tracks that GENUINELY send shivers down your spine without fail

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God Only KNows is like watching Bjorn Bjorg or Tiger Woods play. unimpeachable, best in the world, technically perfect, oddly unmoving.

I tend to agree with this (although I'd argue that Pet Sounds has some very moving moments), but the harmony/voice leading in the chorus and coda, and the way the notes take shape as they ascend in little increments, then hit plateaus, then soar, then fall, is still pretty fuckin' cool.

Jody Beth Rosen, Saturday, 31 August 2002 19:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also on the classical shiver-giving tip: anything by Penderecki.

And, uh, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 (especially "The Suicide"). Although it's so chilling it's practically comical.

Jody Beth Rosen, Saturday, 31 August 2002 20:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York (the chorus after the quarrelling verse)
St Etienne: Like a Swallow (when the bell clears the fog and the voice comes in)
Tracey Ullman: They Don't Know (um, I Don't Know -- maybe I'm just a sucker for bells? Come to think of it, the bells make the Cave & Kylie hit come pretty close to this list as well. And The Shangri-Las' Give Us Your Blessing. Aha. There we have it.)

OleM (OleM), Saturday, 31 August 2002 22:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

well i explained how "..year 2525" works in another thread and i do know a whole family who've always been scared of it, so it does tend to scare half-cut crowds recently reminded of the words via karaoke playback

but i almost can't listen to Scott Walker's "The Electrician"

george gosset (gegoss), Sunday, 1 September 2002 05:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I watched Rattle & Hum ealier tonight and felt a shiver 3 different times during Sunday Bloody Sunday. Defying all my snob instincts, that era of U2 can still get to me. Damn them.

bnw (bnw), Sunday, 1 September 2002 05:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm delurking (hi!) cause I had to second the Pogues/Kirsty one. Damn, but that's .. everything this question is asking for.


Bowie - "Absolute Beginners."
Eminem - "Hallie's Song." Not as much now, because I overlistened to it, foolish me.
Concrete Blonde - "Tomorrow Wendy."
Tori Amos - "Winter." (And I'm not a Tori fan, really, apart from Little Earthquakes and that EP)
Elvis Presley - "In the Ghetto."
"Suicide is Painless," specifically as sung in the movie.
Leather Strip's mix of the Cure's "Lullaby." Different kind of shivers.
INXS - "The Stairs."
The Kinks - "Celluloid Heroes."
The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony."
Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees."
Van Morrison - "Tupelo Honey."

Bill Kte'pi (ktepi), Sunday, 1 September 2002 06:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can think of but three tracks..

Kitchens of Distinction - "Gone World Gone"

Low - "Laser Beam"

and ..

Inner Life - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (the 10 minute remix)

JC (JC A.), Sunday, 1 September 2002 16:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ron- Winter Sleepers? The Tom Twyker film? Never seen it. I believe he uses Pärt in his film, "Heaven" as well. Seeing certain music in a film kind of ruins it for me, just the same as seeing a film based on a book can often interfere with the way I visualize the characters/scene in my head as I read. But that's another thread...

Ryan McKay, Sunday, 1 September 2002 21:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Something Moves Within My Heart," the "5" Royales.
"God Save the Queen," Sex Pistols.
"I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me," Little Richard.
"For Your Precious Love," Jerry Butler and the Impressions.
"Naive Melody," Talking Heads.
"That's How Strong My Love Is," O.V. Wright.
"Just Another High," Roxy Music.

I'm afraid I'm going to have bad dreams knowing that "Nightswimming" sends shivers down someone's spine.

Burr, Sunday, 1 September 2002 23:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Commodores, "Nightshift"
Neutral Milk Hotel, "Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2"
Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"
Marianne Faithfull, "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
Slint, "Good Morning, Captain"

Underclocked, Monday, 2 September 2002 03:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"nightswimming" is a great song because it reminds me of douglas coupland's "life after god," which in turn reminds me of end of summer teenage fun. boo.

cybele, Monday, 2 September 2002 04:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was tempted to throw down a few lush electronic tunes that hit the spot but its just not in my blood. Rock on then...

Id have to second that "boom" in Soma.Fantastic.

Tonights the Night- Neil Young

Sinead O Conner does the trick a few times on "I do not want what I havent got"

Dire Straits(yes!)play the single most chilling song Ive heard- a live version of "Where do you think youre going". We he moans "you better go with me girl" you know hes not fooling around.Scary shit.

