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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/1/16 1:24 p.m.

Bohemian Rhapsody!

Janie's Got a Gun, Aerosmith. And more Queen - Another One Bites the Dust. I Don't Like Mondays, Boomtown Rats.

And of course, Folsom Prison Blues by Cash. I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die...

Nick (Bo) Comstock
Nick (Bo) Comstock UltimaDork
12/1/16 1:40 p.m.
ebonyandivory wrote: Jimi Hendrix: Hey Joe Uh, hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman down, you shot her down. Uh, hey Joe, I heard you shot you old lady down, you shot her down to the ground. Yeah! Yes, I did, I shot her, you know I caught her messin' 'round, messin' 'round town. Uh, yes I did, I shot her you know I caught my old lady messin' 'round town. And I gave her the gun and I shot her!

I'll add the Type O Negative cover of that, "Hey Peter".

bentwrench
bentwrench Dork
12/1/16 2:00 p.m.

Tin Pan Alley

spitfirebill
spitfirebill UltimaDork
12/1/16 2:01 p.m.

I Shot the Sheriff -Clapton

Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
12/1/16 2:17 p.m.

Christmas carols played before Thanksgiving--I mean, if we're talking about songs that inspire murder.

I moved this to Off Topic, so no need to restrict ourselves to a theme.

Margie

mapper
mapper HalfDork
12/1/16 2:31 p.m.

AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

EvanR
EvanR SuperDork
12/1/16 2:31 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: Bohemian Rhapsody!

/end thread

Unless you want the "vehicular manslaughter" category. Then it has to be "Last Kiss", originally recorded by Wayne Cochran, made a hit by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers, and later covered successfully by Pearl Jam.

NickD
NickD Dork
12/1/16 2:37 p.m.
EvanR wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote: Bohemian Rhapsody!
/end thread Unless you want the "vehicular manslaughter" category. Then it *has* to be "Last Kiss", originally recorded by Wayne Cochran, made a hit by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers, and later covered successfully by Pearl Jam.

I'd argue the "successfully" part. Any time I hear Pearl Jam I want to murder someone. Never understood the attraction there.

daeman
daeman HalfDork
12/1/16 2:38 p.m.

Nice Cave's murder ballads is an entire album devoted to the theme, and one of my favorites. Stand outs for me are stagger Lee, O'Malley's bar and also the curse of millhaven, but really I like the whole album.

He's got a fair few murderous and gruesom songs scattered around his other albums too. Lyre of orpheous is pretty damn good.

Run to the hills by iron maiden also fits the bill

EvanR
EvanR SuperDork
12/1/16 2:42 p.m.
NickD wrote: I'd argue the "successfully" part. Any time I hear Pearl Jam I want to murder someone. Never understood the attraction there.

Was it good? Nah, I don't think they brought anything new to the table.
Did it sell records? Yes.

Success means different things to different people

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UberDork
12/1/16 2:46 p.m.

Down By the Ohio. I grew up listening to the Joan Baez version but a lot of people covered it.

I plunged a knife into her breast

And told her she was going to rest

She cried "Oh Willy, don't murder me

I'm not prepared for eternity"

Duke
Duke MegaDork
12/1/16 2:46 p.m.

Violent Femmes, Country Death Song

Beat Farmers, California Kid

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 SuperDork
12/1/16 2:53 p.m.

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

NickD
NickD Dork
12/1/16 3:08 p.m.
EvanR wrote:
NickD wrote: I'd argue the "successfully" part. Any time I hear Pearl Jam I want to murder someone. Never understood the attraction there.
Was it good? Nah, I don't think they brought anything new to the table. Did it sell records? Yes. Success means different things to different people

I was viewing it from the point of view that "Success" meant improving on previous versions.

TenToeTurbo
TenToeTurbo Dork
12/1/16 3:14 p.m.

Well, it has murder in the title.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/-av7F1JBmj4

mtn
mtn MegaDork
12/1/16 4:16 p.m.

Forgot a good one--Wanna Rock and Roll, Cross Canadian Ragweed. A Ray Wylie Hubbard song.

It was early last week I went downtown to place called Johnnies last stand/
Through the blues and the smoke, I saw on the dance floor--she's with another man/
Well the dead mans name was Louie DePree I pushed a little button on my knife/
I walked up and I said "Well hello boys and girls... have you enjoyed your life?"/
It's time to rock and roll

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
12/1/16 4:20 p.m.
EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
12/1/16 4:27 p.m.

Cold War Kids - Saint John

https://www.youtube.com/embed/X_gKRw0P86M

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 SuperDork
12/1/16 4:45 p.m.

"Loving County" - Charlie Robison

"The Road Goes on Forever" - Robert Earl Keen Jr.

Brian
Brian MegaDork
12/1/16 5:08 p.m.

Semi related would be Drowning Pool's Bodies.

Last Kiss, particularly the pearl jam version, strikes a nerve for me as it came out a week before my best friend/semi-girlfriend died in a car accident in high school.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/1/16 6:09 p.m.

Stagger Lee - Lloyd Pierce

Possum Kingdom - The Toadies.

How could I just killed a man - Cyprus Hill

Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/1/16 6:22 p.m.
daeman wrote: Run to the hills by iron maiden also fits the bill

I'd say that's more about genocide (specifically of native Americans) than murder, per se.

I thought of another, "Down by the River" by Neil Young.

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/1/16 6:23 p.m.

Most of the Misfits catalog.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/1/16 6:30 p.m.
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/1/16 6:41 p.m.

Nearly all of "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables."

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