30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 20

Day 20 - A Song You Listen to When You're Angry

Musick hath Charms to soothe a savage Breast, to soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.

Of course, that's one way to go — to use music to effect change. On the other hand, when I'm feeling ragy, I generally prefer to listen to music that matches my mood.

A song I listen to when I'm angry is "Bodies" by Drowning Pool.

RAWWWRRRR!

Yep, like I've said — varied musical tastes. I love this song. I love the pace, I love the rhythm, I love the structure. I love the fury. It's a great song to play when there's something bubbling just under the surface, or something that's sticking in my craw.

And, assuming I don't have any need to use my voice for the eight hours or so afterward, it's a song that I absolutely love to do at karaoke. Never fails to get a rise out of a crowd.

Unfortunately, this song has been involved in more than its fair share of controversy over the years. It came out in May 2001 and had some decent success. The WWE picked it up to use as the theme song for their August 2001 Summerslam pay-per-view, giving it even more exposure. And then 9/11 happened and, despite the fact that the song's about being in a mosh pit, the lyric "… let the bodies hit the floor…" took on a rather negative connotation. The song more or less disappeared from the radio immediately.

In 2003, it was also used as part of interrogation techniques with prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. More recently, it was used as background music in a video created by the shooter in the January 2011 incident in Arizona that seriously injured U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Hell of a lot of baggage for one song.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio - "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album - "Gulf War Song" by Moxy Früvous
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry - "Bodies" by Drowning Pool
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year