The other day, 'Build me up, Buttercup', came on the radio. I haven't heard this for a while, and so started humming along. Catchy.
Then I listened to the lyrics, which hadn't really registered before:
Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still...
Of course, I *knew* that, but I hadn't really parsed it before.
This got me thinking about other songs that are downbeat - I particularly wanted to think about catchy songs.
Now, I'm very bad at remembering detail about a song, but I often know a song, sometimes quite well, once given a prod. So unsurprisingly I wasn't too successful. I thought of 'The Ballad of James A. Moon' - but hardly anyone knows that, and I've lost my only copy.
I was not looking for songs that are purely bitter and twisted, such as 'The Ballad of Tom Jones' or 'Winner takes it All' by Abba (both of which are great), but I'm trying to think of songs where there is contrast between the words and the tone of the music.
Nor was I looking for songs which have a non-cheery tone which get even less cheery when you listen to the words.
Thinking about this, my brain gave lots of examples in other categories, such as The Police and 'Every breath you take' - which falls in the category of 'love songs which when you actually think about it are incredibly disturbing'.
I'm posting this in the hope of getting some suggestions for 'catchy, but depressing'