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February 21, 2017


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Radiohead's first album was "Pablo Honey", not "Honey Pablo".

Thanks for spotting that, Dan. I've fixed it in the text above.

My vote is "Exit Music (for a Film)", perhaps the saddest song of all time.

This is such a fantastic analysis, very interesting. I would like to see how "True Love Waits" ranks in it's original form off the "I Might Be Wrong" album. Also, some of the live versions are more upbeat. Still sad, but I think the version on "A Moon Shaped Pool" makes it sound even sadder. It's definitely my all time favorite Radiohead song.

Could you compare Radiohead to Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree?
He's the master of sadness for me!


There's a convention. Titles of albums are italicised, while titles of tracks are quoted.

So: Radiohead's debut, Pablo Honey, was fairly poppy musically, but contained some pretty dark lyrics (especially in the break-out hit, "Creep").

I was wondering whether you could change the code so that one could pick a number of songs that one feels are depressing from one or more bands to determine one's Gloom Index and valence score? For instance, what would be my Gloom Index with the following songs: The Doors "End of the Night," and "The End," "Auld Lang Syne," Mazzy Star's "Fade into you," and "Look on down from the bridge ,"Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," Nirvana's "Something in the way," Beck's "Blackhole," Sarah McLachlan's "Hold on," Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone again (naturally)," Hank Williams' "Alone and Forsaken," Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain," Tears for Fears' "Mad World," and Damien Rice's "9 Crimes."

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