History CreatorBreakdown / Music

13th Jan '17 12:41:00 PM StFan
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* Norwegian composer Creator/EivindGroven had a serious breakdown after the death of his brother, a fellow performer on the HardangerFiddle. The result was a great work based on a story on the BlackDeath, in six movements, with choir and orchestra. Probably something of the most haunting music he ever wrote.
** He chose a text from a book written after another CreatorBreakdown, by the way. Creator/IngeborgReflingHagen had to cope with the loss of her life`s greatest love.

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* Norwegian composer Creator/EivindGroven had a serious breakdown after the death of his brother, a fellow performer on the HardangerFiddle. The result was a great work based on a story on the BlackDeath, TheBlackDeath, in six movements, with choir and orchestra. Probably something of the most haunting music he ever wrote. \n** He chose a text from a book written after another CreatorBreakdown, by the way. Creator/IngeborgReflingHagen had to cope with the loss of her life`s life's greatest love.
12th Jan '17 7:33:49 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* Fran Healy of Music/{{Travis}} dealt with depression during the making of the album ''12 Memories'', which is a lot DarkerAndEdgier than any of their previous albums.
4th Jan '17 8:34:07 AM MarkLungo
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** Before that, Clapton (as part of Music/DerekAndTheDominoes) recorded ''Music/LaylaAndOtherAssortedLoveSongs'', an album born of the pain that results from being in love with his best friend's wife. The friend was Music/GeorgeHarrison, by the way.

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** Before that, Clapton (as part of Music/DerekAndTheDominoes) Music/DerekAndTheDominos) recorded ''Music/LaylaAndOtherAssortedLoveSongs'', an album born of the pain that results from being in love with his best friend's wife. The friend was Music/GeorgeHarrison, by the way.



* The Music/{{Queen}} songs "These Are the Days of Our Lives", "I'm Going Slightly Mad", and "The Show Must Go On" were recorded not long before Music/FreddieMercury's death of AIDS -- all released on an album named "Innuendo".

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* The Music/{{Queen}} songs "These Are the Days of Our Lives", "I'm Going Slightly Mad", and "The Show Must Go On" were recorded not long before Music/FreddieMercury's death of AIDS -- all released on an album named "Innuendo".''Innuendo''.
4th Jan '17 8:32:53 AM MarkLungo
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** Harrison's album ''Dark Horse'' was not only made shortly after Pattie Harrison left him for Eric Clapton (he might have forgiven Clapton soon after, but he understandably didn't take things very well at the time), but Harrison's voice was shot after years of touring, leading some critics to nickname the album "Dark Hoarse". As a result, it's an uncharacteristically rough-sounding album, especially the bitter cover of "Bye Bye Love."

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** Harrison's album ''Dark Horse'' was not only made shortly after Pattie Harrison left him for Eric Clapton (he might have forgiven Clapton soon after, but he understandably didn't take things very well at the time), but Harrison's voice was shot after years of touring, leading some critics to nickname the album "Dark Hoarse". As a result, it's an uncharacteristically rough-sounding album, especially the bitter cover of Music/TheEverlyBrothers' "Bye Bye Love."



** Before that, Clapton (as part of Derek and The Dominoes) recorded ''Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'', an album born of the pain that results from being in love with his best friend's wife. The friend was Music/GeorgeHarrison, by the way.

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** Before that, Clapton (as part of Derek and The Dominoes) Music/DerekAndTheDominoes) recorded ''Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'', ''Music/LaylaAndOtherAssortedLoveSongs'', an album born of the pain that results from being in love with his best friend's wife. The friend was Music/GeorgeHarrison, by the way.



* The songs on the second Music/{{Weezer}} album, Music/{{Pinkerton}}, are about lead singer Rivers Cuomo's various troubles after the release of his first album, such as his guilty feelings as a result of using his rock star status to take advantage of women.
** After the initially negative reception of Pinkerton, Rivers apparently locked himself in his home and painted all his walls black. Rather than releasing another emotional album to express Rivers's feelings, the next album to be released was the, for the most part sterile, Green Album.

