Sunday, March 25, 2007

Episode #9 - Jealousy

I would call this Part Three of the Episode #7 - #9 trifecta. The title and subject matter pretty much explains it all, although I'd also give this episode an alternate title in the vein of "Man Turns Against Himself" or "The Ugly Side of Human Nature".

1. Song: Ripper Territory , Artist: Whitehouse , Album: Dedicated To Peter Kürten: Sadist And Mass Slayer (Come Organisation)
  • Peter Kürten, also known as the Vampire of Düsseldorf, was a German serial killer known for committing a series of sex crimes, assaults, and murders against adults and children.
2. Song: Be My Baby , Artist: The Ronettes , Album: Best of the Ronettes (EMI)
3. Song: The Rat , Artist: Vampire Can't, Album: Key Cutter (Load)
4. Song: Very Friendly , Artist: Throbbing Gristle , Album: The First Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle (Thirsty Ear)
  • Of all the Report albums TG released, First Annual Report, was actually the last of the three (coming after Second Annual Report and Third and Final Report). "Very Friendly" details the events of the Moors Murders, with specific mention of Edward Evans, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley's fifth and final victim. What makes this track so effective (read: creepy) is not only the subject matter, but Genesis's somewhat cartoonish vocal delivery, which upon hearing you can't help but laugh nervously.

5. Song: 96 Tears , Artist: ? and the Mysterians , Album: 96 Tears (Cameo)

  • This band's only major hit. Also covered by Suicide, Aretha Franklin, The Modern Lovers, The Stranglers, Primal Scream, and a host of others.

6. Song: Military Road , Artist: Prurient , Album: Pleasure Ground (Load)

  • Actually the only Prurient album I can enjoy, let alone listen to from start to finish, probably due to the fact that Fernow does a great job of spacing and pacing, as opposed to the denseness of a lot of his other albums. It's not like he doesn't make an attempt to drive away any and all potential listeners on this album though: opener "Military Road" starts off with about a minute long squall of high-pitched feedback (think Whitehouse). Excellent lyrics for this track too: "Will you miss the abuse / The intimate violence / The parade of bruises / The badge of punishment?"

7. Song: I Only Have Eyes For You , Artist: The Flamingos , Album: American Graffiti (MCA)

  • I reckon people either see this as a love song, which was probably it's intention, or a creepy stalker song. I'm betting on the latter.

8. Song: No Remorse (I Wanna Die) , Artist: Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot , Album: Spawn: The Album (Sony)

  • Great comic book, excellent animated series (from what I hear), terrible, terrible movie. The soundtrack is decent though, with the best tracks being this one, plust the ones from Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps, Orbital & Kirk Hammett, and Filter & The Crystal Method.

9. Song: Bathed In Orange , Artist: Ed Gein , Album: Ed Gein (Hex)

10. Song: Got To Get You Into My Life , Artist: Daniel Johnston , Album: 1990 (Shimmy Disc)

  • Daniel Johnston turns this Beatles track into something that mirrors the moods of other tracks in this episode from The Flamingos and Throbbing Gristle. Really brilliant.

11. Song: How To Get Away With Murder In a P.C. Society , Artist: Sloth , Album: Songs of the Dead II: Idle Hands (And Here My Troubles Began)

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #9 2007-3-24

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