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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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Five Sundays during this month means that today I present Fifth Sunday A La Mode - Octoberween edition! I have to admit that for the day before Halloween I was hoping for a cover of The Dead Of Night or Ghost to turn up. There are SO damn many covers of Depeche Mode songs I'm really shocked that there aren't any quality tributes to those tracks. So my challenge became one of picking either a Mode song with lyrics that suited the spirit of Halloween or a cover that best exemplified the essence of the season in its sound. I was about settle on a "lyrically relevant" and aggressively metal-industrial version of Black Celebration when I chanced upon this beautifully spooky cover that sounds definitely like it belongs on your Halloween soundtrack:

Autopsie D'Une Ombre - Little 15 (Depeche Mode)

Depeche Mode released their sixth studio album, Music For The Masses, in September 1987. Little 15, inspired by the eerie film score by Michael Nyman for the 1985 independent dark comedy, A Zed & Two Noughts, is believed to have very nearly not been included on the album at all. This suspenseful and hypnotic drone was also never even considered for single release until a French label took an interest in publishing it. They released it in May 1988 but it wasn't the far-reaching success of many of their other singles. The b-side included their rendition of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 C♯M (Moonlight Sonata).
Some believe that the song is about a young girl in a relationship with an older man. Other sources seem to contradict that notion and indicate the song is actually about an older woman seeking to relive her youth through an affair with a 15 year old boy. The song has some disturbing imagery to consider no matter which is true.

Little 15 has been covered a number of times, most notably by God Module. Sébastien Espi, a French post-industrial/darkwave artist operating under the name Autopsie D'Une Ombre (Autopsy of a Shadow) released his cover at the beginning of October. His version boast deep resonant vocals, a distinctive electronic pipe organ sound, and the dark drumming of a dance rhythm absent from the original. It exists somewhere between Bauhaus and Zombie Girl, filling the gaps with a unique operatic quality that is somewhat disarming but could be satisfying as an addition to any Halloween playlist.

The Cover:

The Original:

That concludes this year's edition of Octoberween! Happy Halloween everyone!
If you missed one of the previous entries, scroll down and click back!

Next week:
Daylight Saving Time Ends and the clock goes round and round. ;-7

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

I'm on a bit of a break from spinning until after Thanksgiving but my schedule will have updates on what's to come, so check in once in a while. ^_^

Explore the darkness,

Previous DisCOVERies

Oct 23 - Marilyn Manson - This Is Halloween (Danny Elfman/The Citizens of Halloween Town)
Oct 16 - Lydia Lunch - Spooky (Mike Sharpe)
Oct 09 - Blutengel - Cry Little Sister (Gerard McMann)
Oct 02 - goJA moon ROCKAH! - Bloodletting [The Vampire Song] (Concrete Blonde)
Sep 25 - Grendel - Zombienation V.2K5 (Zombie Nation's Kernkraft 400)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies


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