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21 Apr 2018 3:49 p.m. PST
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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

There can be no doubt that Linda Ronstadt has the loveliest voice ever.
So, I have a "stack" of L:inda set up on Youtube while I drink beer and do random surfing.
A lovely Mexican melody comes up, and the lovely Linda is singing about Mariachi music.
"Carmelita! Hold me tighter!
I'm all strung out on heroin
On the Outskirts of town."
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What??? Is that what I just heard? Why, yes it is! grin
And she is pawning her smith and Wesson, and the county cut off her methadone…

so, I do a few searches, and there is Dwight Yoakam and Flaco Jimenez…

Written by Warren Zevon, and that explains it all.

Anyway, this is my most recent jarring song.
That indescribably lovely voice singing about heroin.

What's yours?

myxemail Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 7:17 p.m. PST

Nina Hagen singing "New York, New York"

My wife leaves the room every time

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 7:39 p.m. PST

There's the song "Jars", by Chevelle.

And there's a group called Jars of Clay.

Is that jarring enough?


Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 8:08 p.m. PST

A lot of Zevon. "Play it All Night Long"

For jarring with sweet female voice, "Six Underground" by the Sneaker Pimps .

KSmyth25 Sep 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

My favorite Soundgarden song is "Fell on Black Days." and it just kills me that Chris Cornell is dead.

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders "Tattooed Love Boys" .

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 11:39 p.m. PST

Soft Cell – "Sex Dwarf"

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

It's a Small World.

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Major Mike26 Sep 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

Just about every song on Dan Fogelbergs album, "Windows and Walls". It is a very depressing album.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

But that's not my point. You EXPECT every Fogelberg song to be depressing.

You don't expect Linda Ronstadt to sing about heroin on such a lovely melody. That's what is jarring.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

Anything "jarring" from The Doors? :)


Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member26 Sep 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Only when they're Not Doors.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

"Marlene on the Wall"

I never quite liked the song, but we spent two whole hours of it being repeated over and over in English class because apparently it's one of those songs even a half-deaf language impaired boneheaded idiot can understand if rammed enough times down their throat.

I swear the teacher got a mini orgasm listening to it ever single time. Looking back, I should have chucked the tape player out of the window and taken the punishment like a man.

Justin Penwith Inactive Member26 Sep 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

"This is is the song that never ends…it just goes on and on my friends…."

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

Carmelitta is a fantastic song Zevon was a songwriting genius.

Most jarring song ? Whisky in the jar is pretty jarring….grin

waiting around to die by the late great Townes Van Zandt is a great and jarring song.

Both the album versions are superb in their different ways:

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It's a voice that divides opinion, but I love Amy Allison's Sheffield Streets :

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Glossop Road
Spital Hill
Castle Gate
the Crucible
Chapel Walk
Division Street
the Wicker and
the old Leadmill

I found a pub
and curled up like a cat
I wrote a song
on a beer mat

Nether Edge
Sharrow Vale
Oakdale Road
and Abbeydale
Eccles hall
Barker's Pool
the Cutlers' Hall

Major Mike26 Sep 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert, Pink Floyd. And, no, I didn't expect every Fogelburg song to be depressing when I bought the "new" Fogelburg album way back around 1984, great vocals singing about the murder of a waitress from a diner.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:39 p.m. PST


I give up.
It's people like you what cause unrest.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

As long as we're doing songs with JAR in the title, may as well use the best version.
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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:47 p.m. PST

"Herding cats", my left buttock.
"Herding bats" is more like it.
I blame you, Dan.

But as Leonidas said in that great historical epic, "THIF, IS TMP!"

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

Did he have a lisp ?

bobspruster27 Sep 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

"Alpine Highway", Horst Jankowski

MikeO FKA Durruti01 Oct 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

John, do you mean jarring as something unexpected from someone you didn't expect? Or jarring just because you like jarring and are looking for the ultimate in jarring? :)

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Seriously though, for music, gentle Syd Barret-influenced indie-pop Blur suddenly going all punk was in the jar:

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And earlier when The Beatles suddenly turned from pop idols to all weird and experimental:

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The Who back in the early days of the 60s when they did a bitter class themed song later covered by the Sex Pistols

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Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member02 Oct 2017 8:18 p.m. PST

OK,seriously. Song that upends expectations?

At the risk of sounding like a pretentious twerp, I pick Mahler's "As I Walked Out One Morning":

Fischer-Dieskau and Kubelik are better,just heart-breaking:

But the notes on the first one has lyrics and translation.

I'm sure the original audiences found it jarring indeed.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

"Alexander's Ragtime Band" disco version by Ethel Merman.
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Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member03 Oct 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

Hmm. Well. Hearing Ethyl Merman doing disco wasn't as jarring to me as hearing the Stones and Rod Stewart do it.

And those got played on supposedly disco-hating, "progressive" stations.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member04 Oct 2017 6:52 a.m. PST

To get back to the general tone of the thread, and balance out my highfalutin entry above, here's the most jarring one I could find:

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Hafel, at least the Stones and Stewart didn't attempt Ragtime Disco o_O

Ethel Merman Sings Disco is the best 50 I ever spent on an album, but the ragtime entry really does something jarring to the brain!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member04 Oct 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

OK,no argument here. Well spent.

Not disco,but if you want a "brain-jarring" album,look for this one:


Though "brain-dissolving" would be a better description. Here's a sample:

The rest is equally good.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

Oh my, she make Lord Sitar sound downright kosher:
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Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member04 Oct 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

Hey,at least that guy can play something! Though the band sounds like the Tijuana Brass.

"If I were a Rich Man"?


zoneofcontrol Inactive Member22 Apr 2018 2:42 p.m. PST

Telephone Man – Meri Wilson
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Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
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The Bonny Swans – Loreena McKennitt
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Pibroch (Cap In Hand) – Jethro Tull
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The Hanging Tree – Nightcore
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Gone – Ionna Gika
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HALO – Sea Stars
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