Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Gothic Erotica – Various Artists [#543]

41821Z2JRZLAnother gothic compilation. This time with a sleezy kink feel to the songs. Or so it’s suggested by the albums title. I’ve been more aroused sat at the back of the 81 bus than the music in this compilation.

That aside, it’s not a bad compilation. Lots of old and new favourites turn up to the mix including Mephisto Waltz, Nico, The Mission and Bauhaus. There are also some good covers too, Brix Smith does a version of Bowie’s Space Oddity, Ghost Dance do a version of the Yardbird’s Heart Full of SoulBauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead is given the Electric Hellfire Club treatment and Patti Smith Group’s Because the Night is reimagined by Beki Bondage.

Some songs in the compilation I can do without but it’s not something I could delete at this moment in time.

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Goth Stuff – Various Artists [#542]

This is an unusual compilation, and it is one that guided my ears in the direction I took when exploring the genre. It’s an unofficial compilation and, like all good music, not available in the shops. More of a mix tape someone put out onto the wibbly wobbly web back in the nineties.

The first track is Hoquetus I-VII by an unknown composer and by the third track, a Saltarello  also by an unknown composer, it starts to become clear that the compiler is trying to take the listener through their interpretation of goth music through the ages. Soon we hear Minstrel Hall by Blackmore’s Night. Not exactly goth but dabbling with medievalism, nicely leading us into track two, 18th Century Gypsy Music by Bubak and Hungaricus. Layers of folk influences building up. By the time we reach midway point, we are already being tricked into believing that Ataraxia’s Canzona is a faithful reproduction of a old classical piece.

Of course it’s not. But by this time you don’t care. Further tracks of the acoustic, goth, medieval theme float past including Eld’s interpretation of Death in June’s Death of the West, songs by Ordo Equitum Solis and Eden  also don’t seem out of place. The cherry on the top being Bauhaus‘ King Volcano. 

I’m still fond of this compilation, even though, in all honesty, I am missing a number of tracks from  the original compilation. Moreover, this album also saw me eager to discover more about bands like Ordo Equitum Solis, Blackmore’s Night  and Eden. Bands I would never have heard of if it had not been for illegal downloads of music from unregulated sources.

Of course, like home taping before it, downloading music illegally was the death of music and we know today how empty our lives have become because  music was killed.

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Goth Box – Various Artists [#540]

R-427454-1292370992.jpegHad I started this project at “G” back in 2012, at this point we would be at Gothic Compilation Vol 342. But rather than shed even more readership, I opted to weed out those compilations and reduced them to  the selection that follows.

Today’s album, four volumes, G, O, T and H. In a box. Goth Box. Genius. Made up of four volumes, it is a showcase compilation of gothic artists from Europe featuring artists such as Inkubus Sukkubus, Big Electric Cat, Bauhaus, Mephisto Waltz, Lycia, Love is Colder Than Death and Black Tape for a Blue Girl.

I really like this compilation. It scares me like all good goth music should, in that I’m not entirely sure what it is I like about it all. It’s a compilation that I dip into for a bit, then quickly dip out of. The arrangement features gothic music from most of the goth subgenres including cybergoth, fluffy goth and neoclassical goth across the decades. There’s something for every wanna be goth, though there are exceptions and omissions that I, personally, would have included had I been compiling the compilation.

The compilation is massive, coming in at a whopping sixty tracks long and would make the perfect gift for any wannabe goth or moody teenager looking to discover their own identity.  Rather than list the tracks and artists featured,I’ve opted to let you discover the album yourself through the wonders of Amazon. 

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Crackle: The Best of Bauhaus – Bauhaus [#317]

Crackle_–_The_Best_of_Bauhaus_cover_artLong standing readers will recall that I came to the goth scene a little late in my life and in the grand scheme of things. While the majority of my contemporaries were busying themselves with goth, popular music, dad rock and Britpop, I was busy listening to prog. I make no secret of it. When I came to the end of my long draught on the tankard of twiddly, I embarked on the aural adventure of a life time with guidance from Ginger Dreadlocked Chris and his Cassette of Fields of the Nephilim.

Hungry for more goth, I downloaded Dead Can Dance and then began nibbling at the snack boxes of bands I’d heard of in passing. One such band was Bauhaus.

Anyone who’s anyone has heard of Bauhaus’ seminal song Bela Lugosi’s Dead and the band’s association with the Goth culture. Well I hadn’t actually heard the song. I’d heard of it. So I plucked up the courage and snaffled this album for my CD collection. However, at the time, I was unaware that it was a “best of” until a few years later.

It’s a good introduction to the band. It shows that Bauhaus were not always “goth” and that their musical prowess fits my tastes like a tight fitting glove. Hints of prog, hints of medieval and notes of classical music. Even the weird echo guitar sound that I like that reminds me of late nights as a passenger in my dad’s car en route from my nan’s. I just wish I’d heard of them before my thirties.

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Burning from the Inside – Bauhaus (#234)

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Ah Bauhaus; the goth’s version of the Beatles. Some argue that without Bauhaus, there would be no Goth. No Emo. No shoe gazing. Some argue that without Bauhaus, Bella Lugosi would still be alive. Some argue just for the sake of it.

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