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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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During the second season of Mad TV in the mid-90's, a shirtless Craig Anton shouted a monologue at the audience, listing things he hated that included "Coun! Tree! Mu! Sic!" He continued, "I don't know what country that's from, but it sure as HELL isn't MINE!" I, entirely amused by the joke, of course understand that such music actually is a huge part of American culture and tradition... though it is exceptionally rare that I ever enjoy any, even among the greatest of that genre's artists. So when a goth or industrial artist pulls off a decent cover of a country song I do enjoy, I have to acknowledge that there is something of intrinsic value and merit to the form, even if I'm not in any way a fan:

Accessory - Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)

Johnny Cash recorded and released Folsom Prison Blues as a single in 1955 and later included it on his debut album, With His Hot and Blue Guitar in 1957. He wrote the song while stationed in West Germany serving with the Air Force, inspired by the 1951 film, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. It would seem however that the melody and several lyrics for the track were actually copied from the song Crescent City Blues by Gordon Jenkins and performed by Beverly Mahr, which had been released earlier in 1955. Cash, who has said he didn't expect to go into recording as a career and never intended to rip anyone off, paid Jenkins a substantial settlement years after Folsom had become recognized as one of his first major hits. However, the lyric about killing a man just to see him die was entirely Cash's invention after considering what might be the worst reason for killing anyone.
There are over a couple dozen covers of the song, mostly by country, folk, or rockabilly performers. Cash himself is also well known for his own covers of artists like Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.

Accessory, a German electro-industrial group, included their cover of Folsom Prison Blues on the double-disc editions of their 2011 album, Underbeat. Accessory names Cash as equally influential to them among acts like Front Line Assembly and Leaether Strip. Their version is a strong, if overall emotionally level, recitation of the lyrics melded with a rolling dark electric dance beat. It's far removed from the twangy canter of the Man-In-Black's original while nevertheless reverent of it.

The Cover:


The Original:


Next week:
It's a Second Sunday Slowly edition with a down tempo cover.

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Previous DisCOVERies
Nov 27 - Crytek- Bullet (Covenant)
Nov 20 - Rusty Egan – The Twilight Zone (Marius Constant)
Nov 13 - Cindergarden - Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen)
Nov 06 - Simi Nah - You Spin Me Round [Like A Record] (Dead or Alive)
Oct 30 - Autopsie D'Une Ombre - Little 15 (Depeche Mode)

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