What do you want them to play at your funeral?

  • David Slack,

    This morning's news had the poignant story of a Dutch woman who died next to the grave where she wanted to be buried. In her bag they found her will, arrangements for her funeral and even the music she wanted played.

    I get the feeling that the choice of funeral music is something that many people have given quite some thought. It's intriguing: is the choice of music a statement about yourself? Is it an epitaph?

    A survey a little while ago carried the dismal news that James Blunt's 'Goodbye My Lover' was the song most requested at British funerals, closely followed by Robbie Williams's 'Angels'. No prizes for guessing that 'Wind Beneath My Wings' and 'Tears in Heaven' also made the top ten.

    What would you play at yours?

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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  • andrew llewellyn,

    Shoop shoop diddywop cumma cumma wangdang.

    no reason.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I always thought Highway to Hell would be good.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    'Miss World' by Hole

    "I've made my bed and I'll lie in it / I've made my bed and I'll die in it"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    easy, "lay me down" by The Frames

    bit soppy, but hey, i'm not having a funeral with any pesky skipping or dancing. misery damnit! and plenty of it.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    If You Don't Know me by now...you will never ever know me!

    Gold.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    "Hero" by Foo Fighters? Let everyone know how cool you really were.
    :-)

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I'd get a New Orleans jazz funeral. Mainly cos there's one in the opening scenes of "Live and Let Die", but surely it's a better accompaniment than "Lightning Crashes" or "Stairway to Heaven".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_funeral

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1861 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I'd get a New Orleans jazz funeral. Mainly cos there's one in the opening scenes of "Live and Let Die"

    Yes! There's also one in Angel Heart that stays with you long after they've marched out of shot.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    'Know Your Product' by the Saints

    DADAT-DAT-DAT-DAA!

    'Oh What a Agony' by the Conquerors

    Sweet lament for hard times

    'Point That Thing Somewhere Else' by The Clean

    They can lower me down to this ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Russell, 'cause you seem to be here.

    Do you really have to open this site up to everyone? I mean, your friends seem quite reasonable and all that.

    Just wondering.

    Very nice work, congrats from this tech to your techs.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    I sense a Simply Red hater in our midsts

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    David Cormack, your suggestion was the funniest so far,

    For irony you'd be hard pushed to go past the first line of the chorus to "Fame"...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    FUNNIEST COMMENT ABOUT FUNERALS
    HUZZAH!

    On an interesting side note, funeral, is a delightful anagram of Real Fun.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    FUNNIEST COMMENT ABOUT FUNERALS
    HUZZAH!

    On an interesting side note, funeral, is a delightful anagram of Real Fun.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    heh, and you get the credit for the first double post...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I assume we all remember the funeral scene in _Man on the Moon_?

    Get everyone up and singing!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Do you really have to open this site up to everyone? I mean, your friends seem quite reasonable and all that. Just wondering.

    Heh. Much as I'd love to run it as a social club, the idea is that it becomes so popular that I can work full-time on Public Address off the advertising income. But, I promise, the PA readers are a nice bunch. And we'll delete trolls.

    Very nice work, congrats from this tech to your techs.

    Thanks! I'll pass that on.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Doddery Oldfart,

    Since I won't hear buggar all.
    The entire Bach B Minor Mass, played on massed recorders to bore evryone rigid. (as well)
    Or,
    Patience & Prudence

    "Uh huh, uh huh, gonna get along without you now.
    Got along without you before I met you
    Gonna get along without you now.... "

    Piopio • Since Nov 2006 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I want to die in summer so my friends can cannabilise me on the BBQ over a few beers.

    They can play whatever music they like.

    Since Nov 2006 • 876 posts Report Reply

  • ed pointsman,

    I'm a wonderful thing, Baby by the Blow Monkeys. I'd like to go out the way I have lived, with people laughing at me...
    /ed

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I want to die in summer so my friends can cannabilise me on the BBQ over a few beers.

    They can play whatever music they like.

    You've Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman?

    Don't Touch My Hair by The Riptones?

    Great Balls of Fire?

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    a meddley of Joy Division, of course!

    - New Dawn Fades
    - Transmission
    - Love Will Tear Us Apart
    - Atmosphere

    and to finish, because it's got the best lyrics of any song I've ever heard:

    - Twenty Four Hours
    ("Now that I've realized, how it's all gone wrong
    Got to find some therapy, this treatment takes too long
    Deep in the heart of, where sympathy held sway
    Got to find my destiny, before it gets too late")

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Kearney,

    'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.

    Title says it all doesn't it?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    "I want to die in summer so my friends can cannabilise me on the BBQ over a few beers.They can play whatever music they like.


    You've Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman?
    Don't Touch My Hair by The Riptones?
    Great Balls of Fire?"

    or maybe
    Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

    Though I imagine they would prefer salt and possibly a touch of pepper.

    Being a teacher there may not be any hair left to touch soon. Speaking of which, is anybody participating in "Movember"? I was going to be a girls blouse and not join in but due to peer pressure from work colleagues combined with the fact that I know I can produce more of a mo' than a couple of them I'm in baby!!

    Since Nov 2006 • 876 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.

    Title says it all doesn't it?

    Reminds me of that story about a bunch of friends discussing what they'd like people to say about them at their funeral. They variously choose:

    "He was a kind person"

    "He was a visionary"

    "We'll never see his like again."

    The last one thinks for a minute, then he says he'd most like to hear them say "Look! He's moving!"

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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