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Favourite Sad Song(s)

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Favourite Sad Song(s)

Postby Silvina Hernandez » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:15 am

Which songs make you cry or put you in a sad mood? It might be the music, the vocals or the lyrics, or all of this combined. Here are my favourite:
Waves - Blancmange- Those synths.....and Neil Arthur dramatic singing.
Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat-It has everything so I think it's probably the saddest song EVER and it's, in my opinion, the BEST SONG OF THE DECADE.
He's So Strange and Fading Fast -The Go-Go's- Two dark spots in two otherwise quite celebratory albums.
One Better Day- Madness- The story of a homeless couple, so it HAS to be sad. The best song Madness recorded and number 2 in my list of the best songs of the deacade.
King Of Pain and Wrapped Around Yor Finger-The Police- Sting's singing.
Washed Up And Left For Dead and Selling Out Your Future- The Selecter- Both songs tell the story of someone being rejected by society.
Life On Your Own and Darkness- The Human League- Phil Oakey certainly knew how sing these songs and added emotion to the synthezised music. The best songs of them I've heard so far.
The Unforgettable Fire- U2- All parts of the song are perfect but my favourite is Bono's singing- so heartfelt. The best song of them I've heard so far.
Nobody's Diary- Yazoo- Alison Moyet's vocals are perfect. In my top 5 songs of the decade, too.
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Postby TragicMagic » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:52 pm

I've always been partial to "Never Never" by The Assembly as a more sombre track of the era. Maybe also others like:

Through the Barricades by Spandau Ballet or;
later to mid-term-Duran like Come Undone and Ordinary World.
Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper is another.
Speaking of Cyndi- True Colours is a 'nice' Emo track too
You're The Best Thing by Style Council is another I like...

Sure to be more!

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Postby magnum » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:16 pm

Suppose these have a sombre tone.....

Turquoise days - Grey skies [1984]
Obscure by degrees - I'm dying [1981]
OMD - The Beginning of the end [1981]
Tears for fears - Watch me bleed [1982] ... -11cemOpYA

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Postby mysterio2 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:51 pm

Pictures of You - the Cure
Vienna - Ultravox
Always Unknowing - Roxy Music

Not sad enough to make me cry, but sad enough with some stark beauty to make me appreciate the mood they create and evoke.
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Postby xymox970 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:01 am

Here are just a few from 2 of my favourite artists:

Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
Dreams Made Flesh
Lisa Gerrard - Sanvean
- Sacrifice
David Sylvian - Nostalgia
- Waterfront
Rain Tree Crow - Black Water
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Postby SO-CAL 80S » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:36 am

For me there's only two. First is Only You-Yazoo. Before everyone heard it in "Can't Hardly Wait" or "The Office". It was 1982 when Upstairs At Eric's was released and at the same time dating a girl who I was crazy about. That song still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it since it reminds me of the days (and nights) I spent with her. Going dancing, phone calls long into the night and of course watching MV-3 almost every afternoon. Two years later while we were still together she had one of those early 80's "I want an older super rich boyfriend who'll spoil me" moments and broke up with me.

Second is What?-Soft Cell. This one purely dictates the pain and heartbreak I went through when she left. I tried so hard to get her back but she was set on finding Mr Rich. I still can't hear this one without feeling a deep sadness that's never left.

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Postby Crimsor » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:20 pm

Xymox - Imagination and Oakey & Moroder - Together in Electric Dreams always made me very sad.
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Postby oldnewwaver » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:19 am

Don't Give Up from Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven from Love and Rockets

Breaking Us in Two by Joe Jackson

Lament by Ultravox

If You Leave by OMD

Mission In Life by Stan Ridgway
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Postby Passing_Stranger » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:55 am

Fiat Lux "Secrets"
Dramatis "Love Needs No Disguise"
Trees "red Car"
Adolphson & Falk "Flashing Blue"
Rational Youth "Ring the Bells"
Strange Advance "Worlds Away"
Classix Nouveaux "Never Never Comes"
Japan "Nightporter"
OMD "Almost"
Visage "Again We Love"
Soft Cell "Torch"
The Human League "Betrayed"
Assembly "Never Never"
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Postby MAGICs » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:05 pm

Fehlfarben - Magnificent Obsession,
Kliché - Masselinjen,
Fehlfarben - Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Hummpe And Find True Happiness?,
Ian Anderson - Fly by Night...

=The Nits= for all NWers!
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Postby xymox970 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:44 am

Xymox - Obsession / Imagination / Clementina
Secret Service - Flash In The Night
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Re: Favourite Sad Song(s)

Postby TheNavigator » Fri May 23, 2014 7:22 pm

I remember a thread similar to this on the old forum, got to build it back up! The 80s/new wave had so many underappreciated ballads. Rather than favorites, here's a list of the saddest new wave songs that come to mind

'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Alphaville - Romeos
Anything Box - Carmen
Assembly - Never Never
Big Country - The Storm
Blancmange - Time Became the Tide
Blancmange - The Day Before You Came
Blancmange - Waves
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
Bronski Beat - Disenchanted
Bronski Beat - So Cold the Night
Classix Nouveaux - La Verite
Communards - For a Friend
Days of Sorrow - Wild World
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
Feargal Sharkey - She Moved Through the Fair
Fischer Z - So Long
Fra Lippo Lippi - Shouldn't Have to Be Like That
Hazel O'Connor - Will You
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Marc Almond - Only The Moment
Marc Almond - Your Kisses Burn
Marc Almond - Tears Run Rings
Marc Almond - She Took My Soul in Istanbul
Marc Almond - The Frost Comes Tomorrow
Marc Almond - If You Go Away
Modern English - After the Snow
Modern English - Ricochet Days
Mummy Calls - Down in a Dark Place
Neil Arthur - Suitcase
New Order - Blue Monday
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song
OMD - So in Love
Seona Dancing - More To Lose
Soft Cell - Bedsitter
Soft Cell - Youth
Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Split Enz - Poor Boy
Tears for Fears - Mad World
Tears for Fears - Shout
The Pale Fountains - Jeans Not Happening
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
The Popguns - Waiting for the Winter
The Smiths - Asleep
The Smiths - How Soon is Now
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
This Ordeal - Dark For Now
Ultravox - All Fall Down
Ultravox - Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
Ultravox - Lament
Ultravox - Visions in Blue
Wolfsheim - Sparrows and the Nightingales
Wolfsheim - Youth and Greed

and more to come im sure
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Re: Favourite Sad Song(s)

Postby Blaster » Thu May 29, 2014 1:05 pm

Feels Like Heaven - Fiction Factory
Nobody's Diary - Yazoo
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Re: Favourite Sad Song(s)

Postby Palmer » Thu May 29, 2014 11:33 pm

I don't like sad songs.
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Re: Favourite Sad Song(s)

Postby TheNavigator » Sat May 31, 2014 11:49 pm

Palmer wrote:I don't like sad songs.

But the ballads are so well written... :)
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