Make 'em bleed. My ears that is.
August 26, 2010 10:20 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for songs that I can play LOUD and also have an epic flavor. I'm not a fan of metal -- I am a fan of show-tunes. Looking for songs that compel one to turn the volume UP. Examples after the jump.

I have read this thread but it's much too metal for me.

Here is a sample of what's on my current way too small playlist:

Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
Holland, 1941 - Neutral Milk Hotel
Wig in a Box - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
21 Guns - Green Day (Broadway Version)
Jesus of Surburbia - Green Day
I'll Believe in Anything - Wolf Parade
Yell Fire ! - Michael Franti & Spearhead

My eardrums will thank you ..
posted by duckus to Media & Arts (64 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
Chemical Brothers - Dissolve
posted by hellojed at 10:34 PM on August 26, 2010

"Miles Davis and the Cool," The Gaslight Anthem
"In a Big Country," Big Country
"This Corrosion," Sisters of Mercy (you've got 11 minutes, right?)
"Fuck You," Cee-Lo Green
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:56 PM on August 26, 2010

First epic thoughts: Pirates by Emerson Lake and Palmer (part 1 and part 2). Or for that matter, the whole Works album.

Then it's any of the epic albums from Rick Wakeman's canon of story albums including:
Journey to the centre of the earth.
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
posted by Kerasia at 10:56 PM on August 26, 2010

Songs I have to listen to loudly off the top of my head:
The Killers-All these things that I've done
M. Ward- I ain't never had nobody like you
Pulp- Like a Friend (It starts slow but the end is worth it. I think so anyway.)
Scissor Sisters- Take your Mama out
Andreas Johnson- Glorious
The Raconteurs- Rich Kid Blues

Of the Musicals:
I am what I am- La Cage Aux Folles (You kinda have to search a little for the non-cheesy version. In fact, that goes for most musicals.)
Another Day- RENT
Any Dream Will Do- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Muddy Water- Big River
posted by smeater44 at 11:04 PM on August 26, 2010

Mr. Blue Sky by ELO

and nearly anything by the Polyphonic Spree.
posted by emd3737 at 11:12 PM on August 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

This thread might be of use.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 11:16 PM on August 26, 2010

Supergrass: Richard III, Alright, Caught By The Fuzz.

Turn the gain 'till people complain, as they say.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:23 PM on August 26, 2010

"Intervention" -- Arcade Fire
"Don't Rain on My Parade" -- Barrrrrrbra
"Common People" -- William Shatner and Joe Jackson
"I Am What I Am" -- Village People
"Date With The Night" -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Extraordinary" -- Liz Phair
"Both Sides Now" -- Jason Falkner (really!)
"Fucking in the Bushes" -- Oasis
"Don't Stop Me Now" -- Queen
"You Should Be Dancing" -- Bee Gees (okay, I like disco; so sue me)
posted by Madamina at 11:25 PM on August 26, 2010

The Dresden Dolls, almost anything off Yes, Virginia.
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 11:25 PM on August 26, 2010

Summertime Clothes - Animal Collective
posted by IvoShandor at 11:31 PM on August 26, 2010

Drones, baby, drones:

"Deeper Into Movies" - Yo La Tengo
"Come Together" - Spiritualized
posted by holgate at 11:36 PM on August 26, 2010

Saeglopur by Sigur Ros.

This is the Sea by the Waterboys.

And You And I by Yes.
posted by philip-random at 11:36 PM on August 26, 2010

A few I enjoy blasting to myself:

Beirut - "A Sunday Smile"
The Irrepressibles - "In This Shirt"
Murder by Death - "Spring Break 1899"
Okkervil River - "Unless It's Kicks"
Patrick Wolf - "The Magic Position"
Sunset Rubdown - "The Mending of the Gown"

Actually somewhat show-tuney:
Bjork - "It's Oh So Quiet"
posted by jgscott at 11:43 PM on August 26, 2010 [3 favorites]

Fatboy Slim - Right here right now
posted by Free word order! at 12:36 AM on August 27, 2010

Alaska in Winter - "Digital Angel of Death"

from the soundtrack to a fake 80s movies. Total win. I can never listen without cranking it.
posted by NeonBlueDecember at 12:40 AM on August 27, 2010

Foetus - Time Marches On
The Mars Volta - Cotopaxi
Rasputina - High on Life
posted by neushoorn at 12:41 AM on August 27, 2010

Songs that I seem to think require being at 11:

Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Probably the only song featuring a harpsichord that MUST be cranked)
Nellie McKay - Inner Peace (live on youtube)
Nellie McKay - Sari (live on youtube)
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I love you less and less (youtube)
posted by aristan at 12:43 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Tori and turn-up-the-volume? "Precious Things" -- the "Sessions at W. 54th" version will do just fine (or the 'To Venus and Back' live version) or the version on "Little Earthquakes", but this 1994 take (or 1991/Montreaux) reminds me of the Tori Amos I saw in 1992 touring crappy British clubs with just a piano and turning the place into a rock venue.
posted by holgate at 1:09 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the city
posted by watercarrier at 2:08 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Anything—everything—by Queen.
posted by No-sword at 2:34 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Kansas - "Carry on my Wayward Son"
Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"
Chess - "On Nobody's Side" (Cynical moments deserve volume too)
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 2:35 AM on August 27, 2010

Chumbawumba - Tubthumping
Bob Sinclar - Love Generation
The KLF - Last Train to Transcentral (live)
Iglu & Hartly - Dayglo
posted by markx2 at 3:44 AM on August 27, 2010

I have a similar playlist! Some of the songs on it:

"Rebellion (Lies)" and "Wake Up" Arcade Fire
"Bleeding Heart Show" New Pornographers
"California All the Way" Luna
"Young Folks" Peter Bjorn and John
"Pioneers" Bloc Party
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga
posted by lunasol at 3:50 AM on August 27, 2010

Oh, and seconding "Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas. I'll also add "Africa" by Toto and "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil for cheesy/earnest 80s epic stylings.
posted by lunasol at 3:52 AM on August 27, 2010

Everything by Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
posted by jbickers at 3:59 AM on August 27, 2010

well if your fans of show tunes then you can turn up the phantom of the opera sound track. :)
posted by majortom1981 at 4:11 AM on August 27, 2010

Armageddon by Prism.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 4:39 AM on August 27, 2010

Amanda Palmer, 'Astronaut' and 'Leeds United' especially. Oh my god, and Evelyn Evelyn, 'My Space', while I'm on the subject.
posted by terpsichoria at 4:53 AM on August 27, 2010

The outfield - your love
Styx - lady (only of sung as it was on freaks and geeks)
posted by cavs33 at 5:21 AM on August 27, 2010

Thunder Road, by Bruuuuuuuce.

Dry the Rain, Beta Band.

With a Little Help from My Friends, Joe Cocker version

Life on Mars, David Bowie

Maybe those are less epic, more anthemic...but they're really good tunes to crank up.
posted by Buffaload at 5:48 AM on August 27, 2010

100 Years (Of Tears On The Wind) by Masters of Reality (Don't be put off by the band name, 'Sunrise On The Sufferbus' was one of the best albums of the 90s that practically nobody's heard)

Daylight by Failure

And so many songs by Queen, of course... "Bohemian Rhapsody" is played to death, but it's still an epic tune. Also, Somebody to Love and Play the Game and especially It's Late.
posted by usonian at 6:00 AM on August 27, 2010

Muse - Knights of Cydonia
White Rabbits - Percussion Gun
posted by elsietheeel at 6:07 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Although this song is technically classified as heavy metal, it is too euphonious to be lumped into that genre: Don't Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. It's extremely good at high volume.
posted by grizzled at 6:13 AM on August 27, 2010

You might like songs by Dirty Three, "Some Summers They Drop Like Flys" comes to mind (and is timely).
posted by john m at 6:29 AM on August 27, 2010

Anything by built to spill, but especially the album keep it like a secret
Jawbreaker- jet black
posted by TheBones at 6:40 AM on August 27, 2010

Thanks everyone ! I'm going to have a good time today putting these together ..
posted by duckus at 7:00 AM on August 27, 2010

Manchester Orchestra's Mean Everything And Nothing album is my current go-to CD for rock-out tunes. I particularly like:

- Shake It Out
- I've Got Friends
- Pride
- Tony the Tiger

Great question!
posted by chara at 7:33 AM on August 27, 2010

- Be Calm by Fun.
In fact, the whole album "Aim and ignite" is good for cranking up.
posted by onehalfjunco at 7:54 AM on August 27, 2010

Midnight Oil - The Power and the Passion
U2 - Bullet the Blue Sky
The Bevis Frond - Once More
posted by flabdablet at 7:58 AM on August 27, 2010

And of course there's One Of These Days.
posted by flabdablet at 8:17 AM on August 27, 2010

And Rocket's Tail.
posted by flabdablet at 8:19 AM on August 27, 2010

And then drive the neighbors insane with Anne of Cleves on high rotation. You know you want to.
posted by flabdablet at 8:30 AM on August 27, 2010

I Am the Resurrection - Stone Roses. If only for the coda and the awesome drumming.
posted by elendil71 at 8:36 AM on August 27, 2010

I feel this way about a lot of White Stripes music. Seven Nation Army, Conquest and
Black Math come to mind, but I find myself turning up the dial on pretty much all of their songs.

