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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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Time for another Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th Century, delving into the archives to dig out a nostalgic dance-floor filler from the late 80's built on the bones of an early 70's candy-pop cult relic:

Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails (Geneviève Waïte)

Geneviève Waïte was a model and actress from South Africa whose successes earned her status as something of an "international underground star" in the 60's and 70's. After her starring role in the 1968 film Joanna and a couple of pictorials for Playboy magazine, she married John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. It was in collaboration with him as a her co-songwriter and producer that she recorded her 1974 solo album, Romance Is On The Rise. The single released from the album was only distributed in France and featured two tracks: Love Is Coming Back on side A and Biting My Nails on side B. Waïte went on to perform the A-side track in a couple of films, including the 1976 sci-fi drama, The Man Who Fell to Earth (starring David Bowie, with whom it's said she was intended to co-star, but she had to decline due to commitments on another project.) The album and single were said to have been received favorably over all, though neither actually sold particularly well. And while the A-side of her single seemed to be exposed more prominently, it was the B-side that inspired a number of covers. One such cover was recorded by Tim Curry in 1976 (shortly after he appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) for an album he never released. It was later included on Songs From The Vaults (A Collection Of Rocky Horror Rarities), the fourth of a four-disc RHPS collection released in 1993.

Waïte's style may well be one of the earliest examples of a type of campy saccharine European mod-pop, possibly laying foundations for later eccentric artists like perhaps Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, and others. That alone makes it seem a curious pick for a punkish hip-hop industrial dub trio from out of London, even more curious that any one of them actually owned her album. Renegade Soundwave (aka "RSW"), comprised of Gary Asquith, Danny Briottet, and Carl Bonnie, released their cover of Biting My Nails as their first single with Mute Records in 1988. It was later included on their first album, Soundclash in 1989. In one interview, Asquith recalled that he had played Waïte's album for Bonnie at his flat one day. Later Bonnie and Briottet came to him with an arrangement they'd developed with Waïte's song in mind and thought the lyrics would make a great fit. Their version is an eclectic assortment of samples that include an industrial drill, a fire alarm, a guitar riff from Jimmy Page, and drum loops from KC & the Sunshine Band. RSW also replaced Waïte's "Oooh Oooh" with recognizable brass sampled from Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood. There are some lyrical differences as well. Instead of Waïte's late-track somewhat spastic soliloquy, RSW inserts two original verses following the general cadence of the first two. Additionally they replaced one line of an earlier verse with something a little modernizing and self-referential.
Their cover also appears on the soundtrack of the independent 1991 comedy, London Kills Me.
In truth, it wasn't much more of a commercial hit than the original but the track nonetheless was a huge dance-floor banger, in time becoming a classic.

...pation. ;)

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
We'll take another look at a song featured in a previous Third Sunday Throwback, presenting the first in a recurring series: Four by Four, where we'll explore four OTHER COVERS of that track. Which one of 116 prior songs will we revisit? Well for the most current version, it has to do with a certain blonde from the coldest city...

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I'll spin next on the last Friday this month. Check my schedule for details. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 09 - You Shriek - Invisible Sun (The Police)
Jul 02 - Urgess - Spider-Man Theme (Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris)
Jun 25 - Sirus - My Own Summer (Deftones)
Jun 18 - Null Device - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Information Society)
Jun 11 - Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

As summer began a couple of weeks ago, I presented a cover that cried out against the unbearable heat and light from our day-star. After all, as goths, to paraphrase Darkness from Legend, sunlight is our destroyer! (Such drama, I know, but we ARE a pale lot.) This week's Second Sunday Slowly downtempo cover is only titled along that theme of shrouding our solar enemy. In truth, while perhaps as apocalyptic as My Own Summer in some ways, this track has a very different objective and a far more political meaning.:

You Shriek - Invisible Sun (The Police)