Nirvana- the end of that Leadbelly tune where he lets out a goulish sigh or breath on Unplugged

Otis Redding "Dock of the Bay" of course.

Kiwi, Monday, 2 September 2002 05:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

guns n' roses!!

ron (ron), Monday, 2 September 2002 06:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Judy Collins' "Send In The Clowns"
Julie Covington's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
Sinead O Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" (actually this isn't "without fail". but it's 70% accurate which is about as high as you can usually go)
ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All" and often "The Visitors" and "Happy New Year" too
Kate Bush's "The Hounds Of Love" (the "I found a fox..." verse, I'm getting shivers just TYPING it!)
Scott Walker's "Boy Child" (I thought this one had worn off but apparently not, hooray)
The Pet Shop Boys' "Left To My Own Devices" extended version (has to be extended because it's the extra verse that does it)

probably lots more. For ages I couldn't think of any answer to this thread but then Julie C came on my playlist.

Tom (Groke), Monday, 2 September 2002 06:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

dead can dance ''the host of seraphim''
band of susans ''Ice age'' (when Stenger finishes off with ' keep on dreaming/an endless dream' and that guitar comes in, phew!).
''Sometimes'' by MBV (its when he stops singing, towards the end).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 2 September 2002 07:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello - I Want You (the intro)
Langely Schools Music Project - Saturday Night
St. Etienne - I was born on Christmas Day
Elvis Costello - I Want You (the rest)

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 2 September 2002 08:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Probably got the wrong end of the stick here, but... the slide into the guitar solo in Can You Dig It? by The Mock Turtles. Euphoric and a half... feels like one of those hermetically sealed moment, you forget that the band probably did nowt worthwhile after this, the singer was an ugly sod whose main claim to fame in later years would be being Steve Coogan's brother - British pop shrugging off the complex, forgetting the self-imposed restrictions and running off free to be as ace as it feels... pretentious, mebbe, but that bit, that second, is so outstanding...

But, maybe more than this, pretty much all of the Delgados' new album. It's like their previous stuff, but it's all realised so much better than anything they've done before, probably even Peloton - this could just be euphoria induced by putting 'The Light Before We Land' on again a minute ago, but... no, it isn't. It has a children's choir on a bit of it, and even that doesn't sound shite. It may just be me being indie, and the probability that no-one else will like it, and that no, it might not be breaking any new ground, and yeah, maybe it does sound fucking 'prog', as some will probably say, and perhaps there's fucking 'Dave Fridmann wank' in there somewhere... I don't have the words for this one. It comes out October 14th. And you may well hate it. It's worth the risk though, in my eyes anyway. Argh. Plugging. Off Topic. Fuck-uck-uck....

Mr Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 September 2002 10:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and the bit at the start of Nina Nastasia's 'I Go With Him', where the cellos (I think) just glide in, underneath the guitars... that's sublime, that.

Mr Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 September 2002 10:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hello, I'm finally de-lurking too.

Seconding the huge depth charge thingy in 'Chasing a Bee' and also the Jimmy Cliff - ESPECIALLY when actually watching him wander through Kingston in the film.

Also, the 'i must confess that my lonliness...' bit in the middle of 'Hit me baby one more time' where the tune kind of turns inside out

the ridiculously intense 'BABY! BABY! BABY!' in 'I want you back'

in Jonathon Richman's 'Hospital', 'last time i walked down your street, there probably were, uh, tears in my eyes'

the building paranoid mania in the ojays' 'backstabbers' - " i keep getting visits from all my friends.........they come to my house again and again and again and again........WELL ARE THEY HERE TO SEE MY WOMAN? I DON'T EVEN BE HOME BUT THEY JUST KEEP COMING"

the bit i 'you've lost that loving feeling' where they go absolutely mental imploring over each other to their baby

"all i want is peace and love on this planet" massive barrage of PE noise come to a dead halt, Chuck D sounding more righteous than even he's managed before "ain't that how god planned it" massive barrage begins again

the accapella breakdown bit in the first song on GZA's 'liquid swords' where it all comes close to falling apart and then gathers itself back together as the beat comes in.

