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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Well... Da Ya? [Feb. 19th, 2017|10:00 am]
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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 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!

I DJ next in western Mass this Friday. For details on that event and others on my schedule, check out my website. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 08 - 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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Playlist: Ceremony 2.13.17 [Feb. 14th, 2017|05:56 pm]
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Thanks to all the Ceremonials who came out last night despite the lingering effects of the weather!
Check my website for details and links to RSVP to other events upcoming on my schedule.

I've been linking any cover song on my playlist that I've featured on that dark covers blog, SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries, for anyone who wants to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played at Ceremony:

1st Set
Cindergarden - Everybody Knows
Stromkern - Stand Up
IAMX - My Secret Friend
Trust - F.T.F
And One - Wet Spot
Microwaved - Obsession
Bjorn - Army of Me (mix)
Johnny Hallow - A Little Bit Closer
Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant
Siouxsie and the Banshee - Cities In Dust
Accessory - Folsom Prison Blues

2nd set
Simi Nah - You Spin Me Right Round
Prodigy - Breathe
Portishead - Wandering Star
Vernian Process - Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
EndUser - Switch
Nine Inch Nails - Get Down Make Love
Cure - Lullaby (Frail Limb Purity mix)
Legend - City
The Faint - Take Me To The Hospital
Vogon Poetry - Mourn
Crüxshadows - Monsters
fin
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Something Beautiful [Feb. 12th, 2017|10:00 am]
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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 Second Sunday Slowly so it's time for the downtempo segment of February's "Dark Valentine's" theme I've entitled: "Love Songs to Beautiful People You Think Are Sexy But With Whom You Are Not In Love!" Behind the scenes: I had found two different (and fantastic) Temple of Love covers and one of them almost ended up in this entry (yes, a downtempo version exists!) But then I found this about three weeks ago and it became instantly clear that this was the perfect pick for the week of Valentine's Day, despite the fact that it is in no way a love song of any kind:

Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)

Marilyn Manson released their second studio album, Antichrist Superstar, in October 1996, only a couple of weeks after its groundbreaking single, The Beautiful People. The track is said to take its title and some portion of its inspiration from The Beautiful People by Marilyn Bender, a non-fiction book published in 1967 about fashion and high-society. The actual phrase is believed to have been first coined in Vogue magazine in 1962 by its editor, Diana Vreeland, which would seem to be verified by Bender's book. The term reflects something about the lifestyles of the glamorous, the trendsetters, the wealthy, and the celebrities. Manson's track seems to regard those for whom the term applies with equal parts reverence and contempt. Manson himself has said, "I make things glamorous as a revolt to glamour."
The opening of the song features a heavily distorted and practically indecipherable sample of Charles "Tex" Watson (one of the members of Charles Manson's "family," known notoriously for his role in the 1969 Tate murders) saying, "We'd swoop down on the town and kill everyone that wasn't beautiful." From there, the song lyrically explores a dense minefield of issues revolving around aspects of Nietzschean philosophy, Social Darwinism, capitalism and fascism. For most, the fullness of its message may have been lost to the track's hooky, insistently loud, and galvanizing rock rhythms which clearly made the song the band's first original hit single embraced by mainstream audiences.
The Beautiful People has been covered a number of times, primarily by rock bands in a variety of styles, so this one is without a doubt unique in its interpretation.

Roniit, a "dark electro pop" songstress based in southern California who has also covered tracks by The Cardigans, Lana Del Rey, Halsey, and Depeche Mode, released her version of The Beautiful People in December 2016. It was put out in tandem with a video sponsored by and produced with the fashion company, Killstar, starring a number of the company's models and clothing. According to Roniit, the original is obvious in declaring that "the beautiful people" are wretched and without fundamental moral character. In a recent interview she explained that she wanted to approach her version with a more positive spin, saying. "the verses are from the perspective of someone who is different, someone who feels defeated by life and the evil that surrounds us. In the chorus that person becomes empowered; that person is beautiful."
By dropping the tempo down by 30 percent of the original and incorporating her signature form of slinky "goth jazz" in the melody, she has transformed this hard rock industrial anthem into a sultry, blackhearted mistress of a croon, demanding adoration and quite deserving of it.


