Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stalker Songs

Michelle Branch in the middle of stalking

I was going to do my own top 10 list of stalker songs but this article already does a pretty good job as it features more than a few songs I would have selected.  So instead I'll just mention some more songs in no particular order that I think sound stalkerish.

Most Radiohead songs are creepy to begin with, but this one definitely has stalker undertones in it.  Then consider the lyrics "I wish I was special, You're so f***ing special."   I could definitely see a young Thom Yorke hiding behind some bushes as he stalks some girl.

At first this doesn't really seem like one but listen closer.  She professing her love for a guy that's either not real or doesn't reciprocate her feelings.  She even says  "And when I catch my breath, it's you I breathe."  There's a good chance she might bash your head in with her guitar if you reject her advances.

There's a strong case for a few songs on Weezer's darker "Pinkerton " album, although Rivers Cuomo's song about his obsession with an 18 year-old Japanese girl is the creepiest.  Further proof is that he also has to keep reminding himself how wrong it is.

Let's be honest, almost every song by them can come off as stalker like because they straddle the line between emotional guys and crazy guys that keep following you around.   If somebody's talking about following you into the dark along with you dying, that's usually a bad thing.  Set it to a nice calming melody and nobody seems to mind.

The Cardigans - Lovefool

A song for the high energy stalker who seems normal at first then goes crazy when she gets dumped.  Behind this pop beat is a desperate woman pleading "Love me, love me,  I know that you need me, I can't care about anything but you."

 Coldplay - "Shiver"

Anybody who names their child Apple has to be a little off anyway.  Chris Martin has described it as something like a "stalking song" because he admits it was written for a specific woman.  The song even dares the woman to get a restraining order by saying, "From the moment I wake; to the moment I sleep, I'll be there by your side; just you try and stop me." 

Piebald -  "The Stalker"

A lesser known group that just comes right out with the fact that the song is about stalking.  You at least have to respect the honesty and lines such as "I'll be in every smokey corner you've seen, counting your drinks." 

George Harrison -  "I Got My Mind Set On You"

Maybe it's borderline, but anytime you're singing about having your mind set on someone that doesn't want you yet in front of a fireplace,  I think that's in the stalking neighborhood.  Furthermore, the song proclaims "It's gonna take patience and time,  to do it..., to do it right."   Is it a coincidence that these are the very same attributes necessary to do stalking right?  I think not.

LL's habit of constantly rubbing his hands and licking his lips when he sees women certainly doesn't help his case here.   Any doubt about the song's stalker intentions are cleared up within the first two lines as the guy from Boyz II Men with the deep voice says,  "I've been watchin' you from afar,  for as long as I can remember. "

Londonbeat - "I've Been Thinking About You"

Just watch the video and you'll understand.  It's clear that that no woman would willingly enter into a relationship any one of those guys.  In fact, they probably made this video to send to the woman because it looks like it was produced in one of those places in the late 80s and early 90s where you could make your own music video.

That's my list of stalker songs, and keep in mind that Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" has been excluded because it's so commonly used in Geico commercials.    Feel free to suggest any good songs you can think of, or that I failed to mention.

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