Superstition - Stevie WonderWhile Little Stevie's bum-wiggler is a top-notch classic, it must be noted that Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughn tabled a more appropriate, perhaps superior version. SRV subsequently died in a helicopter crash.Very superstitious, writing's on the wall Very superstitious, ladders 'bout to fall Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past When you believe in things that you don't understand Then you suffer Superstition ain't the wayBuy: Stevie Wonder - A Greatest Hits Collection
No 13 baby - The PixiesBlack Francis discusses the misfortune of the blue-eyed girl with the tattooed "number thirteen" on a certain body part.six foot girl gonna sweat when she digstand close to the firewhen they light the pigFrom: The Pixies - Doolittle (1989)
Loser - Grateful DeadIn no way related to the other "Loser" Beck Hansen, this reefer ramble suggests that gambling has a lot to do with luck; gambling can be bad for ya; gambling when high can lead to endless road tours and memory loss.Everybody prayin' and drinkin' that wineI can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shinesCome to daddy on the inside straight,Well I got no chance of losin' this time.
O' Malley's Bar parts 1,2,3 and reprise - Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsIt's safe to say that anybody who decided to have a drink at O'Malley's Bar that fateful day was not having a good one. You'll have to sit through the opening 15 minutes to get to this part:And then there were the police sirens wailingAnd a bull-horn squelched and blared"Drop your weapons and come outWith your hands held in the air"Well, I checked the chambers of my gunSaw I had one final bullet leftMy hand, it looked almost humanAs I held it to my headFrom: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - B-Sides and Rarities (2005) or Murder Ballads (1996)
Thirteen - Johnny CashIf JC, the original man in black, had been given a number instead of a name, it would probably have been number thirteen. Bad luck wind been blowin' at my backI was born to bring trouble to wherever I'm atGot the number 13 tattooed on my neckWhen the ink starts to itch, then the black will turn to redFrom: Johnny Cash - The American Recordings
NFB - AnthraxAt the height of their careers, Belladonna and co. wail about an on-again, off-again romance, and why they never lived happily ever after.But we fell in love againThis time foreverTrue love prevails over allShe got hit by a truckFrom: Anthrax - Attack of the Killer Bs (1991)
Cream - Born under a Bad SignWritten by the legendary Booker T. Jones (of the MGs) and William Bell, but really made famous by some English band featuring Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and a young guitarist named Clapton. Born under a bad signI've been down since I began to crawlFrom: Cream - Wheels of Fire (1968) orBuy: Cream - Best of...
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater RevivalJohn Fogerty's contribution to the damnation of mankind is a delta-style old-wives' scare-tale about nothing in particular. Deep.I see the bad moon arising.I see trouble on the way.I see earthquakes and lightnin'.I see bad times today.From: Creedence Clearwater Revival -Green River (1969)
Ice Cube - FridayWritten to lead off his self-penned hit movie Friday, the soundtrack hints at the film's less frivolous undertones. Whereas the film leans towards comedy and frivolity, the track tends toward the violence inherent in the system. Or something. Standin outside on a Friday livin on tha edge,'cuz we all got 'dem hard heads.It's seems like we all are waitin,for a drive by playin tag wit satan.But we chillin yeah we ready and willin,ya hear about tha latest westside killin.
Trouble Waiting to Happen - Warren ZevonRock's almost forgotten man was a master cynic. This is a bad day that sounds familiar to most of us - at least in part.I woke up this morning and I fell out of bedTrouble waiting to happenI should have quit while I was aheadTrouble waiting to happenFrom: Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene (1987)
- Anton Marshall
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the thirteenth. Friday the thirteenth - through many centuries, and for various reasons and superstitions - is regarded as a day for bad omens, poor luck and a reason to act silly.
Bad omens, bad luck, and acting silly are fashionable topics in popular music, too. We dug through the treasure troves to find some classic bad luck music to listen to while you're putting out the garlic to combat your Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
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