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Top 10 new wave melancholic songs

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Top 10 new wave melancholic songs

Postby rotator » Tue May 16, 2006 7:37 am

y'know the, sad ones....

10.The Pogues "Kitty"
9.New Order "Elgia"
8.OMD "Sea Land"
7.The Jam "English Rose"
6.Depeche Mode "The Sun And The Rainfall"
5.The Cure "All Cats Are Grey"
4.The Colourfield "Hammond Song"
3.The Smiths "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
2.Aztec Camera "Knife"
1.Rain Tree Crow "Black Water"
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Postby popreactor » Wed May 17, 2006 12:36 am

1. The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Ìe
2. Joy Division - Atmosphere
3. The Associates - Breakfast
4. Alphaville - Forever Young
5. De Film - Bitter Surprise
6. The Sugarcubes - Birthday
7. B-Movie - Arctic Summer
8. Tears For Fears - Mad World
9. Ultravox - Vienna
10. The Church - Under the Milkyway

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Postby Mechi » Thu May 18, 2006 6:56 am

Great topic.
My list:
The boy with a thorn in his side- The Smiths
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before- The Smiths
Atmosphere- Joy Division
The killing moon- Echo And The Bunnymen
Bring on the dancing horses- EATB
The unforgettable fire- U2
Under the milkyway- The Church
Pictures of you- The Cure
Plainsong- The Cure
Trust- The Cure
Renee- Talk Talk

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Postby danelf » Sun May 28, 2006 1:54 pm

1. The Spangle Maker - Cocteau Twins
2. Big Sleep - Simple Minds
3. Sinking - The Cure
4. Statues - OMD
5. It Doesn't Matter - Depeche Mode
6. Asleep - The Smiths
7. All in my Mind (Acoustic Version) - Love & Rockets
8. Does Caroline Know? - Talk Talk
9. Lament - Ultravox
10. Perfect Circle - R.E.M.
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Postby Frau_Blucher » Sun May 28, 2006 2:33 pm

Man this is hard. No way I could limit to 10 (sorry), and I'm sure I'm forgetting some biggies still. I'll call these melancholic rather than sad...

01 Seconds - The Human League
02 Letter To Elise - The Cure
03 Straight To Hell - The Clash
04 Run Wild - New Order
05 Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths
06 What's Gone Wrong - The Untouchables
07 Nowhere Girl - B-Movie
08 Doot-Doot - Freur (I don't really know why)
09 Moving On - The Dream Academy
10 Airwaves - Thomas Dolby (again, don't know why)
11 Message To My Girl - Split Enz
12 Samson And Delilah - Bad Manners
13 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) - The Jam
14 Tears - The Chameleons
15 Under the Milky Way - The Church (sorry to parrot)
16 For A Friend - Communards
17 Oldest Story In The World - The Plimsouls
18 Only You - Yaz
19 Streets Of Your Town - The Go-Betweens (kinda happy-sad, more sad especially now)
20 Weather With You - Crowded House
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Postby Spit » Tue May 30, 2006 10:02 am

When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout
Apart - The Cure
Trust - The Cure
Candy - Talk Talk
Up,Up,Up - O-Positive
Holding On To You - O-Positive
You'll Never Get Over Me - A-ha
Alone Again Or - The Damned
No Promises - Icehouse
Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie
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Postby MikeP » Tue May 30, 2006 10:35 am

Good ones! Here's a few more I'd put near the top of my list:

A Drop in the Gray - Heartache Feeds Heartache
The Expression - Total Eclipse
Icehouse - Icehouse
a-ha - Living a Boy's Adventure Tale
a-ha - Scoundrel Days
Talk Talk - Time It's Time
The Go-Betweens - Quiet Heart
Alphaville - Lassie Come Home
Prefab Sprout - Lions in My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
OMD - Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)
The Stranglers - Souls
David Sylvian - Waterfront
The Chills - Pink Frost
Comsat Angels - It's History
Missing Persons - Waiting for a Million Years
The Chameleons - Second Skin
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Postby 2Nu » Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:58 pm

I second many of the aforementioned

Here are 15 more.. not all NW, but still fit that particular 80's musical bill IMO

Biko - Peter Gabriel
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
Enough - Simply Red
Fragile- Sting
Invisible - Alison Moyet
Luka - Suzanne Vega (This one tops my list since becoming a parent[:(])
Madame Butterfly- Malcolm McLaren
Only The Lonely - The Motels
Shake The Disease- DM
Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
Take A Chance With Me - Roxy Music
The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) - The Jam
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
Uncertain Smile - The The
Woman In Chains- Tears For Fears

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Postby Bitter Almonds » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:03 pm

"As The World Falls Down" by David Bowie
"Come Before Christ And Murder Love" by Death In June
"Ghosts" by Japan
"In A Manner Of Speaking" by Tuxedomoon
"Louise" by Clan Of Xymox
"Only You" by Yazoo
"A Question Of Lust (minimal)" by Depeche Mode
"Oscillate Wildly" by The Smiths
"Sketch For Summer" by The Durutti Column
"True To Life" by Roxy Music
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Postby earthloop » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:07 am

Too hard to make a list of I am going for THE ONE!!! I don't think there is a more melancholic song which also rates as a GREAT song!!!

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART!!!!!!! (ironically juxtaposed against the name of the band who created it...JOY DIVISION!)

That adds up to the very definition of melancholy!

P.S. I believe it is one of the greatest songs in popular music ever written! (so there! [8D])
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Postby Frau_Blucher » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:35 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by earthloop[/i]
<br>P.S. I believe it is one of the greatest songs in popular music ever written! (so there! [8D])
The least at one time...would largely have agreed with you!

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Postby earthloop » Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:28 pm

Amazing Blir! Being relatively new to this board I didn't know about your work on this...amazing![8D]

I don't know if you are aware of much happening here in OZ but there is a national 'youth' (but many more of us are regular listeners) radio station which broadcasts to the whole country (as part of the ABC) called Radio JJJ.(or TripleJ as they call themselves now).

This station has been running a 'top 100' every year since 1989, and guess what! LWTUA was number one for the first two years and second in the third (1991) when bloody Nirvana pipped it into second spot!

Check out the full history of the polls here.

"triple j's hottest 100 is one of the largest public music polls in the world with millions of individual votes counted since it's inception in 1989."

After this they changed it from fave all time song to only songs released in that particular year, so the nature of the list changed.
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Postby rotator » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:56 am

I'm glad to see this list took off.....I believe that 'hard-to-define-melancholy' is what attracted people to alot of the 80's UK "new wave" in the first place...
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Postby hisoka5150 » Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:15 pm

these surely brings memories

soft rains of april- a-ha
broken land- the adventures
crash-ocean blue
different seasons-johny hates jazz
goodnight song-tears for fears
when your heart is weak/just around the corner-cock robin
but not tonight-depeche mode
this must be the place(i waited years to leave)-pet shop boys
heaven knows i'm miserable now-the smiths
save me tonight-red flag
the whole of the moon-the waterboys
how men are-aztec camera
the worst year of my life-the wildswans
secret separation-the fixx
letters to a friend-i start counting
about you-pleasure thieves
of all the things we've done-omd

and a whole lot wave is awesome!!!
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