Apr 042013

I got to thinking about The Beatles’ “Tell Me Why” this morning. What a joyous, swinging, grin-inducing song! A song about being in an utterly miserable state! You just can’t help but rock along to it in the car, at your desk, by the washer/dryer, despite the psychic devastation! I’m sure there are many other songs like this out there, but can one knock Tell Me Why off of its pedestal?


  16 Responses to “Last Man Standing: The Upbeat Bummer”

  1. “Cruel to Be Kind” springs to mind.

  2. Excellent. Way to kick things off, Mod.

  3. I crack up everytime the trainer at my gym plays “Girl” by Beck. It’s all upbeat and shit, but it’s got its serial killer interpretation.

  4. When I Write the Book – also by Rockpile

  5. Train in Vain – The Clash

    “Did you stand by me/No not at all/Did you stand by me/No way”

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    Please, Trolleyvox. What you have going here is not a “Last Man Standing,” where Townspeople simply submit examples of a form. You are asking us for an example of a form which is qualitatively superior, according to your criteria, than the example you set forth as the apotheosis of said form. This makes it a “Battle Royale.”

    Thank you for your attention.

  7. I submit “Sick of Myself” by Matthew Sweet. Sing along to the crunchy pop of “And I’m sick of myself when I look at you / Something that’s beautiful and true / In a world that’s ugly and a lie / It’s hard to even want to try”.

  8. machinery

    “Paint it Black” was my first thought. Now that is one upbeat depressing song.

  9. trigmogigmo

    “Every Breath You Take”. Gotta love it when people play that at a wedding.

  10. Trigmogigmo: “Every breath you take. Every move you make, I’ll be watching you.” If that doesn’t like Sting is singing about stalking than I’ll believe in the Toothfairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

  11. “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” by Elvis C.

    “Oh, I said, “I’m so happy, I could die”/
    She said, “Drop dead”, then left with another guy.”

  12. “I need new clothes, I need somewhere to stay” has always cracked me up for some reason. What a Loser


  13. Suburban kid

    “Jilted John” – Jilted John


  14. cliff sovinsanity

    The Stooges – “No Fun”
    No fun my babe no fun…

  15. Thanks for the clarification, HVB. Does RTH have a dedicated penalty box of some sort that I could self-report to?

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