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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
All-Time Top 5: Goth Makeout Songs
Who says Goths don't have feelings? Goths have TOO MANY FEELINGS, and it just rips us up from the inside! Which is why Goth love songs are the most outrageously expressive, dramatic, theatrical ones ever, where the edges of sex, pain and death blur beautifully into a sometimes maudlin mess. Oh, the darkness! Oh, the humanity! How painful each palpitation of my heart! Kill me with love! Such extremity of emotion make Goth love songs some of the best makeout soundtrack fodder; in fact, people have been known to go Goth because of their erotic experiences set to such music, if only to recapture that fleeting yet intense evanescence of sensation and emotion and Gothiness. It's like only through the combination of body and music do they understand what this music is all about. They see the light -- or the darkness, as it may be. Do you see the darkness inside? Do you wanna rip your heart out, Goth-style?
Siouxsie and the Banshees, "The Last Beat of My Heart"
I'm putting the video up instead of just a mp3 because everyone needs to take a gander at Siouxsie's impeccable eye makeup. What I love about this song is how tender Siouxsie's voice sounds, especially on an album as surreal and dark as Peepshow. This is one of the prettiest songs in the whole Sioux oeuvre, and a good song with which to make moon-y huge "I like you" eyes at someone from across a room. If those eyes were framed with as epic fake lashes as Siouxsie's sporting here, well, let's just say your tender prey will be totally conquerable.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "The Ship Song"
I really don't need to explain how this song is romantic or anything -- it wears its heart on its undertaker-black sleeve. This song is proof that when Goths go goopy with love, they go seriously goopy. Cave had just scared the shit out of everyone with Tender Prey, so he threw everyone for a loop when he met some hot Brazilian chick, fell in love and made The Good Son, which is the record that "The Ship Song" is from. The whole thing is unabashedly swoony, romantic and epic, and highly underrated in the Cave oeuvre, if I may opine. (It's my blog -- I can opine if I want to!) By the way: I want either this or Nick Cave's "Into My Arms" as my wedding song. If any of my friends take those songs for their nuptials, there's going to be hell to pay in the form of a heat-seeking missile coming at your wedding cake.
The Cure, "The Same Deep Water As You"
Off the Cure's classic Disintegration, this song makes dying a cold, watery death and professing your love right before you shuffle off the mortal coil sound like the most romantic thing you could possibly do in the whole world to demonstrate your devotion to someone. On a purely technical note, "The Same Deep Water" is a nearly perfect Goth makeout song, if only for its epic 9-minute-and-some length -- which should give you plenty of time to get to wherever you want to go, makeout-speaking. I mean, doesn't it suck when you're in the thick of it and your iPod's on shuffle and that awesome song ends and then it goes into something like the Shins? Lesson number one for a successful makeout session: don't trust the shuffle. Lesson number two: don't download the Shins. Not that I don't like the Shins, but if a dude tried making out with me to a Shins song, I'd be going, "Awww, HELLZ NO!"
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, "Heaven (Alternate Take)"
The majority of this list is pretty standard-issue Goth, but this song is kind of an 80s obscurity/rarity that will score you major points in the game of Goth. (No Goth, though, would admit to playing such a game.) I actually remember hearing a snatch of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry when I was 10 and used to pedal down on my bike to the local Lazers dance club and watch the people go in and out of the club during "Waver Night." At that youthful time, "Waver Night" was the ne plus ultra of what it meant to be a cool human being to me, and I dreamed of the day I could wear all black and have a haircut that would weaken the sight of my left eye because it was covered all the time by my bangs. It took me years to find out what this band was, but let me tell you, it was like my life was momentarily complete when I did. Detour in the vaults of Kat's subcultural memory aside, making out to this song will convince you that the receiver of your affections could be the love of your life. You must guard against this dark power, but if you can successfully balance the edge of this peril, I'd definitely add it to your Goth makeout repertoire.
Bauhaus, "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"
It's just not Goth without Bauhaus, you know! I kind of wanted to put "She's In Parties" because that's a sexier song, but I guess I'm feeling a bit more on the tender, sweetheart side of things. I think this is the closest a Goth band will ever get to a "waking up in the morning and having some brekkie together" song, the kind of song that you used to hear more in the 70s. Goths and domestic bliss don't usually work well together, but there you go. Maybe one can consider this the afterglow song? An afterglow, of course, as pale as the sliver of the crescent moon. This is Goth we are talking about, of course.
AND JUST FOR FUN: Here is a clip of the "South Park" Goth kids. In this episode, Stan breaks up with his girlfriend Wendy and is so depressed he decides to join the Goth kids. My favorite is the kid with the hair flip. GENIUS. GO FORTH AND GOTH!
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