Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy/Sad Hangover

What happens in the mind of a listener when sad lyrics are blended with happy tunes? Mori and Iwanaga believe a sad/happy combination “captures something about the complexity of emotion” that we find aesthetically pleasing, triggering what they call “polyvalent pleasant feelings.” At a physical level, they think an upbeat melody triggers the release of the hormone prolactin, which is associated with calmness. With this relaxing chemical accompaniment, they say, sad feelings can be experienced “without … real psychic pain.”

Listen HERE:

10:04AM Elton John “I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself” from Honky Château (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1972) on djm records (USA)

10:06AM Roger Miller “Dang Me” from Super Hits (Vinyl, Comp, Private)

10:06AM Henson Cargill “Skip a Rope” from Henson Cargill - His Very Best on K-Tel

10:09AM Erroll Garner “Where or when” from Concert By the Sea

10:11AM Abba “S.O.S.” from ABBA

10:16AM The Fortunes “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” from Best of the Fortunes (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private) on Great American Music Company/F2K

10:17AM The Buckinghams “Kind of a Drag” from 5 Hits By The Buckinghams on Buckinghams Music/F2K

10:20AM John Barry “Midnight Cowboy” from Soundtrack to the Midnight Cowboy (CD, Album, Other)

10:22AM The Beatles “Hello, Goodbye” from Magical Mystery Tour (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Single, Private, 1967) on Apple (Apple, US)

10:28AM The Muppets “Once in a Lifetime” from Marc Time Archives

10:29AM Leon Russell “Tightrope” from Carney (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1972) on Shelter

10:29AM The Bonzo Dog Band “Slush” from Let's Make Up and Be Friendly (2007) on EMI UK (UK)

10:39AM Electric Light Orchestra “Tightrope” from A New World Record (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1976) on Jet

10:39AM The Delgados “Mr. Blue Sky” from The Complete BBC Peel Sessions (2006) on Chemikal Underground

10:41AM The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra “Ever Fallen in Love?” from The Royal Best

10:43AM The Supremes “Baby Love” from The Greatest on UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) (Canada)

10:43AM Smoky Robinson and the Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Gold

10:52AM Marvin Gaye “I Heard it through the grapevine” from Marvin Gaye Icon (CD, Album, 2008) on Mbop Direct - Nayco Entertainment

10:52AM Billy Stewart “A Fat Boy Can Cry” from At His Best on Rew Records

11:00AM Big Star “Feel (Alternate Mix)” from #1 Record (CD, Album, Private, 1972) on Ardent (, US)

11:00AM Paul Mauriat “Love is blue” from Best of Paul Mauriat (2003) on Universal Music Division Mercury

11:02AM XTC “The Disappointed” from Nonsuch (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1993) on Virgin Records (UK)

11:03AM Tears for Fears “Everybody wants to rule the world” from Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD, 1992) on Mercury (, USA)

11:03AM Julee Cruise “It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” from Until the End of the World (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1991) on Warner Bros. (USA)

11:14AM The Flaming Lips “Do You Realize??(Instrumental)” from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (CD, Album, Private, 2011) on Polyvinyl Records (,, United States)

11:16AM The Beatles “Help!” from Help! (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1965) on Parlophone UK (US)

11:17AM The Rutles “Ouch!” from The Rutles (CD, Album, Private, 1978) on Rhino/Warner Bros. (USA)

11:23AM Todd Rundgren “Couldn't I Just Tell You” from Something/Anything? (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1972) on Bearsville (, US)

11:32AM Hugo Montenegro “Son Sung Blue” from Neil's Diamonds

11:32AM Lesley Gore “It's My Party” from It's My party! (Best)

11:33AM Dionne Warwick “I'll Never Fall in Love Again” from The Ultimate Dionne Warwick Collection on Carter Lane - OMiP (, Los Angeles)

11:34AM The Zombies “She's Not There” from Begin Here:The Singles

11:39AM Burt Bacharach “I'll Never Fall In Love Again” from Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits (Vinyl, Album, Private, 1997) on Geffen (USA)

11:41AM The Ramones “The Kkk Took My Baby Away” from Pleasant Dreams (Single, 1981)

11:45AM Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” from Rumours (Vinyl, Album, Private, 1975) on Warner Bros. (USA)

11:46AM Elvis Costello “I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down” from Get Happy (1980) on Ryko

11:51AM Harry Nilsson “You're Breaking My Heart (Censored Version)” from Son of Schmillson (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1972) on BMG (UK)

11:53AM The Who “So Sad About Us ” from A Quick One (Mono Version) on Geffen (USA)

11:54AM Jerry Lee Lewis “Over the Rainbow” from Country Classics (Vinyl, Comp, Private, 2008) on European Music Group

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