#1 By: pesco, July 8th, 2013 14:00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwXa1owy58o Murder ballads are the true crime novels of the 16th-19th centuries. The lyrics that tell the story of the murder were written, printed on broadsheets, and sold within days of the crime. Paul Slade is a UK journalist with a fascination for the history of murder ballads in the US and Europe. Above, classic… READ THE REST
#2 By: incarnedine_v, July 8th, 2013 14:23
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohPoiuzczlgNekromantix do a good job of picking up the proud tradition.
#3 By: Paul, July 8th, 2013 14:44
Shameless plug: my dear friends in the folk band Vandaveer recently recorded an album of murder ballads called "Oh Willie Please."
#4 By: ThatNeilGuy, July 8th, 2013 15:38
Steve Martin performs a fantastic take on the murder ballad (the song is called Pretty Little One) in his current concerts with Edie Brickell.
#5 By: Anton, July 8th, 2013 15:42
Is it wrong to enjoy this so much? What a fantastic weird little shelf in the music world. I would also recommend Nick Cave's Murder Ballads album. Some of them are new/fictional creations but Nick Cave's sinister factor really brings it all together.
#6 By: Jeremy Erwin, July 8th, 2013 15:58
Killington Hill is an interesting take on a murder ballad.
#7 By: Webbie Webbster, July 8th, 2013 15:59
My favourite is "Goodnight Irene" covered by nearly everybody.
#8 By: SweetSoubrette, July 8th, 2013 16:37
Another shameless plug: check out Charming Disaster's "Murderer" -- creepy and gorgeous. http://charmingdisaster.bandcamp.com/track/murderer
#9 By: Joe Castleman, July 8th, 2013 16:50
#10 By: The Mudshark, July 8th, 2013 16:54
The Viennese version of the murder ballad is called "Moritatenlied":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ooYB7K35EThis one tells the tale of an old couple who murder their own son when he comes back home from war to keep his miitary pay for themselves. Song starts at 0:20.
#11 By: Jim_Kirk, July 8th, 2013 17:38
Tom Lehrer's was always one of my favorites
#12 By: millie fink, July 8th, 2013 20:53
Wow, that song is horrible! And yet they sing it as if they're singing a baby to sleep.
I didn't even realize this is an entire genre! Uh, thanks?
And I guess the Violent Femmes Don't seem so original now.'
#13 By: robulus, July 8th, 2013 23:31
We bumped into Nick Cave one night outside the Annandale hotel just after he released his album of murder ballads. We didn't stop to chat. Kind of a shame, in retrospect.
#14 By: pesco, July 9th, 2013 00:26
Wow, great stuff folks. Thanks for sharing!
#15 By: Victorhazzard, July 9th, 2013 05:00
there's a version of this by gg allin called "watch me kill the boston girl." it's REALLY fucked up and i'm not going to link to it. i don't suggest listening to it. to make matters worse, the backing band is antiseen, a bunch of piece of shit nazis.
#16 By: Mark_Sniadecki, July 9th, 2013 13:06
For another modern example, Norah Jones' "Miriam" is pretty fantastic:
#17 By: Donovan Acree, July 10th, 2013 11:31
My three favorite are by Tom Waits
Romeo Is Bleeding
Murder In The Red Barn
#18 By: Anton, July 11th, 2013 11:44
I want to thank everyone in this thread for the music I'm listening to while in spreadsheet hell. Murder ballads, music of choice of sad overworked publishing assistants since 2013.
#19 By: pesco, July 13th, 2013 14:00
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