The Cover (click-through to bandcamp for the link to her video):



The Original:





Next week:
We continue our "Dark Valentine" theme with a trip to the 20th Century and our Third Sunday Throwback, featuring a track for which both the original (top 40 pop) and covering (industrial/alternative) artists have very phallic names. ^_^

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

I spin tomorrow night in the Boston area and again in Western Mass on the last Friday of this month. If you want to come to either, pop over to my schedule where you can find links to more details. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

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)
Jan 08 - Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)

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Playlist: Excess 2.11.17 [Feb. 11th, 2017|11:55 pm]
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Excess wasn't officially "FUCK SNOW" but it was pretty much "FUCK SNOW!" And boy did you Excessives Fuck That Snow! Uh, that may not make any sense, I'm pretty tired from it, but Thank You! ^_^
Excess returns in March so we'll see you then!

If you visit my website you'll find my schedule of upcoming events, links to RSVP to them, a couple of mixes I've done, and my dark covers blog.

I've been linking any cover song on my playlist that I've featured on that dark covers blog, SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries, for anyone who wants to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played at Excess:

1st Set
Eric [eO] Oberthaler - Nethers (Edge of Twilight Mix)
Delerium - Keep On Dreaming
Binary Park - Into the Deep
Freestylers - Cracks ft. Belle Humble (Flux Pavilion Remix)
Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes
Hooverphonic - 2wicky
Dust Heaven - Dark
Anthony Jones - Mon Loup
Christine & the Queens - It
Puscifer - Toma (Five Knives Burnout mix)
Depeche Mode - The Dead of Night
Legend - City

2nd set
LaRoux - I'm Not Your Toy (Data remix)
IAMX - Kiss & Swallow (Manix mix)
Felix da Housecat - Money Success Fame Glamour
Dead or Alive - Spin Me Right Round
Sia - Elastic Heart
Halsey - Castle
Roniit - The Beautiful People
Precog - Little Devil (Kizomba mix)
Covenant - Bullet
Full Contact69 - Fuck Off7
School of Seven Bells - Kiss Them For Me
Bassnectar/Kraddy - Snakecharmer
Chvrches - Leave A Trace
Torul - Mad World (Rob Dust mix)
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Simple Love [Feb. 5th, 2017|10:00 am]
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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.

February is devoted to a "Dark Valentine's" theme that I call: "Love Songs to Beautiful People You Think Are Sexy But With Whom You Are Not In Love!" Hopefully you'll find all these covers "lovable" but we'll get started with a ballad to Britain's bad boyfriend.:

Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)

The Scottish post-punk band Simple Minds put out their fourth and fifth L.P. releases, Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call, as a double album set in September 1981. Love Song was its second single released in August from the Sons portion of the set. It's said that the track is supposed to be an ode to the centuries old relationship between Europe and North America, making it implicitly clear in the lyrics that "America's a boyfriend." Interestingly, this was the first Simple Minds album to be distributed internationally and between this track and their prior single from Sister, titled The American, it would seem plausible that they were making some active attempt to appeal to the vanity of specifically the largest of their new audience. However, neither single truly captured the attention of their object of affection, and they would only get some mild amount of play with several other singles until the 1986 film, The Breakfast Club, which featured their first number 1 hit in the States, Don't You (Forget About Me), finally earning the nation's full affections for a time.
Love Song is nonetheless an exceptionally catchy, if underrated, bass-rich alternative dance track.

Leæther Strip, the electro-industrial project by Danish musician Claus Larsen, has a discography boasting two dozen albums (or more) worth of original material along with the numerous covers of and tributes to bands and artists like Soft Cell, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Dead or Alive, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, The Cure, Yaz, Talk Talk, Eurythmics, David Bowie, Judas Priest, and Cher. One of his latest such tributes, devoted to Simple Minds and released in September 2016, was the six track E.P. titled Reptile Man Drop, named after the lyric from Love Song which he covers in the collection. Larsen says that the early works of Simple Minds had a large impact on him from the moment he bought their first album in 1979. He unquestionably gives this EBM cover all the passion and energy of someone who has had such a long time love.

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
Our "Dark Valentine's" theme continues during Second Sunday Slowly and we hear a very familiar industrial rock anthem made into a beautifully rendered down tempo goth croon!