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* The songs on the second Music/{{Weezer}} album, Music/{{Pinkerton}}, ''Music/{{Pinkerton}}'', are about lead singer Rivers Cuomo's various troubles after the release of his first album, such as his guilty feelings as a result of using his rock star status to take advantage of women.
** After the initially negative reception of Pinkerton, ''Pinkerton'', Rivers apparently locked himself in his home and painted all his walls black. Rather than releasing another emotional album to express Rivers's feelings, the next album to be released was the, for the most part sterile, Green Album.''Green Album''.
2nd Jan '17 9:22:15 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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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 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.

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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 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, Music/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.
21st Dec '16 6:15:19 PM bt8257
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** His last two albums, ''Storm Front'' and (especially) ''River Of Dreams'', are (relatively) darker in tone, a product of his marital troubles and eventual breakup to Christie and to legal hassles with his ex-brother in law (of first wife Elizabeth Weber), who, as his manager, reportedly swindled Joel out of millions of dollars. ''The Nylon Curtain'' was a dark album reflecting on the political and economic climate of TheEighties, made in the wake of his divorce from Elizabeth and while recovering from a nasty motorcycle accident that damaged his hands.

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** His last two albums, ''Storm Front'' and (especially) ''River Of of Dreams'', are (relatively) darker in tone, a product of his marital troubles and eventual breakup to Christie and to legal hassles with his ex-brother in law (of first wife Elizabeth Weber), who, as his manager, reportedly swindled Joel out of millions of dollars. ''The Nylon Curtain'' was a dark album reflecting on the political and economic climate of TheEighties, made in the wake of his divorce from Elizabeth and while recovering from a nasty motorcycle accident that damaged his hands.



* Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes' difficulties with his wife following the birth of their daughter led to the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible difficult]], [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] 2007 albums ''Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?'' and ''Icons Abstract Thee'', where he invented the {{Alter Ego|Acting}} of [[strike:[[Music/DavidBowie Ziggy Stardust]]]] Georgie Fruit, whom he now performs as and has let "write" the band's (even more difficult, slightly less angsty) two albums since.

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* Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes' difficulties with his wife following the birth of their daughter led to the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible difficult]], [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] 2007 albums ''Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?'' and ''Icons Abstract Thee'', where he invented the {{Alter Ego|Acting}} of [[strike:[[Music/DavidBowie Ziggy Stardust]]]] Georgie Fruit, whom he now performs as and has let "write" the band's (even more difficult, slightly less angsty) two albums since.



* In 1972, Music/NeilYoung was experiencing fame from his ''Music/{{Harvest}}'' album and his song "Heart of Gold." At around that time, his guitarist Danny Whitten (the subject of Young's song "The Needle and the Damage Done") and roadie Bruce Berry died from heroin overdoses. Young followed up the radio-friendly ''Harvest'' with what is known as "The Ditch Trilogy" (named after a remark Young made about averting fame by "heading for the ditch"): Three albums that shared a gloomy, pessimistic theme. The first album, ''Time Fades Away'', was a live album released in 1973 consisting of original tracks. The second album, ''On the Beach'' was a studio album, continuing the dark themes in the previous album (and being named after a book concerning nuclear war). The third album, ''Tonight's the Night'', was directly about the deaths of Whitten and Berry (with one of the songs written by Whitten). ''Tonight's the Night'' was recorded in 1973 after the death of Bruce Berry, but the album was shelved for two years. ''On the Beach'' was released on CD twenty years after its initial release in 1974. ''Time Fades Away'', unfortunately, still hasn't been released on CD.

