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Scary pop sons

"Hurdy Gurdy Man" scares me: the weird vocals, the droning tanpura, just the overall tone of it. When my partner wants to freak me out he starts singing it and opens his eyes really really wide.

by Anonymousreply 8808/17/2013

Chaz Bono is the scariest pop son I can think of.

by Anonymousreply 108/16/2013

I thought this was going to be another incest thread.

by Anonymousreply 208/16/2013

"They're Coming to Take Me Away" wins.

by Anonymousreply 308/16/2013

Have any of you listened to any music from the last 45 years?

by Anonymousreply 408/16/2013

[quote] Scary pop sons


by Anonymousreply 508/16/2013

Yes, we have R4.

Those songs are scary but in a much different way.

by Anonymousreply 608/16/2013

r1 wins.

by Anonymousreply 708/16/2013

Frank Sinatra Jr. is the only pop son that I'm aware of.

by Anonymousreply 808/16/2013

Not scary but a mix of creepy and stupid.

Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads, eat them up yum.

also detachable penis.

by Anonymousreply 908/16/2013

A pop son would be a son who's also a pop (father).

by Anonymousreply 1008/16/2013

[quote]Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads, eat them up yum.

Holy shit, I thought I was the last person who remembered that song! I'd see it on MTV sometimes, and never forgot it even thought I thought it was the stupidest thing I'd ever seen or heard.

Another one, that was just creepy but in a funny way was that Oingo Boingo song about little girls.

by Anonymousreply 1108/16/2013

What was that late 50's/very early 60's song about a guy singing to his girlfriend, who had been killed in a car crash? That was always pleasant.

by Anonymousreply 1208/16/2013

Teen Angel by Mark Dinning?

by Anonymousreply 1308/16/2013

"Tell Laura I Love Her", R12?

No wait, the narrator dies in that one.

by Anonymousreply 1408/16/2013

There were a lot of teen angst songs from that era. I think the guy in "Patches" jumped in the river to drown on the day after Patches committed suicide when she found out his parents wouldn't let him date her. "Moody River" also had a water suicide.

by Anonymousreply 1508/16/2013

"Hamburger Lady" by Throbbing Gristle. It's based on a true story where a woman was burned beyond recognition, yet lived. The song really bothers me.

by Anonymousreply 1608/16/2013

Warm Leatherette, Grace Jones. It's about someone dying after a car accident.

by Anonymousreply 1708/16/2013

"Timothy" by The Buoys.

About a mining accident ... with CANNIBALISM!

by Anonymousreply 1808/16/2013

Run Joey Run!

by Anonymousreply 1908/16/2013

"Happiest Girl In The Whole USA", not scary, but definitely creepy.

by Anonymousreply 2008/16/2013

You just know this one would go down a storm in Russia.

by Anonymousreply 2108/16/2013

Nights in White Satin

From a Distance

anything by Kate Bush, especially "Babushka"

by Anonymousreply 2208/16/2013

D.O.A. by Bloodrock

I remember, we were flying along, And hit something in the air...

Laying here, looking at the ceiling, Someone lays a sheet across my chest.

Something warm is flowing down my fingers Pain is flowing all through my back.

I try to move my arm and there's no feeling And when I look, I see there's nothing there.

The face beside me stopped bleeding The girl I knew has such a distant stare.

I remember, we were flying along, And hit something in the air.

Then I look straight at the attendant, His face is pale as it can be.

He bends and whispers something softly, He says there's no chance for me.

I remember, we were flying along, And hit something in the air.

Life is flowing out my body, Pain is flowing out with my blood.

The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying. God in Heaven, teach me how to die.

I remember, we were flying along, And hit something in the air.

by Anonymousreply 2308/16/2013

24 responses and no one mentioned


by Anonymousreply 2408/16/2013

'Adult Education' by Hall & Oates.

by Anonymousreply 2508/16/2013

Still R1 for the win.

by Anonymousreply 2608/16/2013

LOL @ R2.

R12, I think the song you're thinking of is "Last Kiss" which was later covered by Pearl Jam and became their only single to reach #1 on Billboard. That song is devastating!

But this thread is about scary songs. To me, "Last Kiss" isn't scary. "Hurdy Gurdy Man" owns this thread. It was used brilliantly twice in the movie Zodiac, making it somehow EVEN creepier! I wonder if it was intended to be creepy when they arranged and recorded it. The lyrics are pretty hippie-dippie, no? The execution is pure menace.

by Anonymousreply 2708/16/2013

R27, I think R12 is referring to "Tell Laura I Love Her."

by Anonymousreply 2808/16/2013

[quote] anything by Kate Bush, especially "Babushka"

Well, Kate's not pop. Love her stuff, but she's not pop at all. Not for a broad audience's consumption.

by Anonymousreply 2908/16/2013

^ Obviously, I didn't read the whole thread before posting. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 3008/16/2013

"With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm."

