I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard by Tom ReynoldsENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - May 26th, 2006 - Ten Things We Love This Week
3. I HATE MYSELF AND I WANT TO DIE, by Tom Reynolds
This roundup of 52 of the most maudlin songs ever penned, from Manilow to Metallica, will move you to tears of despair — or shrieks of helpless laughter.
PLAYBOY - There must be a section of Tom Reynoldss record collection that wards off disc jockeys like a cross repels vampires. The writer/TV producers steep descent into depressing pop music, I Hate Myself and Want to Die is a humorous song-by-song analysis of the most egregious examples of audio torture. Its title may sound like a hackneyed VH1 special, but Reynolds steps above pointless banter by demonstrating some serious scholarship, exposing gut-wrenching stories behind these songs like the telling fact that the writers of Without You, covered by Mariah Carey, both hung themselves....Overall, his picks are solid and stick to chart-topping tragedies, ranging from the Billie Holiday lynching tune Strange Fruit (Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze) to a prescient analysis of Johnny Cashs superior cover of Trent Reznors Hurt. Reynolds also manages to sneak in some unknown misfires, like his number one pick The Christmas Shoes, a Christian adult contemporary Christmas song (already depressing) about poor kids buying slippers for their terminally ill mom to wear in heaven (kill me already).
NEW MUSIC EXPRESS - Full of premium trivia and pinpoint pomposity pricking, Reynolds has made comedy gold from the full base metal of misery.
WHATS ON IN LONDON - A sustained and superbly observed insight into some of rock musics most memorable follies, it is an absolute must-read. Brilliant.
UNCUT Magazine - Tom Reynolds, an American TV producer who manages to combine the wit of Dave Barry with the musical tastes of a bath towel, takes a simple concept and pulls great big inappropriate belly laughs from it....Genius.
Anne Stephenson, THE REPUBLIC - To write a book like this, you need a working knowledge of music recorded over the past 70 years and an astute and merciless sense of humor. Tom Reynolds is our man..
Rob Lester, EDGE MAGAZINE - What makes this book so worthwhile and more than just cathartic (oh, it is that!) is the humor. Reynolds’ language is colorful and clever and his greatest skills are sarcasm and funny, funny exaggeration for effect... Smug? Absolutely. But it’s mostly a hoot.
PUCKNATION - I Hate Myself and Want to Die, is one of the most brilliant looks at music and popular culture Ive read in a long time. This collection of essays rips through music with ludicrous comments, humor and sarcasm. Reynolds’ knack for timing and wit allows him to tear seemlessly through these songs, with great results....An instant classic and perfect bathroom reading.
ROCKNWORLD - Dontcha just love discovering a book that is too funny to be read in public, that makes eating or drinking while reading it a sure way to choke & die? What makes the subject matter of this book even better is its importance & truth.....His treatments of Evanescences entry on the list & Metallica are so funny that I wish I could quote the entire chapters here.
Her last words (depression based)
The Best Metal Songs About Suicide
Songs about depression can be the best place to turn when the black dog comes around. We asked the whole NME team for their top picks of what to listen to when the going gets tough, and this is what we came up with: 50 of the best songs about depression, old and new. The common thread of them all, though, is that they all help put dark thoughts into perspective. These dark lyrics were written while the band were on tour, after they heard about a teen who left a suicide note for his parents. Its lyrics are intermittently angry and melancholy, wanting to cover up all the brightness in the world. This song instantly belonged to everyone except us, and that honestly means the world to me. I think it has the attention and release that all good songs should have.
FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song. I was 15 years old when a male friend drove his truck out to the middle of nowhere one night and didn't come back. He died by suicide, and a part of me went with him. Death by suicide runs deep in my family, across generations. I hated that it touched my friends, too. Sadly, while the rest of his peers graduated, went off to college or the military, or found work in local factories, my friend missed out.
49 ‘Adam’s Song’ – Blink 182
Still other heavy metal songs about suicide address the agony of those left behind when someone is lost. These are among the most powerful of them all. Many of these metal songs about suicidal thoughts fall under the category of a subgenre known as black metal. Plenty of black metal songs address feelings of isolation, loneliness, rage, and anger. The lyrics are honest, poignant and, at times, quite brutal.
On TV, the song served as a straighter introduction to a show that was never shy about veering into the openly sad and melodramatic. Fun fact: It took two days for him to die. But you know who gets him? Don McLean. Talk about cold comfort. In this song by Minnesota alt-rock quartet Trip Shakespeare, suicide is portrayed as just the opposite: a joyous, freeing victory against the forces that bind and oppress you. At least he backs out at the end.
What are the best country songs about suicide? Whether its a personal conflict or you know of someone who's having a difficult situation there are many songs that also deal with this difficult subject. Often these songs can be uplifting, they can help us understand, and sometimes they can just make us sadder. Regardless of the type of approach they take to the subject of suicide, the best of these songs are on this list. Songs have the ability to make us feel.