Word this morning that Director Tony Scott has died of an apparent suicide. Before defining the “need for speed” in Top Gun, Tony directed the cult classic (and one of my favorite Vampire films,) The HungerLet the opening sequence (NSFW) wash over you with its gothic greatness, featuring Bauhaus, David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, Ann Magnuson, a no-name male hunk actor and some monkeys.



Siouxsie Sioux is 55 today. Happy birthday to the Ice Queen, my main goth muse, my favorite Creature…..Well, you get the point.





First – word that Donna Summer has died.

“On the Radio” was the first album I ever owned.  I played it over and over, until the songs entered my dreams (including my nightmares….The song below I still associate with some creepy dream I can’t even remember now). It’s interesting to look at modern music, Gaga/Madonna/Brittany electropop, and think that Donna’s disco-era output paved the way for synth-beats we’ve come to know and love from countless artists, from those pop starts to Robyn, Kylie, Depeche Mode and more. Love disco or hate it, Donna Summer opened a door that many others walked through and made their own.

Second – word yesterday that Boston Alternative Rock Station 101.7, WFNX, has been sold to clear channel. All of the radio staff, including DJ greats like Julie Cramer, were laid off almost instantaneously.

The anvil drops on the last New England vestige of a world in which the term “alternative” meant something. For those of us who grew up in the region looking to find our music, FNX served many and lead to my own discoveries of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Cure, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails….the list goes on and on. The music industry moves to cannibalize quality once again, leaving in its wake garbage (not to be confused with Garbage, who I also discovered through FNX).

Fortunately the rights to all historical media, recordings and events are held by the former owner, Phoenix Communications – so WFNX may live beyond the airwaves, perhaps in some online form. Until then, however, we mourn the only way we know how – by sharing this video, who’s song WFNX referenced as the song of the year for about 10 years running.

How to Dance Goth

March 24, 2012

For those who are in need of a refresher before heading to a Man Ray Reunion Night….



Monster Mash

October 31, 2011

So, here we are on All Hallow’s Eve. Let’s put a soundtrack to the day, shan’t we?

Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”

Nothing says Halloween these past few years than Florence, whose new album is released on November 1st in the US. And she wisely set her latest video at a costume party…How festive!

Siouxsie – Obsession

The Queen of Dark brings the Banshees classic about a creepy stalker to an orchestral setting. And I think she’s dressed as a strutting rooster.

This Mortal Coil – Box Set

Not necessarily scary, but nothing gets you in the goth space than the complete recordings of This Mortal Coil, treated this week to a stunning remaster and re-release by 4AD. I don’t know what’s more exquisite; the deep rich soundscape the remastering brings forth, or the absolutely stunning visual created by graphic designer Vaughan Oliver in re-imaging the original releases in a new an profound way. A set almost meant to be touched and stared at as much as listened to.

Vampire Club – Voltaire

Lest we take ourselves to seriously — here’s a bloody tribute to the Hot Topic shoppers amongst you!


Those more interested in a literary take on the day can read my post on my other blog.


August 26, 2011

Your intrepid Music On a Stick-makers all reside on the East Coast, which apparently has finally been singled out to star in a round of real-life-end-of-days action. First we had the earthquake:

And now we have Irene.

Will we make it? Who knows….Catch you all on the other side!

For “Part 1”, visit my other blog, www.vampdaddy.com .


With the leaves falling, our thoughts here at Music on a Stick turn to things dressed in black — and perhaps wearing white face. Feast your ears on the horror of good music for halloween!

Pulled to Bits – Siouxsie and the Banshees

A little cannibalism to get us started….Yummy.

Heavy in your Arms – Florence + the Machine

Forget for a moment that this song is from the soundtrack of “that movie” about a girl torn between a vampire and some other guy’s chest;  Florence makes me want to wear black more often (if that’s even possible).

Backstabber – Dresden Dolls

Someday I will do my really big Amanda Palmer Post, where I will share with you my inner thoughts on my current muse — at least before Jungalero roles his eyes and hits me. In the meantime — a little white face paint, some painted-on eyebrows, and a drummer from my home state who looks better in a dress than I ever did — and you have The Dresden Dolls, who I am tickled to be seeing this coming week on their 10 Year Bandiversary Reunion Tour. Punk Cabaret is Freedom, Mo-Fos.

(warning – video is NSFW, and yet brilliant)

Love Song for a Vampire – Annie Lennox

I wonder if she’ll re-release this as a bonus track on her upcoming Christmas Album

Bella Lugosi’s Dead – Trent Reznor, Peter Murphy and TV on the Radio

Because men can be goth too…

blurring the boundaries

July 18, 2010

Throughout high school and college I avoided Classic Rock as decidedly as I avoided all athletic activity. So as I got to know a good friend of mine and learned of his self-proclamation as Rush’s biggest fan I had to add that I was the Rush’s biggest non-fan. The same might have been said about Queen, but I actually started to listen to them and found that their music is unbelievably good and they are obviously deserving of their superstar status. It helps that Queen are not really definable by the cliquey labels that endured through the eighties. Their 1991 song and video “I’m Going Slightly Mad” has a somewhat goth-y video – actually, Mercury’s persona for this video seems closer to Beethoven than Robert Smith- which I only recently saw:

It makes one ache when one thinks about Mercury being quite ill when they made the song and video. The song expresses his frustration and coming to terms with the dementia brought on by AIDS. The hints of the macabre laced through the video are quite poignant when considering that he passed away later that year. On a lighter note, however, I’d like to say that the banana hat is really fun and I love his winkle-picker shoes, which have come back in fashion now.