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I spin this Saturday in Somerville Mass. Check my schedule for details to that and two other upcoming events for the month. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 29 - Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)
Jan 22 - Avarice In Audio - Welcome To Paradise (Front 242)
Jan 15 - Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apoptygma Berzerk)
Jan 08 - Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)
Jan 01 - Front Line Assembly with Tiffany - New Year's Day (U2)

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New England Scene Darkly - February '17 [Feb. 1st, 2017|04:53 pm]
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Here is the February update of New England Scene Darkly, a listing and calendar of events in the goth and industrial dance-club scene of New England.
What started as a simple list of events has grown to include a constantly updated calendar & its own web address, found @ SeeDarkly.Net. Admittedly, it has its flaws & is not entirely as complete as I'd prefer, but I'll keep it running, and hopefully it continues to be a handy resource for many in our local goth community. Thanks for checking it out!
Guidelines and other fixed information about N.E.S.D. are under the event list below in the "fine print."

Here's the monthly update...

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As always, if something has escaped notice or will be announced later please let me know and I will verify and make additions or corrections as needed. Thank you.

Events listed below are regularly weekly unless otherwise noted.

The CUTS are separated by Massachusetts and the rest of N.E.
When links are embedded in the event name and will open to another browser or tab.


Click here for the Massachusetts Link List:Collapse )

Click here for the NH, CT, ME, VT, RI Link List:Collapse )

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The "Fine Print"
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Any questions or comments? Contact info can be found here. Thanks.
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Decisions w/o Television [Jan. 29th, 2017|10:00 am]
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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.

I honestly did not think there was any way this, my Fifth Sunday A La Mode feature, could possibly take a turn toward the political. I simply thought, "it's time I highlight that Rammstein cover." It turns out that one of the more interesting things about it happens to be the video they did, that I guess I'd never seen until I started my draft. By odd coincidence, it may be more relevant today than anyone should have had to expect it would be:

Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)

Depeche Mode released their fifth album, Black Celebration, in March, 1986. The first single from the album, Stripped, was released a month earlier. The video for song was shot near the same location the single was mixed in Berlin. The band was lauded for their original and cutting-edge sampling techniques on the track, using a number of automotive sounds (primarily from their own vehicles) to produce the base of its rhythms.
As a single, it enjoyed only some moderate success, but among fans it is debatably one of their most beloved songs.

In July of 1998, the Neue Deutsche Härte rock-industrialists Rammstein put out their cover of Stripped as a single, just a couple weeks before the release of the tribute album to Depeche Mode on which it was included, For The Masses. The compilation included covers from The Cure, Meat Beat Manifesto, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, God Lives Underwater, and more, sixteen tracks in all. This track was unique for Rammstein as it was the first song of their career sung in English.

A month after the single release, Rammstein released a video for the track, which was highly controversial for including footage from a documentary of the 1938 Olympics, Olympia: Festival of the Nations. It was written, directed and produced by Leni Riefenstahl, and commissioned by Adolph Hitler. Hitler, who in point of historical fact opened the event, used the Games and film as propaganda to promote German racial superiority and Nazi party ideals. It was Nazi preference that Jewish athletes not be permitted to participate at the Games, but under threat of boycott by other nations they were technically "allowed" but were still excluded or otherwise "discouraged" in a variety of ways.
The film has a lot of notoriety for its place in history, its message, and its players, but also a lot of acclaim and awards for its technical and artistic execution.
When Rammstein included elements of the film in their video, it was found objectionable by the Anti-Defamation League whose representative felt it "glorifies the National Socialist movement."
Rammstein maintained that they are not Nazis nor had they any political intent with the video, only aesthetic appreciation of the images as art. In a press release they issued this statement: "Rammstein are aware that some of the scenes were subsequently misused for propaganda purposes, with Leni Riefenstahl's consent, and that she also accepted commissions with political content. This fact, however, does not change the quality of the actual images."
Their video for Stripped does not include any overt Nazi imagery, even though it is, due to the nature of its source, entirely monoracial.
This would not be the last time Rammstein would face criticism and accusations of being Nazis. However they have always combated against that perception. Recently, in as much as can be found seen from their social media and limited presence on the internet, they don't appear to have made any public commentary on the political news of the day.

Artistic expression can absolutely be influenced by and promote even the worst of ideologies. Sometimes however, such expression only intersects with these ideologies in an attempt to "strip" it down to expose something of inherent value within.

The Cover:



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Next week:
I'm devoting February to a "Valentine's" theme that you might just find "lovable." I call it: "Love Songs to Beautiful People You Think Are Sexy But With Whom You Are Not In Love!"
The first of them is an 80's track that gets strapped in modern leather!