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* In 1972, Music/NeilYoung was experiencing fame from his ''Music/{{Harvest}}'' album and his song "Heart of Gold." At around that time, his guitarist Danny Whitten took a fatal combination of Valium, which he was taking for severe knee arthritis, and alcohol while trying to overcome his heroin addiction (the subject of Young's song "The Needle and the Damage Done") and Done"); roadie Bruce Berry died from a heroin overdoses.overdose just a few months later. Young followed up the radio-friendly ''Harvest'' with what is known as "The Ditch Trilogy" (named after a remark Young made about averting fame by "heading for the ditch"): Three albums that shared a gloomy, pessimistic theme. The first album, ''Time Fades Away'', was a live album released in 1973 consisting of original tracks. The second album, ''On the Beach'' was a studio album, continuing the dark themes in the previous album (and being named after a book concerning nuclear war). The third album, ''Tonight's the Night'', was directly about the deaths of Whitten and Berry (with one of the songs written by Whitten). ''Tonight's the Night'' was recorded in 1973 after the death of Bruce Berry, but the album was shelved for two years. ''On the Beach'' was released on CD twenty years after its initial release in 1974. ''Time Fades Away'', unfortunately, still hasn't been released on CD.



* After the fatal drug overdose of a friend, Music/MinorThreat leader Ian [=McKaye=] wrote the anti-drug anthem "Straight Edge", which spawned the well-known UsefulNotes/StraightEdge movement, which was not only anti-drug, but also [[NoSexAllowed anti-promiscuity]], anti-alcohol, and sometimes, [[AnimalWrongsGroup anti-meat]]. That was not what Ian had in mind when he wrote the song.

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* After the a friend's fatal drug overdose of a friend, overdose, Music/MinorThreat leader Ian [=McKaye=] wrote the anti-drug anthem "Straight Edge", which spawned the well-known UsefulNotes/StraightEdge movement, which was not only anti-drug, but also [[NoSexAllowed anti-promiscuity]], anti-alcohol, and sometimes, [[AnimalWrongsGroup anti-meat]]. That was not what Ian [[MisaimedFandom had in mind mind]] when he wrote the song.



** "The Show Must Go On" was done in a very interesting way. While the other bandmembers were ambivalent, doubting that Mercury could hit the high notes of the song in his condition, Freddie downed a measure of vodka, said "I'll fucking do it, darling!" and nailed the vocal line in one take with no problems. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Quite a note to go out on, really.]]

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** "The Show Must Go On" was done in a very interesting way. While the other bandmembers were ambivalent, doubting that Mercury could hit the high notes of the song in his condition, Freddie downed a measure of vodka, said "I'll fucking [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] do it, darling!" and nailed the vocal line in one take with no problems. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Quite a note to go out on, really.]]



** Pretty much every song on his first solo album, ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand,'' was written when he was going through Primal therapy. The album was all about him addressing his personal issues--everything from his relationship with his dead mother to the break-up of the Beatles.

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** Pretty much every song on his first solo album, ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand,'' ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'', was written when he was going through Primal therapy. The album was all about him addressing his personal issues--everything from his relationship with his dead mother to the break-up of the Beatles.



** "Going to California" is rumored to be about the band's unfulfilled crush on Music/JoniMitchell-- Plant even mutters "Oh Joni!" on the live version included on "How the West Was Won."

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** "Going to California" is rumored to be about the band's unfulfilled crush on Music/JoniMitchell-- Plant even mutters "Oh Joni!" on the live version included on "How the West Was Won."Won".
21st Dec '16 6:02:59 PM bt8257
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** StevieNicks' "Edge Of Seventeen" was partially written about Lennon's death.

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** StevieNicks' Music/StevieNicks' "Edge Of of Seventeen" was partially written about Lennon's death.



* Music/NineInchNails are known for this, to say the least. Trent Reznor started to write his first album with politically themed, socially conscious lyrics. That didn't sound genuine, so he went to his journal for lyrics. That's number one. Number two came when he was out touring and his record label was screwing him, trying to get him to record another ''Pretty Hate Machine''. He then wrote ''Broken'', a 30 minute chunk of death. After that, still not having worked through all of those issues, he wrote and recorded ''The Downward Spiral'', an album about a depressed, suicidal man who [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills God]] and THEN himself. After that album was released, his psyche was wounded even further on tour, developing alcoholism, a cocaine addiction, and severe struggles with depression. A brief period of sobriety and subsequent relapse after the death of his grandmother informed ''The Fragile''. ''Seriously'' known for this.

