Monday, October 25, 2010

Mucchio Classic Rock #3 - Dark (1980-1985) top 20 albums

Dark Siouxsie and her blonde Banshees

Third rock history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio. After Punk and New Wave, this time we wander in the Dark (or maybe, we should say, in the Gothic...). 

On the magazine, Federico Guglielmi wrote:
"First half of the 80s: dark - label used only in Italy, abroad they call it gothic - gained visibility as a branch of new wave. Not just a sonic phenomena, but also a lifestyle one, full of contaminations with punk, metal, electronica, psychedelia and more. The 20 albums you will find here cover all the different variations of dark in 1980-1985: for musical languages and for lyrical references to death, magic, esotericism, horror movies, religion, phobias. Maybe we should talk just of Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees and of their sons. It would be formally more correct but, you must admit, less interesting".

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The Playlist
(12 albums out of 20, 60%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Bauhaus - Mask (Beggars Banquet, 1981)
Christian Death - Only Theatre of Pain (Frontier, 1982)
Cure - Pornography (Fiction, 1982)
Dark Day - Exterminating Angel (Lust-Unlust, 1980)
Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die (Ruby, 1981)
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (Factory, 1979)
Killing Joke - Killing Joke (Malicious Damage/Eg, 1980)
Sex Gang Children - Song and Legend (Illuminated, 1983)
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Join Hands (Polydor, 1979)
Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always (Merciful Release/WEA, 1985)

10 Albums More
Alien Sex Fiend - Who's Been Sleeping In My Brain? (Anagram, 1983)
Birthday Party - Junkyard (4AD, 1982)
Clock DVA - Advantage (Polydor, 1983)
Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us (IRS, 1980)
45 Grave - Sleep In Safety (Enigma, 1983)
March Violets - Natural History (Rebirth, 1984)
Misfits - Walk Among Us (Ruby, 1982)
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Talk About the Weather (Red Rhino, 1984)
Uk Decay - For Madmen Only (Fresh, 1981)
Virgin Prunes - If I Die, I Die (Rough Trade, 1982)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums, 149 tracks, about 9 hours): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0243)
Lite (3 songs each "pivotal" album, 2 songs each "more" album, 31 tracks, about 1 hour): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0244)

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