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

I'm lined up to spin three events in February. Keep an eye on my schedule for details if you'd like to join them. (Info on the third to be added this week.) ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 22 - Avarice In Audio - Welcome To Paradise (Front 242)
Jan 15 - Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apoptygma Berzerk)
Jan 08 - Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)
Jan 01 - Front Line Assembly with Tiffany - New Year's Day (U2)
Dec 25 - Eisenfunk - Jinglefunk [Jingle Bells](Edison Male Quartet)

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Playlist: Haven 1.27.17 (Fairy Flurry) [Jan. 28th, 2017|03:33 pm]
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Thanks to all you fairies who flurried the dance-floor at the first HaVeN of 2017!

We put off our anniversary party because we anticipated heavy snow (if not an outright blizzard) to force us to cancel. So, nature willing and weather permitting, we'll celebrate Haven's 21st Anniversary at the end of February!

If there are any cover songs on my playlist that I've featured on my SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries blog, I've included a link to its entry for those who want to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played for the Flurry:

9p
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Eric [eO] Oberthaler - Nethers (Edge of Twilight Mix)
Blvck Ceiling - Shallow
V▲lh▲ll - Ɖ0Ɯƞ Iƞ ƚhę ƜǪoƉƽ (M‡яc▲ll▲ mix)
Johnny Hollow - A Little Bit Closer (Jonah K Mix)
Legend - Sister
Knife - Heartbeats

10p
Nine Inch Nails - Closer (request)
Cure - Lullaby (Frail Limb Purity mix)
Abney Park - Airship Pirates
The Faint - Take Me To The Hospital (request)
Corvus Corax - Najo Ratte (request)
Gesaffelstein - Opr
School of Seven Bells - Kiss Them For Me
Covenant - Bullet (Funky Indian mix)
Axxon - Dangerous
Crystal Castles - Empathy
Black Boots - This Shit Will Fuck You Up

11:30a
Prodigy - Spitfire (request)
Faderhaed - Tanz Zwo Drei Vier (request)
KMFDM - Vogue (request)
Crüxshadows - Indivisible
David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans (request)
Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (requested song)
Massive Attack - Teardrop (Phutureprimitive mix) (request)
Halsey - Castle
A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep (request)
Precog - Monster (Nature of Wires Remix)
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A full schedule of my upcoming events can be found on my website (Invitation links for Facebook are added in when active, so if you spot them, please click through, RSVP, invite others and share. Every bit helps. Thank you!
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Welcome to Perdition [Jan. 22nd, 2017|10:00 am]
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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.

And so it begins: dire days born in the shadow of irresponsible ratings-obsessed news networks, poorly moderated social media, bad decisions by the misinformed (or worse, malevolent,) and their consequences. If there's any message in today's cover, it's obviously riddled in satire, sarcasm, and unironic disaffection. Those that had a hand in getting us here, welcome to what you've created. Feel like paradise yet? Seems an appropriate time for this one.:

Avarice In Audio - Welcome To Paradise (Front 242)

One of the most influential bands of the industrial style, Front 242 released their fourth original album, Front By Front, in 1988. Not all releases of the L.P included the Welcome to Paradise track, (dependent to some degree on where it was distributed,) though it was the b-side of the only single released from the album, Headhunter.

Paradise may be among the most noteworthy and earliest examples of a technique that inserted spoken-word vocal samples from other media within industrial rhythmic structures. The source of the samples used on the track are on occasion attributed incorrectly to evangelist Jimmy Swaggart but are actually from sermons by Rev. Ferrell Griswold. Griswold was an active promoter of racial segregation who has had his sermons sampled on over a dozen industrial and techno tracks by artists like Front Line Assembly, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Prodigy, & Praga Khan. Griswold died roughly six years before the release of this track.
While their use of sampling might seem to imply a particular statement regarding demagogic evangelism, members of Front 242 claim they had no specific intent of message and that their process was to "reflect" the news of the world in a "journalistic" way that would create a reaction in their audience. In one interview Patrick Codenys said, "We put a spark in their brain and we hope they go and have an attitude."

