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Today's entry is happening on the day after what would have been the late Peter Burn's 58th birthday. Two weeks from now I'm going to throwback some love to Dead or Alive with one of his early covers. However, two weeks ago the industry lost another well-respected musician, so in his memory here's a tribute to his breakout hit.:

Solar Fake - One Step Closer (Linkin Park)

Vocalist Chester Bennington joined up with the band previously known as "Xero" [no, my name has no relation to this fact & is entirely coincidental] in early 1999. Together as "Hybrid Theory" they set to recording before ultimately deciding to take the name Linkin Park and then used Hybrid Theory as their debut album title. One Step Closer was their first single released in September 2000, one month before the album. It was a welcome addition to the Nu-metal genre, securing widespread airplay on radio internationally and immediately became the band's first major success. Bennington had confessed in one interview that he "would never have thought One Step Closer would have been as big as it was. I didn’t even want that on the album!" He also thought it "was weak in comparison" to other singles from the LP.

While Bennington's recent suicide would make it easy to suppose this song was reflective of some long term personal state of mind that led to that act, according to various interviews that would appear to not be the case. In another interview he recounted that the frustration expressed in the lyrics was actually due to his producer forcing him to rewrite the song nearly thirty times. Makes you wonder what its original lyrics were, considering its original name was "Plaster."

The good reputation of Chester Bennington's character seems to be far more extensive than the amount of covers anyone has done of his band might suggest. In fact, there are maybe a little more than a dozen or so artists who have covered Linkin Park, most being various rock & metal outfits. Most, not all.
Solar Fake is the synth/futurepop solo project of Berlin-based Sven Friedrich. He released his third album, Reasons To Kill in 2013, which features his version of One Step Closer. Friedrich has done a number of covers (Radiohead, IAMX, Placebo, Talk Talk, The Killers, et.al) each chosen because, as he has said, "I like taking one song that I like and trying to make it sound like it’s a Solar Fake song." He called Linkin Park "a very different band" from his project and said One Step Closer is "great in the live environment, it’s so much fun to play." While his aim may have been to make it sound much more like "Solar Fake," it's almost like he made Solar Fake sound more like Linkin Park instead by embracing a harder rock/industrial approach to his electronic rendition. Friedrich may also have less range than Bennington had, but his deep and resonant vocals seem appropriately level by design.

It tends to happen that after the loss of any particular musician a number of tributes get produced to honor their memory. There have been reports that a diverse array of popular musicians have been playing live tributes recently but no news to indicate any compilation might be released anytime soon, let alone specifically from artists of goth/industrial persuasions. So for now, Solar Fake's offering is fairly unique from the perspective of its genre.

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The Original:



Next week:
We'll delve into a downtempo gothic metal remake of a late 70's disco sensation when Second Sunday Slowly spotlights some "greedy" Swedes.

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My next public gig is late this month. Details for that and some early fall dates are up on my schedule. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

P.S. In the early months of writing this blog some of the research on various covers drew my attention to the previous "All Covers" editions of the Communion After Dark podcast. Today they'll air their latest "All Covers" episode, so check that out! They always have a fun assortment of goth/industrial covers to share!
{I was going to donate to them for this episode, but I'm having issues with reloading my paypal. Hope the shout out will suffice.(ツ)}


Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 30 - Black Nail Cabaret - Shouldn't Have Done That (Depeche Mode)
Jul 23 - 4X4: HEALTH/Orkestra Obsolete/The Stitchlings/Bela Goosy - Blue Monday (New Order)
Jul 16 - Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails (Geneviève Waïte)
Jul 09 - You Shriek - Invisible Sun (The Police)
Jul 02 - Urgess - Spider-Man Theme (Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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It's the fifth Sunday of the month, and time for Fifth Sunday A La Mode, featuring another in an endless array of Depeche Mode covers! This one is by a self-described "dark pop-noir" duo recreating the tale of a life lived making regrettable choices. :

Black Nail Cabaret - Shouldn't Have Done That (Depeche Mode)

Depeche Mode's second album, A Broken Frame, was released in September 1982. It was their first album after Vince Clark left the band to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet, leaving its song writing in the hands of Martin Gore. The penultimate track of the LP, Shouldn't Have Done That, was not released as a single in the U.K. or U.S.. However it appears there was an unofficial five-inch record release of the track made in Russian for its Polish market which misspelled the title as "Shouldn't Have Done Yet."
The song itself was critically noted as the most different in style from everything else on this and their previous album. It also marks the first duet between Gore and David Gahan.
One of the most unusual aspects of the song is the incoherent monologue near the end of the track which was recorded in reverse. The backmasking disguises an ersatz children's story that Gore came up with about a little bird, a big bird, and the worms they eat, which isn't much more intelligible when played in the opposite direction. One theory about its meaning stems from Gore's answer to fan mail questions regarding etchings on some of their singles. (For e.g. some editions of the Leave In Silence single are said to have etchings that read, "LITTLE BIRDS PECKING! / LITTLE BIRD’S TAKEN THE WURM!") Gore's response explains, "These are our studio nicknames and sayings. Little Bird is the two track machine and big Bird is the 16 track machine. Little bird's pecking means that the two track is running and LB's taken the worm means that a signal has shown that it is recording from the 16 track (Big Bird). Very stupid isn’t it (Andy's idea)."
Only a cover by Systema The Affliction seems to have something passingly similar to that detail of the song in their version. Other covers of the track include one from a Greek tribute compilation by Raining Pleasure and one by the Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux from their complete rerecording of A Broken Frame released in January 2015. (When in Greece?)

