SAVES THE DAY – “Skulls” (Misfits Cover)
Chris Conley hacking off the heads of little girls and putting them on his wall. Can you imagine? –Editorial Intern Matt Crane
SUICIDE - “Frankie Teardrop”
I can't help but wonder if hearing this song at the ripe old age of 17 did more subconscious damage to my noggin than I actually realize. Singer/poet Alan Vega and keyboardist/synth op Martin Rev delivered this grating, minimalist slice of life about some young loser who can't support his family, so he fires a gun at his wife, his six-month-old child in the crib and finally his own head. You never really prepare yourself for Vega's short, sharp, shocked screams while Rev's droning rhythm machine and other subway-to-hell noises overtake your soul. Released in 1977, this song (older than most AP readers) continues to create goosebumps that leave subliminal messages in Morse code on your psyche. "Let's hear it for Frankie," indeed... –Editor In Chief Jason Pettigrew
TONES ON TAIL - “War”
By the time the ultimate gothfathers known as Bauhaus had disbanded in a whiff of smoke on July 5, 1983, two of its four members (minus original singer, Peter Murphy and bassist David J) had already begun Tones On Tail two years prior as a side project. TOT was an obvious evolution for those that enjoyed their music dark, foreboding and dance club friendly. Songs like "Christian Says," "There's Only One!," "Happiness" and the underground, club hit "Go!" added the band to mix tapes for those who were real goths (real cassettes back then, ahem). TOT's one real record, Pop!, is a must-listen for any South Park goth kid fan. I'd suggest just skipping over to the 25-song compilation of practically everything they ever did called, well, Everything. "War" is a dark, shoulder-shaking-while-bent-over-shimmy of a tune that is more fun to dance to with your coat pulled up over your head at the local goth club night than moping in the corner trying to get the votive candles to light you from below just the right way. –President/Founder Mike Shea
YLVIS - “The Fox”
The fact that people actually enjoy this song scares the hell out of me. –Marketing Assistant Nicole Muscaro
I AM NOT SCARED OF ANYTHING.
–Art Associate Shannon Sullivan ALT.