the smiths b side

The Descent
The Descent

Decided to “clean up” the audio for The Descent a bit, to tide us over until Bastille releases it on a re-release or a b-sides collection in the future (if ever). Original audio came from:

I don’t own anything.

Post Punk Party Playlist From ‘84

Depeche Mode - In Your Memory

Siouxsie And The Banshees - Dazzle

The Smiths - Handsome Devil

New Order - Age Of Consent

Sisters Of Mercy - Temple Of Love (original version)

Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween

Depeche Mode - Something To Do

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

Japan - Methods Of Dance

The Cure - Close To Me

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

This song exposed me to The Smiths, whom I always heard of but never took the time to listen to. I loved the chorus and dynamics of the song, so I gave them a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. It was also the beginning of me opening up horizons and realizing there was more to music than dropped-d tuning and speed.

Being a Waiter is Hard! ( A Side & B Side)
Penelope Sophia Smith
Being a Waiter is Hard! ( A Side & B Side)

To celebrate Caramel Mokacinno’s CAD10K and seeing @dejinyucu draw the CDC demons working various jobs at Caramel Mokkacino, I wanted to throw together a thing with Akki being the bumbling and easily flustered waiter AND waitress that they are!


A-SIDE: Incubus Akki

B-SIDE: Succubus/Trans Girl Akki [Being teased a bit of course]


I wrote earlier in the week about how My Chemical Romance is constantly referencing other music, and how they use these references to construct and further narratives about themselves. It should come as no surprise, then, that from their beginnings, MCR knew the the value of a good cover song. At their very early shows in New Jersey, MCR would occasionally break out a cover of the Smiths B-side “Jack the Ripper,” giving the song a shot of punk adrenaline and a healthy dose of screaming.

MCR continued this cover song tradition throughout their career, always cranking up the volume, drawing out the theatrics, and adding to the chaos of whatever they took on. At times, it worked to great effect…

(Video: My Chemical Romance covers “Song 2” by Blur)

…and at other times, not so great.

(Video: My Chemical Romance and The Used cover “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie)

In 2008, director Zack Snyder asked MCR to contribute a song to the soundtrack for Watchmen, the film adaptation of the groundbreaking late-80s comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. And of course the band said yes - they’re all huge nerds, and Watchmen in particular holds a special place in Gerard Way’s heart. But beyond Gerard’s fanboy tendencies, the story Watchmen tells is in many ways a precursor to the one MCR was attempting to tell with The Black Parade: a group of deeply flawed heroes rejected by the fucked-up world they keep trying to save. Both the comic and the movie are lurid with graphic displays of sex and violence, which paralleled MCR’s tendency towards transgression.

(Image: a page of the Watchmen comic depicting the character Rorschach climbing through a window, with the chapter heading “At Midnight, All The Agents…,” a line from “Desolation Row”)

Watchmen contains several quotes from Bob Dylan, and the movie soundtrack features a number of his songs. For MCR’s contribution, they chose to reinterpret Dylan’s eleven-minute-long epic “Desolation Row,” a surreal folk ballad of Biblical mysticism, literary imagery, and deadly urban entropy.

MCR’s version is shorter, faster, and a whole lot more abrasive, but it captures and amplifies the sense of unease dredged up by the original while replacing the song’s seriousness with winking irreverence. Says Gerard:

“That song is epic,” Way said. “It has so many amazing lyrics. But I’ve picked my four favorite verses. We wanted the song to feel like a product not of its era, but of the movie’s. So it’s recorded and performed in a very early-‘80s punk style, similar to the Sex Pistols or the Ramones. That’s what it feels like. It’s a dirty punk song.”

When Gerard sneers, “One hand is tied to the tightrope walker, the other’s in his pants,” the line is made all the more sly by its applicability to Gerard’s own onstage behavior. The guitar solo interpolates a mocking snippet of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” lampshading the critique of American society in the song, book, and film. As the music video shows, it’s all one big, messy, over-the-top party.

It’s also, in retrospect, a perfect transition from one phase of MCR’s career to the next. The Black Parade was a high-aiming concept album steeped in religious imagery and social commentary, but at times lacking in pure fun. Between 2007 and 2010, MCR would attempt to reclaim - or possibly just claim for the first time - some of that fun. MCR was also diving deep into comic-book aesthetics at the time - nothing new for them, but to an extent that they had only hinted at before. All these changes in the band’s creative process would eventually result in a startlingly different look, sound, and story on Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the band’s final studio album. But none of this was apparent yet when “Desolation Row” was released - all we saw was just a band geeking out to the music and stories they loved, and having a fantastic time doing so.


sing me a line from your favourite song 
(a mixtape for barbara holland)

side a.
1. stevie nicks; edge of seventeen (sometimes to be near you is to be unable to hear you) | 2. frida; i know there’s something going on (won’t be long before you’re gone) | 3. the runaways; fantasies (am i dreaming?) | 4. abc; the look of love (one thing that turns the grey sky to blue) | 5. blondie; angels on the balcony (like a fire burning in a stone) | 6. the cure; m (all the directions were wrong) | 7. visage; fade to grey (wishing life wouldn’t be so dull)

side b.
8. patti smith; because the night (they can’t hurt you now) | 9. mike oldfield; moonlight shadow (the trees that whisper in the evening) | 10. tom petty & the heartbreakers; i need to know (all of a sudden it’s me on the outside) | 11. billy idol; rebel yell (i’d give you all, and have none) | 12. marianne faithfull; guilt (i’m like a curious child, give me more) | 13. the only ones; another girl, another planet (i think, i’m on another world with you) | 14. irene cara; what a feeling (first when there’s nothing, but a slowglowing dream)


Johnny Marr - I Feel You (Depeche Mode Cover)

Johnny Marr is set to mark this year’s Record Store Day with a numbered limited edition 7” release of his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s 1993 classic ‘I Feel You’. Marr played the track live during the closing shows of last December’s North American tour. The single’s b-side is a live version of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’.

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