I would start it with 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' by Queen, because it's such a charming, innocent sounding song.
King's Crossing by Elliot Smith.
All Things Considered by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Possibly stick in Coulton's 'Someone is Crazy' should you want/need to lighten it.
I would probably stick Crazy Train on there. But not the original. I think I would put Pat Boone's on. Because there was something really....freaky nuts about that. It's hard to understand if you haven't heard it.
Billy Idol, "Power Junkie" (from Cyberpunk)
Pink Floyd, "Brain Damage" (from Dark Side of the Moon)
Kim Carnes, "Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)"
Nazareth, "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" (from the soundtrack to Heavy Metal)
Ozzie Osbourne, "Crazy Train"
Warren Zevon, "Excitable Boy"
Oingo Boingo, "Only a Lad"
Weird Al Yankovic, "Good Old Days" (I've always thought of those last three songs as being a sort of trilogy—sociopathy is a kind of crazy, after all.)
Heart, "Crazy on You" (from Dreamboat Annie)
Simon & Garfunkel (or Willie Nelson), "Still Crazy After All These Years"
Oh, and also:
Shivaree, "Goodnight Moon" (from the soundtrack to Kill Bill Vol. 2). Not about being crazy per se, but sounds like the way a crazy person would talk…
Crazy - Pat Benatar
Tom Cruise Crazy - Jonathan Coulton
You Oughta Know - Alanis Morrissette
One Angry Dwarf - Ben Folds Five
Selfless, Cold and Composed - Ben Folds Five
Greatest Love of All - Big Daddy
The Boxer - Carbon Leaf
On the Plane - Cheryl Wheeler
Potato - Cheryl Wheeler
Regretting What I Said... - Christine Lavin
Just as a start. :)
you know, I considered You Oughta Know for a while, but on second thought, I think she's....actually pretty sane in there, if very angry. I'd be curious to know what made you decide to include it, just because I waffling.
"There's no way out of here" - David Gilmour
"Amnesia" - Pousette-Dart Band
"Flying man" - Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club
Others have already recommended most of the ones I'd pick, but "You Never Get What You Want" by Patty Griffin might work because of the opening lyrics:You first found me in my holding pen
Stopped to take a look and stuck your finger in
I bit one off and you came back again and again
Then the nice people let me out one day
And you told me how to act and
What to say
But you never get what you wanted that way
But then again it might not work.
I thought that maybe What A Shame
by Jim Infantino might work too, but I'm not sure. I've linked to the lyrics so that you can decide.
Hi to Flopz. :-D
I'm surprised nobody has suggested these yet:
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
You May be Right - Billy Joel
Mad World - Tears for Fears, though the cover version is better
And I heartily endorse most of the other suggestions.
Ramones, "Teenage Lobotomy"
Police, "Can't Stand Losing You"
2008-07-02 10:48 am (UTC)
Some assorted songs to add...
Madness - Madness (Is All In The Mind)
Morphine - My Brain
Elvis Costello - Veronica
Rolling Stones - 19th Nervous Breakdown
The Kinks - Destroyer
Ramones - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Queens of the Stone Age - Everybody Knows That You’re Insane
Depends on if you want songs about being crazy or songs that sound like the person singing them *is* crazy.
"One Step Beyond" by Madness is supposedly about death (well, at least Jack Black thinks so) but I always think of it as a song about stepping off the edge.
"Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider
Psycho Killer, by Talking Heads, or the parody Psycho Chicken
Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot always gave me the creeps. "Sundown, you'd better beware if I find you've been creepin' round my back stairs." Very menacing.
2008-07-02 12:48 pm (UTC)
Something like half the songs Amanda Palmer and Molly Zenobia have recorded would fit :)
Love the ones people have put forth so far, which include all the ones I thought of immediately. One I didn't see mentioned is "Mad About You" by Sting. I've also found Genesis' "Home By The Sea" to be pretty f'in creepy, too, though it's not strictly about insanity - or maybe it is, who can tell?
2008-07-02 05:42 pm (UTC)
Love & Boredom
Crazy - Patsy Cline
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
But those aren't really about being crazy... really. Kinda.