Sunday, July 14, 2013

As a teenager I started listening to The Cure. “Wish” had just been released. I have listened to this album hundreds of times. I went on to discover more of The Cure and become a huge fan of the band, which I still am to this day. Popular bands at that time were Nirvana and Metallica. I liked their music but wanted to know more, dig deeper, looking for more extreme or darker sounds. I remember seeing NIN’s “Wish” video on TV and thinking, this is what I’m looking for! French band Noir Désir, Depeche Mode, Suede, 80’s French punk-acts and psychedelic rock, especially The Doors and Pink Floyd, were others of my favorites. Looking back, then and there, it’s about as dark a music one could find.

New Millennium
When the new millennium started, I was listening almost exclusively to The Cure. I found I was struggling for new exciting sounds (new to me). I got a post-punk compilation from Rhino Records. There were bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, The Cult, Killing Joke. I realized where I was and how much there was to catch up. Little by little and with the help of the internet I discovered alongside the gothic rock classics, the second wave and the newer bands. This is probably why I’m always willing to discover new acts with an open mind. I find remarkable albums in last years’ releases, some could have become classics if they had been released in the 80’s or 90’s. I think it is difficult to classify a band in a particular style of music, as a large majority of bands blend in different styles, and have been influenced by very different artists.

Some of my all-time favorites:
The Cure – Faith, Pornography, Disintegration, Wish
NIN – Broken EP
Bowie – The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Bauhaus – In the flat field, Mask
Rosetta Stone – An eye for the main chance
Sisters of Mercy – First and last and always
The Cult – Love
Skeletal Family – Futile Combat
Love like blood – An irony of fate
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Ju Ju
The Caves – Drifting in visions
Clan of Xymox – Medusa
Christian Death – Only theatre of pain
Mephisto Waltz - Thalia
Fields of the Nephilim – The Nephilim
Lucie Cries – Non Nova, Sed Nove (ok, it’s a 2008 release…)

Favorites of the new millennium:
Cinema Strange – Cinema Strange
Killing Joke – MMXII
Elusive – Destination Zero
Arnica – Viejo Mundo
Black Ice – Before the first light
Soror Dolorosa – No more heroes, Severance, Blind Scenes
Passion Play – The Final Act
Silent Scream – Public Execution
Aeon Sable - Aequinoctum
She Past Away – Belirdi Gece
Horror Vacui – In darkness you will feel alright
Miserylab – Documentary 2008/2012
Peter Murphy – Dust
Night Sins – To London or the lake
Lebanon Hanover – Why not just be solo
Lucie Cries – Non Nova, Sed Nove (ok, it’s material from the 80’s and 90’s…)