by Anonymousreply 3108/16/2013

Huh. Babushka went top 10 in the UK. I stand corrected.

by Anonymousreply 3208/16/2013

"Fish Heads" has been stuck in MY head for years!

by Anonymousreply 3308/16/2013

Kiss - Christine Sixteen

by Anonymousreply 3408/16/2013

^^ KISS stole that guitar riff from Tone-Loc.

by Anonymousreply 3508/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 3608/16/2013

Whatever happened to the little Nelson motherfuckers?

by Anonymousreply 3708/16/2013

Heard John Mellencamp's boys are in a bit of trouble.

by Anonymousreply 3808/16/2013

Wolfie Van Halen

by Anonymousreply 3908/16/2013

Hotel California - The Eagles

Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone

The Crying Game - Dave Berry

by Anonymousreply 4008/16/2013

Isn't there already a thread about this, titled OMINOUS SONGS or something?

by Anonymousreply 4108/16/2013

The scariest pop song is Novi God (that means New Year) by some Russian boy band, whose members look like Chernobyl survivors. Watch this video at your own risk!!

by Anonymousreply 4208/16/2013

Bad Moon Rising -- CCR

Riders on the Storm -- Doors

by Anonymousreply 4308/16/2013

Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady

Suicide - Frankie Teardrop

by Anonymousreply 4408/16/2013

HOW SOON IS NOW? -- The Smiths

DON'T FEAR THE REAPER -- Blue Oyster Cult

by Anonymousreply 4508/16/2013

[r45] "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is a better Smiths song for this thread.

by Anonymousreply 4608/16/2013

Killing Moon -- Echo and thew Bunnyman

The Hexx -- Pavement (awesome song)

by Anonymousreply 4708/16/2013

Orbital - The Box

Portishead - Mysterons & All Mine

Shamen - Re:Evolution

Godspeed You Black Emperor - BBF3

Primal Scream - Kowlaski

by Anonymousreply 4808/16/2013

Just listened to it, R46, and I still say HOW SOON IS NOW? is spookier. The wugga-wugga guitar and that blaring horn or whatever it is that comes up every six or so seconds. When I saw that it was the backing music for this scene from the '80s horror/comedy flick "The Midnight Hour", it sinched it.

by Anonymousreply 4908/16/2013

They are both great songs in any event. Cheers, r49

by Anonymousreply 5008/16/2013

Hot Child in the City - pedo anthem

by Anonymousreply 5108/16/2013

Not to nitpick but I don't think the Smiths or most of R48s list are pop.

Alt music was supposed to be scary and odd. That was pretty much the whole shtick for Siouxsie and the Banshees.

by Anonymousreply 5208/16/2013

The ultimate Smiths scarer is the songs on the debut.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and especially Suffer Little Children are really haunting stuff. They fall in line with r51's choice but on a similar note, lets just say this UK #1 will be heard a lot different today.

by Anonymousreply 5308/16/2013

Del Shannon's classic, "Runaway."

by Anonymousreply 5408/16/2013

November Spawned a Monster - Morrissey

The crying at the end....creepy

by Anonymousreply 5508/16/2013

[quote] Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads, eat them up yum.

Billy Mumy co-wrote that song and appears in the video. He played Will Robinson on "Lost in Space" and appeared in about a million tv shows as a kid actor. One of my favorites is the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life," where he played the creepiest, nastiest, mind-reading, murdering, narcissistic, telekinetic kid on the planet. Scared the bejabbers out of me as a kid.

Mumy didn't do too badly in life for a former child actor. His daughter now does films and voiceovers.

by Anonymousreply 5608/16/2013

R11 Fish Heads is from Dr. Dimento's radio that used to air in LA.

by Anonymousreply 5708/16/2013

Elton John's Funeral for a Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding.

by Anonymousreply 5808/16/2013

Once You Understand by Think. The crying at the end is devastating.

by Anonymousreply 5908/16/2013

How about Kinko, Kinko, the kid-loving clown? Another Dr. Demento staple. I used to think it was funny, when I was a kid. Now it's just horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 6008/16/2013

I hate 'D.O.A.' so it's probably the scariest song I avoid.

I also hate the 'Ballad of Lt. Calley' which was a hit around the same time about the M'lai massacre.

I think the 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' is just in poor taste. Can you imagine being a family member who had to put up with your very recent tragedy being the topic of a heavy rotation pop hit?

by Anonymousreply 6108/16/2013

Watch the trailer for 2001's "L.I.E." and you'll find "Hurdy Gurdy Man" even more creepy (and brilliantly used). He's a pedophile! Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 6208/16/2013

I hated the way that film series Passed Away used the intro to my favorite song 'Turn Around Look At Me' to denote impending death.

by Anonymousreply 6308/16/2013

Not scary - but The Smiths had a lot of eerie songs with death overtones.

OH mother I can feel the soil falling over my head - from It's Over.