Also 2nd Knights of Cydonia by Musc
posted by nuclear_soup at 9:44 AM on August 27, 2010

If it's epic you're after, you might like African Sanctus by David Fanshawe (who died quite recently).

On the prog-rock front, I can't believe no one's mentioned War of the Worlds. Cheese, undoubtedly, but cheese of the highest order.
posted by dogsbody at 9:46 AM on August 27, 2010

Styx - Renegade

And since you said showtunes...I do like to crank Defying Gravity from Wicked.
posted by sigmagalator at 10:08 AM on August 27, 2010

The Secret Machines are good for that. Especially Nowhere Again and Alone Jealous and Stoned.

Also: The Walkmen We've Been Had.
The Jesus and Mary Chain with Hope Sandoval Sometimes Always.

There is also a certain sing-along showtuniness to some old Pogues stuff you might like. Fairytale of New York of course, and others.

And you can't go wrong with blasting some old Pink Floyd or Clash.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:29 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

(it takes a while to warm up)
posted by Sys Rq at 10:32 AM on August 27, 2010

Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run"
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:57 AM on August 27, 2010

Another 20 to test neighbourhood seismographs:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love (live)
The Knack - My Sharona
Marisa Monte - Esta Melodia
The Bees - A Minha Menina
Big Star - September Gurls
Allen Toussaint - Yes We Can Can
Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
Cake - I will survive
The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
Deus - Suds and Soda (live)
ELO - Don't Bring me Down
Goldfrap - Train
Keane - Bend and Break
Reef - Come Back Brighter
Silver Sun - Golden Skin (in part)
Simple Minds - Waterfront (live)
Sparks - Number One Song All Over Heaven
Sugar - Hoover Damn
Tom Petty - Learning to Fly
Yello - Pan Blue
posted by rongorongo at 11:05 AM on August 27, 2010

I like this haunting, elegiac tune by Band of Horses. It builds.
posted by simulacra at 1:47 PM on August 27, 2010

And, I really like the guitar riffs and playfulness of this Rilo Kiley song.
posted by simulacra at 1:53 PM on August 27, 2010

Manic Street Preachers ft. Nina Persson - "Your Love Alone (Is Not Enough)"
posted by Devika at 3:15 PM on August 27, 2010

Pendulum - Propane Nightmares

posted by chrispy108 at 4:39 PM on August 27, 2010

Massive seconding to Bleeding Heart Show.

From the musical side, Do You Hear The People Sing?
posted by muteh at 4:43 PM on August 27, 2010

Hole - "Violet"
posted by Houyhnhnm at 6:59 PM on August 27, 2010

I always reach for the volume when Gogol Bordello comes on. Dogs Were Barking is a good example.
posted by anotherbrick at 11:12 PM on August 27, 2010

I'd like to change the pace a bit now.
posted by flabdablet at 5:07 AM on August 28, 2010

Hole - "Violet"

An excellent suggestion. However, if one is to suddenly crank up Live Through This at a particular point, that point positively must be 2:45 into "I Think That I Would Die." (NSFW, unless you're in the quitting mood, in which case it is perfectly suited for the occasion.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:36 AM on August 28, 2010

Don't really know what it is about the song (I mean aside from the fact that it's awesome), but I always turn up Down and Out in New York City from the Black Caesar soundtrack.
posted by juv3nal at 4:32 PM on August 28, 2010

Rilo Kiley's Silver Lining and A Better Son/Daughter are both fun to play really loudly and belt out.
posted by oinopaponton at 8:38 PM on August 29, 2010

Some that I crank up and sing along to when they come up:

Spymob - Fly Fly Fishing Poles
Ben Folds - Learn to Live With What You Are
Earth, Wind, and Fire - In The Stone
(hed)pe - Sabbra Cadabra
Pretenders - My Baby
Aguilera, et. al. - Lady Marmalade
Eve 6 - Bang
Tenacious D - Wonderboy
posted by chazlarson at 6:54 PM on September 1, 2010

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