As regular Top Comments readers may remember, my offering last week was Top Comments: Pain Scale Edition. It’s been a long week since then, as my sciatic nerve and I spent a couple of days testing out that scale’s levels bouncing between 4 (my pain is not fucking around) and 8 (I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain.  I might actually be dying.  Please help). It finally swapped this weekend to “Hey brillig, let’s just pretend you are 95 years old and walking on ice. Move like you don’t want to fall and break something”.

I’m feeling a lot better today and have stopped what K1 (my-Psychology and Future School Counselor offspring) told me was Catastrophic Thinking. I do believe after PT today that I might both one day rate my back pain at a 0 and be able to make the drive to see K1 now that we’re both vaccinated sooner rather than later. 

As I write with an ice pack on my back and think about my visit to the orthopedist on Thursday, I give you a themed set of music, in which the title or lyrics are associated with pain. I’m hoping you will share your appropriate music, whether it’s lyrically appropriate or whether the simple sound of the song makes YOU hurt.

In no particular order:

Everybody Hurts — REM — and a gorgeous cover by Kelly Clarkson and P!nk

King of Pain — The Police — and my own favorite version by Alanis Morissette.

Hurt — Nine Inch Nails — and of course the utterly amazing Johnny Cash version.

Love Hurts — Boudleaux Bryant, first recorded by The Everly Brothers— You may know the Nazareth or Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris versions best.

Hurts So Good — John Mellencamp — It’s rare I’m stumped for a cover version. Consider me stumped.

Her Diamonds — Rob Thomas — References his wife’s autoimmune disease. Another song without an easily discoverable cover version. But poignant and beautiful, with wife Marisol singing on the track.

Give Me Novacaine — Green Day — You needed a ukelele cover of this, right?

Comfortably Numb — Pink Floyd — When the ice pack and anti-inflammatories kick in! Have an ethereal version by Dar Williams & Ani DiFranco.

Hop carefully over the story break for tonight’s trio of Top Comments, Mojo and Pictures!

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From Denise Oliver Velez:

This evocative comment from Anakai is one I missed – memories of the first time he heard Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”. 

From yours truly, brillig:

In HalBrown‘s Just Sayn’: We’re a plywood nation, despair and anger tear me apart when I read the news was this comment by the author that is the perfect counter to his diary topic itself, and also was the coolest bit of news I read all day.

I KNOW I shouldn’t have laughed at this thread started by Lost and Found in TheCriticalMind‘s Noted Norwegian COVID Conspiracy Theorist Dies of COVID.  And yet sizzzzlerzER Doc and rightiswrong made me do it.


Top Mojo for yesterday, April 18th 2021, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary on FAQing Top Mojo.


by Ex Con  +95

7)  So true. by Youffraita  +83
9)  Egad. … by Mother Mags  +80

by DRo  +75


by Youffraita  +71


by DRo  +70


 by BOHICA  +70


by BOHICA  +68

28) Just beautiful.  by f pie  +59


Top Pictures for yesterday, April 18th 2021. Click any picture to be taken to the full comment or picture. Thank you jotter!

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