Thanks Jim for pointed me to this Beware Of The Blog post about “Creepy Songs.” (The idea is that the songs were made creepy/creepier by real life circumstances.)

Jan & Dean – “Dead Man’s Curve”
“Well, the last thing I remember, Doc, I started to swerve
And then I saw the Jag slide into the curve
I know I’ll never forget that horrible sight,
I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right’
Won’t come back from Dead Man’s Curve…”
In 1966, Jan Berry suffers a near-fatal car crash.

Tupac Shakur – “I Ain’ Mad At Cha”
“You made it, so the choice is made
Now we gotta slay you”
Later the same year, Shakur is shot 4 times while driving to a Las Vegas nightclub. He passes away after six days.

Hole – “Violet”
“Hey, I’m the one with no soul,
One above and one below”
One week prior to the release of this track’s album, the husband of Hole’s frontwoman dies after an apparent suicide.

Elliot Smith – “Needle in the Hay”
“I’m taking the cure so I can be quiet”
In the 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, this song is played during an attempted suicide scene. Smith suicides himself in 2003.

Michael Jackson – “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)”
“I want to love you (P.Y.T.)
Pretty Young Thing
You need some lovin’ (T.L.C.)
Tender lovin’ care
And I’ll take you there”
In 1993, Jackson is accused of child molestation. He settles with his accuser in early 1994, for a reported sum of $20 million.

Got any more fright ideas?

 
Comments (25)
  1. KingHarvest  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    #9 Dream by John Lennon… probably the creepiest of them all.

    Took a walk down the street
    Thru the heat whispered trees
    I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
    Somebody call out my name as it started to rain

    Two spirits dancing so strange

    On a river of sound
    Thru the mirror go round, round
    I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
    Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
    The spirit dance was unfolding

  2. Rob  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    Stupid hippie

  3. picky  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    “smith suicides himself” is it possible to suicide someone else?

  4. annie  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    Jeff Buckley – Grace

    Well it’s my time coming, i’m not afraid, afraid to die

    And the rain is falling and i believe
    My time has come
    It reminds me of the pain
    I might leave
    Leave behind

    And I feel them drown my name

    We know what happened. Oooeeeoooo.

  5. doesn’t Jeff B have a song about a dream about drowning called so real?

    that is creepy

  6. bushwickbill  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    That seems like an unnecessary stretch for Elliott. King’s Crossing includes the lyrics “I can’t prepare for death more than I already have”, “I took my own insides out”, and “Give me one good reason not to do it.” Not to mention that his death was never officially ruled a suicide.
    Those Lennon lyrics are haunting..

  7. mario  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    anything off of Mad Season, the album Layne Staley made with members of Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. he wrote about dying alone and hopelessly addicted to smack, which is what happened 10 years later

  8. tim  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    I actually think “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson is more disturbing:

    “If they say -
    Why, why, tell ‘em that is human nature
    Why, why, does he do me that way
    If they say -
    Why, why, tell ‘em that is human nature
    Why, why, does he do me that way
    I like livin’ this way
    I like lovin’ this way”

  9. mandorf  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    Excuse me while I suicide myself.

  10. Well, there is that Nirvana song off the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack “I hate myself and want to die.”

  11. boo  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    “is it possible to suicide someone else?”

    In movies (Se7en, Saw), it is, sort of.

    But, I agree that suicide shouldn’t be used as a verb.

  12. Nate  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    A few others come to mind. In addition to the Mad Season bit mentioned for Layne Staley above, a lot of his work with Alice in Chains is similarly creepy. “Would?”, about Andy Wood’s overdose and “Over Now” with that line “We all pay our debts sometime” are two that still creep me out.

    Were there any Death songs about cancer? Cuz that sure would’ve been weird.

  13. “the husband of Hole’s frontwoman”

  14. I always thought it was either creepy or prophetic that the final track on the last ‘Mats album was called “The Last”. The chorus is especially fitting to the band:

    That this one be your last
    And this one child is killing you
    This one’s your last chance
    To make this last one really the last

  15. I always thought it was either creepy or prophetic that the final track on the last ‘Mats album was called “The Last”. The chorus is especially fitting to the band:

    That this one be your last
    And this one child is killing you
    This one’s your last chance
    To make this last one really the last

  16. I always thought it was either creepy or prophetic that the final track on the last ‘Mats album was called “The Last”. The chorus is especially fitting to the band:

    That this one be your last
    And this one child is killing you
    This one’s your last chance
    To make this last one really the last

  17. anal  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    So happy that I wasn’t the only one wondering about the use of suicide as a verb.

  18. zurie  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    just so happy that I wasn’t the only one wondering about the use of suicide as a verb!

  19. Stacey  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    Elliott with two t’s.

  20. The Who releasing the new song Real Good Looking Boy shortly after Pete Townshend was arrested on child porn possession charges. We all know now he was only doing “research”.

  21. El Payo  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    Creepiest by far:

    “Victim” by Golden Palominos on the album Dead Inside. It’s actually more of a narration by Lori Carson, recounting the last moments of a young female kidnap victim’s life. Positively chilling.

  22. Sarah  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2006 0

    “No, I swear I don’t have a gun…”
    from no less than the husband of Hole’s frontwoman.

  23. [[ "Victim" by Golden Palominos on the album Dead Inside. It's actually more of a narration by Lori Carson, recounting the last moments of a young female kidnap victim's life ]]

    (a) That’s the voice of Nicole Blackman, not Lori Carson.

    (b) “Creepy,” for the purposes of this exercise, would require that Nicole Blackman herself later be kidnapped and/or murdered.

  24. visualsimplicity  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2006 0

    Wouldn’t creepy for this exercise technically require the lyrics to act as sort of an eerie prediction. I don’t see how lyrics about committing suicide and then actually committing suicide constitute as something that is eerie.

  25. Megan Murphy  |   Posted on Aug 11th, 2008 0

    “Suicides himself” is a completely appropriate use of the verb, people. I saw it used in a book the other day (Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, if you must know).

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