The Police released Invisible Sun in the UK as the first single of their fourth album, Ghost in the Machine, in September 1981. The album concept hinged on ideas inspired in part by Arthur Koestler's 1967 book, The Ghost in the Machine, which explored the human psychology behind self-destructive inclinations. (The phrase "ghost in the machine" is believed to have first been used by British philosopher Gilbert Ryle in his 1949 book, The Concept of Mind, in which he used it to critique the theories of "mind-body dualism" as presented by René Descartes.)
This track of the album was written while lead singer Sting was living in Northern Ireland during the Belfast hunger strikes in a time commonly referred to as "The Troubles." Sting had said the song was about "the lurking violence of those streets, patrolled by armored cars, haunted by fear and suspicion, and wounds that would take generations to heal." Combined with drummer Stewart Copeland's concerns about the bombings that had killed thousands in his hometown of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, the song's central message seemed to be one of hope in the face of dark times when the light you can not see will come, as Sting put it, "at the end of the tunnel."
It's reported that the BBC banned the song (possibly due to lyrics about the ArmaLite rifle, a weapon utilized heavily by the Provisional IRA) or its video (which included war-torn scenes from the conflicts in Ireland) but since several sources contradict each other, the extent of that ban is unclear. And while the single was not released in the U.S., MTV gave its video substantial airplay.
Needless to say there is a lot of complicated political history attached to the song, which was regarded at the time as the darkest of their tracks thus far.

You Shriek, the Boston based industrial/darkwave trio, released their second full-length album, Unreal Cities, in 2002. It includes their even moodier version of Invisible Sun. The band had started their career with a cover of Bela Lugosi's Dead. Later they did a cover of Joy Division's Warsaw and have since done a cover of Public Image Limited's Ease. In 2012 they released the five-track EP, Hagiography I, featuring covers of deep-cuts from Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, and again, Bauhaus. If they have a particular inspiration for having done Invisible Sun, it may well say so on limited editions of the album which came in handmade, cloth-bound books. (There were only 200 made and despite moving in similar or adjacent social circles as the band, I don't have one to verify.) You Shriek's version strips away the reggae influences that permeate The Police's new wave sound, leaving it starker through the chorus and darker over all.
Given the state of things in our world today, if this is a song meant to remind us that there is eventually an end to hardships, let's hope we haven't only just entered our metaphorical tunnels and are close to the other side.

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The Original:



Next week:
Our Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th century will reveal just what "she" said when "she" came up to the South African model from the 70's or the 80's dub-industrial trio who covered her. Who is "she?" Who is the model? Who are they? Waïte for it... 'cause if I told you now, how could I possibly build the antici..... (pay off on that tease might also surprise you!)

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I spin late this month and details can, as always, be found on my schedule where I'll also post any changes/additions should they arise. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 02 - Urgess - Spider-Man Theme (Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris)
Jun 25 - Sirus - My Own Summer (Deftones)
Jun 18 - Null Device - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Information Society)
Jun 11 - Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Jun 04 - Siouxsie Sioux - These Boot Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

I'll admit what I'm about to present is on the out-most fringe of anything goth, industrial, or even dark. It's downright upbeat, fun, and I am barely able to justify it on the basis of its sound. However, even KMFDM once did an entire soundtrack to a video game of the titular wall-crawling webhead, so I feel certain many in the darker subcultures can appreciate this tune spun from IDM/trip hop as frankly one of the (ahem) "superior" covers of the theme. So face front, true believers! Next weekend may bring us a heroic homecoming, but this one brings you the theme that introduced the mighty marvel to motion media!

Urgess - Spider-Man Theme (Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris)

