History LyricalDissonance / Rock

12th Aug '17 10:44:37 AM Bootlebat
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* Music/WarrenZevon liked to use this. Examples are "Excitable Boy", an upbeat song with electric guitar solos that tells the story of a mad killer who is apparently "just an excitable boy", and "Werewolves of London", a bright little tune about, well, werewolves. Not to mention "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner", which about...Roland...the...you get the idea.

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* Music/WarrenZevon liked to use this. Examples are "Excitable Boy", an upbeat song with electric guitar solos that tells the story of a mad killer who is apparently "just an excitable boy", and "Werewolves of London", a bright little tune about, well, werewolves.werewolves, including delightful lines about people getting mutilated and having their lungs ripped out. Not to mention "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner", which about...Roland...the...you get the idea.
3rd Jul '17 12:01:51 PM wolftickets1969
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* Mono Inc.'s "Out in the Fields" is a driving rock tune [[{{Anvilicious}} conveying the message that]] [[WarIsHell war does not discriminate between one's race, gender, faith, nationality, or political views.]]


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* [[Music/ThinLizzy GaryMoore]]'s "Out in the Fields" is a driving rock tune [[{{Anvilicious}} conveying the message that]] [[WarIsHell war does not discriminate between one's race, gender, faith, nationality, or political views.]]
19th Jun '17 8:31:59 PM wolftickets1969
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* Mono Inc.'s "Out in the Fields" is a driving rock tune [[{{Anvilicious}} conveying the message that]] [[WarIsHell war does not discriminate between one's race, gender, faith, nationality, or political views.]]
27th May '17 1:57:54 PM nombretomado
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* Country Joe and the Fish have the "Feel-like-I'm-fixing-to-die rag" which is an upbeat carnival-style pitch... about the VietnamWar with satirical lyrics to boot. It's considered one of the greatest satirical songs of the '60's.

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* Country Joe and the Fish have the "Feel-like-I'm-fixing-to-die rag" which is an upbeat carnival-style pitch... about the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar with satirical lyrics to boot. It's considered one of the greatest satirical songs of the '60's.
1st May '17 10:56:01 AM Totema
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*** "Norwegian Wood" is set to a trance-inducing 3/4 waltz with a sitar in the background, in a very laid-back manner. The lyrics are about the narrator [[DisproportionateRetribution burning down his lover's wooden house because she left him and then didn't put out.]]

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*** "Norwegian Wood" is set to a trance-inducing 3/4 waltz with a sitar in the background, in a very laid-back manner. The lyrics are about the narrator [[DisproportionateRetribution burning down his lover's wooden house because she left him and then didn't put out.out and then left him.]]
2nd Apr '17 11:09:50 AM nombretomado
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* PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}' [[http://tinysong.com/6ObT "Live and Let Die"]] ([[http://tinysong.com/7esa covered by]] Music/GunsNRoses) is pretty happy, if aggressive, and to be fair, it's sparse on the lyrics, but what is there is chastising a naive listener for ''caring about other people''.

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* PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}' [[http://tinysong.com/6ObT "Live and Let Die"]] ([[http://tinysong.com/7esa covered by]] Music/GunsNRoses) is pretty happy, if aggressive, and to be fair, it's sparse on the lyrics, but what is there is chastising a naive listener for ''caring about other people''.
28th Mar '17 6:36:38 PM ASTOL01
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* Music/DireStraits has several examples: "Money For Nothing," "Sultans of Swing," "Industrial Disease," "Ticket to Heaven," "Heavy Fuel."

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* Music/DireStraits has several examples: "Money For Nothing," "Sultans of Swing," "Industrial Disease," "Ticket to Heaven," "Heavy Fuel."
** Their famous song "Money for Nothing" is a driving rock ballad with a beat that can move your whole body. It's a bitter rant by a blue-collar worker about how ordinary people break their backs working for a living while rock stars with no talent get rich. All while the background chorus laments, "I want my, I want my MTV...
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26th Mar '17 1:17:16 PM madius
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* Donald Fagen's solo work is definitely not immune to this trope. His crowning solo achievement has to be "I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)", in which he marvels, "Here at home we'll play in the city / Powered by the sun / Perfect weather for a streamlined world / There'll be spandex jackets one for everyone," followed by the chorus of, "What a beautiful world this will be / What a glorious time to be free." Then you look up what "I.G.Y." stands for: the International Geophysical Year, when over 60 countries collaborated scientifically in ''1957-58''. Probably the stealthiest uses of NostalgiaFilter and IWantMyJetpack on record.

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* Donald Fagen's solo work is definitely not immune to this trope. His crowning solo achievement has to be "I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)", ", in which he marvels, "Here at home we'll play in the city / Powered by the sun / Perfect weather for a streamlined world / There'll be spandex jackets one for everyone," followed by the chorus of, "What a beautiful world this will be / What a glorious time to be free." Then you look up what "I.G.Y." stands for: the International Geophysical Year, when over 60 countries collaborated scientifically in ''1957-58''. Probably the stealthiest uses of NostalgiaFilter and IWantMyJetpack on record.
3rd Mar '17 6:30:25 AM DeepRed
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** "Highway To Hell" is about someone whose life is on the wrong track, living a lifestyle that solicits sex, drugs and alcohol... It's also one of '''the''' most iconic classic rock songs ever, fitting the recipe perfectly. Major Key? Check. Up-beat tempo? Check. Positive, cheerful lyrics? Eh, not so much...

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** "Highway To Hell" is about someone whose life is on the wrong track, living a lifestyle that solicits sex, drugs and alcohol... It's also one of '''the''' most iconic classic rock songs ever, [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll fitting the recipe perfectly.perfectly]]. Major Key? Check. Up-beat tempo? Check. Positive, cheerful lyrics? Eh, not so much...much. Just several months after the song's release, the band's original singer Bon Scott drank himself to death.
22nd Feb '17 7:25:25 PM gewunomox
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* Upbeat songs with dark lyrics is one of the hallmarks of SteelyDan's music:

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* Upbeat songs with dark lyrics is one of the hallmarks of SteelyDan's Music/SteelyDan's music:
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