Tearjerkers

Songs That Make You Cry

Get out your hankies! We've got the best musical "Tearjerkers." Then, Jim and Greg review the first record in over 15 years from The Afghan Whigs.

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In the week's most unexpected news, Prince has reconciled with Warner Music after a two-decade split. Fans may remember their public kerfuffle in 1996, when the star scrawled "SLAVE" across his face, changed his name to the unpronounceable Love Symbol, and otherwise acted out until the label released him from his contract. But independence wasn't quite the salvation Prince expected, and his album sales faltered. Now Prince has the promotional power of Warner Bros. back on his side. Plus, he regains control over his catalog, just in time to reissue a 30th-anniversary edition of Purple Rain. It's a shrewd business move—or, as Jim suggests, maybe a form of Stockholm syndrome.

Over the years, Sound Opinions has witnessed endless battles over pop music piracy, from the Pirate Bay to Limewire to the aforementioned Purple One. Now digital theft has spread to the theatre. Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz and other prominent Broadway writers have learned that thousands of fans are downloading their sheet music illegally, thus keeping them from thousands of royalty dollars. But instead of rushing to file copyright lawsuits (à la the RIAA and so many record labels), the composers have taken a more compassionate route, emailing downloaders one-by-one to let them know how piracy hurts them. To that, Jim and Greg cheer: "Bravissimo!"

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Tearjerkers: Songs That Make You Cry

Feel a lump in your throat? Go ahead and let it all out as Jim and Greg play some of the greatest musical Tearjerkers. These weepies make you cry, no matter how strong your disposition.

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The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast

After almost 16 years, Greg was genuinely excited to learn about the return of Greg Dulli and The Afghan Whigs. He always loved the Jim Thompson-like storytelling in the songs, and the R&B exuberance of Dulli's on-stage persona. But, Do to the Beast is a somewhat mixed return to form. The Whigs are missing their original guitarist and drummer. So Greg says Try It. Jim is not so kind. He was never as taken with Greg Dulli's“schtick”and thinks the record is a poor imitation of other great R&B-tinged albums. He gives Do to the Beast a Trash It rating.

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Featured Songs

  1. Prince, Slave, Emancipation, NPG, 1996
  2. Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth & Ensemble, Defying Gravity, Wicked: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Decca Broadway, 2003
  3. Roy Orbison, Crying, Crying, Monument, 1962
  4. Luther Vandross, A House Is Not a Home, Never Too Much, Epic/Legacy, 1981
  5. The Beach Boys, Lonely Sea, Surfin' USA, Capitol/EMI, 1963
  6. Clarence Carter, Patches, Patches, Warner Bros., 1970
  7. Lou Reed, Sad Song, Berlin, Sony BMG, 1973
  8. Randy Newman feat. Sarah McLachlan, When She Loved Me, Toy Story 2, Disney, 1999
  9. This Mortal Coil, Song to the Siren, It'll End in Tears, 4AD, 1984
  10. R.E.M., Everybody Hurts, Automatic for the People, Warner Bros., 1992
  11. Tom Waits, Martha, Closing Time, Asylum, 1973
  12. Rod Stewart, The Killing of Georgie, Pts. 1 &2, A Night on the Town, Warner Bros., 1976
  13. Al Green, For the Good Times, I'm Still in Love with You, The Right Stuff, 1972
  14. The Beta Band, Needles in My Eyes, The Three E.P.'s, EMI, 1998
  15. Dome, Rolling Upon My Day, 1 & 2, The Grey Area/Mute, 1996
  16. LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends, Sound of Silver, Capitol/DFA, 2007
  17. The Afghan Whigs, Parked Outside, Do to the Beast, Sub Pop, 2014
  18. The Afghan Whigs, It Kills, Do to the Beast, Sub Pop, 2014
  19. Abba, Ring Ring, Gold: Greatest Hits, Universal, 1992
  20. Abba, Waterloo, Gold: Greatest Hits, Universal, 1992
  21. Any Trouble, Name of the Game, Girls Are Always Right: The Stiff Years, Cherry Red UK, 2002

Footnotes

nytimes.com Prince & Warner Music ew.com The Love Symbol thefreedictionary.com Stockholm syndrome billboard.com Broadway battles piracy soundopinions.org Sound Opinions on Copyright theafghanwhigs.com The Afghan Whigs' homepage