Spider-Man, the first ever animation series to feature the character, debuted on the ABC network's Saturday morning cartoon line-up on September 9, 1967. It was preceded by a single season of The Marvel Super Heroes cartoons that featured Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, and Submariner, with no appearance of Spider-Man in any episode. Co-creator Stan Lee has said he originally hadn't thought about animating Spider-Man until the Grantray-Lawrence Animation producers came to him with the idea because they were actual fans of the character. "Smiling Stan Lee" & "Jazzy Johnny Romita" were credited as the show's story and art consultants. The theme for the series was developed and recorded by lyricist Paul Francis Webster and composer Robert "Bob" Harris who used an uncredited array of twelve vocalists on the track from the Billy Van Singers and Laurie Bower Singers.
After the Spider-Man cartoon debuted, Marvel celebrated achieving status as the top-selling comic publisher at that time, no doubt in part due to the show's reach to new readers. The cartoon series changed production hands to Krantz Films after the first season. Its original run lasted for a total of three seasons and spent many years after in syndication. There have been eight subsequent Spider-Man cartoons (with another series scheduled to air sometime this summer) and none have used any version of the original theme, though the theme performed by Joe Perry of Aerosmith for the 1994 Spider-Man series seemed to take some inspiration from the original.
The theme was used again in all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films: covered by a couple of street musicians, Michael Bublé, and a marching band, but only in its original form for the credits in the first of the trilogy. The theme also appears as Peter Parker's ringtone in the second of the two recent "Amazing" films. Michael Giacchino, composer for the soundtrack of the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film (opening next weekend), has revealed on twitter that his score will include an orchestral version of the theme as well.
Apart from its use in the film and television media, the theme has also been covered by punk-rockers The Ramones and the campy lounge singer Richard Cheese.

Ugress is the cinematic-electro brainchild of Norwegian musician, Gisle Martens Meyer. Meyer released his first full-length studio album after making a name for himself as a touring concert performer. Resound, which features his instrumental cover of Spider-Man as its first track, was released on September 9, 2002, exactly 35 years after the cartoon first aired! It seems that this version may have been taken entirely or in part from live performances and cleaned up in post-production. Given the timing, it's possible Meyer had been performing the theme live following the 2002 summer release of the Spider-Man film and after significant crowd response decided it should be included on the album, but there's really nothing to confirm that theory. Beginning with a sample of the orchestral fanfare that accompanied the original show's title, Meyer's version sounds like an eclectic assemblage of world instruments with roots in eastern musicality and trip-hop style. It captures the heart of the theme while giving it an energetic dance rhythm designed to make you move. Because if Spidey has taught us anything, it's that action is its own reward.

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The Original:



Next week:
Second Sunday Slowly returns to its regularly scheduled time slot. Remember how the feature last week expressed a desire to shove the sun from the sky? The upcoming downtempo darkwave cover also revolves around seeing less of the sun.

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Summer heat is putting half my gigs on hiatus so my next is at the end of this month. When details are available, you can find them on my schedule. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jun 25 - Sirus - My Own Summer (Deftones)
Jun 18 - Null Device - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Information Society)
Jun 11 - Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Jun 04 - Siouxsie Sioux - These Boot Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)
May 28 - :wumpscut: - All Cried Out (Alison Moyet)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Here is the July update of New England Scene Darkly, a listing and calendar of events in the goth and industrial dance-club scene of New England.
What started as a simple list of events has grown to include a constantly updated calendar & its own web address, found @ SeeDarkly.Net. Admittedly, it has its flaws & is not entirely as complete as I'd prefer, but I'll keep it running, and hopefully it continues to be a handy resource for many in our local goth community. Thanks for checking it out!
Guidelines and other fixed information about N.E.S.D. are under the event list below in the "fine print."

Here's the monthly update...

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As always, if something has escaped notice or will be announced later please let me know and I will verify and make additions or corrections as needed. Thank you.

Events listed below are regularly weekly unless otherwise noted.

The CUTS are separated by Massachusetts and the rest of N.E.
When links are embedded in the event name and will open to another browser or tab.


Click here for the Massachusetts Link List: )

Click here for the NH, CT, ME, VT, RI Link List: )

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Any questions or comments? Contact info can be found here. Thanks.
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HaVeN's 20th century goth/industrial Rewind was a fun (if HOT) time! I over prepared so I have a ton of stuff I didn't get to, haven't played in a long time, and will probably be including intermittently in coming sets!

Because the temperatures are rising, next month we invite you to dress in as much white as you like and in as little as you like (keeping it street-legal of course) for Black & White & Really Light! Keep an eye on my site for the link to the invite and RSVP when you see it. Should be up in the next few days!

If there are any cover songs on my playlist that I've featured on my SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries blog, I've included a link to its entry for those who want to learn more about them. I've also included links for entries relevant to those original songs that have been covered and are featured on my blog. Enjoy!