As it turns out, Black Nail Cabaret, a synth-pop/darkwave duo from Hungary, may have just beaten Marsheaux to the punch. Having performed Shouldn't Have Done That in concerts, they decided to record and release their version for free on Soundcloud as a gift to fans just ten days before Christmas in 2014. They later included it on a seven-track collection named appropriately, The Covers, released in July 2015. Other covers on the EP include songs by Talk Talk, Rammstein, Brittney Spheres, & Rihanna.

The original is a bit like a horseback saunter, clopping along through some surreal mindscape of guilt or prophecy. Though still as vocally somber, BNC's version has a bit more bounce to it and is much more danceable than the original. It's also a little rough around the edges, less produced and of lower quality, (due in part to a loss of their master recording files), giving it a sort of radio-centric atmosphere.


The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
I was planning a nod to the birthday of a favorite fallen artist, but last week yet another artist broke and fell so we'll offer tribute.

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My schedule is a little light for the summer. My next public gig is in late August. The private stuff? Well... that's a whole other story. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 23 - 4X4: HEALTH/Orkestra Obsolete/The Stitchlings/Bela Goosy - Blue Monday (New Order)
Jul 16 - Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails (Geneviève Waïte)
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)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies


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Sometimes I find a new cover of a track I've already written about. Sometimes I know of several that would be worth sharing. So I've decided that, sometimes, on the Fourth Sunday of a month, I'll feature four other covers in a new segment I'm calling Four by Four! And for its inaugural edition: New Order's Blue Monday!
You can check out my previous blog detailing some of its history and the cover by Orgy by clicking this link!

Four Other Covers of Blue Monday (New Order)

HEALTH:
Health's cover is included on the soundtrack and advertisements of the film, Atomic Blonde, which, probably because it's set during the Cold War, collects a remarkable assortment of 80's favorites by the original artists and an additional cover of Ministry's Stigmata done by Marilyn Manson and Tyler Bates. The soundtrack releases this Friday, July 28, along with the film, but the single has been available digitally since March. Health's electronic noise rock style revs their version up to a gallop, rides it hard, drops to liquid swirling depths, and launches the ride all over again. It's a truly exceptional modernization of the track!


Orkestra Obsolete:
On the day of the 33rd anniversary of New Order's single release, BBC Arts presented an extraordinary tribute. A still-unidentified group of masked musicians calling themselves Orkestra Obsolete reconstructed the song using only instruments that would've been available in the 1930's. Those instruments include a diddley bow, a dulcitone, a hammered dulcimer, a harmonium, a musical saw, singing glasses, a slit drum, a theremin, a zither, and a skipping phonograph record. Even their microphones are antique models! It's possibly one of the single best versions based solely on the ingenuity it took to recreate the original so faithfully with such antiquarian tools. Fans of steampunk should appreciate this, even though it's technically derived from post-Victorian means.


The Stitchlings:
Now for a version that swaps the vocal gender and drops the tempo to something slow and darkly sensual. The Stitchlings are an Australian alternative trio who released their moody downtempo cover of Blue Monday in March 2014. Their full length album was expected later that year, but it would seem it's been delayed to sometime this year. They've teased the possibility that the album could also include a cover of Closer by Nine Inch Nails. Among the few female-voiced versions of the song, I've found this is the most unique of them, similar in style to artists like F/C Kahuna or Hooverphonic.



Bela Goosy:
Ok... with a name like "Bela Goosy" (a far too obvious imitation of "Bela Lugosi") it's easy to imagine something facetious at play here. But as you start to listen to this mildly distorted synth coldwave post-punk version of Blue Monday, (found on his 2015 release, Black Veils Drying in the Rain,) it's a little disarming how sincere the French musician seems in his approach. Once he starts singing in his exaggerated uber-affected and anguished style, it seems fair to wonder if this is a sort of parody of goth or if he's passionately serious in his theatrical presentation! It's genuinely fascinating how this version hangs between the marks of presence and pretension.



