History LyricalDissonance / Rock

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:
13th Feb '17 11:37:24 PM GrafVonTirol
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** And then there's "Allentown", a rather peppy little number in which the narrator talks about how the place is full of crushed dreams and dying factories. Depending on your interpretation of the lyrics, the last verse possibly ends with the narrator either dying or killing himself.

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** And then there's "Allentown", a rather peppy little number in which the narrator talks about how the place region (and especially nearby Bethlehem) is full of crushed dreams and dying factories. Depending on your interpretation of the lyrics, the last verse possibly ends with the narrator either dying or killing himself.
6th Feb '17 7:56:39 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Music/FosterThePeople ''sounds'' upbeat and is very danceable, but the lyrics are about a teenage loner, seemingly neglected/ignored by his father; the chorus of the song describes a Columbine-style school shooting from the point of view of said loner. In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, bassist Cubbie Fink's cousin survived Columbine.

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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Music/FosterThePeople is one of the most famous examples of this trope, often showing up on "Songs that you didn't know were actually dark and tragic"-type lists. It ''sounds'' upbeat and is very catchy and danceable, but the lyrics are about a teenage loner, seemingly neglected/ignored by his father; the chorus of the song describes a Columbine-style school shooting from the point of view of said loner. In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, bassist Cubbie Fink's cousin survived Columbine.
20th Dec '16 1:44:52 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Just about everything by ''Music/Voltaire.'' Such delights as 'Headless Waltz,' a song about decapitation, 'When You're Evil,' 'Death, Death, Evil, Evil Songs,' and 'Brains,' a song about a brain-eating alien. All sung to a cheerful polka tune!
20th Dec '16 1:40:42 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Out of Time'' fits this trope. The smog is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...

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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Out of Time'' fits this trope. The smog song is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...
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