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Frank Deserto, aka Frankie Teardrop, has been a champion of obscure music, focusing heavily on the 80s post-punk, minimal synth, and coldwave scenes. He has been running music blog Systems of Romance for eight years, ripping and sharing obscurities from his collection and exposing a new generation of music fans to long, forgotten classics. Also a DJ in the NYC scene, his passion for the obscure knows no boundaries. He also is active in The Harrow, who will be releasing their debut LP on aufnahme+wiedergabe this November, with lead-off single “Love Like Shadows” coming this Friday, August 28th.

We’re excited to feature this excellent podcast from Frankie’s favorite archives, the first in what we hope to be a regular series. This particular installment focuses entirely on female-fronted projects, running the gamut from experimental industrial dirges to minimal post-punk, jumping between countries and continents with only the feminine mystique to string these songs together. Without any further adieu, click above to listen, with tracklisting and descriptions to follow below.

1. “Strange Girl”- Candidate (France, 1987, Side By Side 12”, Dum Dum Records)
Extremely minimal/coldwave duo from Nancy, kicking things off with a bleak babygirl lullaby. Vocalist Cécile would also provide backing vocals for Oto’s Purge An Urge LP.

2. “Caos”- Harry (Brazil, 1987, Caos 12”, Wop Bop)
Industrial inspired darkwave project from South America, whose members shared vocal duties across a small, but respectable discography.

3. “Walking Through Gardens”- Ghosts of Dance (UK, 1982, Ghosts of Dance 7”, Plastic Canvas Records)
The flip side of this UK band’s lone 7”. This five piece took their name from Japan’s excellent “Ghosts” cut, and would record several more tracks in a more New Romantic-inspired vein, culminating in a rare CD reissue in 1996.

4. “Stay With Me”- Industrie (Australia, 1983, H LP, EMI Custom Records, Australia)
An obscure treasure from down under, this is one of many highlights from Industrie’s lone LP. Released in 1983, the band was never heard from again. A shame, as Anne Fish was a true vocal talent.

5. “Whispering Sons”- Moral (Denmark, 1982, Whispering Sons K7, Ådsel Service)
The standout title track from this Danish three piece’s first cassette. This track also appears as a bonus track on Dark Entries Records’ recent reissue of their classic And Life Is LP.

6. “It”- Astaron (Austria, 1988, Lance the Ensemble 12”, Bugel Records)
Incredible female duo from Australia, who released one cassette, one LP, and this lone 12”, which is the catchiest of their discography. Haunting, rhythmic, and gorgeous, giving way to absolute cacophony by the track’s end.

7. “California Dreaming”- Denial (Australia, 1982, California Dreaming 7”, M Squared)
Bleak, minimal cover of the Mamas and the Papas classic single. Their only release, though a handful of other tracks were recorded under the Aural Indifference moniker.

8. “Grüne Augen”- Asmodi Bizarr (Germany, 1986, Sunsierra LP, Das Büro)
Roaring post-punk/goth band in the vein of Xmal Deutschland, also active under the name Aspirin. The band has been active again since 2011, performing a set at this year’s Wave-Gothik-Treffen festival.

9. “Release”- Indifferent Dance Centre (UK, 1981, Flight & Pursuit 7”, Recluse)
The b-side from an incredibly obscure, Factory-influenced post-punk 7”, self-released in a stamped paper sleeve with minimal information. Extremely DIY to the last drop.

10. “Tina Town”- Kas Product (France, 1983, By Pass LP, RCA Victor)
Classic French Coldwave duo from Nancy, a rare sensual moment in their catalog. Kas Product have since reunited and have played a handful of shows throughout Europe, including highly publicized appearances at Wave-Gotik-Treffen and Gothic Pogo Festival.

11. “Pushing”- Matador (Germany, 1991, Écoute LP, Moabit Musik)
All female German supergroup of sorts, featuring ex-members of Malaria!, CHBB, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Liasions Dangereuses. Matador formed in the mid-80s and released three excellent records and one 12” before disbanding in the early 1990s.

