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Daniel Ash

danielash-698x1024Daniel Ash (photo swiped from Google)

Today is the birthday of Daniel Ash and I’m a great fan of his work. In 2002 when he debuted a solo record, not his first, but the first for Psycho Baby Records, I gave him a stellar review for the column “On that Note” in the Montclair Times.

Here are a bunch of songs from his vast collection of work:

Bauhaus

Bela Lugosi’s Dead

She’s in Parties

Tones on Tail

Twist

Love & Rockets

Ball of Confusion

Solo

Foolish Thing Desire

This Love

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Thankful for Ville Valo!

VILLE VALO

How cool is it that Ville Valo’s birthday is on Thanksgiving Day this year? I am definitely thankful for the music of HIM. How can I not be? The music is so gorgeously romantic, hence the name Love Metal. They are definitely UP there in my choice of top 5 favorite bands. Your Sweet 666

Here are a few goodies by HIM:

BEAUTIFUL

Lose You Tonite

Behind the Crimson Door

Your Sweet 666

And here is something super cute from Ville Valo and the Agents, in Finnish

I Only Want to Be With You

It’s the Season of the Witch

The BEST witch ever — Margaret Hamilton in “Wizard of Oz”

Today’s theme for Halloween songs is “witches.” ENJOY!

Babes in Toyland (featuring Lydia Lunch) Witchy Woman

Donovan Season of the Witch

Frank Sinatra Witchcraft

Ella Fitzgerald Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Marianne Faithfull Witches’ Song

Robert Smith (The Cure)  Witchcraft

Aerosmith Bitch’s Brew

Klaus Nomi DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD

Kip Tyler She’s My Witch

The Sonics THE WITCH

Cramps Big Black Witchcraft Rock

Johnny Cash The White Which of Rose Hall

Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon

More Songs For Halloween!

 

How many people think Halloween season isn’t long enough?

Here’s some more great tunes to get you in the spirit!

And there is much more to come in the next few days, it’s my favorite season! Tomorrow’s theme will be “witches“.

Mike Oldfield: TUBULAR BELLS (from “The Exorcist”)

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Boris Pickett: The Monster Mash

David Bowie: SCARY MONSTERS

THE BLOB

The Cramps: Goo Goo Muck

The Buzzcocks: Strange Thing

Lydia Lunch: SPOOKY

Ghastly Ones: Haulin’ Hearse

Route 66 Killers: Ghoul Tango

Diamanda Gala: I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

Misfits: DIG UP HER BONES

HIM: DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

Siouxie and the Banshees: SPELLBOUND

REDD KROSS: LINDA BLAIR

PHAROAH: DARK OCTOBER

PLASMATICS: LIVING DEAD

THE DAMNED: GRIMLY FIENDISH

Bush Tetras: TOO MANY CREEPS

Iron Maiden: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

 

Some Ghostly Good Tunes for Halloween

 

Yesterday we did devils, today’s Halloween theme is ghosts.

ENJOY!

Psychedelic Furs: GHOST IN YOU

Japan: GHOSTS

Old vinyl record: CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST

The Specials: GHOST TOWN

Johnny Cash: GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY

Rowland S. Howard & Lydia Lunch: I FELL IN LOVE WITH A GHOST

The Cure: THE HUNGRY GHOST

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Little Ghost Song

Happy Birthday Diamanda Galas!

Rare smiling photo I found surfing the web

How thrilled am I with the work of Diamanda Galas? Let me count the ways … I think going to see someone perform at least five times over the years, owning several CDs, and interviewing them for your gothic column definitely says you’re beyond thrilled.

Some of the venues I’ve seen her perform at include Carnegie Hall and Joe’s Pub. And each performance was not only extraordinary but very different from the last — from her hair and clothing to her demeanor.

Diamanda is definitely a woman of substance on many levels. As dynamic, mesmerizing, powerful and intimidating as she is onstage, she’s as equally down to earth backstage. She’s very nice, girly and full of smiles.

I am so honored to have met her after interviewing her for my goth column. And even more honored that she complimented me on this lovely pair of burgundy platform pumps that I wore a lot back in the early ’00s.

If you can find the out of print Research: Angry Women magazine/book, I highly recommend it for the best in-depth interview with Diamanda.

I think the Diamanda song that speaks to me the most is Iron Lady, a tribute to the late serial murderer Aileen Wurornos who claims she killed in self defense.

Here is the chilling song:

IRON LADY

Another one that will send chills up your spine is her version of “My World Is Empty Without You.”

To me, this is how the song should be done, illustrating the true meaning of a world being empty and lonely after losing love. This song can bring tears to the eyes.

My World Is Empty Without You

Extraordinary, soulful beauty … we are so blessed to have Diamanda Galas in our musical world.

Thank you, Diamanda, for all your exquisite talent you’ve shared with us throughout the decades!

The Nuns

The Nuns

I once had the honor of being a part of  The Nuns theatrical gothic stage show when they performed in NYC, Halloween 2002.

The way I got the gig was because I interviewed original Nuns member Mistress Jennifer (Jennifer Anderson) for my goth column that ran in the Aquarian Arts Weekly back in 2002.

Mistress Jennifer invited me to perform onstage with her band for their big Halloween show.

“If you dare,” she said.

I was no stranger to the stage, as I did theatrical work for Pharoah back in the 1980s. I’ve also done spoken word art throughout NYC and NJ. And I was in an off Broadway production of a play I co-wrote with a few other writers. So of course I said, “Yes!”

I didn’t get paid for my performance with The Nuns, I just did it for the experience. The Nuns dated back to the 1970s, and the original line-up, which included Jennifer, warmed up for The Sex Pistols. So it was a thrill to share the stage with them. I danced on stage with legends!

Mistress Jennifer and Mistress Kris were the show stoppers of the group, the S&M Queens of the Night. And they were wonderful to work with. I enjoyed their music and thanks to them, had one of the best Halloween’s in my life.

Mistress Kris was so cool from the get-go. She told me right away, “You’re gorgeous” and kinda took me under her wing, giving me cues as to when to walk on and off stage. I adored her and I’m so glad I have the experience video taped, as well as a ton of pictures of us together!

After the show Mistress Jennifer thanked me for being part of the act and said I did great.

Then, shockingly, just a few years later, both women I shared the stage with died tragically.

In 2007 Mistress Kris was murdered in a Times Square Hotel. She was only in her late 20s.

After Kris’s death, I was emailing Jennifer quite a bit. She shared a lot about Kris and her life. Jennifer was living in Hollywood at this time. She had a very romantic soul and it was wonderful to talk to her so much via emails. She was very positive.

Then, another shocker came.

Mistress Jennifer died of complications from cancer complications in 2011.

The news of both deaths really shook me up. It’s just awful how life takes you by surprise like that. You just never know.

Here is a link to a photo from the night of the performance (Mistress Kris (left) and me (right): http://www.flickr.com/photos/88177256@N00/2790098563/lightbox/

Note: Photo was taken by Ed O’Brien

And here is a song by The Nuns:

White Slave

RIP, Mistress Jennifer and Mistress Kris; may their beautiful souls rest in peace.

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