World Goth Day – Dance the Ghost with Me



In honor of World Goth Day, which ironically is on Morrissey’s Birthday, I decided to put together a kick-ass Goth – Industrial – Dark Wave playlist.


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Happy Birthday, Morrissey!


These are the most memorable tunes I can remember hearing (and dancing to my heart’s content) back in the late 1980s to mid-1990s at Northern Ohio area clubs like Spanky’s, Nine of Clubs, The Phantasy, Metropolis, The Whisky, Pocketts, and The Chamber.

I cannot forget my all-time favorite club, down in Columbus, Ohio, Mean Mr. Mustards! Oh, how I miss that place with its buckets o’beer for $5, restrooms with no doors and graffiti everywhere! Those were the days!

Best times of my late teens to early thirties were spent in dance clubs like these. I looked forward to my dancing nights out. I didn’t care if I had to go alone – and many times I did – I just wanted to forget my life for a few hours and get lost in the music. It was my therapy. 

The music is still therapeutic and I’d love nothing more than to go out dancing to these awesome tunes like I used to. Alas, I am older and the music they now play at the clubs sounds like Transformers having bad sex (dubstep) and the clubs are filled with young kids twirling glo-sticks as they dance (emo ravers).

Maybe I should open an old school punk and goth club… but would anyone my age actually go and indulge in these great tunes of days gone by? Is anyone else as passionate about the music as I am? I wonder…

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this dance trip down memory lane and that these songs make you want to get up and dance! 



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  1. This Corrosion (extended mix) – The Sisters of Mercy
  2. Testure (12″ mix) – Skinny Puppy
  3. Fascination Street (extended mix) – The Cure
  4. Strangelove (Pain mix) – Depeche Mode
  5. Cities in Dust (extended Eruption mix) – Siouxsie and The Banshees
  6. So What – Ministry
  7. Godlike (Doglike mix) – KMFDM
  8. The Bog – Bigod 20
  9. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
  10. How Soon is Now? – The Smiths
  11. New York New York (dancefloor cut mix) – Microchip League (MCL)
  12. Dominator – Human Resource
  13. Headhunter (full version) – Front 242
  14. Supernaut – 1000 Homo DJs
  15. A Daisy Chain 4 Satan – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  16. Join in the Chant – Nitzer Ebb
  17. Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) – The Pixies
  18. Stainless Steel Providers – Revolting Cocks
  19. Doctorin’ the TARDIS – The Timelords
  20. Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy
  21. Sin (remastered) – Nine Inch Nails
  22. Blue Monday 88 – New Order
  23. Motorcycle – Love and Rockets
  24. I Sit on Acid (extended remix) – Lords of Acid
  25. Wasteland – The Mission UK
  26. Nemisis (12″ mix) – Shriekback
  27. Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain
  28. Lucretia my Reflection (extended mix) – The Sisters of Mercy
  29. A Forest (extended) – The Cure
  30. Beers, Steers & Queers – Revolting Cocks
  31. Kooler Than Jesus (Communion mix) – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  32. Stigmata – Ministry
  33. Rush – Depeche Mode
  34. Love Like Blood – Killing Joke
  35. Open Your Eyes – Lords of the New Church
  36. Like a Bad Girl Should – The Cramps
  37. Fade to Grey – Visage
  38. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
  39. (I Can’t Stop) The Rain – The Crush
  40. Transmission – Joy Division
  41. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  42. Peek-A-Boo (Silver Dollar mix) – Siouxsie and The Banshees
  43. The Killing Moon – Echo and The Bunnymen
  44. Obsession – Clan of Xymox
  45. Circling Overland – Front 242
  46. Carpe Diem – Bigod 20
  47. Delicious Demon – The Sugarcubes
  48. Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops – Cocteau Twins
  49. Flowers of Romance – Public Image Ltd.
  50. Sonic Reducer – Dead Boys
  51. She’s in Parties – Bauhaus
  52. The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  53. Get Down Make Love – Nine Inch Nails
  54. Debaser – The Pixies
  55. Johnson’s Aeroplane – INXS
  56. Church of No Return – Christian Death
  57. I Walk The Line – Alien Sex Fiend
  58. I Want You (7″ mix) – Cabaret Voltaire
  59. The Great Commandment – Camouflage 
  60. Close to Me – The Cure