that cold black cloud is comin' down
via stereogum: something called the bereavement register offers up survey data (n=5,000, presumably in the UK) on the songs people wish to have played at their funerals. evidently, about half of us have given this question some thought. here are the top 10 in the survey:
1. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt
2. Angels - Robbie Williams
3. I've Had the Time of My Life - Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
4. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
5. Pie Jesu - Requiem
6. Candle in the Wind - Elton John
7. With or Without You - U2
8. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
9. Every Breath You Take - The Police
10. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
uh, no. treacly won't work for me -- and every breath you take is just plain creepy. why candle in the wind but not funeral for a friend? knockin' on heaven's door made the top 20 (dylan rather than guns n' roses, of course), but i see no real rockers. i wouldn't opt for gloomy death metal, but wouldn't you prefer a greasy, sweaty, loud, and triumphant send-off? my kids will understand, i'm sure. so my current pick is humble pie's i don't need no doctor. presumably, at that point, i will not in fact need no doctor.*
Which song would you select? i wanna be sedated? dead skunk? walkin' on sunshine? electric funeral? comfortably numb? vacation? a love supreme?
* recognize the skinny kid with the big red hollow-body off to the right? he sold 16 million records five years later. i bumped into the video researching the thesis that jack white is steve marriott. i'd have suggested 30 days in the hole, which is kind of funny in a funeral context, but the drug references leave me cold, so to speak.