Gothic Council Sings Your Kids to Sleep
We hate you, Peter Murphy.
Well, OK. Not really. Murphy is a good guy who is a joy to interview and who still puts out amazing music. That being said, we are getting thoroughly sick of his trademark voice. Our two-year-old daughter requests his song "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat)" on a constant, unending loop during every car ride that we take. Don't get us wrong, it's a good tune, but it's gotten to the point that we hear it in our sleep.
That made us wonder what other goth songs people's kids had become fans of. After the darklings had been put to bed we summoned the Gothic Council to ask. Joining us this week is artist Darla Teagarden, blogger at Night's Plutonian Shore Sarah Fanning, co-founder of the Age of Decay festival Alethea Carr, DJ Regen Robinson, and stylist Carol Simmons.
Darla Teagarden: My kid who is seven doesn't like goth music.. He likes weird new electronic music that makes me feel a thousand years old. But he does love Queen, closest it's probably going to get. I sing fake opera at him and he in return. We make lots of crazy noisy singing, but very little real singing and certainly no lullaby action. I'll sing something like "Stayin' Alive" like Ethel Merman, for example. He thinks it's hilarious and annoying all at once.
Sarah Fanning: I don't really sing to my kids -- I have a terrible singing voice. My husband does sing Billy Bragg songs to them... However, both of my kids have iPods which are filled with songs from my music collection that they like. The seven-year-old girl child loves Echo & the Bunnymen. Her favorites are "Killing Moon," "Lips Like Sugar" and "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo."
She also has a good amount of older Cure songs (she loves "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Love Cats"), three albums of the Birthday Massacre (favorites are "Happy Birthday," "Blue," "In the Dark," and "Shallow Grave"), Switchblade Symphony's "Gutter Glitter," Ending the Vicious Cycle, Rasputina (particularly "Transylvanian Concubine," and their covers of "Bad Moon Rising" and "Fire and Ice"), she also has a couple Sisters of Mercy songs and some Nox Arcana as well.
My five-year-old son really likes Siouxsie and the Banshees. His favorites are "Face to Face," "Peek-a-boo," and "Christine." He loves Voltaire, particularly "Goodnight Demon Slayer." He has some old Cure as well and Echo. He really likes the Dresden Dolls quite a bit.
I will have to look through their iPods later to see what else they've put on them. They are learning to update their music themselves.
Gothtopia: Isn't "Peek-a-Boo" about a blowjob? That's what Lynda always says, and we're not one to argue with her on Siouxsie.
Sarah Fanning: Yeah... the kids don't know that, though. They can't understand 90% of the lyrics. Besides, we listened to weird songs about sex when we were younger... hell I had no idea what "Little Red Corvette" was about until years later.
Alethea Carr: I taught my daughter the days of the week using The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love," and though it's not a goth song, The Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" will teach them numbers up to 10, though they'll forget what 8 is for...
My children always mishear lyrics. So now everyone in the family sings, "Kiss my toe" during "This Corrosion" and "I find your gum" when Wolfsheim's on, including me and my husband!
Regen Robinson: Alethea that is hilarious. You don't need to be a kid to mishear lyrics though. For years I thought My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult's "Cause It's Hot" was chanting "Pikachu...Pikachu...Pikachu" instead of "Kill... Her...Thrill...Kill". Sooo.. I guess if I had kids that's what I would play them.
Sarah Fanning: My daughter inherited my talent for ridiculous mishearing of lyrics. She thinks the line in Birthday Massacre's "Shallow Grave" "we put her down in a shallow grave" is really "she gets around on a bony leg."
Carol Simmons: I still sing a lullaby upon request. "Lullaby" by Cris Williamson. My vocal coach taught it to me when I was 17, and I knew when I had kids I would sing it to them. I did a YouTube search and all the versions I found were terrible. Watch out, one of them is practically a gay porn slideshow.
Like a ship in the harbor
Like a mother and child
Like a light in the darkness
I'll hold you a while
We'll rock on the water
I'll cradle you deep
And hold you while angels
Sing you to sleep
Sophie used to really love "Give Me My Flowers While I'm living" By the Knitters, and "Jolene" By Dolly Parton. Spencer had always been partial to "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash and "Christine" by Siouxsie. Although I wish she hadn't, my daughter has acquired a Kidz Bop CD and I occasionally hear it coming from her room and cringe.
Overall, they seem to like what I am listening too. Of course they have outside influences so things like the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga are on their radar. I am slowly converting my daughter from a "Little Monster" to an old-school Madonna fan.
We do the goofy-opera sing-everything, thing too! I think I'm borderlining on really embarrassing mother at this point. I guess the only difference between myself and my embarrassing mother is I am doing it intentionally. Spencer has started introducing me as "This is my Goth Mom."