Here's what I played:

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Church - Reptile
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Weeping Song
Jesus & Mary Chain - Teenage Lust (mix)
Curve - Coming Up Roses
One Inch Punch - Pretty Piece of Flesh
Iggy Pop- Nightclubbing (mix)
Chameleons - Swamp Thing

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Type O Negative - Black #1 (request)
Skinny Puppy - Worlock
Rammstein - Engel
London After Midnight - Kiss
White Zombie - More Human Than Human
Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
Prick - Animal
Revolting Cocks - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy
Wumpscut - Thorns

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Bigod 20 - Like A Prayer (request)
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (request)
Alien Sex Fiend - I Walked The Line
Crüxshadows - Marilyn, My Bitterness (request)
Depeche Mode - Master & Servant (request)
And One - Deutschmaschine (artist request)
Gerard McMann - Cry Little Sister (mix) (request)
Cure - Hot Hot Hot (request)
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A full schedule of my upcoming events can be found on my website (Invitation links for Facebook are added in when active, so if you spot them, please click through, RSVP, invite others and share. Every bit helps. Thank you!
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
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Well if you're angry at the world, this could be a good one to both kick off a summer for which you have no love and expel some rage:

Sirus - My Own Summer (Deftones)

Alt-metal rockers Deftones released their second album, Around The Fur, in October 1997. My Own Summer (Shove It) was its first single. The album was noteworthy for the way they incorporated new wave and shoegaze elements into their metal sound, a departure from their first. The track was not the most successful of their singles but despite its lack of chart-worthy sales it nonetheless resonated on alternative and rock radio (and MTV which was still playing music videos more prominently at that time.) Lead singer and lyricist Chino Moreno has said that he wrote the song in Seattle during a particularly hot summer in 1994. According to recounts, he would cover his windows and write in the dark, dreaming of an "apocalypse" that would empty the streets of people and shove the sun from the sky. The song is pretty straight forward in its description of his need.
My Own Summer also appeared on the soundtrack of The Matrix and has been covered by a small number of other artists, including Linkin Park, Atreyu, and Muse.

The label Digital World Audio gathered its stable of industrial artists to produce a covers compilation which they released in August of 2015. Covered In Darkness features covers of tracks ranging from 80's new wave, 90's alt rock, retro industrial, rap, and more. Artists on the album include C-Lekktor, Rave The Reqviem, Cygnosic, Technolorgy, and Terrolokaust (who contributed their previously released cover of Korn's Falling Away From Me.) Sirus (not to be confused with Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky,) a four member cyber-punk/terror EBM project from Australia, seemed to simply think of the album as "a crazy idea" but loved it and worked to offer fans something a little out of the ordinary from them with their cover of My Own Summer. While the band doesn't name explicitly The Prodigy as an influence, their approach to the song is remarkably evocative of tracks from The Fat Of The Land from start to finish. Their vocals distinguish them from that style however, with Josh Rombout leading with a refined yet slightly edgier take on the original while their backing vocalist Danielle McKay takes duty on a portion of the lyrics, melodically enhancing the whole with her interstitial presence.

It's a blistering revision of the source material, with every intent to shove you aside if you don't shove back!

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
With that out of our system, I've planned a fun entry in anticipation of a certain heroic homecoming weekend with something a little synthpop, a little trip-hop, and perhaps less dark than our usual titular fare would imply here.

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I spin next on Friday in Western Mass. Check my schedule for details. ^_^

Scream in darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jun 18 - Null Device - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Information Society)
Jun 11 - Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Jun 04 - Siouxsie Sioux - These Boot Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)
May 28 - :wumpscut: - All Cried Out (Alison Moyet)
May 21 - Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Excess was a hot night! Hot! HOT! (Probably should of played that!)

Excess will return publicly this September, but we're planning a Secret Summer Series of private parties to fill the gap in between now and then. You'll need to be friends with DJ Dirge or myself on "The Book" to find out more. These parties will not be linked publicly on my website where you'll find my schedule, but you you will find other upcoming events, links to RSVP to them, a couple of mixes I've done, and my dark covers blog. When I know the September Excess date, it'll be added to my schedule there as well.

