This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the most disturbing songs ever. Based on your votes and almost 450 comments, we rounded up a Top 25 list, make sure to check it out below.
Unlike our "Darkest Songs of All Time" rundown, this list is focusing on the songs which are really distressing in terms of music or lyrics (or both).
Before kicking things off, this week's honorable mentions are:
- Placebo - My Sweet Prince
- Oxbow - 3 O'Clock
- Foetus - Enter the Exterminator
- Diamanda Galás - Wild Women With Steak-Knives
- Robert Johnson - Hellhound on My Trail
Anyhow, with all that out of the way, the goods await below.
25. Lisa Germano - ...A Psychopath
In the song "...A Psychopath," American singer-songwriter Lisa Germano sampled a real 911 call in which a woman confronted an intruder in her home. The track was inspired by an experience Germano had as a child, when she was riding her bike and a strange man exposed himself to her.
The song was written about the general feeling of powerlessness that women can experience, especially with regard to sexual predators. She was initially hesitant to use that 911 call recording, thinking it was "too intense"; however, she ultimately decided it was something worth saying. Germano said that making the song was scary and very upsetting, and that she had trouble sleeping after recording it.
24. Einstürzende Neubauten - Armenia
"Armenia" is a song by German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten released on their second album "Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T." The title refers to artist Oswald Tschirtner, an institutionalized schizophrenic who earned recognition for his art.
23. Slayer - Dead Skin Mask
Slayer's "Dead Skin Mask" is a song about Ed Gein, an American murderer and body snatcher from the mid-20th century who took bodies from caskets for the sake of keeping their bones and skin. He also admitted to killing two women in the '50s.
22. Dir En Grey - Embryo
"Embryo" by Japanese act Dir En Grey is a song about a girl who's being raped by her father as her deceased mother looks on from heaven. The girl's memory of her mother's face and voice slowly distort until they are no longer recognizable, ending with the girl murdering her father.
It's worth noting that the track's single edit of features lyrics entirely different from those on the album: the "censored" single version speaks of the filth of society and the wish of rejoin a deceased mother.
21. David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time
Up next is the title track of film director David Lynch's ("Mulholland Drive," "Inland Empire," etc.) debut album. Like a fair portion of the man's work, this one portrays some rather dark and uncomfortable imagery.
20. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Featured on the band's 1994 album "The Downward Spiral," "Closer" is widely acknowledged as one of the top songs by Nine Inch Nails. With controversial lyrics and an accompanying disturbing video, it has earned enough votes to make the Top 20.
19. Blut Aus Nord - Inner Mental Cage
"Inner Mental Cage" by French avant-garde black metal band Blut Aus Nord is up next, capturing the very essence of insanity.
18. Cannibal Corpse - I Cum Blood
You technically voted for "every Cannibal Corpse song," we figured "I Cum Blood" applies as much as the rest.
17. Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy
You cited both Aphex Twin's song and video as one of the most disturbing things the world of music has produced. Therefore, here's the full uncensored video. And yes, the scary face in the video is none-other than Richard D James (aka Aphex Twin) himself. Fun fact: full name of the song is "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)"; the "Little Lord Faulteroy Mix" and "Mummy Mix" versions also exist, each boasting a completely different sound and mood.
16. Silencer - Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels
Silencer was a Swedish depressive/suicidal black metal band formed in 1995. They released one album before splitting up - 2001's "Death - Pierce Me." There have been many rumors about vocalist Nattramn, most notably that he had cut off his own hands during the recording of the album.
15. Diagnose: Lebensgefahr - Transformalin
Appropriately enough, Silencer is followed by Nattramn's next project - Diagnose: Lebensgefahr. Shortly after the release of the Silencer's sole album, Nattramn was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. He was offered to write and record music as therapy and rehabilitation during one year, resulting with "Transformalin."
14. Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady
Throbbing Gristle are widely known as early pioneers of industrial music. The band's hostile live performances and use of disturbing imagery, including pornography and photographs of Nazi concentration camps, gave the group a notorious reputation. The lyrics for the song "Hamburger Lady" were inspired and largely taken from a letter written by American artist Blaster Al Ackerman, describing a woman in a burn unit.
13. Immortal Technique - Dance With the Devil
"Dance With the Devil" by Immortal Technique is frequently ranked among the most violent rap songs of all time. It tells a story of a kid who wants to join a gang. Among other crimes, his final test is to take part in a gang rape and murder of a woman. After committing the act and right before killing her, the fella removes the cover from his victim's face, only to discover that the woman in question is actually his mother.
