After guitarist Tim Armstrong's divorce they produced, not the expected angst-fest, but the rather upbeat album ''Indestructible'', which featured a tribute to ThePowerOfFriendship in the form of the song "Fall Back Down."
12th Jul '16 9:18:35 AM Prfnoff
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* Subverted by the band Rancid. After guitarist Tim Armstrong's divorce they produced, not the expected angst-fest, but the rather upbeat album ''Indestructible'', which featured a tribute to ThePowerOfFriendship in the form of the song "Fall Back Down."

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* Subverted by the band Rancid.Music/{{Rancid}}. After guitarist Tim Armstrong's divorce they produced, not the expected angst-fest, but the rather upbeat album ''Indestructible'', which featured a tribute to ThePowerOfFriendship in the form of the song "Fall Back Down."



* Matthew Good's album ''Hospital Music'' is a fine example of this trope. He wrote it in the aftermath of not only the messy divorce of his cheating, gold-digging wife; but a string of hospital visits (thus the name) which resulted in two revelations: 1. That he was killing himself with the excessive amount of pills he was taking, 2. That he was [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} bipolar]]. It could be said that with the latter revelation, his career from ''Audio of Being'' onward was a long stretch of this trope.
* The Polyphonic Spree's very ''existence'' is the result of frontman Tim [=DeLaughter=]'s desire to do something positive after the death of Wes Berggren, the guitarist for his previous band, Tripping Daisy. Most of the surviving Tripping Daisy members are in the Spree, too.

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* Matthew Good's Music/MatthewGood's album ''Hospital Music'' is a fine example of this trope. He wrote it in the aftermath of not only the messy divorce of his cheating, gold-digging wife; but a string of hospital visits (thus the name) which resulted in two revelations: 1. That he was killing himself with the excessive amount of pills he was taking, 2. That he was [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} bipolar]]. It could be said that with the latter revelation, his career from ''Audio of Being'' onward was a long stretch of this trope.
* The Polyphonic Spree's Music/ThePolyphonicSpree's very ''existence'' is the result of frontman Tim [=DeLaughter=]'s desire to do something positive after the death of Wes Berggren, the guitarist for his previous band, Tripping Daisy. Most of the surviving Tripping Daisy members are in the Spree, too.
6th Jul '16 9:38:10 AM the.Mtn.Man
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** Not only that, but after the album, he got Pattie Boyd (the wife in question) to divorce Harrison and marry Clapton. Harrison attended Clapton's wedding and the two stayed the best of friends anyway!

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** Not only that, but after the album, he got Pattie Boyd (the wife in question) to divorce Harrison and marry Clapton. Harrison attended Clapton's wedding and the two stayed the best of friends anyway!anyway and jokingly referred to themselves as "step-husbands"!
2nd Jul '16 4:40:25 AM gewunomox
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** ''Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)'' by Music/EltonJohn is a sadder one of his numbers, referencing Lennon's last concert sitting in with Elton in 1974; they made a semi-joking agreement that if Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" (featuring Elton on background vocals and keyboards), and Elton's cover of TheBeatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (featuring Lennon on background vocals and rhythm guitar) ''both'' went to Number 1, the reclusive Lennon would have to appear in concert with Elton, which he did. After the show, Lennon would reunite with his at the time estranged wife YokoOno, who was unknown to John waiting in the wings watching John perform. Elton still finds it hard to perform the song due to it conjuring up memories of John, and rarely performs it outside of Madison Square Garden as a result.

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** ''Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)'' by Music/EltonJohn is a sadder one of his numbers, referencing Lennon's last concert sitting in with Elton in 1974; they made a semi-joking agreement that if Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" (featuring Elton on background vocals and keyboards), and Elton's cover of TheBeatles' Music/TheBeatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (featuring Lennon on background vocals and rhythm guitar) ''both'' went to Number 1, the reclusive Lennon would have to appear in concert with Elton, which he did. After the show, Lennon would reunite with his at the time estranged wife YokoOno, who was unknown to John waiting in the wings watching John perform. Elton still finds it hard to perform the song due to it conjuring up memories of John, and rarely performs it outside of Madison Square Garden as a result.
26th Jun '16 10:20:37 AM twilicorn
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* The best-known and probably the most controversial single The Boomtown Rats ever released, "I Don't Like Mondays", was written a few days after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Elementary_School_shooting_%28San_Diego%29 Cleveland Elementary School Shooting]]. Lead singer Bob Geldof was being interviewed for US television when the report came into the studio and ended up with a front-row seat as events unfolded. He ended up writing the song as a way to put his uncomprehending horror and revulsion into words.