12. “Sensible”- Hedone (UK, 1984, Sensible 7”, Omgowa Power)
Obscure, melancholy post-punk from Bath. This is their only release, stacked with an equally great B-side.

13. “Nowhere Bei Mir”- Nicolle Meyer (Germany, 1983, Nowhere Bei Mir 7”, Virgin)
One-off single released under Nicole Tollmann’s pseudonym. Nicole was also a contributing member to the Fred Banana Combo, who recorded their own punked-out version of this track in the same year.

14. “Sudan”- Thick Pigeon (UK, 1984, Too Crazy Cowboys LP, Factory Records)
A Factory/Benelux treasure, recorded by the outsider duo of Stanton Miranda and Carter Burwell, with additional help from Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order. Thick Pigeon would release an excellent club-centric single under Stanton Miranda (“Wheels Over Indian Trails,” 1986). Carter Burwell would go on to contribute music to Raising Arizona, Psycho III, and Fargo, among many others.

15. “Morning Train”- Esprits Animaux (Netherlands, 1985, Whip of Passion 12”, Poppi Disk)
Lead-off track from this excellent 12”, the only one on the record solely featuring female vocals. Though the band was Dutch, their name is French, and translates to “Animal Ghosts.”

16. “Beautiful Diseases”- The Vyllies (Switzerland, 1985, Lilith LP, Out of Tune Records)
Another all-female group, this time a trio. Oftentimes appearing in shrouds and flowing dresses (their name invokes a Slavic folk legend), The Vyllies have a near-flawless discography and cult influence that spreads across the globe.

17. “Don’t Believe It’s Over”- Nocturnal Emissions (UK, 1988, Duty Experiment (1982-1984 Years), Soleilmoon Recordings)
Dark, mantra-esque demo from one of the UK’s most prolific experimental tape projects. Recorded during the band’s early years, it has since been reissued on several collections of the band’s work, achieving near-mythic status in an otherwise expansive discography.

18. “Bound By Silence”- Pink Industry (UK, 1985, New Beginnings LP, Zulu Records)
UK’s Pink Military was already a classic underground band, but from their ashes arose Pink Industry, a much more satisfying project, through and through. Jettisoning angular guitars and embracing the 808 drum machine, menacing rhythms, reverb-drenched saxophone, and Jayne Casey’s seductive vocals, Pink Industry would release three flawless LPs before splitting in 1987.

19. ¼ Circle Black- Turning Shrines (UK, 1985, Face of Another 12”, Temple Records)
Recorded by Fred Giannelli just before joining Psychic TV’s acid-driven incarnation (and released by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s Temple Records), this Turning Shrines 12” features four tracks of pre-dreampop perfection. This standout track (a highlight among highlights) was reissued by Mexican Summer in 2013, featuring a bonus re-recorded version of this track by Tamaryn and Lansing-Dreiden’s Jorge Elbrecht.

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The Ever-Evolving Sandman Slim Devilish Songs Playlist

