Plus our top five miserablists

Embracing the gloomy musical spirit du jour with open (yet weary) arms, it really is all in a name for this duo. Haunting melodies and dreamy, crunching guitars lift you up to a higher plane, only to then drop you straight back down to reality with an almighty thump. And Phantom were on Diesel:U:Music radio last week, listen to their show here.....

Phantom LIVE on Diesel:U:Music Radio 12.10.09 (Highlights) by dieselumusicradio

These woeful, tortured Phantom souls really do revel in misery, candidly celebrating all of life’s unfortunate foibles. Well, as misery loves company so much, we’ve decided to take a look at Clashmusic’s top five maudlin miserablists, and the contribution they’ve made to making us feel, erm, pretty f***ing depressed. Razor blades at the ready.....

The godfather of glum himself, the gladioli toting Salford lad who sings of girlfriends in comas, horrific collisions with double decker buses and hanging out in cemeteries. But where would we be without the wistful anthemic sadness of ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I want’ (cue: Pretty in Pink) and ‘Heaven knows I'm miserable now?’ Probably a lot happier, that’s for sure.

Nick Cave
The dulcet tones of this Aussie miserablist reverberate through your body like a violent battle cry. But it is the appearance of this wretched individual that is perhaps most striking, in the nicest possible way of course.

Thom Yorke
The soundtrack for every single manic depressive out there, the music of Radiohead will comfort you like a shot of methadone and send shivers up your brittle spine. But it is also uplifting, in a really oppressive way. Just whack on ‘Exit Music’ and let the disturbing cries send you into a tormented slumber....

Leonard Cohen
Tragic love songs and psychological depression are the order of the day with this Canadian. But a good injection of pessimistic humour in his work makes for a melancholic wit unrivalled by few other artists out there in the gloomy ether.

Ian Curtis
We all know the tragic tale of the Joy Division front man, immortalised in film by Sam Riley. Isolation, alienation, death, these themes constantly reoccur throughout the music of Joy Division. Conclusion: he was not a very happy chappy.

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Words by April Welsh

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