Wednesday, September 27, 2006

album review: A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box

How can you not be interested in a box set whose ad campaign contains this line?:

5 Hours Of Mood-Lowering Music & Video From The Foremost Names In Gloom...



A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box is an amazingly packaged and pretty well compiled bunch of songs that "that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache.".

The set itself is enclosed in a laced leather corset sleeve, and contains a 60 page book including artists' commentaries and photos, and other goodies including instructional pieces on how to run a goth club, and "How To Dance Gothic". Thankfully the producers of this set have a sense of humour, and unlike much of that scene's over the top vampire-earnestness, this collection is more about the enjoyment of the music rather than aiming for "scarier/sadder-than-thou"ness.

Dig the lineup:
Disc 1
1. "Dead Souls" - Joy Division
2. "Charlotte Sometimes" - The Cure
3. "She's In Parties" - Bauhaus
4. "Temple Of Love" - The Sisters Of Mercy
5. "Christian Says" - Tones On Tail
6. "Mutiny In Heaven" - The Birthday Party
7. "Spellbound" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
8. "Fatman" - The Southern Death Cult
9. "Mirror People" - Love And Rockets
10. "Power" - Fields Of The Nephilim
11. "Now I'm Feeling Zombified" - Alien Sex Fiend
12. "Snake Dance" - The March Violets
13. "Walking On Your Hands" - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
14. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Specimen
15. "Wasteland" - The Mission (U.K.)
16. "The Grip Of Love" - Ghost Dance
17. "His Box" - Dali's Car

Disc 2
1. "The Weeping Song" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2. "Exterminating Angel" - The Creatures
3. "God's Zoo" - Death Cult
4. "Heartache" - Gene Loves Jezebel
5. "I Go Crazy" - Flesh For Lulu
6. "Cuts You Up" - Peter Murphy
7. "Open Your Eyes" - The Lords Of The New Church
8. "Heaven Is Waiting" - The Danse Society
9. "All My Colours" - Echo & The Bunnymen
10. "Don't Fall" - The Chameleons UK
11. "Dreamland" - The Rose Of Avalanche
12. "Fall" - The Jesus And Mary Chain
13. "Coming Down Fast" - Daniel Ash
14. "Muscoviet Musquito" - Clan Of Xymox
15. "Incubus Succubus II" - Xmal Deutschland
16. "Starblood" - Cranes
17. "Ardera Sempre" - Miranda Sex Garden
18. "Blood Bitch" - Cocteau Twins
19. "The Arcane" - Dead Can Dance

Disc 3
1. "Rain" - The Cult
2. "Away" - The Bolshoi
3. "Watch Without Pain" - Rubicon
4. "Pagan Lovesong" - Virgin Prunes
5. "Morning Dew" - Einst├╝rzende Neubauten
6. "Hamburger Lady" - Throbbing Gristle
7. "To Blame" - Kommunity FK
8. "Melody Lee" - The Damned
9. "Romeo's Distress" - Christian Death
10. "Party Time" - 45 Grave
11. "Kiss" - London After Midnight
12. "Dieche" - Sex Gang Children
13. "Assimilate" - Skinny Puppy
14. "Halloween" - Misfits
15. "Tomorrow's World" - Killing Joke
16. "So What" - Ministry
17. "The Hanging Garden" - AFI

DVD
1. "Lullaby" - The Cure
2. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - Bauhaus
3. "Lucretia My Reflection" - The Sisters Of Mercy
4. "Moonchild" - Fields Of The Nephilim
5. "Deliverance" - The Mission (U.K.)
6. "Ball Of Confusion" - Love And Rockets
7. "Head On" - The Jesus And Mary Chain
8. "The Killing Moon" - Echo & The Bunnymen
9. "Where The Wild Roses Grow" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
10. "Stigmata" - Ministry
11. "Spiritwalker" (Live) - The Cult
12. "Cities In Dust" - Siouxsie & The Banshees

Though a few of the choices are suspect (Ministry ought to have been left out for the Industrial box we're bound to see someday...Flesh For Lulu? Pure pop for eyeliner people...) there's some real gothy goodness in there. And isn't one of the best things about song collections the debate over who's missing and who shouldn't be there?

The Gothic Box e-card

The Gothic Box listening party stream

The Gothic Box @ Rhino

rbally has some mp3's from The Cure at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia, August 17, 1981 here.

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