Thursday, November 08, 2012

A little noir music

Noir and Crime Songs – Noircon 2012
presented by
 Peter Rozovsky/Detectives Beyond Borders
 1. “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”-Richard Thompson
2. “A Pair of Brown Eyes”-The Pogues
3. “A Thing Well Made”-The Mutton Birds
4. “Alabama”-John Coltrane
5. “Alice’s Restaurant”-Arlo Guthrie
6. “Alto Songo”-Afro-Cuban All Stars, many others
7. “Angelina”-Bob Dylan
8. “Atlantic City”-Bruce Springsteen
9. “B-Movie Boxcar Blues”-Delbert McClinton
10. “Bad As Me”-Tom Waits
11. “Bad News From Home”-Randy Newman
12. “Ballad of a Lonely Man”-Mike Ness
13. “Bang Bang”-Cher
14. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”
15. “Black-eyed Susan”-The Triffids
16. “Blues in the Night”-Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, many others
17. “Only the Lonely”
18. “Bonnie and Clyde”
19. “Boston”
20. “Bright Lights, Big City”-Jimmy Reed
21. “Bright Lights, Big City”-The Triffids
22. “Burn”
23. “Calling Out to Carol”-Stan Ridgway
24. “Carmelita”-Warren Zevon
25.   Carmen-Georges Bizet (composer)
26. “Charlie’s Medicine”-Warren Zevon
27. “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis”-Tom Waits
28. “Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice”-Hamish Imlach
29. “Cold Kisses”
30. “Criminal Mind”
31. “Deep in the Woods”-Nick Cave
32. “Delia’s Gone”-Johnny Cash
33. “Delilah”-Tom Jones
34. “Diggin' Up Bones”-Randy Travis
35. “Dominion Road”-The Mutton Birds
36. “Douce dame jolie”- Guillaume de Machaut composer (France, 14th century)
37. “Down by the River”-Neil Young
38. “Down in the Willow Garden”
39. “Down Into Mexico”-Delbert McClinton
40. “Every Breath You Take”-The Police
41. “Excitable Boy”-Warren Zevon
42. “Face to the Highway”-Tom Waits
43.  Field of Glass-The Triffids
44. "Film Noir Love”-Jukebox Zeroes

Luke Kelly
45. “Frankie Teardrop”-Suicide
46. “Galveston Bay”-Bruce Springsteen
47. “Germany Before the War”-Randy Newman
48. “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”
49. “Hazard”-Richard Marx
50. “He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)”-The Crystals
51. “Heartbreak Hotel”-Elvis Presley
52. “Hell Broke Luce”-Tom Waits
53. “Hey Joe”-Jimi Hendrix, many others
54. “Hometown Farewell Kiss”
55. “How High the Moon”-many versions
56. “Hurricane”-Bob Dylan
57. “I Don’t Like Mondays”-The Boomtown Rats
58. “I Feel So Good”-Richard Thompson
59. “I Fought the Law”-The Bobby Fuller Four, the Clash, et al.
60. “I Hung My Head”-Johnny Cash
61. “I’m Dyin’ As Fast as I Can”
62. “It’s a Fine Day for a Reunion”
63. “Jacob Green”-Johnny Cash
64. “Jailbreak”
65. “Jeannie Needs a Shooter”-Warren Zevon
66. “Kelly’s Blues”
67.   Kindertotenlieder-Gustav Mahler (composer)
68. “L’affaire DuMoutier (Say to Me)”-The Box
69. “Life of Crime”
70. “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts”-Bob Dylan
71. “Lone Star Blues”
72. “Long Black Veil”-The Band, others
73. “Love in a Faithless Country”-Richard Thompson
74. “Love Me Tender”-Elvis Presley
75. “Love You) Till the End of the World”
76. “Mack the Knife”-Brecht/Weill; Bobby Darin, many others
77. “MacPherson’s Lament”-traditional, fine version by Hamish Imlach
78. “Maria Lando”-Susana Baca
79. “Matty Groves”-Fairport Convention

