Hot, dangerous… rock music?
November 22, 2009 7:03 PM   Subscribe

Help me make a raunchy rock playlist!

My best friend is looking for a playlist populated by dark, sexy rock music. Something that brings to mind tearing off clothes and messy passion. My recommendations (R&B based) were rejected so I'm turning to you. She wants something along the lines of NIN's Closer or Kings of Leon's I Want You. Help? I'm boggled by my own library.
posted by nuala to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite

Best answer: I Wanna Be Your Dog - Stooges originally, but best cover (IMO) is by Joan Jett
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:06 PM on November 22, 2009 [2 favorites]

Perhaps "Dreaming of You" by The Coral, although it's got a little funk to it that might not be what you're looking for.
posted by aheckler at 7:18 PM on November 22, 2009

The Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:25 PM on November 22, 2009

McLusky-Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Murder by Death-Fuego!
Turbonegro-Sell Your Body (To the Night)
The Riverboat Gamblers-The Biz Loves Sluts (not really about sex, but you wouldn't know it by listening to it)
The Murder City Devils-Boom Swagger Boom
King Khan and the Shrines-Took my Lady to Dinner (it's got kind of an R&B vibe, but it's got a fair amount of raunch.)
Electric Frankenstein-Get Off
The Cramps-Let's Get Fucked Up/Bend Over I'll Drive/Tons of other Cramps songs
The Cougars-Vegas Makes Her Fuck
The Bronx-Pleasure Seekers

Rock on!
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 7:30 PM on November 22, 2009

DEVO - "I Need a Chick" though the version by "Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers" is more heavy and nasty sounding.
posted by SansPoint at 7:35 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

The King Khan and BBQ Show: Hold me Tight and Shake Real Low. I love that dirty garage rock sound.
posted by foodmapper at 7:36 PM on November 22, 2009

Best answer: The Violent Femmes - "Add it Up"
Peaches - "Fuck the Pain Away"
And, of course, Frankie says "Relax"
posted by The White Hat at 7:37 PM on November 22, 2009

Response by poster: SuperSquirrel, that's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, thanks! Y'all are the best. More, please!
posted by nuala at 7:38 PM on November 22, 2009

The Cult - Painted On My Heart
posted by pyro979 at 7:46 PM on November 22, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomena
posted by ripley_ at 7:47 PM on November 22, 2009

Any of David Allan Coe's work between 1978 and 1982.
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:54 PM on November 22, 2009

Best answer: Lords of Acid - Rough Sex.
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:56 PM on November 22, 2009

Rammstein - Pussy.
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:59 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

The very pinnacle of dark, raunchy rock music is the mighty group THE STRANGLERS, a proto-punk keyboard/bass/guitar combo from the late 70s that used to have the interesting habit of hiring strippers to perform at their shows. Most of these new young groups are just riffing on something The Stranglers did first and best. Their big hit - which you may recall from the opening scene of Sexy Beast - is the classic romp "Peaches." If that is not raunchy enough for you, you may wish to move on to their anthem "Bring On The Nubiles," with its sublime chant "LEMME - LEMME - FUCK YA - FUCK YA." Of course that's almost crude, right? - but they're really incredibly awesome on the unlikely tune "Nice N Sleazy," which has an interesting set of lyrics apparently about some sleazy Vikings, although I can't really say. And I always really liked "Duchess," a driven synthpop song which is sexy in its anthemic way. Finally, their brutal, growling rendition of Burt Bacharach's innocuous old sixties tune "Walk On By" is one of the best covers I know of anywhere, and not to be missed.
posted by koeselitz at 8:12 PM on November 22, 2009 [2 favorites]

The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs
The Mountain Goats - Dilaudid
Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
Franz Ferdinand - 40'
The Magnetic Fields - Underwear
The Strokes - Reptilia
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
posted by chairmanroflmao at 8:26 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

Marilyn Manson - [s]AINT
Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch
Motorhead - Sex & Death
The Donnas - Take It Off
Revolting Cocks - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:29 PM on November 22, 2009

Greg Dulli - So Tight
Rocket From the Crypt - Strangehold
posted by puritycontrol at 8:40 PM on November 22, 2009

