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More navel gazing [January 14th, 3:01pm]
[ mood | no more beer, ow! ]

  1. cabaret nocturne:
    Too many nights spent on the chequered dancefloor, or whinging on the mezzanine. It always feels like home. A demented, dysfunctional home, but a home nonetheless.
  2. cyndi lauper:
    What a woman! Popular music needs more like her. She's an actual songwriter and musician as opposed to just a puppet vocalist, and it's a travesty that she didn't get the fame and fortune of Madonna in the long-term (but Roy Orbison did cover "I Drove All Night"). In the pop world, she was such a different vision of femininity. She showed that being different could be attractive, when now all girls have is Britney, Christina and Jessica. One day I will wear a newspaper skirt. I can only dream about hair that cool.
  3. editing:
    A natural progression from just being a pedant. It's calming to restore things to their rightful order.
  4. gender studies:
    All of my undergraduate essays tended to take a gendered or feminist approach to the given topic, and I finally realised the pattern at the end of it all. Gender has such a bearing on every aspect of our lives from work to the domestic division (or not!) of labour. And so long as people think there are no negative consequences to our society's expectations of gender, there's plenty of relevance and interest in studying it.
  5. joy division:
    I like a lot of bands who came along quickly, shook things up musically, and then disbanded (Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies). Joy Division are definitely one of those bands. You can't help but wonder what would have become of them if Ian Curtis had lived. They would not have done a World Cup theme song I'll bet.
  6. merry thoughts:
    I don't know much about Merry Thoughts as far as the members' names and shoes sizes, but I really like their music. It's a goth rock as it gets, all anthemic with lots of infectious riffs.
  7. public image limited:
    Another innovative band, and one that manages to go from guitar ("Public Image") to electronic ("This is Not a Lovesong", "Order of Death") without losing me. I also love "Rise": I could be wrong, I could be right.
  8. snake corps:
    Snake Corps is one of the most exciting discoveries I've made in the past couple of years, courtesy of hearing an instrumental of theirs on Radio Ghoul School (which was mislabelled, so it took a bit of hunting). They're probably in the zone of the Bolshoi, in that they're not particularly goth, but I think they're brilliant and love their guitar sound ("This is a Seagull" is hypnotic and I could lose myself in it all day, over and over). Obviously not that many other people think so, because they were continually frustrated by their lack of popular success.
  9. the cranes:
    The Cranes have a diverse range of sounds. I love the pretty innocence of Alison Shaw's vocals, and how delicate or harsh they can sound. "Jewel" is one of my favourite songs, particularly the Robert Smith remix, as we get a bit of noodling "Cure guitar" over the top of it all.
  10. the twilight zone:
    I love Twilight Zone stories old and new. Horror, sci-fi and fantasy all come together to be either funny or political, but always entertaining. I think there's a lot of subversion and social commentary to be found in the stories, which is a little easier to get away with the guise of fantasy. And some of the effects and scenarios they managed to carry out in the '80s series were amazing for the time and budget. I still get creeped out by the intro music (which the Grateful Dead revised for that series), when I'm watching them on my own.

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Golgotha setlist [January 7th, 4:01pm]
And, for a sense of having had more than the one thought in the same day, here's my setlist from Golgotha.

The Damned - Jet Boy Jet Girl
Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
The Cure - Burn
New Order - True Faith
Clan of Xymox - There's No Tomorrrow
Dream Disciples - Room 57
Siouxsie and the Banshees- Cities in Dust
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels [r]
Sisters of Mercy- Marian
The Smiths - Panic
Generation X - Dancing with Myself
PIL - Public Image
Covenant - Like Tears in Rain

Note last-minute feeble attempt to move with the times (even though CoX and DD tracks were released this century).
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang DJ comp voting [July 4th, 2:07am]

I have avoided making a real post in this thing for some time, as I know I'll be addicted to it if I find another method of procrastination.

I suppose this is not a "real" journal-type post anyway, but anyone who was out last night at KKBB I encourage to vote in the DJ competition poll at: http://snappoll.com/poll/20131.php

No matter whose set you enjoyed most, it would be good to see a significant number of votes. You can see every DJ's setlist on the Melbourne goth forum.

Here's mine:

Siouxsie and the Banshees-Cities in Dust
The Bolshoi-Away
The Cure-Primary
Clan of Xymox-Jasmine and Rose
The Birthday Party-Release the Bats
Sex Gang Children-Sebastiane
Sisters of Mercy-Marian
Joy Division-She's Lost Control
Fields of the Nephilim-Moon Child
Zombina and the Skeletones-Horror High School
The Smiths-Panic
The Mission-Wasteland
P.I.L-Public Image
Tones on Tail-Go
Gun Club-Sex Beat


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