Everyone will inevitably feel like this from time to time, but it can be awfully hard for the true connoisseur of depression to find music which adequately reflects their depressive mood during these extended spells.
The radio won’t work since it is full of joyful ditties that will disgust the true depressive with their superficiality. In a rare moment of perceptiveness, lyrical centaur Richard Ashcroft rather insightfully whinnied »I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah… But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now«. (The »yeah« is clearly superfluous.)
Unsure of what to do, you whack on Pablo Honey and drone along to Thom Yorke with tears in your eyes as you moan in unison »I’m a creep/I’m a weirdo/What the hell am I doing here?/I don’t belong here! I don’t belong here!«
Someday though – and this will happen to everybody someday – this normally reliable act of catharsis will fail to elicit the same response as usual. Like a recreational drug user who started out taking cautious puffs on the occasional joint at teenage house parties but now spends their evenings prowling the canals to score an eight ball of crack, you too will be ready to take the next step and progress into hardcore downer music usage. It’s either that or getting a full-time career with a spouse and kids and who the hell actually wants that?
To obtain your next fix of depressive music it can be fun to eavesdrop on the bus or outside your local pub and take note of any music recommendations that come your way. However, this is in many ways a high-risk strategy and can often end in tears (the wrong kind). I remember one unnamed lost soul who definitely wasn’t me racing home from Woolworths (ah, remember Woolies?) clutching Parachutes after overhearing a random stranger declare ‘that band Coldplay are so fucking depressing I took a drill to my ears just so I wouldn’t have to hear them again’. Needless to say the eavesdropper in question was most upset when he realised upon playing the album that the person was alluding to a different type of depression altogether.
I have therefore compiled a short list of albums to get you through those long gloomy nights of misery. Enjoy!