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Riptide
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There's a lot of them. Sometimes one will filter into my mind doing mundane chores at the bank and supermarket. Some of the ones I am going to list aren't that well known as they weren't released as singles, not as obvious as Endless Love by Ross and Ritchie.

De Falco - Jeanny - Had the tape back in the day, and this was a true downer, but had some funny ridiculousness to it.

Rockwell - Knife - Not much else known from him, but he should have got a grammy for the dreariness factor.

ZZ Top - Rough Boy - Couldn't have a list without this classic!

Pet Shop Boys - It couldn't happen here - Depeths of despair personified.

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Hey Riptide...Without thinking more than a few seconds,my first thought was "something to believe in" by Poison
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Easily one of the most somber and depressing songs of the 80's in my book came out right at the tail end of the decade in 1989.

NINE INCH NAILS - SOMETHING I CAN NEVER HAVE

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I remember in second grade, hearing "Broken Wings" and feeling so lonely and depressed. My friend later said it was not at all a sad, but a mystical feeling he got from it.
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Just The Smiths alone:
I Know It's Over
Asleep
Unloveable
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Back To The Old House
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Well I Wonder
Wonderful Woman
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

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"Should have known better" by Jim Diamond...
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Riptide
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Good entries! Making a good compilation out of this. Yes, Terd, something to believe in was a good one. Bret Michael's must have been personally affected by something going on. Xchasx, Smiths Joy Dvision and Cure have so much of this style locked up!

Another one: Siouxsie and the Banshees- Into the Light. The lyrics and beat are trance-like, but it's the guitarists parts that are so bleak. Cant hear it without something triggering in me.

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'Something to Believe in' was about the groups bodyguard who was killed in the late 80's.
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Nostalgic for the '80's
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quote:
Originally posted by Logan 5:
'Something to Believe in' was about the groups bodyguard who was killed in the late 80's.

Yes, the song is partially about the group's bodyguard who died in the late '80's. However, I never heard that he was killed - it looks like he died alone in a hotel room:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=8592

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