12. Misfits - Last Caress
"Last Caress" by Misfits is up next as one of the band's most well-known songs, especially after Metallica covered it.
11. Fantômas - Delìrium Còrdia
"Delìrium Còrdia" is the third album by Fantômas, the avant-garde band featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osborne and Trevor Dunn. It consists of a single track and a theme of surgery without anesthesia. A quote on the album's label backcard reads: "Like the surgeon, the composer slashes open the body of his fellow man, removes his eyes, empties his abdomen of organs, hangs him up on a hook holding up to the light all of the body's palpitating treasures sending a burst of light into its innermost depths."
10. Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows - A Strange Thing to Say
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows is a darkwave musical project founded in 1989 by Anna-Varney Cantodea. Cantodea's persona is voluntarily isolated and complicated and Sopor Aeternus aimed to express his (or her) extremely personalized and dark vision.
9. Tool - Prison Sex
"Prison Sex," the second single from Tool's debut full-length album "Undertow," became quite controversial upon its video release. MTV stopped airing it after just a few viewings due to the sensitive subject of child abuse. Maynard James Keenan, who wrote the lyrics, was very direct in stressing his negative feelings towards his stepfather during early interviews about the song.
8. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" takes its main inspiration from a newspaper article about a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Wade Delle from Richardson, TX who shot himself in front of his teacher and his class of 30 students on the morning of January 8, 1991. In a 2009 interview, Eddie Vedder said that he felt "the need to take that small article and make something of it - to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance."
7. Matt Elliott - The Kursk
Matt Elliott is an English singer-songwriter from Bristol, England. Matt plays dark folk music and is known for his electronic project The Third Eye Foundation. "The Kursk" track off "Drinking Songs" album is about the Kursk submarine tragedy, it is "sung" by the slowly dying and drowning crew trapped in a submarine...
6. Stalaggh - Projekt Misanthropia
Little is known about this group of extreme musicians from the Netherlands and Belgium. Stalaggh comes from the German word "stalag," a WWII concentration camp, while the extra G and H stand for "global holocaust." The real names and faces of the members involved will never be revealed.
The most extreme factor/rumor about this project is that the musicians have used actual mental patients to do the vocals. One particular "guest" vocalist was locked away for brutally stabbing his own mother over 30 times at the age of 16. The stories also claim that one of the musicians was almost murdered during the recording process. The reason behind such an extreme approach was the band's supposed desire to capture REAL hatred and painful emotions.
5. Slipknot - Iowa
The closing track of Slipknot's sophomore album "Iowa" is one of the darkest tracks in the opus. Quoting drummer Joey Jordison: "When we did 'Iowa,' it was a very dark time for the band. Some of our strongest and most meaningful songs are on that record, but we were all on drugs and drunk and it sucked. It's a time I don't like to talk about much because I don't like to condone any drug use, whatsoever."
The song also contains a secret message: after the verses finish and the guitars fade out, Corey Taylor can be heard screaming stuff. One of the things he is screaming is something that sounds like "Gah makin' noises." When the song is played backwards, you get Corey saying "don't look at me."
4. Suicide - Frankie Teardrop
"Frankie Teardrop" is a song by Suicide from the band's acclaimed 1977 self-titled debut album. The song tells a story of a young father, a poor factory worker whose poverty drives him to insanity. One day, Frankie comes home from work, murders his wife and child and commits suicide. The narrative then continues to follow him into hell...
3. Sunn O))) - Báthory Erzsébet
"Báthory Erzsébet" by Sunn O))) was recorded as a tribute to the countess Bathory, a serial killer acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer. The band supposedly went so far as to lock the claustrophobic Malefic from Xasthur in a casket to record the vocals on this song.
2. Eminem - Kim
Written in 1998, "Kim" is the prequel to 1997's "'97 Bonnie & Clyde." It is frequently referred to as Eminem's most controversial song, and sees the rapper explaining what he would do to his ex-wife if he could get away with it.
1. Korn - Daddy
At the throne of UG this week, you folks voted Korn and "Daddy." The song is about singer Jonathan Davis' experience of being molested as a child, and his own parents not believing him about it. Full of hatred and sadness, the song is available below.
That's all folks, hope you enjoyed the ride, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!