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The Guardian – Unsettling Songs

Posted in Extreme Music, Poll by newmusicexcess on January 22, 2010

As part of the Readers Recommend blog, The Guardian have been running an “unsettling songs” poll for readers of the blog. For the past week they have turned their attention to songs that ‘push you out of your comfort zone’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/jan/14/readers-recommend-unsettling-songs

After a week they followed this up with a post about the final 10 which were split roughly between songs with unsettling music and those with unsettling lyrics. Here is a list of the final 10 mentioned in the post http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/21/readers-recommend-unsettling-songs:

‘Clara’ – Scott Walker [‘The Drift’, 2006]
’If I Had A Heart’ – Fever Ray [‘Fever Ray’, 2009]
’Gwely Mernans’ – Aphex Twin [‘drukQs’, 2001]
’We Hate You’ – Throbbing Gristle [7” Single, 1979. CD of ‘D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle’] ’Free Jazz’ – Ornette Coleman [‘Free Jazz’, 2001]
’Mack The Knife’ – Bertolt Brecht [‘The Threepenny Opera’, 1928/1929]
’The Kids’ – Lou Reed [‘Berlin’, 1973]
’In Germany Before The War’ – Randy Newman [‘Little Criminals’, 1977]
’Killing Jar’ – Richard Thompson [‘Invisible Means’ – French Frith Kaiser Thompson, 1990]
‘Jugband Blues’- Syd Barrett [‘A Saucerful of Secrets – Pink Floyd, 1968]

I would say, enjoy! But, maybe not.

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