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Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Swedgin! on Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:47 pm

Yeah, I know, it's a morbid topic, especially coming so closely on the hells of Christmas and New Year's. Humor me.

I think the answers to questions like this reveal a lot about the respondent (though, perhaps, not so much as the questions, themselves, reveal about their posers).

Ordering / sequence matters.

For me, it's...


[1] "Castles Made of Sand" (Jimi Hendrix)
[2] "Brothers in Arms" (Dire Straits)
[3] "Release" (Pearl Jam)
[4] "Shenandoah" (Mormon Tabernacle Choir, from the Nixon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
[5] "Disenchanted" (For Squirrels)










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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by numbersix_99 on Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:46 pm

Stagger Lee- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds



I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller- Skee-Lo


No Limit- 2 Unlimited


Road to Nowhere- Talking heads


The entire album of Lou Reed's Metal Music Machine
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Synestro on Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:59 pm

A conversation I've had many times with jackburton I would have to say:

1) The Noose- A Perfect Circle
2) Best That I Am- Flaw
3) Novio- Moby
4) In the Air Tonight- Phil Collins
5) The Show Must Go On- Three Dog Night
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Shrykespeare on Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:02 pm

For me:

1. "Flying in a Blue Dream" by Joe Satriani
2. "Secret World" by Peter Gabriel
3. "Ben's Song" by Sarah McLachlan
4. "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode (my all-time favorite song)

I might throw something snarky or ironic in there, like something by Alice in Chains (Man in the Box, Dem Bones, Down in a Hole), or even Alice Cooper (School's Out!). Don't know yet.

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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Swedgin! on Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:45 pm

Shrykester, it's actually sort of amazing to me how similar some of our tastes are. Satch, Gabe and Depeche are three faves, and "Enjoy the Silence" is a terrific track.

There's a song by Orgy, off Candyass I think, which goes, "...don't get lost / before I get found." Know that one? Seems like it might slip comfortably into your Number Five position.

I'm actually surprised no one's yet mentioned "Amazing Grace"...


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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by becs on Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:47 pm

I feel like this is something I should have thought more about, but I really haven't. Regardless here are my picks:

The Beetles - Let It Be


Josh Groban - To Where You Are (or Remember when it rained, both very good)


Enya - May it be


Queen - Who wants to live forever


Antony & the Johnsons - Bird Girl


Alternates: MCR - Cancer, Keane - Atlantic


Edit: also, I want an invite to 6's funeral, it sounds like a bizarre one..


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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Keyser Soze on Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:56 pm

Wow, what an excellent topic right out of High Fidelity:

My choices:

1. (Unfortunately no video on You Tube) "Who wants to go to heaven" by Gene Loves Jezebel

2. Heaven - Psychadellic Furs



3. More than This - Roxy Music



4. Decided REM would be too cheesy so they've been replaced by

Tears - Chameleons UK




5. Going Underground - The Jam



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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by geezer9687 on Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:37 pm

Not a topic I've ever really given much thought to. I'll think about it and get back to you.

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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by numbersix_99 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:30 am

becs wrote:
Edit: also, I want an invite to 6's funeral, it sounds like a bizarre one..


I'll stick you down on the guest list drunken
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Donte77 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:45 am

I think I would like Mogwai's Rock Action album playing but if I have to pick a few songs specifically they would be.

Low Man's Lyric - Metallica
Where is My Mind - The Pixies
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong - Mogwai
On the Turning Away - Pink Floyd
Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine

That sounds like a good playlist.



If I were in a dark humor mood, how about???

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Rubberband Man - The Spinners
The Roof is on Fire - The Bloodhound Gang (since I will be burned on a pyre or cremated)
Wonderlust King - Gogol Bordello
More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley (especially the line "I'd sacrifice money and heaven all for love.")
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by leestu on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:13 am

Coincidentally my wife and I were having a discussion along similar lines the other day. I have a habit of playing my music as loud as I can when driving, and the other day I was driving for a while, stopping at traffic lights etc, next to a hearse. This got us talking about wether our loud music was inappropriate. The end result was that we decided that at my funeral we will have loud music blaring from the hearse.

So for the song playing from the hearse as we arrive at the cemetery I choose Heaven Is A Halfpipe by OPM to represent my sense of fun and belief in tolerance.

To start the proceedings I would like Come As You Are by Nirvana playing whilst people are being seated.