Suffer Little Children - about the moors murders

But they're an awesome band - one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

by Anonymousreply 6408/16/2013

R12- The song is called "Laurie(Strange Things Happen In This World)", sung by Dickie Lee.

About as creepy as Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey".

by Anonymousreply 6508/16/2013

In the Year 2525

by Anonymousreply 6608/16/2013

Jimmy Page is the guitarist on "Hurdy Gurdy Man", you can thank him for most of the vibe.

Though, I think it's rather funny that anyone would call "Hurdy Gurdy Man" a "scary pop song". There's nothing ominous or creepy in the lyrics and the music is very representative of the 1960s psychedelic pop.

A truly scary pop song is the very deceptive "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.

The lyrics are sung from a stalker's perspective, they are set to the tune of a romantic love song. It's very creepy and incredibly deceptive.

I remember laughing out loud when the late Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo sang this song together on "Solid Gold", they performed the song as if it was some heart wrenching song of unrequited love!

by Anonymousreply 6708/16/2013

I have always felt Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" had a creepy feel to it and not because it was him singing it.

by Anonymousreply 6808/16/2013

Pink Floyd's "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict".

by Anonymousreply 6908/16/2013

r11, of course people still remember that!

I was probably too young, but I listened to Dr Demento as a kid.

Before corporate, big data radio...*sigh*

by Anonymousreply 7008/16/2013

Bill Paxton directed the video for "Fish Heads" (by Barnes & Barnes).

by Anonymousreply 7108/16/2013

The Cure Lullaby

Very creepy, and always seemed about child molestation written from the child's perspective.

by Anonymousreply 7208/17/2013

Holy shit I just listened to that Hurdy Gursy song and it made me feel really uncomfortable. I think the Hurdy Gurdy man might be a child touched or something.

by Anonymousreply 7308/17/2013

You beat me to it, r66. In the Year 2525 made me a very morbid kid obsessed with death for quite a long time.

by Anonymousreply 7408/17/2013

Joni don't cry. About an underage girl with a crush on a 22 year old guy. When he turns her down she hooks up with his best friend. Even creepier that this dirge of a song is a duet sung by Conway Twitty acompanied by...his daughter

Jimmy Please Say You'll Wait For Me  I'll Grow Up Some Day You'll See Saving All My Kisses Just for you..

by Anonymousreply 7508/17/2013

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number by Aaliyah. Creepy when you know that the song was written by R. Kelly, and that Aaliyah was about 15 when the single was released...

Little Sister by Elvis. Creepy when you know about Elvis's thing for young girls.

by Anonymousreply 7608/17/2013

Not really a pop song but "The Kids" from Lou Reed's "Berlin" album is pretty fucking scary. Actually, the whole album is pretty fucking scary.

by Anonymousreply 7708/17/2013


"Space Oddity"

by Anonymousreply 7808/17/2013

I was always creeped out by Angie Baby by Helen Reddy. I was afraid I would be captured by the lowering volume, too.

When I wasn't dialing the phone with a pencil.

by Anonymousreply 7908/17/2013

Good one r72! I always found that creepy as a kid. And I agree, I always thought there was some sort of sexual undertone.

From that era, I love stuff by the Pixies. A good deal of their stuff is creepy with macabre subjects. This appears to be about global warming of all things yet still is so spooky.

by Anonymousreply 8008/17/2013

[quote] I was always creeped out by Angie Baby by Helen Reddy.

It always had that weird vibe anyway....But I truly cannot listen to it now.

A friend and neighbor of mine (a wonderful mature older gay man who gave me my education in classic movies) was always making CD mixes for his friends.

He made a mix with this song on it and slid it under my door before heading out one Saturday night.

The next morning, he died. (And no, this is not a "...and then he died" joke.)

by Anonymousreply 8108/17/2013

Nick Cave's The Curse Of Millhaven. Also the Johnny Cash cover of Mercy Seat is very unsettling.

by Anonymousreply 8208/17/2013

Mad World - Tears for Fears, The Nights the Lights Went out in Georgia - Vicky Lawrence

by Anonymousreply 8308/17/2013

space oddity by david bowie. so haunting.

by Anonymousreply 8408/17/2013

Teddy Bears Picnic

by Anonymousreply 8508/17/2013

[quote]What was that late 50's/very early 60's song about a guy singing to his girlfriend, who had been killed in a car crash? That was always pleasant.

Last Kiss?

Later covered by Pearl Jam?

by Anonymousreply 8608/17/2013

Anything ever sung by Tom Waits.

by Anonymousreply 8708/17/2013

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is kinda freaky. I know it's all nonsense but Lennon's vocals on certain phrases have a creepy echo to them. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is sort of the opposite; creepy subject matter (about a young serial killer) with a bright and sing-songy tune.

As a kid I always thought "Hotel California" was scary, maybe because for some reason I also associated it with the Hollywood Tower of Terror in Disneyland.

by Anonymousreply 8808/17/2013
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