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Welcome back to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies, a blog about goth/industrial cover songs! First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

On the second Sunday of each month, I like to slow things down with a low tempo track:

Dead When I Found Her - In the Air Tonight

English singer/drummer/songwriter Phil Collins took a hiatus from Genesis in the late 70's and early 80's. During that time he did some solo work that would be released between the tenth and eleventh albums from the band. In The Air Tonight was the first single from his seminal Face Value album in January 1981.
Later Collins revealed that the song was an expression of bitter anger and dark emotions he felt over his divorce from his first wife. The song was included on the soundtrack to the film Risky Business, used during a sex-scene between the main characters on a train. The track has since been used in a variety of commercial media and sampled in dozens of other songs, most notably by rap artists.

Dead When I Found Her is the project name for electro-industrial musician Michael Arthur Holloway. In 2012, Holloway released the project's second album, Rag Doll Blues and immediately followed it with an additional full album of remixes and covers called Stitches & Cover Ups. Dead When I Found Her's cover of In The Air Tonight was included on that release, and then again later on a compilation of covers, Fingerprints, Vol I. Among the other artists covered are Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, and the Smiths. Holloway also covered two Prince tracks (Controversy & When Doves Cry) on the original release of the album (digitally and on cassette) but those do not appear to be officially available any longer. The reason for those omissions is not readily known.
Dead When I Found Her is releasing its third album of original music later this week; the 2-disc option of All The Way Down includes a cover of Ministry's You Know What You Are on the second disc.

Both versions of In The Air Tonight are simultaneously gloomy and sexy, though Collins' is far more raw and natural in its sound. By comparison, Halloway's cover is more electronically sophisticated with synthesized vocals and some lightly distorted rhythmic elements; beautiful in setting a dark mood and excellent as a modern interpretation.

The Cover:

The Original:

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome!

I'll spin again later this month. Updates get added regularly to my schedule so check it once in a while. ^_^

Next week, return for another creepy cover from the 20th century as we look back at a Third Sunday Throwback! Until then...
Explore the darkness,

Previous DisCOVERies

Nov 01 - School of Seven Bells - Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Oct 25 - Mind Driller - Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Oct 18 - Nine Inch Nails - Dead Souls (Joy Division)
Oct 11 - Hausfrau - Season Of The Witch (Donovan)
Oct 04 - Selebrities - The Monster Mash (Bobby "Boris" Picket)

Directory of All DisCOVERies


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