Camarón de la Isla
80. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”-The Beatles
81. “Mercy Seat”-Nick Cave
82. “Merritville”-Dream Syndicate
83. “Mi Sangre Grita”- Camarón de la Isla
84. “Miriam”-Norah Jones
85. “Miss Otis Regrets”-by Cole Porter, many versions
86. “Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park”-The Cowboy Junkies
87. “Nancy Whiskey”-traditional
88. “Ocultei”-Elizeth Cardoso 
89. “Ode to Billy Joe”-Bobbie Gentry
90. “Oh, Darlin’, What Have I Done?”
91. “One For My Baby (and One More For the Road)”-Frank Sinatra, many others
92. “One Mechanic Town”-The Triffids
93. “Paint It, Black”-The Rolling Stones
94. “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”
95. “Pay Me”-Tom Waits
96. “Peg and Pete and Me”-Stan Ridgway
97. “Philby”-Rory Gallagher
98. “Psycho”-Puddle of Mudd
99. “Psycho Killer”-Talking Heads
100. “Rain Street”-The Pogues
101. “Red Right Hand”-Nick Cave
102. “Robbery, Assault and Battery”-Genesis
103. “Rocky Road to Dublin”-1976 live version by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners  
104. “Sam Hall”-Johnny Cash, others
105. “Seminole Bingo”-Warren Zevon
106. “She’s Hit”-The Birthday Party
107. “She’s Not There”-The Zombies
108. “Stagger Lee”/”Stack-O’Lee,” etc.-Lloyd Price, many others
109. “Stan”-Eminem
110. “Strange Fruit”-Billie Holiday
111. “Stranger Than Kindness”-Nick Cave
112. “Sunny Came Home”-Shawn Colvin
113. “Swamplands”
114.  Symphonie Fantastique-Hector Berlioz (composer)
115. “Teen Angel”-Mark Dinning
116. “That Georgia Sun Was Blood Red And Goin' Down"-Tanya Tucker
117. “The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane”-Nick Cave
118. “The Carny”-Nick Cave
119. “The Continental Op”-Rory Gallagher
120. “The Curse of Millhaven”-Nick Cave
121. “The Friend Catcher”-The Birthday Party
122. “The Heater”-The Mutton Birds
123. “The Loading”-Tom Cochrane
124. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia-Vicki Lawrence
125. “The Perfect Crime #2”-The Decembrists
126. “The Road Goes on Forever”-Robert Earl Keen
127. “The Rub”-Delbert McClinton
128. “The Shape I’m In”-The Band
129. “The Theme to Chinatown”
130. “Tom and Annie”-Deric Ruttan
131. “Tom Dooley”-traditional
132. “Too Much of Nothing”-Bob Dylan and the Band
133. “Trick of the Light”-The Who
134. “Unmade Love”-The Triffids
135. “Vagabond Holes”-The Triffids
136. “Walkin’ After Midnight”-Patsy Cline
137. “Watching the Detectives”-Elvis Costello
138. “Weila, Weila, Weila”-The Dubliners
139. “What’s Her Name Today?”-Elvis Costello
140. “Whiskey in the Jar”-The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, others
141. “White City”-The Pogues
142. “Woods of Darney”-Richard Thompson
143. “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”-Patty Loveless
144. “Zoo-Music Girl”-The Birthday Party
145. "Killing Floor"-Howlin' Wolf

© Peter Rozovsky 2012

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Blogger Dana King said...

144 noir songs? That's gross.

(Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

A lot of my favorites in there, and some by favorite artists I'll have to catch up with. I'm sorry I'll miss your panel.

November 08, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks It went well. And many of these were suggestions from rDBB readers -- the Delbert McClintons were probably yours.

November 08, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I'll retitle this "A gross of noir songs"! Thanks.

November 08, 2012  
Anonymous D.A. Trappert said...

Need to add "The Road Goes on Forever" by Robert Earl Keen.

November 10, 2012  
Anonymous D.A. Trappert said...

Sorry - I was looking under the Rs!

November 10, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yeah, my program alphabetized the list by first word, whether or not it was an article. What the heck, that keeps my traffic a bit, since I got two posts from you instead of one.

Thanks for commenting. This list will give me plenty of interesting new listeining long after this conference is finished.

November 11, 2012  
Blogger Kelly Robinson said...

Wow, what a playlist! I would add "Kinder Murder" to the Elvis Costello choices ("There's a ladder to heaven from a battered stiletto...")

November 12, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. A few convention attendees offered additional suggestions, which I will post if

a) I wrote them in my notebook


b) I can read my handwriting.

I'll be interested to learn which "character" in "Kinder Murder" speaks the line you quoted.

November 12, 2012  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

Reading your list I realized that there is certainly much non-contemporary music that might qualify as noir. Case in point = Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. Which reminded me of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre and Le cygne, later made famous as a solo for ballerina as The Dying Swan.
The list goes on forever!

November 12, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Right. You saw Mahler on my list, and Berlioz and Carmen are there, too. I mentioned in my talk that when I told my paper's classical music critic about this project, he said, "If an opera doesn't have desperation in it, it's not good. An opera without desperation is a Broadway musical with opera singers."

The list goes on forever is right, which is why noir is life!

November 12, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Richard Edwards, who also attended the conference, nominated "The Cold Cold Ground" as Tom Waits' noirest song.

November 14, 2012  
Blogger Paul D Brazill said...

That would actually make a CRACKING LP box set. Good on you!

November 16, 2012  
Blogger B. C. Bell said...

I was sorry to see Howling Wolf's THE KILLING FLOOR didn't make the list. I think SUGAR's "That's a Good Idea" would make a great one too.

November 16, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Paul. A couple of us have discussed making up a CD for the next Noircon, in 2014.

November 16, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

B.C., I've added "Killing Floor" to the list. It's a hell of an addition. Thanks.

November 16, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fine list! Just stumbled upon it, but hopefully you'll permit me to add to it:

* Straight Time, Bruce Springsteen

* Film Noir, The Gaslight Anthem

* I Witnessed A Crime, Horrible Crows

All can be found on YouTube, look especially for the acoustic versions of each.

January 26, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. Compiling that list and reading the comments clued me in to quite a bit of music I had not known before.

Interesting you should single out the acoustic versions of each. Stripped-down instrumentation can add much to a dark, foreboding atmosphere, on "Atlantic City," for example.

January 26, 2016  

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