almost any song on doolittle by pixies, such a cheery album
You really think so? It always had the opposite effect for me. I just get very emotional listening to some of those songs. I once spent an hour or two walking around an old local cemetery with the song "Here Comes Your Man" stuck in my head. I felt like I could almost cry. Shit was intense.
I'm a miserable cunt, though.
As I was leaving the cemetery, I happened to notice a caved-in sarcophagus-like structure (not sure of the technical term for it, but it was like a cement cap over a burial plot, I guess) near the edge of the cemetery with a dead opossum pinned between the broken pieces of cement. That sort of killed the mood.
Happy songs... Happy songs... I tend to like stuff that evokes a lot of bittersweet, intense, spine-tingling feelings in me. Calling the effect "happy" seems like a gross oversimplification. More like "overwhelming". But some songs songs I simply consider cheery and energizing without tacking on a lot of excess emotional baggage would be:The Aislers Set - My Boyfriend Could Be a Spanish ManHenry's Dress - Winter '94New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
A shitload of Sparks songs: 1
... (on and on). Sparks cheer me up like no other!
And, before anybody calls me a mindless sycophant, I liked those last two for years before I knew Morrissey was a fan.