Slobberchops' Goth Classics : Three Tune Tuesday - Make yourself Miserable
Don’t you love image creation from AI? To enhance a story…yes, not to re-write everything for you that would be inhuman and quite frankly boring as fuck!
You would not get such pointed profanity from any AI engine yet, though I'm sure it's coming. I will have to spread out my Urban Explorer posts a little for fear of running short of content, so music ones may appear more frequently.
That's not going to happen for a while but I will be feeding them out liberally from now, until next March when the new season starts (for me!). Crawling along freezing-wet walls is not my thing.
...'the Bing AI creator is decent but tends to spell my name wrong. I think the one at the bottom could have been the winner but 'Slobberhops' just isn't good enough'...
Enough with the banter, let’s get you all miserable by listening to Goth music, which while intense can also cause you to slit your wrists if you listen to enough of it.
Bird of Passage – The Mission (Grains of Sand – 1990)
I must have bought ‘Grains of Sand’ in 1991 or so, or I would not be aware of this longish depressing ballad. Wayne croons through this piano-led piece bestowing pure misery on the unsuspecting listener about 'a lump in his throat and an ache in his heart’.
It’s not your typical ‘Mission' song which tends to be loud and noisy but what struck me was the lovely piano work. I want to be to play that.
Around 4 minutes or so, 'Bird of Passage' breaks out into a spiraling piano piece that given the time and space to set up my faulty vintage synthesizer, I would pursue to learn by ear and play it.
Like the best musicians I never learned the theory or to read music. That’s where the likeness ends; I am not a decent keyboard player, more a cheap imitator.
Israel – Siouxsie And The Banshees (Single – 1980)
There could be deliberation about the fact, ‘Are ‘Siouxsie And The Banshees' a Goth band? They changed so much in six or seven years, that they could be labelled, Punk, New Wave, or Goth.
The fact that Goth didn't really exist in 1980 is a testament to a trend-setting band and image that survived all those incarnations and came out of the other end unscathed.
The black makeup and dark deathly sound of 'Israel’ hooked me from my first listen which would have been at release time. I bought the picture cover 7’ single, that depicts the Star of David and now sells for the best part of £10 in the condition mine was.
Even all those years ago, the seed of weird music ran through my veins. 'Siouxsie And The Banshees' were not a popular band and tended to enter the lower tier of the top 40. That was enough for me to hear about them and their latest hit.
With all the unrest in the Middle East, this one felt appropriate though the relevance of the lyrics is questionable.
No Time to Cry – The Sisters of Mercy (First and Last and Always – 1985)
If you're talking 'Goth', then you MUST include something from these masters. The master title in my opinion went out of the window at the end of their debut album which is a genre masterpiece.
Andrew Eldritch mumbles his way through the first part of the verse with the listener thinking, 'can you speak the fuck up, I can't hear you'.
He then mumbles several decibels louder that 'he gets frightened, just like you'. If you met this bloke in a dark alley I think anyone would be frightened at the sight presented.
Talk about misrepresented comedy. I have chucked at that line more than once. If you are in awe of Goth music, I would implore you to listen to all of ‘First and Last and Always'.
It's quite some musical feat and with several members of the soon-to-be 'The Mission' shows its class, style, and quality.
What could be next, Punk Classics? Was there any such thing or was it all a load of noisy talentless shit?
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