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* Music/NineInchNails are known for this, to say the least. Trent Reznor started to write his first album with politically themed, socially conscious lyrics. That didn't sound genuine, so he went to his journal for lyrics. That's number one. Number two came when he was out touring and his record label was screwing him, trying to get him to record another ''Pretty Hate Machine''. He then wrote ''Broken'', a 30 minute chunk of death. After that, still not having worked through all of those issues, he wrote and recorded ''The Downward Spiral'', an album about a depressed, suicidal man who [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills God]] and THEN [[spoiler:attempts to kill]] himself. After that album was released, his psyche was wounded even further on tour, developing alcoholism, a cocaine addiction, and severe struggles with depression. A brief period of sobriety and subsequent relapse after the death of his grandmother informed ''The Fragile''. ''Seriously'' known for this.



* Music/DirEnGrey's singer, Kyo, has... Had some rough times. This can easily be noticed by the songs "Taiyou no ao", "Zakuro", "Amber", and "Mushi", to name a few. Taiyou no Ao (Which arguably is their happiest song in terms of tone) is about his girlfriend cheating on him '''with his best friend.''' Zakuro shares the same idea as Taiyou No Ao (cheating), but Zakuro has a deeper impact than Taiyou no Ao on the poor guy. He's very visibly . [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEqdg_HQttg breaking down emotionally as he continues to sing.]] Amber also the same concept as the other two (cheating), but also expresses his wish to ''die''. Mushi is about the loss of something dear, and he's shown that. The band played it live, because Kyo dedicated it to his friend who had recently died. According to people who saw it, he was unable to continue the song, because of how much pain he was in.
* Music/PinkFloyd: After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' (a borderline case in itself, as it was in honour of Music/SydBarrett who himself had a CreatorBreakdown and left the band), and ''Music/{{Animals}}'', the audience size grew and the older atmosphere of intimacy disappeared. After the angry Music/RogerWaters spat on a rude audience member, Pink Floyd made the dark album ''Music/TheWall''. After that, Roger Waters' breakdown escalated; a few years later, Pink Floyd released ''Final Cut,'' in which Waters contemplated UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar, AND the death of his father in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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* Music/DirEnGrey's singer, Kyo, has... Had some rough times. This can easily be noticed by the songs "Taiyou no ao", "Zakuro", "Amber", and "Mushi", to name a few. Taiyou no Ao (Which arguably is their happiest song in terms of tone) is about his girlfriend cheating on him '''with his best friend.''' Zakuro shares the same idea as Taiyou No Ao (cheating), but Zakuro has a deeper impact than Taiyou no Ao on the poor guy. He's very visibly . [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEqdg_HQttg breaking down emotionally as he continues to sing.]] Amber also the same concept as the other two (cheating), but also expresses his wish to ''die''. Mushi is about the loss of something dear, and he's shown that. The band played it live, because Kyo dedicated it to his friend who had recently died. According to people who saw it, he was unable to continue the song, because of how much pain he was in.
* Music/PinkFloyd: After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' (a borderline case in itself, as it was in honour of Music/SydBarrett who himself had a CreatorBreakdown and left the band), and ''Music/{{Animals}}'', the audience size grew and the older atmosphere of intimacy disappeared. After the angry Music/RogerWaters spat on a rude audience member, Pink Floyd made the dark album ''Music/TheWall''. After that, Roger Waters' breakdown escalated; a few years later, Pink Floyd released ''Final Cut,'' ''The Final Cut'', in which Waters contemplated UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar, AND the death of his father in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* As private as they were, Music/LedZeppelin has quite a few of these. Most well known is "All of my Love," which was written by Robert Plant after his son died of a stomach infection.

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* As private as they were, Music/LedZeppelin has quite a few of these. Most well known is "All of my Love," My Love", which was written by Robert Plant after his son Karac died of a stomach infection.



