Cubicle of Pain – Alphane Reality Generator Worn Skin (Ludovico Technique Remix) – Bestial Mouths Markers – Roza Parks So Much Love – Depache Mode Habits (Feat. Pastel Ghost) – Mr. Kitty Decay – Tuxedo Gleam Insomnia – IAMX It’s Time to Face the Abyss – Ash Code Ancients (BlakOPZ Remix) – iVardensphere Like U Want 2 – The Actors Unborn – Die Sektor I Think We’re Alone Now – The Birthday Massacre Red – Heart of Snow Underpass – John Foxx Turn To Zero – Hexadiode Follow The Leaders – Killing Joke Chemicals (Original Mix) – Fixmer / Mccarthy Who Made You God? – Spetsnaz Call Me – Sixth June That’s Good – Devo Rural – Double Echo Ricky’s Hand – Fad Gadget Adrenaline – Rosetta Stone Strangers in the Night – Principe Valiente Azure – Seven Trees Sleepwalk – Midge Ure & Ultravox
Destroyer – Seraphim System Missfit [Explicit] – Rein Deep Dive (All You Devils) – Neikka RPM Afterlife – Distorted Retrospect Weightlessness – Jane in Space (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang – Heaven 17 Rhogog – iVardenshpere no one cares for you – Sixteen Knives Pussy – Go Fight The Moscow Drag – Go Fight Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder Operative – SINE SILEX Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick [Explicit] – Ian Dury & The Blockheads Love of Money – The Present Moment The Liar’s Throne – Deconbrio Cannibals – Ambassador21 It’s The Same Old Song – The Four Tops The Hold (Feat Valariia Moon) – ESA Nein Nein Nein – The Sweetest Condition This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – The Isley Brothers I Idolize You – Massive Ego Seven Nation Army – Obscenity Trial Too Soon to Tell (Cold Cave Remix) – Drab Majesty Salvo – Skinny Puppy Abhor a Vacuum – V01d Shit Show [Explicit] – Mindless Faith
Last Train to Trancentral [Live from the Lost Continent] – The KLF C’mon Every Beatbox – Big Audio Dynamite Enola Gay – OMD Open Your Eyes – Lords Of The New Church Love Is the Drug (1999 – Remaster) – Roxy Music Age Of Consent (2015 Remastered Version) – New Order Words – Missing Persons Down In the Park – Gary Numan Sex Dwarf (Original Version) – Soft Cell Money (Edit) – The Flying Lizards Fade to Grey – Visage Hanging On the Telephone – Blondie The Stand (Long Version) – The Alarm Cities in Dust – Siouxsie And The Banshees Only You – Yazoo Rise – Public Image Ltd. Crosstown Traffic – The Bolshoi Come On Eileen (Album Version) – Dexys Midnight Runners Antmusic (Remastered) – Adam & The Ants One Step Beyond – Madness Go! (Club Mix) – Tones On Tail Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) – A Flock Of Seagulls Alone Again Or – The Damned Judy In Disguise – Silicon Teens Don’t You Want Me (2002 – Remaster) – The Human League Valerie Loves Me – Material Issue Everything Counts – Depeche Mode Janitor – Suburban Lawns Never Say Never – Romeo Void Vision Thing[EXPLICIT] – The Sisters of Mercy Send Me An Angel – Real Life Ghost Town (Extended Version) – The Specials Tenderness – General Public My Spine Is The Bassline – Shriekback Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy Beat Surrender – The Jam Sex Bomb (Album Version) – Tom Jones And Mousse T. Just Like Heaven – The Cure The Light – Love And Rockets I Gotcha – Joe Tex
Army of God – Go Fight Blue Rooms – Synesect Bravery (Solitary Experiments Remix) – Assemblage 23 Brother – Ari Mason Censorshit (Faderhed Remix) [Explicit] – Nitro/Noise Cult of Fake – Angelspit Everything – Psychic Teens Found in Filth – Pig Honey – KANGA Instinct of Ego – Koban Nemesis – Shriekback Piggy – Pretty Addicted Pride – Lie Prune That Dirty Staman – Vampyr Anvil Schism – Reactor7x Spectral Inverter – Izoloscope Synchronized Stigma – Rave the Reqviem Tantrum – Dead When I Found Her The Dust of Fallen Rome – Youth Code The Revolution (Will Not By Synthesized) [Benjamin’s Plague Remix] – RIOTLEGION Turn To Zero – Hexadiode Vices [Explicit] – The Sweetest Condition Wait Now – In Letter Form Wasted Memories – N3ova What Remains – SOLVE I Don’t Get Anything but Shit from You [Explicit] – Rein
World Destruction – Time Zone featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa The Big Reverse – Dead When I Found Her Depression – The Thought Criminals Knock Us Down – The Sweetest Condition I Was There (feat. Carolyn Powers) – Surveillance I Close My Eyes – Covenant 2 Sides – Slave Unit Books on the Bonfire (edit) – The Bolshoi
Volatile Times (Us Version) – IAMX Shibari – Snuff Lies – The Thompson Twins
Rude Awakening – N3ova Conspiracy To Riot – Sage Francis Wrath – Hell:Sector The KKK Took My Baby Away (808 Edit) – United Rhytmhs Of Brazil I Am the Enemy – Mr. Strange Finally What You Wanted – The Panic Lift War Pigs (Original Mix) – Hyrule War
Judgement Hymn – Theatre of Hate New World of Shit – Beatbox MacHinery Prisoner’s Cinema – The Dead Milkmen Same Old Shit – Leæther Strip Cheerful Hypocrisy (Aesthetic Perfection Remix) – SNOG and the wheel turns – SØLVE Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen I’ll Stand By You (2009 Remastered Version) – Pretenders
Currently, life out there is hard for musical acts, and it’s EXTREMELY tough for Underground musicians. Unless you sound like Seals & Crofts, the world of music is a very cold place to pitch your tent right now.
