Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Top 10 "I'm Mad As Hell & I Am Not Going To Take This Anymore!" Songs - PART 1

I have learned since I have started this site that Blogging is a community thing.  Which is sometimes difficult as I am the poster boy for Narcissism.   I am working on it though and today is my first step.  I am very happy to be collaborating with one of my favorite Bloggers, Gita from Odd & Ends.  Her blog is a wonderful mix of Beauty, Music, and a celebration of Life in general.  We are both channeling our inner rage this week to bring you our top 10 "I'm Mad As Hell & I Am Not Going To Take This Anymore!" songs.  Gita is going to kick this off with the first 5 songs plus an honorable mention.

Anger: an emotional response related to one's psychological interpretation of having been threatened or hindered in some way. It often indicates when one's basic boundaries are violated. Well, sometimes it seemingly comes out of nowhere. Sometimes I just get angry at everybody, myself, and the neighbour's (otherwise super sweet) dogs. Don't get me wrong – I believe I'm a total beatnik at heart and I have a soul of an old hippie – you know, all that "I mean no harm, I come in peace" mumbo jumbo. I think of mosquitos as joyful harbingers of summer even when they bite the hell out of me, for god's sake. But sometimes an indescribable anger settles into my brain and soon it takes over my whole body. As a psychology student I believe that there are tons of harmful effects of suppressing your anger, so let it out: break something, yell at your teddy bear, rip off your old Barbie's head if you have to. Stay calm and count to 10? Yeah, that's common sense, but sometimes we don't need to hear that shiz. Sometimes we need to pump up the volume of our favourite "angry" song. Meet my top 6 "I'm angry as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore" songs:

1. Suicidal Tendencies: Institutionalized – "Could smash the TV with a baseball bat" kind of anger.

"I was in my room, and I was just like, staring at the walls thinking about everything but then again I was thinking about nothing, and then my mom came in, and I didn't even know she was there

She called my name and I didn't hear her, then she started screaming, "Mike! Mike!"

And I go, "What? What's the matter?"

She goes, "What's the matter with you?"

I go, "There's nothing wrong mom"

She goes, "Don't tell me that, you're on drugs!"

I go, "No mom, I'm not on drugs, I'm okay, I'm just thinking, you know? Why don' you get me a Pepsi?"

She goes, "NO! You're on drugs!"

I go, "Mom, I'm okay, I'm just thinking."

And she goes, "NO! You're not thinking you're on drugs!"

I go, "Mom, I'm okay, I'm just thinking!"

And she goes: "NO! You're not thinking you're on drugs! Normal people don't act that way!"

I go, "Mom, just get me a Pepsi, just one Pepsi," and she wouldn't give it to me, just a Pepsi!"

Jeez, all that Pepsi and drugs, right? Yeah, but it's considered the band's most popular song and has remained a live staple since it was first played in 1982. I love how the lyrics in the verses are not sung, but spoken in a run-on sentence style. That only makes me even more angry and agitated, which can result in a sudden anger burst. Preach, Mike!

2. Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the U.K. – "I'm feeling agitated as shit" kind of anger.

"I am an anti-Christ,

I am an anarchist,

Don't know what I want

But I know how to get it

I want to destroy the passerby"

The older I get, the more awesome this band seems to be. While the lyrics advocate a distinctive sense of over-the-top confusion, anger, restlessness, economic and social frustration, I wanna smack everything in my surroundings up and bang a cello to the wall (I don't own a cello, don't know where that came from). I wanna show my middle finger to everybody that even just looks at me. It still has the power to make me dance furiously and boy, I do mean furiously. All hail to the disenfranchised youth of 1970s, all hail to Johnny (ok, and Sid.).

3. NOFX: Wolves in Wolves' Clothing – "I have too much energy, I'm angry at everybody and I want to put fire to the neighbour's trash can" kind of anger.

"We are Animal Farm Pigs, we are a Terry Gilliam film

We are fear Oligarchy, we are wolves in wolves' clothing,

we are this planet's kidney stones.

In the process of getting passed, metamorphosis from first to last

A system breaking down beyond repairs

A product of three million millionaires, a hundred million easy marks."

Aaaah, the sweet sound of catchy melodic punk. This one takes me to a trip down memory lane since we were listening to NOFX religiously during the elementary school. The drummer, Eric Sandin, was my biggest love at that time. It was serious: I had his poster on the wall which is the highest form of admiration when you're 13. Otherwise I think the song is a great example of NOFX's smart ass-ish writing and an admirable play on words. It also makes me wanna do something a bit bad to someone else's property.

4. Garbage: I'm Only Happy When It Rains – "I'm on my period" kind of anger.

"I only smile in the dark

My only comfort is the night gone black

I didn't accidentally tell you that

I'm only happy when it rains

You'll get the message by the time I'm through

When I complain about me and you

I'm only happy when it rains."

You may think that this is a pretty light song, a real "pussy song", if you will. It's not a particularly angry song either, but there's that one riff in it that I find extremely angry and a bit sad. And lord do I found it satisfying when the monthly period nagging begins. The song's about wanting love but knowing that life will always get in the way of it, yet not being obliterated by that. It's also supposed to be a song for people who know what's like to live on the dark side, but I don't think I agree with that - let's not get too deep. I like to alternate between sobbing and anger when this song is playing. Anyhow, I always love me some ironic bubble gum pop-noir.

5. Body Count: Cop Killer – "that officer's face really pisses me of, just because" kind of anger.

"I got my brain on hype

Tonight'll be your night

I got this long-assed knife

And your neck looks just right

My adrenaline's pumpin'

I got my stereo bumpin'

I'm 'bout to kill me somethin'

a pig stopped me for nuthin'!"

Oh boy, that beat, that energy, the lyrics; Ice-T nailed it. It's a classic protest song, sung in the first person as a character who is fed up with police brutality. It also serves great as an anger filter when you're really mad at your lame-ass professors at Uni. Just swap the word "cop" with "professor". It works. But don't get too carried away, you don't really want to kill anybody.

6. "The honourable mention" (I kinda stole this one from Fran's list): Drowning Pool: Bodies – "I'm just plainly pissed off" kind of anger.

"Skin against skin blood and bone

You're all by yourself but you're not alone

You wanted in now you're here

Driven by hate."

"Let The Bodies Hit The Floor"! The lyrics build up gradually, counting up from one to four, shouting the number each time until reaching the highest level of aggressiveness. This one's for when you're about to explode, when the anger is pressing on your temples and the pressure simply hits the roof. Basically, this is it: the time to do something evil is upon you.

Now let's all take a deep breath and count to ten.

Yours truly,


(For Part 2 visit ODDS & ENDS)

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