The Alfa Matrix label, in celebration of their 15 year anniversary and the 35 years of Front 242's existence, put together a tribute compilation to the band entitled, Recovery For You. The collection, released a month ago, boasts 32 Front 242 covers done by industrial artists like Aesthetische, Alien Vampires, Ayria, Helalyn Flowers, Komor Kommando, & Venal Flesh.
Australia-based electro-industrial/IDM fusion-ists Avarice in Audio provided the cover for Welcome To Paradise, with its harsher EBM style and the gravelly recital of the samples as "lyrics" by their lead vocalist, Gerry Hawkins. The interpretation may also not have a specific message, but it certainly sounds angrier about it!

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
Obviously this entry was drafted in the dark and somewhat dejected state of mind that has plagued me for weeks. However, Saturday's nationwide (nay, WORLDWIDE) show of unity against fascism was inspirational and gave me more cause to feel hope than I could have expected after two months of dread.
So next week I bring you a Fifth Sunday A La Mode - Flashback Edition! (for new readers that means a cover of Depeche Mode AND it's a flashback to the 20th century.) It will be prelude to a month of covers that I'm devoting to a "Valentine's" theme that you might just find "lovable." ;)

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

This Friday I spin in Western Mass. Check my schedule for details. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 15 - Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apoptygma Berzerk)
Jan 08 - Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)
Jan 01 - Front Line Assembly with Tiffany - New Year's Day (U2)
Dec 25 - Eisenfunk - Jinglefunk [Jingle Bells](Edison Male Quartet)
Dec 18 - Cibo Matto - The Candy Man (Aubrey Woods)
Dec 11 - St. Anthony Jones - Shoulder To The Wheel (:Wumpscut: remix)(Bel Canto)

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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : We Hear Wailing in the Streets [Jan. 15th, 2017|10:00 am]
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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.

Normally this would be the week I feature a "Third Sunday Throwback" to the 20th century, but since I did a "Flashback" on the first of the month, instead this entry will be something more current. Last year at this time, we were grieving the loss of David Bowie. Through 2016, it became difficult or impossible to calm our lamentations in the face of so many significant losses, including that singular one which leads to this moment in time and the concern many share for the future. After his farewell address last week, we now count down the last few days before our 44th U.S. President leaves office. Today's cover might just speak to the spirit of feeling loss:

Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apoptygma Berzerk)

The Norwegian futurepop band Apoptygma Berzerk released their second studio album, 7, in May 1996. Mourn was its third single, released as an EP in October the following year. One of the most recognizable elements of the track is a distinctive guitar riff recognizable from Nirvana's cover of David Bowie's, The Man Who Sold The World, sampled from their 1993 MTV Unplugged performance. Apop dedicated the song to Kurt Cobain, though there isn't any clear explanation as to why, apart from the obvious heartbreak that many felt at that time. In as much as Apoptygma Berzerk has ever achieved and broad success beyond the sub-culture that most embraces them, Mourn seems to be one of their lesser known songs and doesn't usually rank among their top hits. It's certainly rougher around the edges than their more familiar work and has a rather subdued and distant vocal mix.

The Swedish synthpop trio, Vogon Poetry are doubtless named in honor of the Hitchhiker's Guide book series by the late Douglas Adams, and have referenced them several times in album titles and their music. They provided one of two covers of Mourn included on the Apop We Love You – A Tribute To Apoptygma Berzerk compilation released by the webzine Electrozombies in July 2016. Of the 20 artists on the comp, including Technolorgy, Synapsyche, Machinista, and IIOIOIOII, Vogon Poetry stand out with this sweet and twittering interpretation of the track. They reprise the noteworthy guitar riff electronically and give the vocals much more prominence than the original.

It could be fair to say that many in the goth community are well conversant with feelings of grief but it's plain that the feeling is not exclusive to anyone. This song asks, "why are you always mourning?" These days the answers to that seem regrettably endless.

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
Screaming in ironic evangelical anger at the prospects of tomorrow.

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

As of this posting I'm wrapping up my weekend @ Arisia in Boston where I've likely played at least a few of the tracks (or artists) found here on my past NINETY blogs. Next up on my schedule, a trip to Western Mass on the last Friday of the month. Click that link for details. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 08 - Vernian Process - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)
Jan 01 - Front Line Assembly with Tiffany - New Year's Day (U2)
Dec 25 - Eisenfunk - Jinglefunk [Jingle Bells](Edison Male Quartet)
Dec 18 - Cibo Matto - The Candy Man (Aubrey Woods)
Dec 11 - St. Anthony Jones - Shoulder To The Wheel (:Wumpscut: remix)(Bel Canto)
Dec 04 - Accessory - Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)

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