Every goth has a song that is a club staple that they simply cannot stand. We don't know if it's some type of gothic hipsteritis, or if we just all have that breaking point that a DJ insists on poking until it crumbles, but there it is.
Case in point, we cannot freakin' stand "Warm Leatherette" by the Normal. No, not even when Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy duet on it. That song is completely ridiculous, and the beat is undanceable. There's a line between tongue-in-cheek and I-can't write-lyrics and "Warm Leatherette" snorts that line. Every time someone insists on playing it we just want to take Morrissey's advice and hang the DJ.
Since most of our gothic club experiences revolve around Houston's Numbers, we figured we'd do a special, H-town only edition of the Gothic Council to see what other songs they dreaded to hear over the sound system. Joining us this week is Paul Fredric from Asmodeus X, fashion designer Batty, spooky dessertier Lynda Rouner, Spleen of the Stage Frights, DJ Nick Arcia, Jvstin Whitney of Church of Melkarth, model Scarlett St. Vitus, and Jason Hebert.
Paul Fredric: That "Du Hass Mich" song by Rammstein. It was cool in the late '90s but enough already.
Gothtopia: Trust the only man I know who regularly goes to Germany to be vague on the freakin' Rammstein song.
Batty: I'm gonna have to Say "Away" by the Bolshoi. Heck we even had a chorus line to it and hand gestures worked out it was played so much. I even did a photo shoot in my modeling days holding the record in one had and my other hand down my throat making a distasteful gagging face in honor of that song and numbers.
Lynda Rouner: I would have to say anything by Marilyn Manson, because all of his songs have been played to death. Particularly his cover of the Eurythimics' "Sweet Dreams are Made of This." Meh.
Gothtopia: Even the Mechanical Animals stuff?
Lynda Rouner: Yep, even Mechanical Animals, which is not played very often.
Spleen: I would have to agree with Marilyn Manson! Yuck! Really? I mean it's enough to make me go outside and smoke!
Nick Arcia: I turned in my goth credentials long ago so I won't face sanctions when is say Sisters Of Mercy, "This Corrosion."
Lynda Rouner: Blasphemy!
Paul Fredric: I'd say "This Corrosion" too only I'm just so thankful to hear something "kinda-goth" there every once in a while.
Batty: I know right! I used to complain bitterly about the over-played of that song, but at this point I am thankful for small miracles.
Nick Arcia: Alright here's one more I'll throw in, you can throw it back if you like. Depeche mode's "Master and Servant"... When I hear the chorus I just want to say "no let's not."
Jvstin Whitney: You elder goths only say "This Corrosion" because you had to hear it on the dance floor 20 years longer than us. I say "Major Tom." That song has cockblocked me more for bitches leaving mid conversation to dance to it than any of my friends who seek amusement watching me fail at any sort of courtship.
Scarlett St Vitus: Anything by VNV Nation. Nick, I can see you rolling your eyes from here. Everyone knows I'm not the biggest fan of EBM. If you're going to have a "goth night," play some freaking goth, god dammit.
Batty: I think most goths would have to agree that VNV is some of the least offensive EBM-esque music out there and we all know Ronan is a closet goth. I'd rather here that than Combichrist or some of that other oontz crap.
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Scarlett St Vitus: Eh, I'd rather dance to Combichrist than VNV, but maybe I'm strange. It's all overplayed, however. Unfortunately, EBM is what seems to get people on the dance floor. Last time I spun was Halloween weekend. I played a mix of old and new goth, deathrock, punk, and psychobilly. While there were a few people on the dance floor (it was early), when DJ Mina went on and started playing the EBM, that's when the floor got packed. I honestly think Numbers is too big a space for the goth/deathrock scene. I miss Bone Church.
Nick Arcia: Ah Scarlett, you hit the nail on the head, while I don't listen to much EBM or goth these days I'd rather go to a club that offers some of what I like than sit at home and complain about the purity of club nights and then not go to them when they briefly exist.
Jason Hebert: Wolfsheim, "Once in a Lifetime." Its play seems to be fair game on any night Numbers is open. I hate it. It is one of their worst songs. I have an entire pantomime dance that I often do when it is played. Sometimes I just stand in the middle of the floor and look up at the DJ angry, sad, pissed, and disappointed.
I once loved EBM, now I rarely listen to it. Too many talentless cloned bands got signed to Metropolis and now the younger generation will just stomp to anything. Many of the EBM acts I liked circa 2001 got stale or moved in the direction of shit.