I know, I know...we're not even a week into fall and here I am, already raring to go with an autumn-themed blog post. But I can't help it! I live for fall. Even though the sun is sure to eke out a couple more 70 degree days this month, I'm already making preparations for my favorite season: leafing through cookbooks for yummy squash soup recipes, appraising my yarn stash to determine who will be knitted into another absurd hat, and most importantly, assembling a playlist of my favorite Dark Wave, opens a new window bands of the '80s!
After months of being ignored in favor of the more "sunshiney" music in my collection (mostly '90s R&B girl groups and classic rock, in case you were wondering), it's finally time for the brooding banshee wails of The Cure, Siouxsie Sioux, Depeche Mode, and all my other favorite Dark Wave wraiths to take precedence in my ears once again.
Break out the black kohl eyeliner, dig into some gloomy tunes at KCLS, and transform your next dinner party, weekend walk, or morning commute into a misty Gothic wonderland! Here are just a few groups to get you started.
Siouxsie and the Banshees: This first track from their album JuJu , opens a new windowis perfect for an autumnal forest frolic! Albums available on CD in our catalog, opens a new window, and for streaming and download at hoopla, opens a new window.
Echo and the Bunnymen: Maybe I'm just inspired by the music video itself and its stark aerial shots of snowy peaks, but "The Cutter" is one of my favorite songs to listen to while peering out an airplane window as we fly over a mountain range. Albums available on CD in our catalog, opens a new window, and for streaming and download at hoopla, opens a new window.
The Cure: "Lullaby" is just the perfect song to melodramatically sulk to when you don't want to get out of bed on a foggy weekday morning. Look, even frontman Robert Smith hates Mondays! Albums available on CD in our catalog, opens a new window, and for streaming and download at hoopla, opens a new window.
The Psychedelic Furs: I saw The Psychedelic Furs open for Devo at an outdoor summer concert a few years ago, and it started pouring down rain as soon as they took the stage. Let me tell you, it was PERFECT.
Depeche Mode: Sadly, I am not blessed with a rich, velvety baritone like Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, but that doesn't stop me from singing this song at karaoke like my very life depends on it whenever I can. And the music video from MTV auteur Anton Corbijn, opens a new window is just as lush and stunning as it was in 1990! Albums available on CD in our catalog, opens a new window, and for streaming and download at hoopla, opens a new window.
(Featured image: ITV/Rex Features, via The Guardian, opens a new window)