Feature: The Top Ten Songs About "Paranoia" in Honor of the Film
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:06:08
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Decent Music entertains...Good Music Engages...Great music captivates the senses, hijacks the emotions, and casts a hypnotic spell, transcending your current reality as you lose yourself to the song...
At its best, this hypnotic power can be used to evoke a euphoric relaxation and joy – think of the blissful daze we all secretly feel when listening to “don’t worry be happy”. It's ubiquitous yes, but so soothing.
On the other side of the coin, this power can be used to brew anger, arouse fear, or plague you with Paranoia.
One minute you're in your car, windows down, mildly annoyed by L.A. traffic but enjoying the sunset and feeling the vibe, the next you have an ominous feeling of superstition and a vague undirected sense of qualm.
In honor of the Relativity Media film, Paranoia coming out next Friday, August 16, and scored by one of the most innovative musicians of our time, Junkie XL, we want to introduce you to some music with the power to hijack your senses, leaving you paranoid.
Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"
Lyrics: “Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify”
So, this has got to be the heaviest anthem about Paranoia of all-time. Just hearing Ozzy Osbourne's wail and Tony Iommi's immortal riffing makes us anxious!
Garbage – "I think I'm Paranoid"
Lyrics: “I think I'm paranoid ... Manipulate it ... I think I'm paranoid ... And complicated”
Shirley Manson sounds so sexy here, especially on the bridge, that she's welcome to make us paranoid with her anytime. This is another classic about our subject at hand.
Ellie Goulding – "Lights"
Lyrics: “Noises I play within my head ... Touch my own skin and hope that I'm still breathing. And I think back to when my brother of my sister slept in an unknown place the only time I feel safe.”
Now, this one isn't obviously about paranoia, but when you take a closer listen to that big shimmering hook and really examine the lovely Miss Goulding's lyrics, you'll hear the truth—or will you?
Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
Lyrics: “You kill my mind, mind Paranoia, paranoia Everybody's coming to get me.”
This one makes us paranoid that the nineties will come back and beat us into submission with Pogs, JNCO Jeans, and Full House re-runs.
Queens of the Stone Age – “I Appear Missing”
Lyrics: “Nowhere to run, no more room to pretend, Wandering along the road in a summer night”
Joshua Homme's desert-kissed guitar riff and ominous crooning makes us feel like there's always something lurking just around the bend.
Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”
Lyrics: “The dust and the screaming ... The yuppies networking The panic, the vomit...”
It's so classic hipsters everywhere are now paranoid they will never get to not pay for another Radiohead album.
Kanye West – “Paranoid”
Lyrics: “Why are you so paranoid Don't be so paranoid Don't be so....”
When it comes to our boy 'Ye, the only people that need to be paranoid are paparazzi.
The Kinks – “Destroyer”
Lyrics: “And there's a little yellow man in my head... And there's a true blue inside of me ... That keeps stoppin me, touchin ya, watchin ya, lovin ya ...Paranoia, the destroyer. Paranoia, the destroyer.” This one's got a sick riff, and for that reason alone it's on here! Plus the lyrics mention "Paranoia" like a hundred times...we can't count that high...
Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
Lyrics: “I've seen it, I've been it Can't delete it feels like jail ... Full moon in da klink shinin' don't sleep ... Surveillance post my bail” Cyber hip-hop punks are so innovative and inventive that they're making the competition paranoid.
Korn — "Paranoid and Aroused"
Okay, so this is a number from Korn's brilliant forthcoming epic, The Paradigm Shift out October 8 on Prospect Park. It features original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in the fold—heck yeah! The song itself is another grinding and guttural piece of heavy metal bliss with a distinct electronic bounce. Lyrically, as frontman Jonathan Davis tells us, it was inspired by "watching crowds in the EDM scene rubbing up on each other and acting 'Paranoid and Aroused' at shows and festivals". Sounds like a good time to us...
Junkie XL – Paranoia score
This is yet another Junkie XL album that serves as a testament to Tom Holkenborg’s versatility as a musician and role as a pioneer in electronic music – the Paranoia score blends elements of electronica over Junkie XL's characteristic bass-heavy hooks, entrancing the listener.
Tom creates the unsettling paranoia-inducing listening experience by utilizing a couple of analogue synths (to be specific for the music-geeks out there, he uses Moog Voyager, Oberheim Sem pro V and Boomstar synths). You don’t often hear full analogue sounds anymore in modern film scores, but this innovative technique helped Tom create tension moments original in both sound and context, pulling the viewer into a paranoid captivation as JXL proves he too can #ChangeTheGame with the Film ...
The score casts the spell of captivated superstition, elevating Paranoia's corporate espionage story.
Has this cast a Paranoid spell over you?
We can’t wait to see what Junkie XL can do with the Paranoia score!
What's your favorite song about Paranoia?
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