I've been linking any cover song on my playlist that I've featured on that dark covers blog, SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries, for anyone who wants to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played at Excess:

1st Set
Itzt - Joy feat. Dr. Steel
Soiuxsie & the Banshees - Dizzy
The Cure - Apart (Reinholder)
Anthony Jones - Precious Things
3 Teeth - Unveiled
Jeff Buckley - New Year's Prayer
Bel Canto - Shoulder To The Wheel
Christine and the Queens - It
Glass Animals - Hazey
MS MR - Hurricane
Haroki Zombie - Objet Petit A
Colorgrave X Orchard - Head Over Heels
Binary Park - She's Insane
SKVM - Dogma
Depeche Mode - Stripped (mix)

2nd set
Prodigy - Spitfire
Junksista - 8008
Laughing Us - Relax
Wolfsheim - Find You're Gone
Erotic Elk - Wicked Game
Minimatic - Owner of A Boogaloo Heart
New Order - Subculture
Assemblage 23 - Noise Inside My Head
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (mix)
Wäks - Tanz Mit Laibach
Falco - Push Push
Deathface - Call To The Grave feat. Kanga
Emika - Let's Dance
Chvrches - Leave A Trace
The Correspondents - Fear & Delight
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

In order to accommodate last week's feature I swapped the scheduling for what would be my usual "Second Sunday Slowly" and Third Sunday Throwback entries, so that means this week we go down-tempo. "Synth Sunday Slowly" for the sake of my dopey alliterations. :P
Meld your mind to my mind, your thoughts to my thoughts, and enjoy this subtle re-vamp of an 80's synthpop favorite:

Null Device - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Information Society)

What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy) was the first single released from Information Society's self-titled 1988 debut album. The song was inspired in part by Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer and a number of Duran Duran tracks that were popular at the time. The element that made the track stand out most however was its use of samples from the late 60's Star Trek series and the characters Mr. Spock and Doctor McCoy. The opening quote form McCoy came from the second season episode, I, Mudd. Spock's quote, which serves as subtitle to the track, came from the first season episode, Errand of Mercy. The complete line referred to a pacifist alien race of great power that reveal their nature near the episode's end, "Fascinating. Pure energy. Pure thought. Totally incorporeal. Not life as we know it at all."
InSoc did resort to using Star Trek samples in various other tracks, but none gained the popularity of what has become considered their "one-hit wonder."
There have been a few covers of the track; some of note include those by Tre Lux (Tina Root's post-Switchblade Symphony solo project,) Guggenheim & Gas-Mask, and this one by Null Device.

Null Device are a synthpop project based in Wisconsin that formed in 1994. In those 20-plus years they've covered The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove by Dead Can Dance, Monkey Gone To Heaven by Pixies, and more recently, All You Fascists Bound To Lose by Woody Guthrie. They released their version of What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy) in November 2016. As self-proclaimed "InSoc nerds," the choice to cover one of their favorite InSoc songs came naturally. They say some of the inspiration for their take on the song came from when they "watched Stranger Things and thought it might be cool to re-contextualize the song as more along the lines of a darker, moodier theme inspired by that series." They describe the result as "a harrowing tale of psychic powers gained in a Cold War experiment gone wrong. Or… something."
Technically their cover is near-identical to the original in beats-per-minute but it minimizes percussion and syncopation in ways that stretch the sense of rhythm, giving it a suspenseful cinematic down-tempo effect.

The Cover:


The Original:



Next week:
Summer officially begins this week so we'll kick it off with some appropriately themed terror-EBM!

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I spin next this coming weekend in the Boston area. As always the details can be found on my schedule for those who'd like to join! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jun 11 - Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Jun 04 - Siouxsie Sioux - These Boot Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)
May 28 - :wumpscut: - All Cried Out (Alison Moyet)
May 21 - Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
May 14 - Torso - Nijinski [Nijinsky] (Daniel Darc)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Thanks to all the Ceremonials who came out last night despite the fire in the sky melting our flesh!
Check my website for details and links to RSVP to other events upcoming on my schedule.