"hey pauly pauly paul let's have a ball" from 'gigantic'

"well i dropped into a church, along the way. I GOT DOWN ON MY KNEES....." from California Dreamin'. And whenever this is played in 'Chunking Express' (which is often), well it's just all too much....

adam b (adam b), Monday, 2 September 2002 11:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm (when the final refrain hits, with that high-pithched mewling noise in the background) - Yes yes yes yes! but I've probably listened to it to much.

Also Pavement's 'Trigger Cut', especially early in the song between the words "and" and "lust" when the guitars suddenly switch from tense & rhythmic to sublimely chimey. The grain of distortion is just perfect but at the same time I seem to imagine a heavenly hidden cleaner guitar sound buried under it.

Today I was watching O Brother Where Art Thou and thoroughly enjoying it and started to feel tingly during a song with beautiful female vocal harmonies.

Keith McD (Keith McD), Monday, 2 September 2002 12:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

David R.: This Heat "Paper Hats" MY GOD that song is unbelievable!

Keith McD (Keith McD), Monday, 2 September 2002 12:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The live bootleg from Toronto of Radiohead performing Lucky - that gets me every time.

Grandaddy - So You'll Aim Towards The Stars

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

and responding to various comments earlier in the thread, I got 100 Days Off by Underworld last week and it's been glued inside my CD player ever since - it's far more chilled than Beaucoup Fish but definitely worth buying.

Ben Graham, Monday, 2 September 2002 13:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Raekwon: "Rainy Dayz"

My Bloody Valentine: "Swallow" & "No More Sorry"(Just 2 out of many!)

Sonic youth: "The Sprawl" & "JC"

Trail of Dead: "Another Morning Stoner" & "Claire De Lune"

Prince: "If I was your Girlfriend"

At The Drive-In: "Arcarsenal"

A Perfect Circle: "The Hollow"

Marvin Gaye: "Flyin' High"

Basement Jaxx: "Being With You" & "All I Know"

Tool: "Lateralus" & Pushit (Any version, but I'm partial to the one on Salival)

Tricky: "Devil's Helper" & "Tonite is a Special Nite"

Massive Attack: "Unfinished Sympathy" & "Protection"

Joy Division: "The Eternal"

Brenya, Monday, 2 September 2002 17:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Slush" by Bonzo Dog Band!

matt riedl (veal), Monday, 2 September 2002 19:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I should have thought of (For) Your Precious Love myself, as it's an all-time favourite of mine - I have the song by 14 different acts. My favourites would certainly be the versions by Geater Davis and especially Linda Jones, which would send shivers down anyone's spine.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 2 September 2002 20:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Stranger in Moscow", Michael Jackson. The beat-boxing at the start, then the intrumental intro.

Daine, Tuesday, 3 September 2002 04:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Roberta Flack - "The first time ever I saw your face" for the bit when she sings "and the first time ever I lay with you" for being kind of icky and uncomfortable like she's being too personal now

Townes van Zandt - "If I had no place to fall" for the when his voice first comes in with the title line and the ache forces the shiver down

Chopin - Nocturnes - the really painful one towards the end of the first side of the LP - all the way through he's been almost delivering on the melody but never quite and then finally lets it out but in a really uncomfortable way that's still beautiful. Like having your genitals whipped at the point of orgasm or something.

EPMD - "Get off the bandwagon" - when the music stops halfway through and Erick just says "Sucker" in a really pitying way. Ooooh.

Q-Tex - "the power of love" - if you remember the name of the song you probably know why...

Jacob, Tuesday, 3 September 2002 10:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ash - "Folk Song"
Interpol - "NYC"
Beck - "Guess I'm Doing Fine"
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead - "Source Tags & Codes"
Wilco - "Poor Places"
Bjork - "All Is Full Of Love"
Dillinger Escape Plan f/ Mike Patton - "When Good Dogs Do Bad"
Radiohead - "Life In A Glasshouse"
DNTEL - "(This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan"

Simon H., Tuesday, 3 September 2002 12:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"You Can Live At Home" by Husker Du is the only one I can think of not already mentioned. Good call on "I Was Born On Christmas Day", Saint Etienne are the spine-shivering kings.

Air's "La Femme D'Argent" doesn't move me emotionally, but it has an incredibly calming physical effect, it must be the equivalent of a recording of my brainwaves (slow, boring, unoriginal...).

