I recently fell into the black hole that is TV Tropes (don’t click! don’t click that link! YOU STILL HAVE STUFF YOU GOTTA DO TODAY) and somehow ended up reading through several hundred examples of “Soundtrack Dissonance.” You know, like when a nice cheerful upbeat song plays during a scene where folks are getttin’ disemboweled and stuff. Think Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Halloween, etc.
The thing is, I’ve had several songs positively RUINED FOREVER for me, and none of them made that list, because they all happened on television. Creepy, creepy television. Here are the songs I can no longer listen to without getting a mild to moderate case of the heebie jeebies, and one song I simply cannot listen to at all, ever.
SONG: “Beyond the Sea”
RUINED BY: Lost
Remember way, way back to the early episodes of Lost when we had no idea what was going on and everything — EVERYTHING — was ominous and creepy and mysteriously threatening? Perfect time for a little campfire singalong, then!
SONG: “Make Your Own Kind of Music”
RUINED BY: Lost, again
Wait, why is there food? And electricity? Who is this dude? What in Sam Hill is going on and what is he injecting into his arm and *record scratch* HOLY SHIT HE’S IN THE HATCH THERE’S A PERSON IN THE HATCH HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT.
SONG: “Tonight You Belong To Me”
RUINED BY: American Horror Story
I couldn’t find a video of the actual scene, but if you’ve seen it I’m guessing it’s not necessary. Just try to get through the first verse without looking under your desk for rogue Infantata zombie demons.
SONG: “Que Sera Sera”
RUINED BY: American Horror Story, again
Okay, I might be jumping the gun here, since this song (so far) has only appeared in the season two promos, but if you’ve spent any time watching the mind-bending fucked-upped-ness that are the American Horror Story Asylum teasers, trailers and promos, you’ll understand. This song already creeps me the fuck out and I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ALL THOSE BUCKETS YET.
SONG: “Wonderful, Wonderful”
RUINED BY: The X-Files
Yep. This episode (“Home”, natch) pretty much scarred me for life. It pretty much scarred the WORLD for life. And this poor innocent song will never, ever recover.
I’m sure there are others. What songs make the hairs on the back of your neck go up and unsettled?TOP POSTS