When I was a child I somehow knew I was different from all the others.
My mother would say it was because I was fat; my siblings have all said in one way or another had it not been for our mother and the way she raised me I would’ve been “normal”.
No. The things that made my little heart flutter as a child were not because of any of those external things.
I liked classic monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein, even more so I had a crush on Vincent Price, especially after seeing him do his one-man show of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe just so happened to be my favorite author as well, I couldn’t get enough of his words. They fed my burgeoning dark soul.
Little did I know in the mid to late 1970’s I was preparing myself to bloom into a beautiful black rose in the 1980’s – a teenage goth.
Happy World Goth Day!
This occasion is celebrated yearly on Steven Patrick Morrissey’s birthday. I’ve often wondered why it’s his birthday and not on Peter Murphy’s or even Robert Smith’s that we should celebrate this darkly delightful day.
Yes, yes, I know… The Smiths had the song Unhappy Birthday and this is why, or something to that effect. You’d also think they’d celebrate it in the fall… but I digress.
The following playlist is filled with darkly beautiful classic post-punk and goth tunes to make your dark soul want to get up and dance and sing this corrosion, nevermore.
World Goth Day 2018 – Because The Night
- Because The Night – Beki Bondage
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Specimen
- The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
- Unhappy Birthday – The Smiths
- A Strange Day – The Cure
- Cities in Dust – Siouxsie & The Banshees
- She’s in Parties – Bauhaus
- This Corrosion (extended mix) – The Sisters of Mercy
- Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode
- Christine – The Wale
- Love Like Blood – Killing Joke
- Tragedy For You – Front 242
- The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove – Dead Can Dance
- Black Celebration – Depeche Mode
- Ceremony – Joy Division
- Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy
- Suedehead – Morrissey
- Fascination Street – The Cure
- Ringfinger – Nine Inch Nails
- You, The Night And The Music – Tones On Tail
- Stripped (reconstructed remix) – Depeche Mode
- Mother – Wumpscut
- Effigy (I’m Not An) – Ministry
- Are Friends Electric? – Tubeway Army
- Away – The Bolshoi
- Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem – Peter Murphy
- Are You The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- Like A Prayer – Bigod 20
- A Forest – Clan of Xymox
- Physical (You’re So) – Adam & The Ants
- Sanctum Sanctorum – The Damned
- Just Like You – Ministry
- Your Master is Calling – Pink Turns Blue
- Waiting For The Night – Depeche Mode
- Kirlian Camera – Blue Room
- Wasteland – The Mission
- That Smiling Face – Camouflage
- Dead Souls – Joy Division
- Happy When It Rains – The Jesus And Mary Chain
- Dig It – Skinny Puppy