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The Cure - Galore    Mood Swings
DJ: Andy Wang
Perfect For: Moping with a sense of purpose; snapping out of a breakup or breakdown; rainy weather
Date: March 1, 2001
Length: 1:17
Average Rating: [an error occurred while processing the directive]

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Description: In an interview in the April 2001 issue of Gear magazine (which now employs me), former music publicist Harold Bloom talks about how songs move us, saying: "The average human goes through a major mood swing every two hours. In Bloomian terms that means that adults cycle through heaven and hell seven times a day. So if I give you a song, for three-and-a-half minutes it yanks you out of the hell that goes on inside you. That's three-and-a-half minutes of secular salvation."

Sometimes, though, you're sort of looking for hell or some kind of sadness. Maybe it's when you're trying to speed up the four stages of grief, or maybe it's when you're just brooding about something that matters to you and you alone. Here are some sad songs that actually say something, along with some angry songs and a couple about remembering when everything was OK. That is to say, here's an hour-long mood swing. For some reason, listening to all these songs actually makes me happy. Maybe they'll do the same for you.

1.   Bright Eyes       An Attempt to Tip the Scales
2. The Magnetic Fields Yeah, Oh Yeah!
3. Concrete Blonde Tomorrow, Wendy
4. R.E.M. Low
5. Depeche Mode Policy of Truth
6. Smoking Popes Pretty Pathetic
7. Elliott Smith Waltz No. 2
8. Travis Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
9. Jewel Angel Needs a Ride
10. Howard Jones No One Is to Blame
11. Fastball Out of My Head
12. The Donnas I Didn't Like You Anyway
13. Sleater Kinney The End of You
14. Violent Femmes Kiss Off
15. Nine Inch Nails Sin
16. Social Distortion Ball and Chain
17. Garbage My Lover's Box
18. Orgy Blue Monday
19. Goldfinger Just Like Heaven
20. The Cure Just Like Heaven
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