Hells Bells by AC/DC

Highway to Hell by AC/DC

I Walk The Line by Alien Sex Fiend

Get Behind Me Satan by The Almanac Singers

Sex With The Devil by Ann Magnuson

Blue Spirit Blues by Bessie Smith

Mutiny In Heaven by The Birthday Party

Evil Ways by Black Mountain

Beat the Devil’s Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath

Hot Rails to Hell by Blue Oyster Cult

Old Devil by Bo Carter

The Devil Ain’t Lazy by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

Rid the Devil by Bourbon Crow

No Lucifer by British Sea Power

The Devil Went Down To Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band

Straight to Hell by The Clash

Devil Or Angel by The Clovers

Lucifer’s Memory by Comets On Fire

Me and the Devil by Cowboy Junkies  

Aloha From Hell by The Cramps

Crossroads by Cream                     

If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go by Curtis Mayfield

Sleeping In The Devil’s Bed by Daniel Lanois

Devil’s Flame by Dawn Kinnard

Hellnation by Dead Kennedys                 

Satan by Deerhoof

Devil Come Down Sunday by Derek Miller

You Must Be Certain Of The Devil by Diamanda Galás

Stranger Blues by Dream City Film Club

Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley

Devil Tango by Evan Lurie

There’s Going To Be The Devil To Pay by Fats Waller

Feelin’ Devilish by Fess Parker

Lucifer Rising by Flaming Lips

Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly

Seven Devils by Florence and The Machine

Old Devil Moon by Frank Sinatra

Dead Heaven by Gary Numan

Race With The Devil by Gene Vincent

Train To Satanville by Gin Gillette

A Devil In The Woods by The Gun Club

Devil City Destiny by Halo Benders

Straight To Hell_ Satan Is Real by Hank Williams III

Seasons In The Abyss by Hellsongs

God Bless The Devil by Hybrasil                              

Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell by Iggy and The Stooges

Devil With The Black Dress On by Jack Off Jill

Putting Salt On The Devil’s Tail by Jack Teagarden

Hell by James Brown

The Devil Is My Friend by The Jazz Butcher

I’d Rather Be The Devil by John Martyn

Devil’s Right Hand by Johnny Cash

Devil Got My Woman by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Lucifer by Junior Murvin

Pagin’ The Devil by The Kansas City Six

Stray Bullet by Kmfdm

Sympathy for the Devil by Laibach     

The Day The Devil by Laurie Anderson

Where’s The Devil… When You Need Him? by The Legendary Shack Shakers

Hellish Rag by Ma Rainey


Devil’s Island by Megadeth

Devil’s Dance by Metallica

Donkey Ride (Straight To Hell) by Michael J. Sheehy

All Hell Breaks Loose by The Misfits

Devil’s Whorehouse by The Misfits

Misfits - Devilock by The Misfits

Devil with a Blue Dress by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

Devil I Know by Motorhead

Devils by Motorhead

Devils in My Head by Motorhead

Demon Brother by The Murder City Devils

And This Is What The Devil Does by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Daisy Chain for Satan by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Devil Bunnies by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Lucifer’s Lament by Neva Dinova

Bellringer Blues by Nick Cave & Grinderman

Up Jumped The Devil by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Help Me I Am In Hell by Nine Inch Nails         

Came Back Haunted by Nine Inch Nails

Oh You Devil You by Oliver Brown

I’d Rather Be The Devil by Otis Spann

At The Devil’s Ball by The Peerless Quartet

Lucifer Sam by Pink Floyd

The Devil by PJ Harvey

Tying A Knot In The Devil’s Tail by Powder River Jack & Kitty Lee

Miss Lucifer by Primal Scream

The Devil’s Chasing Me by Reverend Horton Heat

Superbeast by Rob Zombie

Lucifer Rising by Rob Zombie

Crossroad Blues by Robert Johnson

Me and the Devil Blues by Robert Johnson

Hellhound On My Trail by Robert Johnson

Don’t Shake Me Lucifer by Roky Erickson & The Explosives

Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones

Train To Satanville by Ruby Ann

Little Demon by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Dust Devil (Suite) by Simon Boswell

The Devil Has Thrown Him Down by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Devil Got My Woman by Skip James

Hell Awaits by Slayer

South of Heaven by Slayer

Burn Devil Burn by Soul Messengers & The Spirit Of Israel

You Will Miss Me When I Burn by Soulsavers Feat. Mark Lanegan

Devil’s Stompin Ground by Southern Culture on the Skids

Christmas with the Devil by Spinal Tap

Devil by Stereophonics                                  

Frankie Teardrop by Suicide

Down, Down, Down by Tom Waits

Damnation by Trent Reznor

Hell is Round the Corner by Tricky

She Belongs To The Devil by Washboard Sam

Super-Charger Heaven by White Zombie

Chased Old Satah Through The Door by Woodie Brothers

Devil Doll by X

i won’t stop until I’ve made “female” version of everything : female lord of the flies, female long goodbye, female marathon man, female scarface, female confederacy of dunces, female a christmas carol, female frankie teardrop, female phil spector