Also, Grinderman (that's Nick Cave's garage-type band where he plays guitar instead of piano) has a song which pretty much fits your bill entitled "No Pussy Blues" which is pretty much exactly what you'd imagine from the title. Nick has a number of low-down menacingly sexy tunes that might be what you're after - "Stagger Lee" from Murder Ballads is what springs to mind first, although the line between sexuality and violence is kinda blurred there. (Come to think of it, the fact that that song springs to mind probably says something somewhat unfortunate about what kind of a pervert I am myself. It's sexy as hell to me, anyway. Even if that last bit scares the shit out of me. Something about Nick Cave uttering the line "I'm a bad motherfucker don't ya know / I'd crawl over fifty good pussies just to get to one fat boy's asshole." Fuck.)
posted by koeselitz at 8:41 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

Afghan Whigs - Somethin' Hot
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Suicide - Girl
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Ha Ha High Babe
Oasis - Fucking in the Bushes
Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
Tom Jones and the Divine Comedy - All Mine (if you can get past Tom Jones being, well, Tom Jones)
Underworld - Dinosaur Adventure 3D
posted by Madamina at 8:52 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

Catherine Wheel - I Want To Touch You

Jet - Are you gonna be my girl?

Animotion - Obsession

Or if you want to get funny about it, Feelin' Sexy by The New Duncan Imperials, or The Odds - Heterosexual Man.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:53 PM on November 22, 2009

Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey aptly mentions Motorhead's "Sex & Death," and it's good to mention Motorhead since they're fucking awesome and quite appropriate, but I always though their tune "I'll Be Your Sister" from their masterwork album Overkill was the just about the sexiest song ever. That's how much of a man Lemmy is - he's so much man that he can be your sister or your mother. That's fucking awesome. (But of course every Motorhead song is awesome.)
posted by koeselitz at 8:53 PM on November 22, 2009

Sublime, "Caress Me Down"
Theory of a Dead Man, "Bad Girlfriend"
"Darling Nikki," in either the Prince or Foo Fighters incarnation
ZZ Top, "La Grange"
posted by drlith at 9:14 PM on November 22, 2009

Romeovoid: "Never Say Never"
Richard Hell & the Voidoids: "Love Comes in Spurts"
B-52s: "Dirty Back Road"
Fur Patrol: "Now"
Magazine: "Permafrost"
posted by jet_silver at 9:17 PM on November 22, 2009

Salty Dog - Come Along (opening lyric: "Sweet little baby, she's my hotdog bun")
posted by davey_darling at 9:19 PM on November 22, 2009

Flower is somewhat of a different direction on this theme.
posted by desuetude at 9:22 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

The Rolling Stones: Stray Cat Blues
Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love
Marianne Faithfull: Why'd Ya Do It ?
posted by yqxnflld at 9:25 PM on November 22, 2009

"Darling Nikki," in either the Prince or Foo Fighters incarnation

Or, if you like your covers gender-swapped, the Rebecca Romijn version.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:45 PM on November 22, 2009

Best answer: Berlin - "Sex (I'm A...)"
The The - "Dogs Of Lust"
Madonna - "Justify My Love"
posted by SisterHavana at 9:55 PM on November 22, 2009

The ne plus ultra of this subgenre for me is Mudhoney's Touch Me, I'm Sick.

The Seeds' Can't Seem to Make You Mine
Jon Spencer's Full Grown
Joan Jett's cover of Crimson & Clover
posted by voronoi at 9:56 PM on November 22, 2009

Oh screwed up the Seeds link, here it is.
posted by voronoi at 10:01 PM on November 22, 2009

Depeche Mode - Dead of Night
Depeche Mode - World in my Eyes
posted by Nattie at 10:17 PM on November 22, 2009

Response by poster: I'd mark all of these best answer if I could, so I've picked the ones that have made it on my playlist. So many great 'I'm so into into you, let's get sweaty' songs. I'm embarrassed I didn't think of them myself. Now I'm putting a longer playlist together for myself.
posted by nuala at 10:21 PM on November 22, 2009

Much of No Wow by The Kills
posted by papayaninja at 10:36 PM on November 22, 2009

PJ Harvey - Long Snake Moan or To Bring You My Love
Nine Inch Nails - The Only Time or Get Down Make Love or Sin or Physical or Sin
Depeche Mode - In Your Room or I Feel You
Massive Attack - Inertia Creeps or Angel
posted by geek anachronism at 10:43 PM on November 22, 2009 [2 favorites]