Narrowing down to four picks was no easy task. There are dozens of covers of the song in a variety of styles, though most (not all) within the general format of this blog. Some of these artists sound like they've done little more than remixes, and some just aren't great, unique, or all that interesting in any particular way. However... this is the list of "otherable mentions" in alphabetical order:
2 Touch, 3V, 8 Bit Arcade, Absolute Body Control, Ambros Chapel, And One, Anatoli Tsampa, Belching Beet, Benjamin Bates, Biosphere, BlackCycle, The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir, Buke and Gase, Bullet Proof, Buzz Kull, Cary August, Clan of Xymox, The Cloud Room, Cokehead Hipsters, Cosmosis, Datassette, DJ Pebbles featuring Lick, Doctor Explosion, Dub Kult, EMPUSA, Eurochrome, Flipside Feat. Liva Akselbo, Flunk, Hannah Peel, Ifrom Ramona, Gregorian, Gorilla Rodeo!, JamX & De Leon feat. Bernard Sumner, The Jolly Boys feat. Albert Minott , Katharina Nuttall, Klutæ(Leætherstrip), Låpsley, The Man, Mathilde Santing, Miguel Escueta, Nothing, Nouvelle Vague, Olms, Pastel Vespa, Plastik Funk and Kurd Maverick, ППВК, Rabbit in the Moon, Radio Star, Savoir Faire, So Happy, Star Inc., The String Quartet, Subsonic Fallout, Sue Ellen, Swan Lee. The Times, Unity One, Wave in Head, Zombie Zombie, Zook
Let me know if I missed one!

Next week:
Fifth Sunday A La Mode! Probably shouldn't do it, but this Depeche Mode cover will be a darkwave/pop noir version of a deep album cut from the 80's that hints at the unwanted consequences of decisions made badly.

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I spin this Friday in western Mass. As always my schedule has details and links to more if you want to join! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 16 - Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails (Geneviève Waïte)
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)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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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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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.

The Cover:



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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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.

The Cover:


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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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)

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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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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!

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

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

Two things I haven't done on this blog: featured live recorded covers or spoken with any confidence about the overall direction of DC Comics and their films. On the latter point, I think DC TV has gotten far more right than DC films have, films which I have boycotted seeing in theaters. However, in a couple of weeks I'm going to give Wonder Woman a chance and I hope I'm not disappointed by it as I have been by the previous DCEU films. There does sound certainly like there's reason to be hopeful this time.
I only mention it at all because one fun promo for the film (now at the box office) featured members of the female cast of Supergirl (again, TV being what DC does well, I'm a fan) including Lynda Carter (TV's Wonder Woman circa 1975-9) as her character, President Olivia Marsdin. The song in the promo (in fact the promo's whole theme) focuses on this super-heroine's iconic footwear and that song has been covered in concert in recent years by someone we could call fairly the "Wonder Woman of Goth":

Siouxsie Sioux - These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)

Nancy Sinatra's debut album, Boots celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, having been released in March 1966. Its first single, These Boots Are Made for Walkin', was released just the month before. It was written by the album's producer, Lee Hazelwood, who originally intended to record it himself (and later did.) Sinatra convinced him it required a younger, more feminine approach. In later years she said "when a guy sings it, the song sounds harsh and abusive, but it's perfect for a little girl." (She was 26 when she recorded it.) Hazelwood thought of it as not much more than "a party song" and "a joke" but in her voice it went on to be an international smash hit. In the 70's Sinatra said she regretted the success of this bit of psychedelic country go-go pop because it tied her to the "hard" image of its lyrical story and she felt that "wasn't her" because she was "as soft as they come."
Nevertheless, she inspired over 200 different covers of These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by a wide array of artists, including the likes of Boy George, Crispin Glover, David Hasselhoff, The Fixx, Kon Kan, Megadeth, Operation Ivy, Nick Cave with his first band The Boys Next Door, Former Bad Seeds members Anita Lane and Barry Adamson, and KMFDM.

Siouxsie Sioux, a post-punk amazon in stature by way of her legacy more than her size, began her solo career apart from the Banshees in 2004. Her 2009 concert DVD release of Finale: The Last Mantaray & More Show was recorded live on September 29, 2008 at KOKO in Camden Town, London. As the name suggests, it was the last show of her tour in support of her 2007 album, Mantaray. While not on any album, Sioux's adoption of Boots into her live performances may well have been inspired in part by her 2007 divorce from former Banshees band-mate, Budgie, but other than the coincidental timing, there is little on which to confirm that theory. It is also possible that she may have been sitting on the idea of doing the song from when she and Morrissey collaborated on a single in the 90's. Morrissey had sent Sioux a tape containing tracks by female singers he was considering they cover for their duet. It's said several songs by Nancy Sinatra were on that tape but it's not clear which. (They ended up picking Interlude by Timi Yuro instead.) Sioux is reportedly working on her next album so there's the chance it could include a studio recording of the cover.
Sioux, who turned 60 last weekend, and Sinatra, who turns 77 later this week, both happen to be Geminis - the priestess and the princess, sisters under the sign, immortal inspirations to generations of musicians, and all while wearing bad ass boots!:

The Cover:
(this recording may not actually be from the DVD or where it claims either, but it's the only source available for now.)



The Original:



Next week:
I'm far more a fan of Scarlet Witch and I've been, ahem, "spellbound"... in a manner of speaking. So for a special person and a special occasion I'm swapping the weeks of the usual Second Sunday Slowly and Third Sunday Throwback features this month to bring you some shock-goth from the 20th century.

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a Dreamwidth account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I spin twice this month but the info and links to get details and RSVP will be updated on my schedule in the next day or two, for those local enough to join the fun.

Make Mine Marvel, d(^_^)b
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

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)
Apr 30 - Forevel - It's No Good (Depeche Mode)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies