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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
It's a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
Where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
It has a new home here on DreamWidth where all previous entries have been imported, corrected, and updated.
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So... that Thor: Ragnarok trailer, right?! Easily made that the single superhero movie for which I'm most excited this year (which says something considering I loved the first Guardians WAY more than the previous Thor films!) And while I may feel essentially the same as Jimmy Urine (of Mindless Self Indulgence, who has a role IN Guardians of the Galaxy V2) when it comes to the band whose music is on the Thor trailer, without a doubt that song was used to great effect for all the imagery it invokes. That isn't, however, the first time it's been used as part of soundtrack, in its original or covered form:

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross w/ Karen O - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)

Led Zeppelin kicked off a six-stop European tour on June 22, 1970, the first of their shows in Reykjavík, Iceland. Immediately inspired by the visit they wrote a track paralleling their experience to tales of Norse mythology, Viking voyages, and conquest. They debuted Immigrant Song in Bath on the second stop of the tour, just six days after the first. Immigrant Song was then included on their next studio album, Led Zeppelin III released in October that year, followed by its single release a month later.
The song has been covered at least four dozen times since; some of those covers by Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Incubus, Informatik and Red Flag. It's also been included on a variety of TV shows, documentaries, and films. Two noteworthy films featuring the track include the 2003 comedy School Of Rock and the 1998 sci-fi action Soldier (starring Kurt Russel who plays Ego in GotG-V2)

Filmmaker David Fincher, having previously worked with Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for The Social Network, called on them again to do the soundtrack for his American remake of the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film was based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor (English translation: Men Who Hate Women.)
Their soundtrack is primarily instrumental with the exception of the cover of Bryan Ferry's Is Your Love Strong Enough? (by the Reznor/Ross side project How To Destroy Angels) and the cover of Immigrant Song, done in collaboration with Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In several interviews Reznor admits that the idea of an "aggressive version" of the track with Karen O "wailing over it" was Fincher's. He didn't know why at first but came to understand how Fincher intended to juxtapose the song's lyrics against the character of Lisbeth to add some meaning in the opening of the film. Reznor, who likes Zeppelin, Karen O, and the song, was concerned he would open himself "up for criticism and failure" and wasn't sure what he could do "to give it justice." Trusting in Fincher's vision, he said they "wound up with something that I think works really well in a situation that wouldn't have been where my instinct would have led."

Karen O claimed complete ignorance of Led Zeppelin before being asked to do the vocals. She has been quoted as saying that the reason she "could muster up whatever it took to actually cover" the song was because she "didn’t have any reverence for the track as I didn’t really know it." She's also said she poured a lot of her own personal torment into the recording, which she found to be "primal" and "liberating."

"Primal" certainly describes this rendition with its appropriately thunderous industrial interpretations on the original instrumentation. Ride on to Valhalla with this dragon-spawned ragnarok'n'roll!:

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Another interesting bit of trivia tying the films together: Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård played Martin Vanger in this version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and, though he is not slated to appear in Ragnarok, he played Erik Selvig in the previous Thor, Thor: The Dark World and both Avengers films.

Next week:
Marks the entry before SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies celebrates its Two Year Anniversary with another Fifth Sunday A La Mode; this time a downtempo dark triphop cover of Depeche Mode out of Poland and it's SO good!

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At the time of this posting I'll be spinning next on Friday in Western Mass. If you can, join me! Details can be found on my schedule along with whatever's next. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Apr 16- Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse)
Apr 09 - PreCog - Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
Apr 02 - Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)
Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies (at its new home on DreamWidth):
It's a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
Where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Quick bit of followup about the blog's move to DreamWidth: IF you are a new reader or just looking to scroll back through old entries, I am still resolving a bunch of import errors that wiped out all the "embedded player" content. Bandcamp embeds have a "format" problem and have to be sized in a particular way that I'm not really happy with, but it's better than other options since BC allows you to buy tracks direct from featured artists and learn more about their other music. Meanwhile, I have managed to fix about 75% of the errors, mostly going backward from this date, and I expect the rest to be resolved within the week. Please comment if you detect something specific that might need addressing. Thank you!

Today's Easter entry brings you a Third Sunday Throwback from the 20th century with a cover by a depressive goth rock band whose lead singer passed away seven years (and two days) ago. They also had a penchant for songs with lyrics and titles derived from Christian imagery, so it's with some small enjoyment of the perverse irony that I present...:

Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse)

Neil Young 's second studio album,Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, was his first with Crazy Horse. It was released in May 1969. Their first single, Down By The River included an "alternate version" of Cinnamon Girl as the b-side on the version sold in European markets. It was almost a year later, April 1970, before they released Cinnamon Girl as the next single from the album. Apparently the track was one of three that Young wrote while suffering a high fever, sick with the flu. It's said the identity of the actual person about whom the song was written has never been revealed. Young, who had married only a month before the album was recorded, has said it was about a "city girl" he had seen walking toward him with "finger cymbals." He also has indicated that it was "hard to explain" to his wife, who filed for divorce six months after the single came out.

Flip the year "69" to "96," when Type O Negative released their fourth album, October Rust, which includes their cover of Cinnamon Girl. They had already being playing the song in concert to mixed response from their fans. In one interview, lead singer Peter Steele said it was one of his favorites: "Having been born in 1962 and having five older sisters, I was constantly exposed to all different types of music. This one song seems to have stuck out and I was never a big fan of Neil Young, honestly. I just happen to like that one song. It was easy to make heavy. It only has four chords and I only know four chords so it's the song for us." It was released as the fourth and final single from the album in June 1997, after it had been remixed by Charlie Clouser in a style either reverent or mocking of Depeche Mode, subtitled the "Depressed Mode" mix. In at least one concert that year, it was reported that Steele apologized to fans of Neil Young for their "mutilation" of the track, admitting in his sarcastic and self deprecating idiom, "if it's any consolation, Mr. Young didn't like the version either."
The band all seem to agree that the decision of which songs they covered was primarily in Steele's hands, and over the course of their career they would cover artists like Seals & Crofts, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple, Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd. They also covered the "title" track from the Broadway rock opera, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Far from a mutilation, Type O Negative's version transforms Young's light folk ballad into an exceptionally crafted work of deeply weighted and simultaneously energetic dark rock.

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Next week:
Loving that new Thor trailer as much as I am? There's something about it you might want to know, but the cover I feature will mean I have to bend a rule here just a couple weeks before this blog's second anniversary. Forgive me, but I think you'll appreciate it!

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

I spin next on the last Friday of this month and the first Friday of next! Head over to my schedule for details if you're in the New England areas that make it possible for you to attend if you like! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Apr 09 - PreCog - Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
Apr 02 - Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)
Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
A weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
Where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
Sometimes there's even an interview with the covering band! (This entry for example!)
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Quick bit of news about the blog: It's on DreamWidth now. LiveJournal has proven to be too problematic. (New TOS, Russian hosting and legal compliance issues, suspicious scripts, ads I can't even see have been present, etc...) DreamWidth 'seems' a solution, however the import of my content from LJ has rendered ALL embedded music players inactive and Bandcamp players are not formatting to the space correctly, though they will play. (If you have any insight on how to fix the Bandcamp embedding problem please let me know, thanks.) Each entry has to be corrected individually. Also many links that currently lead to LJ entries need to be redirected to their new DW counterparts. All of that will take some time. I've gotten the most current of posts updated but there's a lot to do. Please be patient. I'll get it worked out. Thanks.

It's Second Sunday Slowly where I present a downtempo cover. I couldn't tell you how I first encountered this band, but I can tell you they are one of my favorite discoveries of 2016. In fact, had I not already done previous entries for Cry Little Sister or Wicked Game, I probably would have already featured them here. Luckily, they recently released this track AND they gave me the opportunity to do a quick interview with them! But first, as usual, a little history:

PreCog - Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
Experimental alternative punk rockers Butthole Surfers released their seventh album, Electriclarryland the day after April Fool's Day, 1996. (The album title was a humorous swipe at Jimi Hendrix's 1968 LP, Electric Ladyland.) Its only charting single, Pepper, was released in May. The track was reportedly written to reflect the experiences of singer Gibby Haynes during his early college years in the Texas punk scene. It's believed to have been granted airplay and a single to some extent because it fit the musical genre that had been popularized on alternative radio by Beck's 1994 hit, Loser. Pepper marked the height of the band's mainstream commercial success before their eventual breakup after the following album.

PreCog, a darkwave/synthpop group formed in December 2015 out of Nashville, released their version of Pepper online a few weeks ago in February. The band's vocalist Jason Thomas, composer Gerald Josef , and synth player Ty Winstead joined me for a chat online to talk about it.

SDSD: Since your all-original debut album last year, you've released covers of Chris Isaak, Nirvana, Gerard McMann, and now this cover of the Butthole Surfers. One thing they have in common is that they all come out of the decade between the mid-80s to mid-90s. What is it about the music from that time that seems to inspire your music?

Jason: It's really just the songs I grew up listening to. All of those songs hold a special place for me and always will. It's been a real goal of mine to cover the songs I feel shaped me as a musician. It's been practically impossible until Gerald and Ty came along. They help me take the songs in the direction I'm wanting. We have several more covers coming out soon (we like to stay busy) from groups like Queens of the Stoneage, Bobby Darin, and A Perfect Circle.

Ty: I feel that era really represents our own personal growth and nostalgia. It was a transitional time for music and we were growing along with that transition.

Gerald: I agree that this was def a transition time. I myself grew up in the 80s so some of these songs would not have been on my radar for covering, but I love the challenge of taking what was and putting our spin on it to make it new and unique again.

SDSD: According to your social media, you've wanted to do this cover for years. Why specifically "Pepper?"

Jason: It's such a unique song. I've always loved the writing and flow of the lyrics and of course the super dark undertone. Overall I just always thought it was a unique track.

SDSD: How did you go about making the song "PreCognitive," so to speak, make it sound like yours?

Jason: We tend to bounce a track back and forth between each other a couple times. One of us will start the base track, then send it off to the other to add some flavor or bend it in a different direction. Usually after the first go round it sounds totally different. I tend to push things a bit more towards the darker side, but Gerald and Ty add the real meat to the tracks and give it the real solid personality that makes it shine. I think it's the mixture of all our personal styles together that molds us into PreCog.

SDSD: Your bio says you consider Depeche Mode and Massive Attack among your most direct influences and you can definitely hear a bit of both throughout this cover. Is there any track by either you want to cover in the future?

Ty: As a matter of fact, we've been covering Depeche "Never Let Me Down" live. It's so incredibly fun to play and people seem to enjoy it.

Jason: "Butterfly Caught" by Massive Attack would be a fun one, but that track is so perfect as is I don't know how we could make it any better.

Gerard has since confirmed that their cover of Never Let Me Down will be included on an upcoming compilation, Unmute: A Tribute To Artists On Mute Records, which will feature various musicians doing tracks from 1978-1989. Pepper may not make it to their next upcoming album because, as Gerard states, they "have been together a little over a year and have written close to fifty songs!" You can however, listen to their cover here:

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Next week:
A Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th Century on Easter! In memory of goth icons who did a dark version of a late 60's rock tune named after a different spice that was also mentioned on today's featured cover.

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I'll be spinning this Saturday night in Boston. Links to Details and RSVP on FB can be found on my site with more info about my schedule. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Apr 02 - Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)
Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs, where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Following April Fool's Day seems like a great time to put something fun into the mix. So here's an electro-industrial artist driven crazy about a "gift" of pop from the late 80s:

Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)

She Drives Me Crazy was released on New Year's Day 1989 as the first single from English alternative rock act Fine Young Cannibals' second album, The Raw & the Cooked. The song, originally written quite differently under the title, She's My Baby, was recorded at Prince's Paisley Park studios in Minnesota. The falsetto vocals were an unusual turn for lead singer Roland Gift who had intended to use his regular range before the song was re-written. However it worked well to create the memorable hook that made the song the best selling track of their career.
The song has been included on several movie soundtracks, such as The Other Sister, Towelhead, and The Goodbye Kiss, and on over twenty television shows. It has also been covered a few times by artists in a variety of genres: Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Electric Six, and Aesthetic Perfection.

Aesthetic Perfection, an industrial-pop project created by Daniel Graves, released this version of She Drives Me Crazy on the A Nice Place To Destroy E.P. in June 2012. Graves, who has admitted he listens to a mix of pop, classic rock, metal, and electro, took a bit of negative criticism from some over the cover and responded that they should "have a sense of humor." In one interview he described his interpretation as "calculated chaos." According to the 2014 interview, he enjoys injecting a bit of humor into his work and seems joyful at the thought that this cover is "...all just madness. It was absolutely made with a grin on my face, but I think we’ve reached a point where our fans know to expect the unexpected and that guys with crew cuts and cammo pants know what we’re doing isn’t really their cup of tea." He also thinks it's important to "recognize that there is a whole world of things to enjoy outside your little box." (I happen to agree, which is part of why this blog even exists!)
His mimicry of Gift's vocals, enhanced with his own harsher vocal style makes it pretty evident he's having some fun at everyone's expense. And yet his version of the dance track is surgically reconstructed with industrial precision to make it as exceptional as it might be absurd.

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Next week:
Second Sunday Slowly! And we'll feature an interview with a newer darkwave/snythpop group about their cover of a "seasoned" 90s alternative hit!

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

I spin next in the Boston area this Friday. Head over to my site for details and future dates on my schedule. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Welcome to the 100th Entry of SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies!
It's a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Looking over the features here for the past few weeks and the schedule of what's to come, I realized I've been a little neglectful presenting any covers on the gothier side. Bad planning on my part, nothing more. They are coming. Meanwhile, today's entry highlights a newer Canadian artist with a recent EBM tribute to a track that just don't stop!:

nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)

Michael Jackson released Off The Wall, his fifth solo album (the nineteenth album of his career at age 21,) in August 1979. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough was its first single, released two weeks before the album in July. The track features his sister Janet and brother Randy adding to the percussion by tapping on soda bottles with drum sticks. Jackson's mother, a god-fearing Jehovah's Witness, was initially put off by the lyrics of the song because of their suggestive nature. It probably didn't help that this was the first track on which he began injecting what would became his signature shouts, screams, and grunts that punctuate passionately (some may even say "orgasmicly") so many of his songs. However, Jackson claimed the meaning to be far more innocent and open to subjective interpretation for the listener so it could mean whatever they wanted it to mean.
There is also a theory that "The Force" mentioned throughout the lyrics is a direct nod to Star Wars, influenced perhaps by the film's debut just a couple of years before. Though there may not be anything to officially back the hypothesis, Jackson would later collaborate with George Lucas on his long form music video / space adventure for Disney's Epcot theme park, Captain EO in 1986.
There are only a relatively few recorded covers of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough considering its popularity, although it has been covered on more numerous occasions in live performance by artists of many genres, including on the 2011 tour of his sometimes chart rival, Prince.

nTTx is an electro-industrial solo-project developed by Toronto-based Gord Clement, influenced by acts such as Kraftwerk, DAF, Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, Yaz, and Genesis (I keep telling you all those guys were one tragedy away from being full-on goths.) He has a pronounced love of covers by other bands and has said he enjoys doing them because, "it boils down to thinking of some altered reality where a great song was done in this genre, and how that would play out." nTTx has released covers of New Dress by Depeche Mode, Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash, and Suburbia by Pet Shop Boys. His cover of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough was released as a free downloadable single in July 2016 on the independent record label, WTII. This interpretation has much deeper and thicker vocals, replacing Jackson's orgasmic punctuation with the occasional hard sigh and a martial "HA!" The original was already uptempo and energetic dance-pop with a multi-instrumental arrangement and Clement just speeds it up an extra ten insistent beats per minute to enhanced effect on his synthesized EBM tribute to the "King of Pop."


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Next week:
For the day after April Fool's Day, I can't help myself... and neither can the electro-industrial artist driven crazy about a "gift" of pop from the late 80s!

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

I have two (possibly three) gigs lined up for April. As always my site will have updates with the details as they become available. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)

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.

It's time for another trip to the 20th century! The Third Sunday Throwback cover featured in this entry is a punk influenced techno-industrial rager originally performed by the band we know best for "pretending that they're dead" who had something to say about people who don't tell the truth:

The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)

The all-female L.A. grunge-rockers L7 released their fourth album, Hungry for Stink in July 1994. The album had three singles but Fuel My Fire was not one of them. The track was based to some extent on the instrumentation of a 1990 tune called Lost Cause by the Australian punk trio, Cosmic Psychos.

The Prodigy, bridging big beat styles with rave, punk, hardcore techno and electro-industrial, released the best selling album of their career, The Fat Of The Land, in late June 1997. The album included three of their most popular singles (Firestarter, Breathe, and Smack My Bitch Up) and their cover of Fuel My Fire (featuring Republica leadwoman Saffron in duet with Keith Flint for the chorus) was its denouement.

While they have said in interviews that the album was largely apolitical, it's interesting that the title of the album is derived from the old phrase 'living off the fat of the land', which is representative of those who through their wealth live on the best of resources and leave scraps for less fortunate. Add to that a song that expresses such anger toward those who mislead and betray though dishonesty and it wouldn't be unfair to suggest there's an embedded sentiment that many in today's political climate could find relatable.


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Next week:
Another adventure in pop-made-industrial with a track that's truly off the wall!

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I spin again in western Mass this Friday. Details on that can be found from the links on my schedule, with updates about next month to be posted shortly. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero


Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)

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.

On the latest Second Sunday Slowly feature, we focus on a down tempo track with a bit of an uptempo under-rhythm, inspired by a French film, covered by a Greek duo whose name only sounds French:

Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)

Punk-rocker turned pop-rock icon, Billy Idol released his second solo album, Rebel Yell, in November of 1983. Eyes Without A Face was released as its second single in May 1984. The track is said to be inspired by the 1960 French horror film adaptation of Jean Redon's 1959 novel, Les Yeux Sans Visage. The song title is a direct translation of the film's, which is also a lyric in the song sung by a female vocalist during the chorus. Some analyses claim a deep metaphoric connection between the song and film but on general examination the title would seem to be where the likeness ends; the film is a dry chiller about a scientist who harvests parts from female victims to repair the face of his disfigured daughter, and the lyrics of the song would appear to have more to do with coming to terms with lost love. The song's video might also make some brief reference to the film by way of the appearance of a woman with an obscured porcelain-like face painted in colorful patchwork patterns suggesting a face made-up of multiple parts. Despite the familiarity and catchy nature of his previous singles like White Wedding, Rebel Yell, and his cover of Mony Mony (originally by Tommy James and the Shondells,) Eyes was the first of Idol's hits to break into the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the U.S. It has since been covered by Trent Reznor, (with The Urge in his time prior to Nine Inch Nails,) Scooter, the soft rock jazz crooner Paul Anka, and several others.

A synthpop duo formed in Athens, Marsheaux launched their career with a cover of Gershon Kingsley's Popcorn. Since then they have done several covers of note by a number of their synthpop and new wave inspirations: The Promise by When In Rome, Regret by New Order, Empire State Human by Human League, & the entirety of Depeche Mode's 1982 album, A Broken Frame, to name a few.
They included their cover of Eyes Without A Face on their 2012 compilation album E-Bay Queen Is Dead, a collection of unreleased material and b-sides spanning back to their debut, E-Bay Queen. Research indicates the possibility that the cover was previously released in 2011 on a rare edition E.P. of Can You Stop Me?, limited to 500 copies that may have only been available for purchase at their concerts during that year's tour.

Idol's original version of the song renders a velvety ballad with an abrasively energetic rock bridge while Marsheaux's cover has a slow central tempo, buoyed by an animated melody and the undercurrent of another less-pronounced but faster electronic rhythm. Their bridge also elevates the energy, but in place of Idol's aggressive vocal style, they recite those lyrics in a mildly dissonant, monotonic spoken-word manner. It's distinctive as a dance track with its dark imagery counterpointed on a vivid yet flowing beat and is nothing at which to sneer.

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Next week:
Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th century, but where this week electric ladies covered the male rocker, next time the lady rockers get covered by techno-industrial fellas.

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

I spin this Friday in the Boston region. Check my schedule for details if you'd like to join the party! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)

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.

It's uncommon that I share stories about my past here, but this one is related tangentially to this week's feature. When I was in broadcast radio in the late 90's, I once had a local unsigned band on my show for an interview. They were a goth/rock/metal group called "Nefarion," led by vocalist & guitarist, Jasin Todd. I asked him about the band's sound and remarked that they sounded a lot like the popular 80's hair-metal group, Ratt. He declared live on-air with no hesitation or apology,
"I LOVE FUCKING RATT!"
Lucky for me there was a delay so I got to keep my job, but we all had a pretty good laugh over the phrasing. That band broke up when Jasin joined Shinedown, but the cover featured today is done by another "Jasyn" who also appears to [ahem] fucking love Ratt:

God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)

Ratt, an 80's glam metal band, was formed by the lead singer Stephen Pearcy after the dissolution of its previous incarnation, "Mickey Ratt," (no doubt a playful jab at the beloved Disney character.) They released their first full-length album, Out of the Cellar in 1984. Round and Round was the second single from the LP and the biggest hit of their career.
The video starred supermodel Lisa Dean and comedian Milton Burle. Burle, only in the video up until the first chorus, portrayed both a wealthy blue-blood and his own wife (in drag.)
The track has been featured on a number of video games, films, and TV shows; one of particular note among them- the Christmas episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

God Module recorded their cover of Round and Round for the 2011 Das Bunker compilation album, Choice of a New Generation (its origins detailed in a previous entry here.) God Module's previous covers include Little 15 by Depeche Mode (2000), A Night Like This by The Cure (2004), and Me, I Disconnect from You by Gary Numan (2010). Frontman Jasyn Bangert has said all these artists are important to him and "very responsible for God Module existing." Soon after the release of their version of the Ratt classic, they also recorded a cover of The Great Commandment by Camouflage which appears on the 2012 Electronic Saviors Volume 2: Recurrence cancer charity compilation.
The God Module version is vocally harsh and modulated with an aggressive and pounding techno-industrial rhythm, as is their style.

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Next week:
Daylight Saving Time begins in time for another Second Sunday Slowly downtempo cover and the face of the clock you'll turn forward has no eyes!

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Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)
Jan 29 - Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)

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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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It's the end of February and so we reach the final entry in this four-part "Dark Valentine's" series called "Love Songs to Beautiful People You Think Are Sexy But With Whom You Are Not In Love!"
We wrap up with the final part of the titular tale and though there is definitely some unfortunate heartbreak in the story of the featured duo, you might be surprised by the origins of their most popular single from a band with whom you are not in love... yet.:

Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)

Platinum Blonde, a Canadian new wave pop-rock band with glam style, got their name from the 1931 romantic comedy film starring Jean Harlow. They released their debut album, Standing In the Dark, in 1983. Derivative of the sounds of Elvis Costello, Duran Duran, and Icehouse, the band was considered something of a underground success in their country where the album earned triple-platinum sales, but were effectively a "no-hit wonder" anywhere else. Not In Love was their fourth single from the album, released October 1984.
While it might be expected they would vanish into obscurity, in recent years they have instead found themselves with a newfound and even more global audience thanks in no small measure to those kindred Canadians who covered this track.

Ethan Kath, one half of Crystal Castles, a electronic duo among vanguards in the witch house style, worked as a resident DJ at Toronto’s Mod Club, owned by Platinum Blonde frontman Mark Holmes. The band performed some of its first shows on live-to-air radio broadcasts from the venue with Holmes as host going by the alias "DJ MRK."
The duo were forced to release their second album in April 2010, earlier than planned because it had been leaked to the internet. Crystal Castles II featured their cover of Not In Love, originally with the duo's former member, Alice Glass, on vocals. That version however was not released as the single. They instead released a version with Robert Smith of The Cure on vocals in November 2010, also making it available on later digital issues of the album. Smith's prestige elevated both the track and the band to a broader international audience, scoring them their first major hit.
Thanks to the success of the single, (and the occasional guest appearance by Holmes filling in as vocalist for the track at Crystal Castle shows,) Platinum Blonde has experienced a resurgence of fan interest and went on to record and release the 2012 album, Now or Never, their first album in 22 years.

The cover featured here spotlights the original take on the track. All due respect to Robert Smith and fans of that version, Alice Glass left Crystal Castles claiming a number of problematic issues in her relationship with Kath, not the least of which was the diminished recognition she received from him for her contributions to the project. While Glass (who is currently working on a solo album) is not the same kind of vocalist Smith is and her vocals are filtered through electronic effects, given the circumstances of her departure from the band some might agree that representation matters and her role should not be dismissed or forgotten.

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Next week:
What goes around, comes around... just give it time and you'll hear this nefarious industrial cover. ^_^

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I'm scheduled to spin twice in March. My schedule will be updated soon to provide more details.

Until next time, explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)
Jan 29 - Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)
Jan 22 - Avarice In Audio - Welcome To Paradise (Front 242)

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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
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It's time for our monthly voyage into the 20th century and another "Third Sunday Throwback" as we continue the February "Dark Valentine's" theme I've entitled: "Love Songs to Beautiful People You Think Are Sexy But With Whom You Are Not In Love!" This week our featured cover is some sleazy disco/industrial as performed by artists with so phallic a sobriquet as to invoke the adolescent sniggering of hormonal teen-age boys:

Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)

Rod Stewart, a London-born pop-rock artist, released his ninth album, Blondes Have More Fun in November 1978. It was the first of his efforts to explore the disco trend of the time and with its first single, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? it proved to be a fairly successful gamble. Unfortunately, Stewart took a little too many liberties with the production of the track, appropriating two different elements of the song from other artists without attribution or compensation: the chorus of the song plagiarized from Jorge Ben Jor's 1976 Taj Mahal and the synthesizer hook taken from the string section of Bobby Womack's 1975, (If You Want My Love) Put Something Down On It. Ben Jor filed suit, Stewart admitted the theft and made restitution by donating proceeds from the track to UNICEF. Copyright rules, however, seem to protect Stewart for his limited use of Womack's material.
In addition to those misdeeds, many were highly critical of his shift from rock to disco styles, making the track contentious despite its popularity as a number one hit on multiple charts in several countries.

Revolting Cocks covered the track on their third studio album, Linger Ficken' Good ...And Other Barnyard Oddities, released in 1993. It was the album's first single, delivered in the same satirical and fun-loving industrial rock style that set them apart from the other bands with which its members were affiliated: Ministry, Front 242, Skinny Puppy, etc...
When asked about the song before it was recorded, Al Jourgensen (who describes RevCo as "juvenile and lurid and delinquent") said, "We're going to start showing exactly how insipid and inane some of the music that people have listened to for a long time is."
Even Stewart himself has said it was a "campy" track he "used to be embarrassed to sing" and that he didn't "want to be singing Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? at age 50 and be a parody" of himself. In recent concerts however, now in his 70's, he makes a point of showcasing that latter quote during performances of the hit.

Disco such as this had a bit of a sleazy pick-up image connected to it, though in this case, Stewart seemed to be going for a reciprocal coital motive in the track's lyrical story, where both characters shared equal interest. RevCo transformed the tracks disco sound to something more of a raunchy electro-rock strut of uber-masculity, preying aggressively on such base interests in such an over-the-top way as to make the original seem all the more ridiculous.

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Next week:
While Stewart's album title contends that blondes have more fun, that doesn't make them immune to heartbreak as we'll discover in last installment of the "Dark Valentine's" theme, when the featured cover brings this month-long tale to its inevitable and somewhat tragic conclusion. v_v

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

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Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)
Jan 29 - Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)
Jan 22 - Avarice In Audio - Welcome To Paradise (Front 242)
Jan 15 - Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apoptygma Berzerk)

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