This week, at least three really great bands whom I follow announced that they either had to cancel a tour or hold a fundraiser because they were experiencing financial difficulties. Now, I’m not about to ask you to help them financially by pledging to their drives (Although, if you do, that would be great); what I’m asking won’t cost you a cent, and will only take a few seconds of your time.
The overwhelming majority of the musical artists whose work I post, or whose live shows I recommend are currently considered too weird, dark, political or any combination of those three for mainstream acceptance (Translation: You won’t be seeing Pretty Addicted on the Jimmy Fallon show anytime soon). That’s a problem which is going to a while to fix. In the interim, here’s a Band-Aid for this musical boo-boo.
If I post a song by an underground band (or any band, really, but an Underground band in particular), please it share the video/song/club date or hit “like” on the artist’s Facebook page. That’s it. It only takes about six seconds of your time (yes, I’ve actually done the calculations) but it might mean the world to a struggling artist.
And if you post a video/song/club date for an Underground artist, please ask people to share the info or swing by their page & give ‘em a Like.
That’s it. Other than making that golden calf statue, this is all I need.
As a reminder of the Six-Second Rule, here’s Ayria with “Six Seconds”
God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural fluids.
Why? Because US & European politics over the last year got me thinking about xenophobia and the exploitation of the fear of “The Other” and this song has some of the most PUNK ROCK lyrics ever written on that subject.
They say there are strangers who threaten us
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
Those are great lyrics. As are the closing lines:
Quick to judge Quick to anger Slow to understand Ignorance and prejudice And fear walk hand in hand
As for the cover, well, when you’re attempting to convince the rest of your band to cover a Rush tune, a lot of effort is involved; hence all of the sonic oddities. If we were to ever tackle this one, I’d push for using a female vocalist because women can sing in a much more pissed off manner about injustice than men ever will be able to.
By the way, his is the song that got me started down the road to The Halloween Demos. I was in my studio one Sunday looking for a way to kick-start an afternoon of songwriting when the idea of covering this song popped into my head. I do that, from time-to-time: cover a song to see if it leads to writing an original one, or if there are any sonic motifs from the cover that I can cannibalism into an original tune. Anywhoooo….after i started working on this song, I thought “Why not write some songs about witches and witchcraft?” “Here Name is Witch” & “Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll” were written shortly after that.
Well, i guess there’s not much else left to say other than maybe I’ll do this agin next year (on a much smaller scale) and, of course, Happy Halloween.
My philosophy of demos uses to be that I should strive to make the demo sound as much like a finished, polished song as possible. Hell, I even mastered a few of ’em before submitting them to the rest of the band. Don’t do that. Just get the basics and move on. The hours you invest in getting just the right snare sound on a demo is time that could’ve been better spent songwriting.
“Only The Dead Get Off At Kymlinge” will obviously need some extra work if it’s ever to see the light-of-day as an official Milkmen song (I should switch “Now I’m drinking champagne” to “Mixing trains and cocaine” as well as replacing that “Stop freaking me out” part). That said, i think that this demo still has all the basic elements for success. Plus, it’s based on the the greatest Urban Legend of all time: The story of the Silverpilen.
Back in the 1960’s, the city of Stockholm purchased some new green commuter trains and, apparently, the company which manufactured the trains tossed in an unpainted, silver demo model into the bargain (see, never spend too much time on your demos!).
Well, the Stockholm Metro network decided to not bother painting the Silverpilen (“Silver Arrow”) and to not put up and advertisements inside of it (If you’ve ever ridden the subway or a commuter train in the states, you know what I mean). Then they decided to run the train only late at night to maximize the number of drunken Swedes who would encounter it.
Around this time Metro also abandoned work on the what was to be a new station at Kymlinge – effectively creating a semi-complete “ghost station”. So, drunken Swedes + mysterious late-night train x ghost station = the Urban Legend that people who boarded the Silverpilen would be taken to the Kymlinge stop and hacked to pieces.
Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll was inspired by the much more disturbing “Billy Wants a Doll” from Marlo Thomas’ 1970’s “Free To be You and Me” special. All I really remembered about the original song was my dad’s comment that Billy probably didn’t live in a steel-town.
Anyhooo, I always wanted to write a song about New Orleans, so here it is…