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Great songs about crime

Old 10-01-08, 09:23 PM
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"38 years old" - The tragically Hip
Excellent choice!

My pick:

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
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Old 10-02-08, 01:37 AM
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So, for example Springsteen's "Johnny 99" from Nebraska
Same album, "Highway Patrolman" has always been one of my all-time favorites.
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i will second "lily, rosemary, and the jack of hearts" by bob dylan:

And Rosemary on the gallows, she didn't even blink,
The hangin' judge was sober, he hadn't had a drink.
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Old 10-02-08, 06:45 AM
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How about Bad Company's, erm, Bad Company?
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Old 10-02-08, 09:21 PM
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"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" - The Killers


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Old 10-02-08, 09:55 PM
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The Perfect Crime #1 and The Perfect Crime #2 - The Decemberists
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Old 10-02-08, 10:10 PM
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"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
"Tucson, Arizona" by Dan Fogelberg
those are two of best songs about hard-times and murder!
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Old 10-05-08, 05:48 PM
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"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" - The Killers


GREAT SONG
I love that song. I had to look up the lyrics, I had never realized what it was about.
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Old 10-05-08, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by cranberries fan View Post
"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
"Tucson, Arizona" by Dan Fogelberg
those are two of best songs about hard-times and murder!
Last time I checked witnessing a drowning, while disturbing, is not a crime.
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Old 10-06-08, 01:46 AM
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Old 01-11-12, 08:51 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

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Robert Earl Keen has some in the Marty Robbins vein as well. Definitely check out "Sonora's Death Row" and "The Road Goes On Forever".
Check out Robert Earl Keen's "Shades of Gray" and the cover of it done by Cody Canada is phenomenal.

Doesn't completely fit the crime but Robert Earl Keen's "Undone". If nothing else, it's a great song.
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Old 01-11-12, 09:13 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

The Great Train Robbery - Mountain
Somebody Got Murdered - The Clash
Midnight Rambler - The Stones
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Old 01-11-12, 09:20 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

Seems like the Decemberists have a ton:

The Rake's Song
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The Perfect Crime #2
The Mariner's Revenge Song
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Old 01-11-12, 09:58 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

A Good Idea - Sugar
Have Mercy on the Criminal - Elton John
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Old 01-11-12, 10:19 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
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Old 01-11-12, 04:21 PM
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Re: Great songs about crime

Nice three year bump

"One for the Cutters" by The Hold Steady which is a story-song about a upper middle class college girl falling in with some questionable characters

"The Trees" by Pulp which I think is about a sociopath killing a girl in the woods if I'm interpreting it correctly

"All Day Long" by New Order which is a fairly horrific song about child abuse

"Kerosene" by Big Black which is about boredom-induced pyromania

"Matty Groves" by Fairport Convention which is a great traditional song about adultery-driven murder with an awesome guitar workout at the end

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Old 01-11-12, 04:48 PM
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Re: Great songs about crime

Stan Ridgway has a number of great crime/noir songs:

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Old 01-11-12, 05:28 PM
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Re: Great songs about crime

I thought of a few that were already mentioned but I will throw up at least 3 from a band I really like.

The Ballad of T.V. Violence - originally titled “The Ballad of Richard Speck,” after the Chicago mass murderer

Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School - is about a pedophile

Closer, the Ballad of Burt and Linda - love song about Burton Pugach, the New York lawyer who spent fourteen years in prison for hiring thugs to throw lye in the face of his girlfriend and future wife, Linda Riss
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Old 01-11-12, 05:52 PM
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everything Kool G Rap and for you Mr. The Bus, Pedro Navaja by Ruben Blades.

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Old 01-12-12, 09:00 AM
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Beastie Boys "High Plains Drifter"
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Old 01-12-12, 10:50 AM
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Re: Great songs about crime

"Bonnie and Clyde," sung by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot (used for a production number in RUSH HOUR 3)

"John Wesley Harding," by Bob Dylan, about the Texas outlaw, John Wesley Hardin. (Don't know why he added the "g")
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Old 01-12-12, 02:36 PM
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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - "Murder Ballads" - the entire album.
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