The Beatles: I Want You (She's so Heavy)
posted by chicago2penn at 10:56 PM on November 22, 2009

Two immediately to mind:

"Fuck You Like an Animal" --- NIN
"I Touch Myself" --- Divinyls
posted by darkstar at 11:46 PM on November 22, 2009

Darkstar, there is no song called "Fuck You Like an Animal". The song with that refrain is called "Closer" and is mentioned in the FPP.
posted by Target Practice at 12:03 AM on November 23, 2009

Oops! Sorry...carry on then.
posted by darkstar at 12:19 AM on November 23, 2009

I don't bother recommending the Cure often, but 'Let's Go To Bed' seems like a natural inclusion here.

Yeah, when I was more into industrial/goth (junior high), I thought NIN's cover of 'Physical' was the sexiest thing I had ever heard. It's hard and raw. 'Closer' is fine, but 'Physical' is IT. 'Get Down Make Love' is pretty good there, too. Actually, I would consider all of geek anachronism's suggestions.

Jeff Buckley - Your Flesh Is So Nice
My Bloody Valentine's 'Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)' still makes me melt.
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform

If you're looking for kind of sexy but kind of laughable, I have two suggestions: 'Gett Off' by Prince and 'She's Tight' by Cheap Trick.
posted by Mael Oui at 12:26 AM on November 23, 2009

And 'Temptation' by Heaven 17!
posted by Mael Oui at 12:27 AM on November 23, 2009

you want "So Hott" by Kid Rock, or "Sugar" while yer at it
posted by mrmarley at 12:46 AM on November 23, 2009

Puscifer--Queen Bee
posted by oceanmorning at 12:57 AM on November 23, 2009

Garbage - Push It
Garbage - #1 Crush.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:43 AM on November 23, 2009

Depeche Mode - Dirt
Pig - My Favourite Car
Schwein - Porno
posted by transporter accident amy at 2:01 AM on November 23, 2009

Buddy and Julie Miller - You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast
Lucinda Williams - Essence
Big Daddy Kane - I Get The Job Done
posted by Thorzdad at 3:05 AM on November 23, 2009

the renegades - thirteen women
posted by ouke at 4:21 AM on November 23, 2009

Queens of the Stone Are are great for this. See Skin on Skin.
posted by theraflu at 4:26 AM on November 23, 2009

I second Queens of the Stone Age, but would recommend Do It Again.
posted by at 7:39 AM on November 23, 2009

HWC (Hot White Cum) by Liz Phair
posted by kuppajava at 8:33 AM on November 23, 2009

How about Zappa's Dynamo hum?
posted by Redhush at 9:23 AM on November 23, 2009

Yesssss. "Push It" by Garbage for sure...
posted by at 9:50 AM on November 23, 2009

Well then, you might also like another selection from Ms. Jett: Do Ya Wanna Touch?, which features the classic lines "Touch you! Touch me! Touch everybody!" repeated several times. And the last time she sings it, she doesn't say touch...
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:56 AM on November 23, 2009

Asian Hooker by Steel Panther.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 3:52 PM on November 23, 2009

Much of She Wants Revenge's discography will fit the bill, but

Tear You Apart
All Wound Up
A Little Bit Harder Now
Love Me

all work especially well.
posted by CrystalDave at 8:25 PM on November 23, 2009

Pretty much half of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is about sex (the other half is about drugs). Hell, they have a song called "Sir Psycho Sexy."
posted by pwnguin at 10:33 PM on November 23, 2009

Jealous of Your Cigarette, Striptease or Tarantulove are just a few of the many songs by Hawksley Workman that are rip your clothes off sexy. (If I had to pick one, I'd go with Tarantulove).
posted by Jaybo at 10:36 PM on November 23, 2009

W.A.S.P. - Animal (F*** Like a Beast)
posted by Demogorgon at 11:34 AM on November 24, 2009

Oops, I was supposed to link to this.
posted by Demogorgon at 11:35 AM on November 24, 2009

jeffamaphone: Any of David Allan Coe's work between 1978 and 1982.

Presumably skipping his incredibly racist pieces... The "N"-word figures non-ironically in many of his hate-filled songs.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:06 PM on November 24, 2009

Tenacious D - Fuck Her Gently
NIN - Physical (which is a cover)
posted by getawaysticks at 11:04 AM on November 30, 2009

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