I've been linking any cover song on my playlist that I've featured on that dark covers blog, SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries, for anyone who wants to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played at Ceremony:

1st Set
Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You
Covenant - Bullet
Gunship - Tech Noir (Carpenter Brut Remix)
Panzer AG - Monster
Columbine - Head Over Heels
Cure - Lullaby (Frail Limb Purity mix)
Emika - Let's Dance
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
Jagwar Ma - Uncertainty
The Faint - Take Me To The Hospital
PreCog - Little Devil

2nd set
Neal Hefti - Batman (RIP Mr. West)
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Nine Inch Nails - The Wretched
PreCog - Pepper
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
Wolfsheim - I Find You're Gone
Rotersand - War On Error
Ayria - Headhunter
Konquistador - Count to Zero
IAMX - No Maker Made Me
David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Today marks a special occasion for a special someone, so the cover featured is one of her favorites. As a result of the timing I'm forgoing my standard alliterative subtitles for this week and next (i.e. "Second Sunday Slowly" & Third Sunday Throwback") because that favorite falls into the "20th century" category and may not be considered entirely downtempo. Perhaps for its "shock goth" and "lurid lounge" sensibilities, I suppose I could get away with calling it a "Second Sunday Striptease" ;) :

Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, (the "Jay" short for "Jalacy,") recorded but didn't release his original version of I Put A Spell On You in 1955. It was a lamenting blues ballad about the loss of an ex-girlfriend. It's said the producers were unsatisfied with it and, in search of something stranger, they threw a party during a recording session to change the atmosphere. Hawkins claims he doesn't actually remember recording the version that came out of that day, but somehow remembered the discovery that he "could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death." That version was released in November 1956 and was all but entirely banned from radio. The single still managed to sell over a million copies after the release of an edited version, which is said to have been tremendously popular with teenagers. The track was put on his first album, At Home with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, in 1958. When invited to perform the song live, he developed a shocking stage show to compliment the song: wearing a long cape, tusks jutting from his nostrils, coming out of a flaming coffin, a skull he would address as "Henry" mounted atop a stick, snakes, fireworks, etc...; his sensational antics were the beginning of a whole new performance style.
Many covers of the track have been released over the years by artists such as Nina Simone, Tim Curry, Annie Lennox, Nick Cave (and the Cavemen), and Bryan Ferry. Just last week, a cover of the track was featured on the sixth episode of the HBO series American Gods recorded by Brian Reitzell and Mark Lanegan (formerly of the Screaming Trees.) Most of these versions leaned into more jazz/blues/pop revisions; very few attempted to modernize the original's frantic "screamin'" style. Marilyn Manson, however, did.

Manson released Smells Like Children as an E.P. (though it had enough tracks for a full album) in October 1995 featuring his cover of I Put A Spell On You. It also featured his cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics, which was the only single released from the disc. Manson has said they wanted Spell to be a single but he thought it "was far too dark, sprawling and esoteric, even for some of our fans."
David Lynch included Manson's cover of Spell in his 1997 film, Lost Highway, as part of a scene where Patricia Arquette's character was made to strip at gunpoint for a gangster/porn producer. Manson himself got his acting debut in Lost Highway as one of the porn stars in that producer's films.
It's evident from Manson's entire persona that he was greatly inspired by Hawkins and his cover is both loyal to the original's aesthetic and also a dynamic evolution of the seminal "shock rock" waltz.

To that special lady: this one is yours... as am I, under your spell:

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
Third Sunday Synthpop Slowly! (Just because I'm swapping my schedule around a little doesn't mean I have to completely abandon my typical needless alliterations!) Something dark and downtempo and relatively new from an artist never previously featured here!

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I was scheduled last minute for a gig in Boston tomorrow night. My schedule has details on that and the other two events I've got on the books for later this month. Feel free to join if you can! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jun 04 - Siouxsie Sioux - These Boot Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)
May 28 - :wumpscut: - All Cried Out (Alison Moyet)
May 21 - Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
May 14 - Torso - Nijinski [Nijinsky] (Daniel Darc)
May 07 - Faderhead - SexyBack (Justin Timberlake)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies