#musicmonday : Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi’s Dead / Lydia Lunch – Spooky

Undead! Undead! Undead! Gaaah! So I’ve had this post cued for a week but Collapse Board chose this as one of its 10 Songs for Halloween. Brilliant minds think alike, eh?

Bela Lugosi’s Dead was the first single by Bauhaus, released in August 1979. You could hold it responsible for gothic rock, but unlike its fey and foppish cousins, there’s something a little unnerving about this genre-setter. Continue reading

Songs for Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas (covers)

Brian Hugh Warner has made an awfully big career for someone with slightly less talent than Madonna. Still, he does at least have a distinctive voice, which is generally put to best use as a kind of reverse Rockabye Baby – making pleasingly unpleasant versions of popular tunes. Marilyn Manson’s version of Gary Numan’s Down In The Park was fun, and his I Put A Spell On You worked in the context of a David Lynch soundtrack. So surely a Danny Elfman cover should be a no-brainer, right?

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Songs for Halloween: Rosetta Stone – The Witch

Rosetta Stone by Mick Mercer

I was surprised when my mother claimed to know this song when it was a UK top 40 hit in 1992. Rosetta Stone’s The Witch turned out to be a cover of a song by The Rattles from 1970, when it had sold over a million copies globally. It’s rather catchy in a Mission-meets-Sisters sort of way, which is probably why they ended up supporting The Mission on tour and thus coming to prominence at the height of gothic rock’s chart popularity.

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30 day song challenge: day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

Oh wow. How do I even start with this one?

Funnily enough, we didn’t have a song at our wedding. We had the usual stuff like Pachelbel’s Canon in D during the service (which always reminds me inappropriately of the Rob Paravonian sketch – much as Red Dwarf‘s “faith, hop and charity” skit came to mind during the bible reading and we both had to stifle our giggles), but after the meal and speeches, we had to dash off to catch our flight. So no “song”; no “first dance” – not that we minded. Continue reading

Missing Logic: Fallen

Yet another film that could have gone a totally different way if the people in it hadn’t been so staggeringly stupid. (Caution: spoilers)


Fallen is the thriller about a fallen angel starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Elias Koteas – not to be confused with The Prophecy, the thriller about a fallen angel starring Eric Stoltz, Christopher Walken and Elias Koteas.

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Last Impressions: Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts

You might recall that a few weeks ago, I reviewed Thurston Moore’s Demolished Thoughts with a view to revisiting it a month later to see if I still had the same opinion. I’m deliberately not looking back to my previous post so as not to “contaminate” this one with my first impressions. I have, of course, listened to the album a number of times since then, and mostly I’ve come to the conclusion that Demolished Thoughts is basically nine versions of Disarm by the Smashing Pumpkins. Well, it’s not that repetitive, but you get the idea.
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