Mike (mratford), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 13:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yes i wouldve mentioned 'la femme d'argent' in my original list but it doesnt make me shiver, tho i do find it quite a wondrous and moving piece of music all the same

blueski, Tuesday, 3 September 2002 16:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Don't worry about your omission of Air (geddit?), blueski, your original list is a compilation of the gods.

Mike (mratford), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 17:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the freakout in surfin bird especially the split second gasp between 'ah papapapapapapapapapa' and the first 'oo mow mow'; the way hank wms sings 'whipoorwill' in 'i'm so lonesome I could cry'; about minute six of 'i feel love' when the melody is just completely percolating in your bloodstream and you can't remember what life was like before you started listening to this song.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 18:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Piss Factory-Patti Smith (When she testifies "and I'm gonna get out of here, I'm gonna get on that train, I'm going to New York City, I'm gonna be a big star and I will never return! Watch me now!"--I'm fifteen again every time I hear it)

Nightime-Big Star ("I hate it here I hate it here, get me out of here, I hate it here")

Beauty Queen (the start, mainly..."Valerie please, believe, it never could work out")

Satellite of Love-Lou Reed (the harmonies at the end are just so beautiful)

Why Does Nobody Want You-Kenickie

Together Again-Janet Jackson

You CanÕt Put Your Arms Around a Memory-Johnny Thunders (that melancholy, echo-y solo)

What's Your Name-the Ramones

I'm A Human Being - New York Dolls ( "a riff-raff human being!")

DonÕt Worry Baby-Beach Boys

The Frogs-Weird on the Avenue

Always Crashing in the Same Car-David Bowie

Gene Pitney-Town Without Pity (the way he drags out the "bad" in "people talk about how bad we are")

Arthur (Arthur), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 19:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, that's "Beauty Queen" by Roxy Music. And it's "Weird on the Avenue" by the Frogs. And "Town Without Pity" by Gene Pitney, duh.

Arthur (Arthur), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 19:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

To this day, I'm still "spine-tingled" by "Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil, "Bachelorette" by Bjork, "Lorelei" by the Cocteau Twins, "Manna Machine" by the Stranglers, "In the Evening" by Led Zeppelin, the opening strains of both "Kennedy" by the Wedding Present and "Eighties" by Killing Joke, Galaxie 500's haunting rendition of "Ceremony" and precisely 1:41 into "Transmission" by Joy Division, when Bernard's guitar wails like a weeping, undead killer whale.

"The Killing Moon" by ye olde Bunnymen used to conjure this same effect (and still can, when the mood and alcohol content is right), but it may get a bit too much airplay to still pack the spine-tingle potency. I guess it's also a bit of a cliche, too.

The theme from "Picnic at Hanging Rock" by ::cough:: ::cough::: er...pan-flute maestro, quite chilling as well.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 3 September 2002 19:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ooh! "Dazzle & Delight" by ex-Virgin Prune Gavin Friday (with instrumentalist Maurice "the Man" Seezer) off EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES is pretty ace in the spine-tingle department too.

Ah, what the hell, so is "Marian" by the Sisters of Mercy off FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS, particularly when Andrew starts exhorting in perfrect German at the tail-end of it.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 3 September 2002 19:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I forgot Danny Williams' "Moon River" and "Where's The Playground, Suzie?" by Glen Campbell.

And "Ambition".

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 21:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And "Come On Eileen". I wouldn't know where to stop with Dexys' so I'll stop there.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 21:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Whole Again" Atomic Kitten. This is one of my reasons for liking them. Will it do?

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 3 September 2002 22:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No comment.

kiwi, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'frankie teardrop' by suicide. i think it might have something to do with the screaming.

angelo (angelo), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 04:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

given these:
>Broadcast 'Echo's Answer' (although i prefer 'booklovers')
>Seefeel 'Spangle'
>Cocteau Twins 'Cherry Coloured Funk (Seefeel mix)'

i'd suggest isan's remix of seefeel's 'When Face Was Face' from the warp 10+3 compilation. couple of other tracks on their with a similar feel too. which reminds me of:

the surgeon remix of 'mogwai fear satan' (on 'kicking a dead pig')

stereolab 'lo boob oscilator'

insides 'clear skin' (formerly earwig, 38 minute ambient piece on 4ad offshoot guernica)

and in a different vein:
several melt banana tracks, not sure of names, only heard them on peel.


koogs, Thursday, 5 September 2002 11:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and the long version of ultra vivid scene's 'the mercy seat' where it starts being recognisable to everyone who's only previously heard the short version.


koogs, Thursday, 5 September 2002 11:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

*picnic at hanging rock*

now there's a film that GENUINELY sends shivers down your spine.

michael w., Thursday, 5 September 2002 11:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys - (last verse, when it goes up a step)
Coo Coo Bird - (It's off Harry Smith's Anthology, can't remember who did it) - (About 3/4 of the way in, when the banjo hypnotises you)
Heroes - David Bowie - (when he starts screaming)
Angel Interceptor - Ash - (the middle 8 - at all goes quiet and the tune starts!)
Jolene - The White Stripes - (2nd chorus, when the drums come in)
One More Cup Of Coffee - Bob Dylan - (EmmyLou Harris' harmonies do it every time)
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones - (how do they do it?)
Baby I Love You - The Ramones (just the start, with the best strings part EVER)
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd - (the guitar solo is AMAZING!)
Baby Let Me Follow You Down - Bob Dylan (Live 1966) - (right at the start of the track where the solo harmonica is fighting with the audience)
The Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young - (On my CD, it seems to stutter near the end, as if the song's just too damn emotional for the recording equipment to manage)
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knigh and the Pips - (I know, I know, but you sing along with the backing vocals, and if it doesn't get you, you've got a heart of stone!)

That'll do for now!

john barlow, Thursday, 5 September 2002 12:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Got two more: "The Great Dominions" by the Teardrop Explodes and "Atmosphere" by Joy Division.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 5 September 2002 14:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

some that do it for me:

portishead- roads (live)
radiohead- fake plastic trees and true love waits
james- out to get you
mission of burma- thats when i reach for my revolver
prince- 7
john martyn- couldnt love you more
beck- halo of gold
wilco- via chicago
...and you will know us by the trail of dead- how near, how far
delta dart- still no sparks
flaming lips- feeling yourself disintegrate and waitin for a superman
grandaddy- dial a view/aim towards the sky
aimee mann- wise up
im sure that there are more.

todd swiss (eliti), Thursday, 5 September 2002 22:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ok more:

beta band - "B+A": the part where the loud crashing drums crash in. then again when the bass kicks in.

bjork - "pagan poetry": 'he makes me want to hurt myself'

bjork - "joga": 'emotional landscape'

strokes - "the modern age": 'don't want you here right now LET ME GO!! WHOOOOOOO!!!!!'

basement jaxx - "romeo"

verve - "weeping willow": the part where he goes 'beside me' over and over

and ditto ditto DITTO to "soma" and "alberto balsalm"

justin, Friday, 6 September 2002 03:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

quasi - 'the star you left behind' works for me too

ron (ron), Friday, 6 September 2002 04:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Darklands - JAMC
Babies - Pulp
Chomp Samba - Amon Tobin
A Forest - The Cure
This Charming Man - The Smiths
God Only Knows - Beach Boys
Cowgirl - Underworld
Falling Down The Stairs - Even As We Speak
Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
Thankyou For The Music - Cornelius
Animal Nitrate - Suede
True Faith - New Order
We Came Through - Scott Walker
The Gash - Flaming Lips
Temple Of Love - Sisters Of Mercy
The Universal - Blur
Inner City Life (Roni Size mix) - Goldie
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne
Lazarus - Boo Radleys
Close To You - Carpenters
This Time Is Now - Moloko
Starfish And Coffee - Prince

and that's just off the top of my head...gimme a bit more time and i could go on for weeks, frankly. but i won't. you'll be happy to hear...

Charlie, Friday, 6 September 2002 04:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

kinks - shangri-la (OTM!)
sam cooke - a change is gonna come
manics - 4st 7lb (espec last 30 seconds)
fall - lay of the land (when the song proper finally kicks in)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 27 April 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Cecil Taylor's version of "This Nearly Was Mine."

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Saturday, 28 April 2012 00:46 (five years ago) Permalink

The Dutchman by Steve Goodman
Boulder to Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
Take Pills by Panda Bear
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Dirty Blvd by Lou Reed
Don't Worry Baby by the Beach Boys
Hot Burrito #1 by the Flying Burrito Brothers
Walk the Way the Wind Blows by Hot Rize

banjoboy, Saturday, 28 April 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

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