My ears are requesting some swoony swagger.
June 29, 2012 2:03 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for more songs like these three (male vocals, with dark and dour swoony swagger): Elbow - The Fix, The Damned - Torture Me, Blur - To the End. I already know about Murder by Death, Firewater, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Morphine and Marc Almond...what am I missing?
posted by iamkimiam to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
You want Richard Thompson.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 2:07 AM on June 29, 2012

The Divine Comedy - for example this version of "Your Daddy's Car".
posted by rongorongo at 2:55 AM on June 29, 2012

The Cruel Sea. (Warning: the youtube versions are awful.)

You might also enjoy The Church.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:59 AM on June 29, 2012

I was listening to The Dears yesterday and that might work for you.
posted by mippy at 3:51 AM on June 29, 2012

Might be too far over the line, but try Sisters Of Mercy.
posted by Blake at 4:18 AM on June 29, 2012

The National
posted by purephase at 5:03 AM on June 29, 2012

The Walker Brothers/Scott Walker (here's AllMusic on Nick Cave: "Cave's gloomy lyrics, dark musical arrangements, and deep baritone voice recall the albums of Scott Walker", and they list Walker Bros as an influence on Blur).

Tindersticks maybe?
posted by Infinite Jest at 5:45 AM on June 29, 2012

O.Children. Particularly Ruins.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:19 AM on June 29, 2012

Tom Rush - author of No Regrets.
David Ackles - for example Down River.
posted by rongorongo at 6:26 AM on June 29, 2012

Greg Brown!
posted by rtha at 6:27 AM on June 29, 2012

Silver Jews
The National
posted by *s at 7:22 AM on June 29, 2012

This is the the The Divine Comedy that the Blur video reminds me of.

The Damned reminded me of Billy Bragg, though I wouldn't have described him as swoony swagger.
posted by maryr at 7:30 AM on June 29, 2012

I might be repeating myself here, but Benji Hughes.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 7:54 AM on June 29, 2012

The Veils--Under the Folding Branches is a good one to start with. More elegiac than swagger, but very swoony and Nick Cave.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:08 AM on June 29, 2012

Richard Hawley who I believe was half of the duet in The Fix by Elbow.
posted by dgeiser13 at 8:19 AM on June 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Swans album The Burning World.
posted by bendy at 1:00 PM on June 29, 2012

Also, here's a video from that album to give you an idea of what they sound like: God Damn the Sun.
posted by bendy at 1:02 PM on June 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Last Good Day of the Year
Talking to Myself.
posted by bCat at 1:35 PM on June 29, 2012

Definitely The Tindersticks. Try 'Are You Trying (to fall in love again) here.
posted by minervous at 2:06 PM on June 29, 2012

Perhaps Little Drop of Poison or Dead and Lovely (and a lot of other stuff) by Tom Waits?
posted by Pyrattorney at 3:29 PM on June 29, 2012

Mark Lanegan. Wedding Dress, I'll Take Care of You, etc...
posted by nemutdero at 6:37 PM on June 29, 2012

Timber Timbre: Lay down in the tall grass or black water.
posted by zenon at 6:45 PM on June 29, 2012

The Flaming Stars?
posted by Diablevert at 9:04 PM on June 29, 2012

With links: Black Water video and from myspace: Lay down in the tall grass.

(And since when did google start inserting a presumably unique google address infront of every link in its search results? google boo - yaa)
posted by zenon at 7:11 AM on June 30, 2012

Can't believe I didn't think of the Swans, good call.

In a folk(ish) style, how about David Thomas Broughton? I could see Unmarked Grave leading into To The End. Then there's Nick Drake (River Man, Cello Song).

Maybe Jacques Brel? I'm not too familiar with his stuff, but Scott Walker covered Jacky and David Bowie did My Death.

And the Richard Hawley mention makes me think of late-period Pulp (he was a member). Maybe The Fear or This is Hardcore?
posted by Infinite Jest at 4:48 AM on July 2, 2012

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions! I've finally finished a playlist; Spotify link for some swoony swagger.
posted by iamkimiam at 2:36 AM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

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