* Music/{{Joni Mitchell}}: her album ''Music/CourtAndSpark'' is a series of musical pen-portraits of damaged and emotionally paralysed women; the sex-addict, the alcoholic, the prostitute (''Raised on Robbery''), the music company executive (''Free Man In Paris''). Opinion is divided into how much of a crisis Mitchell was having at the time.

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* Music/{{Joni Mitchell}}: Music/JoniMitchell: her album ''Music/CourtAndSpark'' is a series of musical pen-portraits of damaged and emotionally paralysed women; the sex-addict, the alcoholic, the prostitute (''Raised on Robbery''), the music company executive (''Free Man In Paris''). Opinion is divided into how much of a crisis Mitchell was having at the time.



* Music/CarlySimon's song "You're So Vain" also was written after a really nasty break-up. In her case, it's said the man was Warren Beatty; [[WordOfGod Carly Simon]] says that [[WordOfGod she is never going to tell.]] (Although ''The Telegraph'' obituary of William Donaldson raises the possibility that it was him, since almost everything in the song fits him.)

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* Music/CarlySimon's song "You're So Vain" also was written after a really nasty break-up. In her case, it's said the man was Warren Beatty; [[WordOfGod Carly Simon]] Simon says that [[WordOfGod she is never going to tell.]] (Although ''The Telegraph'' obituary of William Donaldson raises the possibility that it was him, since almost everything in the song fits him.)



** The demo to "In A Lonely Place", which suspiciously cuts out just before the "hangman" verse in the Music/NewOrder version, is this trope distilled to purity.

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** The demo to "In A a Lonely Place", which suspiciously cuts out just before the "hangman" verse in the Music/NewOrder version, is this trope distilled to purity.



* Let us not forget Music/NoDoubt's ''Tragic Kingdom''; many of its songs deal with Gwen Stefani's break-up with the Tony Kanal, the band's bassist.

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* Let us not forget Music/NoDoubt's ''Tragic Kingdom''; many of its songs deal with Gwen Stefani's break-up with the Tony Kanal, the band's bassist.
7th Dec '16 8:18:44 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* [[Music/NickCave Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds']] album "The Boatman's Call" - an unusually soft and touching album - came out shortly after Cave cleaned himself up of heroin.

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* [[Music/NickCave Nick Cave And The Music/NickCave and the Bad Seeds']] Seeds' album "The ''The Boatman's Call" Call'' - an unusually soft and touching album - came out shortly after Cave cleaned himself up of heroin.



* "So Broken" by Music/{{Bjork}}. She wrote it after an incident with a ''very'' crazy fan, who, among other things, [[NightmareFuel sent her an acid bomb]] (that got intercepted, thank God).

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* "So Broken" by Music/{{Bjork}}. She wrote it after an incident with a the ''very'' crazy fan, fan Ricardo López, who, among other things, [[NightmareFuel sent her an acid bomb]] (that got intercepted, thank God).
7th Nov '16 9:13:52 PM sweatergoth
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** She also wrote Chandelier about alcoholism that was brought on by a sexual assault.
13th Oct '16 5:39:00 PM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* This happened to Music/TypeONegative twice: First was 1999's ''World Coming Down'', which came after having gone LighterAndSofter for the last two albums - they even refuse to perform anything from that album live because it reminds frontman Peter Steele of the worst part of his life; the second one was made after him being imprisoned for narcotics possession and going through rehab, in a display of the band's trademark sardonic sense of humour it was called ''Dead Again''.
** Now rather [[HarsherInHindsight sadly ironic]], considering Peter Steele died of heart failure.

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* This happened to Music/TypeONegative twice: First was 1999's ''World Coming Down'', which came after having gone LighterAndSofter for the last two albums - they even refuse refused to perform anything from that album live because it reminds reminded frontman Peter Steele of the worst part of his life; the second one was made after him being imprisoned for narcotics possession and going through rehab, in a display of the band's trademark sardonic sense of humour it was called ''Dead Again''.
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Again'', a title that ended up rather [[HarsherInHindsight sadly ironic]], considering ironic]] after Peter Steele died of heart failure.
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