Then during the ceremony Everybody Hurts by REM,

followed by Into My Arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

To finish I want the introduction to Miss Murder by AFI playing as the coffin goes into the crematorium oven thing (whatever it is called). If you don't know what I mean by 'the introduction to' Miss Murder it is the first 1.40 that features the line "Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep". It is played in the start of this video :-


Great question Swedgin.
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by NSpan on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:15 am

numbersix_99 wrote:The entire album of Lou Reed's Metal Music Machine
lol
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Buscemi on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:33 am

Another One Bites The Dust- Queen
End Of The Road- Boyz II Men

(still need to decide the others)

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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by A_Roode on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:11 am

I'm going to have to give this some thought. I'll get back to you!
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Swedgin! on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:19 am

Great to see all the responses, this is one of those "Who would you invite for a dinner party?" questions that always seems to get the conversation really moving.

I have three Honorable Mentions, btw:

"Learning to Fly" by Pink Floyd (actually my favorite rock song of all time);
"Available Light" by Rush (a song by my favorite rock GROUP of all time); and
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle, from Monty Python's The Life of Brian.

"Summer Breeze" by Type O Negative ain't far off, either.

ETA: I oughtn't forget "White, Discussion" by Live. So, I reckon I've made out a Top Ten List of Funeral Songs, now. ...Shocking, ain't it?












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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by Keyser Soze on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:22 am

Swedgin! wrote:Great to see all the responses, this is one of those "Who would you invite for a dinner party?" questions that always seems to get the conversation really moving.


"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle, from Monty Python's The Life of Brian.

Classic!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by A_Roode on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:53 am

Alright, I've given it some thought and guess I'd go in two directions. My friends and family know I've got a wicked sense of humour and I hope they'd appreciate one final joke. I'd get them warmed up with a bit of a joke playlist first:

Winger - Easy Come Easy Go
Motorhead - Killed By Death
Guns n Roses - Don't Damn me
Cinderella -Don't Know what you got 'til it's gone
Europe -Final Countdown (as I'm being lowered into the dirt)

and maybe Lee Aaron and a badly out of context 'Whatcha do to ma body'

Honourable mention to Harem Scarem's 'Slowly Slipping Away,' Great White's 'Big Goodbye,' and the Blue Oyster Cult's 'Take Me Away.'

If I was being more serious though, I'd want songs that conforted my loved ones, and also maybe spoke to the things that I was about, felt, loved, dreamed, and on and on.

Sentimental jerk that I am, they'd know where I was coming from if I played:

Blue Rodeo - Hasn't Hit Me Yet
Andy Williams (yes, Andy Williams) - Home Lovin Man (go on, give it a listen)
Whitesnake - All I want, All I need
Queensryche - Silent Lucidity
The Beatles - Hey Jude

Blue Rodeo:



Andy Williams:



Whitesnake:



Queensryche:



and The Beatles:

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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by NSpan on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:56 am

Mahna Mahna - The Muppets


Banana Phone - Raffi


Hot Potato - The Wiggles


.......

oh shit, this is my "How to Drive People Batshit Insane through Musical Torture" list........ i'll have to think about possible funeral music.. though, now that i mention it--the Muppets aren't such a bad choice:

Movin' Right Along - The Muppets
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by NSpan on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:56 am

A_Roode wrote:Europe -Final Countdown (as I'm being lowered into the dirt)
ha! nice way to go
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by A_Roode on Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:58 am

Seems appropriate, really *lol*
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by transformers2 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:22 am

Great Topic My Choices are....

1.2pac-Changes
2.Jimi Hendrix-The Wind Cries Mary
3.Jedi Mind Tricks-Razorblade Salvation
4.Metallica-The Unforgiven
5.Guns N Roses- Knocking on Heavens Door
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by IPKI$$ on Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:33 am

Something I've given quite a bit of thought before actually.

1. For The Workforce, Drowning by Thursday
2. Gravity by John Mayer
3. Where it Ends by Barenaked Ladies
4. That's Life by Frank Sinatra
5. In My Life by The Beatles
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by NSpan on Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:00 am

transformers2 wrote:1.2pac-Changes
just to check, you're familiar with the Bruce Hornsby's 1986 original ("The Way It Is"), right?

(the unrelated tupac montage in the video can be ignored)
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by numbersix_99 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:15 pm

A_Roode wrote:
Europe -Final Countdown (as I'm being lowered into the dirt)

I applaud you, sir
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Re: Five Songs You'd Like Played at Your Funeral

Post by becs on Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:56 pm

Oh man, Leestu and Swedgin have added some favorites of mine I hadn't even thought of. I guess I have too "conventional" an idea of funeral music eh?
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