Funeral Songs & Goth Rock

With Halloween just around the corner, Jim and Greg decided to break out the black eyeliner and take a tour of the labyrinthian underground of Goth Rock. Plus, tune in to hear a morbid discussion of the best songs to play at your funeral.

Funeral Songs
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This week Jim and Greg get an early jump on their annual Halloween celebration. What better way to start the show than with a completely morbid news story? According to a recent British survey conducted by the Bereavement Register, the number one song requested to be played at funerals is James Blunt’s Goodbye My Lover. We at Sound Opinions had not previously heard this track, but after giving it a listen, we agree that only someone recently departed would enjoy it.

Funeral Songs

The complete top five funeral songs, according to the Register:

  • James Blunt, Goodbye My Lover
  • Robbie Williams, Angels
  • Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley, I’ve Had the Time of My Life
  • Bette Midler, Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Pie Jesu

We asked our Sound Opinions listeners this same, morbid question. Here are some of the swan songs you told us about via email or message board:

  • Santo and Johnny, Sleepwalk
  • The Buzzcocks, Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
  • Curtis Mayfield, Freddie’s Dead
  • Jeff Buckley, Corpus Christi Texas
  • R.E.M., Try Not to Breathe
  • Jeff Buckley, Satisfied Mind
  • Tom Waits, Come On Up To The House
  • Peter Gabriel, I Grieve
  • Joy Division, In a Lonely Place
  • The Beach Boys, God Only Knows
  • Alice Cooper, I Love the Dead
  • Talking Heads, This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
  • Billy Bragg and Wilco, Remember the Mountain Bed

Goth Rock for Halloween

Next up Jim and Greg move into the dark, labyrinthian underground of Goth Rock. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a Goth soundtrack? Before they discuss the current scene with their special Goth guest, Scary Lady Sarah, Jim and Greg want to highlight songs from a recent Rhino box set celebrating the genre. Included in this montage are:

  • The Cure, Charlotte Sometimes
  • Einsturzende Neubauten, Morning Dew
  • The Cult, Rain
  • Alien Sex Fiend, Now I’m Feeling Zombified
  • The Sisters of Mercy, Temple of Love
  • Killing Joke, Tomorrow’s World
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Weeping Song

Scary Lady Sarah

Bauhaus

For Jim and Greg, the ultimate Goth progenitors are the band Bauhaus. Named for the German art movement, the group made minimalist, electronic music that focused on dark subjects. Initially, they shied away from the term Goth, but with song titles like that of their debut single, Bela Lugosi’s Dead, you can understand why it stuck. Greg saw the group at the Coachella Music Festival in 2005, and vocalist Peter Murphy performed the entire song suspended upside down over the stage like a bat. So, it seems they’ve warmed up to the Goth moniker.

In order to go deeper into the Goth underground, Jim and Greg invite Scary Lady Sarah to join the show. Our guest has been a mainstay on the goth scene for almost 20 years. She is a DJ and promoter based in Chicago and Berlin, and runs American Goth Productions.

Scary Lady Sarah’s goth rock picks:

  • Thatch Noir, Cat in a Box
  • Miguel and the Living Dead, Graveyard Love Song
  • Faith & The Muse, Sredni Vashtar
  • Pretentious, Moi?, The Haunting

Her other current faves include:

  • Blacklist
  • Diary of Dreams
  • Entertainment
  • Ether Aura
  • Frank the Baptist
  • Mephisto Walz
  • Passion Play
  • Solemn Novena

Halloween Picks 2006

During the final segment of the show, our Halloween-loving hosts play their picks for scariest rock songs.

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