Batshit: A Playlist

Batshit: A Playlist

Fact: Ain’t no shortage of crazy . Crazy exes, crazy bosses, crazy mothers-in-law . . . Well, you get the idea. Fortunately, all that crazy’s served as fodder for some excellent songs about crazy. What the hell was Trent Reznor going on about in “Closer”? Jesus, who knows? But what a song! Should “Institutionalized” — Suicidal Tendencies’ chronicle of how one mother’s refusal to grant her son a Pepsi led directly to his “white shirt with long sleeves” — be taken as a cautionary tale? Obviously. Speaking of moms, why would Glenn Danzig write “Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?,” in which he brings the toes and teeth of his victim to you-know-who as a souvenir? Beats us. But what a song! The point is, crazy isn’t quite so scary when it’s accompanied by a catchy tune. Come to think of it, it can be downright fun . . . in an alarming, slightly stressful way. From Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” from the Ramones’ “Psycho Therapy” to Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” we went ahead and compiled a playlist of some of the craziest cuts ever composed. Sit back, relax, and brace yourself . . .

Full track list:
Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train" | The Ramones - "Psycho Therapy" | Black Sabbath - "Paranoid" | Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy" | Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer" | Eminem - "Kim"| Green Day - "Basket Case" | Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" | Black Flag - "Damaged I" | Joy Division - "Dead Souls" | Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized" | Rockwell - "Somebody's Watching Me" | Napoleon XIV - "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" | Van Halen - "5150" | The Velvet Underground - "What Goes On" | Ministry - "So What" | The Kinks - "Destroyer" | Quiet Riot - "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" | Geto Boys - "My Mind Playing Tricks On Me" | David Bowie - "All The Madmen" | Elvis Costello And The Attractions - "Psycho" | "Weird Al" Yankovic - "Good Old Days" | The Misfits - "Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight" | Peter Gabriel - "Family Snapshot" | The Police - "Mother" | Porter Wagoner - "The Rubber Room" | The Sonics - "Psycho" | The Ramones - "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" | The Adverts - "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" | Prince Paul - "Beautiful Night"

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