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Australian musician whose signature style is a dark blend of electronics and orchestra. To date he has completed only one album, 2002's Furious Angels, which includes his most famous calling card "Clubbed To Death" together with a load of other tracks you definitely will have heard in the background of TV and film. A follow-up was stuck in Development Hell for a long time, but tracks from the sessions started to appear in 2016 and a full album is planned for 2020.

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Tropes seen in Rob Dougan's work:

  • Album Intro Track: The literally-named "Prelude".
  • Drunken Song: "Drinking Song", performed in a deliberately slurred style.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Prelude" is a prelude; "Instrumental" is an instrumental (specifically, it's a strings-only version of "One And The Same"); "Pause" is a silent pause between actual songs.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: "Clubbed To Death (kuryamino variation)". It means "belonging to darkness".
  • Gratuitous Panning: "Prelude" is deliberately mixed like this in order to have a disconcerting effect.
  • Harmless Musician, Scary Music: A lot of his songs are about violence and revenge.
  • Harsh Vocals: Has a deep, rough-edged singing voice in the manner of Tom Waits.
  • Left for Dead: "Left Me For Dead"
  • Not Good with Rejection: The narrator of the song "Furious Angels" calls upon supernatural beings to take revenge on the one who spurned him.
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  • Recycled Trailer Music: And how! Who needs to release singles or play live to promote an album, when producers and editors love the music so much they plaster it over everything?
  • Stalker with a Crush: "There's Only Me"
  • Standard Snippet: "Clubbed To Death" was used so much as tension music on TV, it became a cliche. "Furious Angels" was not far behind, being called upon whenever someone wanted a track with the feel of "Clubbed To Death" without actually being "Clubbed To Death".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Drinking Song". It's also the one proper track on the album that *doesn't* get constantly recycled as background music.
  • Taking You with Me: "Left Me For Dead"
  • Vocal Dissonance: Looks like he could be the "hard" one in a boy band. Actually has a grizzly growly singing voice the merits of which divide the fans.
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