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* The best-known and probably the most controversial single The Boomtown Rats ever released, "I Don't Like Mondays", was written a few days after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Elementary_School_shooting_%28San_Diego%29 Cleveland Elementary School Shooting]]. org/wiki/Brenda_Ann_Spencer Brenda Ann Spencer]] shot several people at a San Diego school and claimed she did so because [[TitleDrop she didn't like Mondays]]. Lead singer Bob Geldof was being interviewed for US television when the report came into the studio and he ended up with a front-row seat as events unfolded. He ended up writing wrote the song as a way to put his uncomprehending horror and revulsion into words.
19th Jun '16 11:21:10 PM gewunomox
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** The band's 1982 album ''Under The Big Black Sun'' was at least somewhat influenced by the death of Exene Cervenka's sister Mirielle in a car accident: While it doesn't ''sound'' much darker than a typical X album, "Riding With Mary", "Come Back To Me", and the title track all directly dealt with losing a loved one. Even the one CoverSong, Al Dubin and Joe Burke's "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", is pretty mournful lyrically.

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** The band's 1982 album ''Under The Big Black Sun'' was at least somewhat influenced by the death of Exene Cervenka's sister Mirielle in a car accident: While it doesn't ''sound'' much darker than a typical X album, "Riding With Mary", "Come Back To Me", and the title track all directly dealt with losing a loved one. Even the one CoverSong, CoverVersion, Al Dubin and Joe Burke's "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", is pretty mournful lyrically.
8th Jun '16 11:46:05 AM DavidDelony
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* Music/{{Badfinger}}'s 1975 album ''Head First'' was written in the shadow of the peak of band's legal and financial crises, a result of corrupt management and legal entanglements with their then-label, WarnerBrosRecords; the album had been [[ScrewedByTheLawyers shelved until 2000]] as $100,000 was found missing from a Badfinger escrow account. The band had already seen guitarist Joey Molland leave (to be replaced by keyboardist/vocalist Bob Jackson), and three of the album's songs dealt with their money/management woes quite blatantly. Not long after, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Pete Ham [[DrivenToSuicide would hang himself]] in his basement, effectly putting an end to the band until 1977's ''Airwaves'' album.

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* Music/{{Badfinger}}'s 1975 album ''Head First'' was written in the shadow of the peak of band's legal and financial crises, a result of corrupt management and legal entanglements with their then-label, WarnerBrosRecords; the album had been [[ScrewedByTheLawyers shelved until 2000]] as $100,000 was found missing from a Badfinger escrow account. The band had already seen guitarist Joey Molland leave (to be replaced by keyboardist/vocalist Bob Jackson), and three of the album's songs dealt with their money/management woes quite blatantly. Not long after, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Pete Ham [[DrivenToSuicide would hang himself]] in his basement, effectly putting an end to the band until 1977's 1979's ''Airwaves'' album.
5th May '16 8:50:20 PM nombretomado
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* Music/AlanisMorissette started as a sort-of pop princess, but her breakout hit years later, "You Oughta Know" (and it would seem at least one other song on the album, ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'', and apparently "Hands Clean" from ''Under Rug Swept'') was inspired by an old boyfriend, who dumped her for another woman. People are still wondering who ''that'' man was. (Dave Coulier of ''FullHouse'' is considered the consensus choice, and he has admitted that at least some of the lyrics hit close to home. Yes, the host of ''OutOfControl'' dated, then broke up with, one of the kids from ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''. Feel that, Canadian Gen-Xers? That's your childhood, howling in pain.)

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* Music/AlanisMorissette started as a sort-of pop princess, but her breakout hit years later, "You Oughta Know" (and it would seem at least one other song on the album, ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'', and apparently "Hands Clean" from ''Under Rug Swept'') was inspired by an old boyfriend, who dumped her for another woman. People are still wondering who ''that'' man was. (Dave Coulier of ''FullHouse'' ''Series/FullHouse'' is considered the consensus choice, and he has admitted that at least some of the lyrics hit close to home. Yes, the host of ''OutOfControl'' dated, then broke up with, one of the kids from ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''. Feel that, Canadian Gen-Xers? That's your childhood, howling in pain.)
5th May '16 1:20:56 PM aye_amber
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* Music/BarenakedLadies wrote the song "Brian Wilson," from their first album, about someone going through such a breakdown and comparing it to the one Brian Wilson of the BeachBoys went through. They namechecked several major influences and signs of Wilson's breakdown in the song (including the album ''Music/SmileySmile'' and his one-time psychiatrist Dr. Landy). In a meta turn, years later, Brian Wilson did a cover of "Brian Wilson" (a clip of which is available on his live album ''Live At The Roxy Theatre'').

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* Music/BarenakedLadies wrote the song "Brian Wilson," from their first album, about someone going through such a breakdown and comparing it to the one Brian Wilson of the BeachBoys Music/TheBeachBoys went through. They namechecked several major influences and signs of Wilson's breakdown in the song (including the album ''Music/SmileySmile'' and his one-time psychiatrist Dr. Landy). In a meta turn, years later, Brian Wilson did a cover of "Brian Wilson" (a clip of which is available on his live album ''Live At The Roxy Theatre'').
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