Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-3-2014

May 3, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to TheBarron’s post-10pm help:

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Boomtown Rats – Joey’s On The Street Again

Beautiful Spies – Taunt Me
Boys Brigade – Melody
Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Buggles – Living In The Plastic Age
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Cliks – Dirty King
Conjure One – Tears From The Moon
Cure – Lullaby (Extended Remix)
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Darkroom – San Paku
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)
DJ Champion – No Heaven
Echo & The Bunnymen – Silver
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (Shapeshifters Vocal Remix)
Fryars – Visitors
Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In A Uniform
Gary Numan – Cars (‘E’ Reg Extended Model)
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come And Get It)
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune)
Japan – Rhodesia
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Marcus Kihn feat. Kurt McIntosh – Straight Lines
M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume
Meat Puppets – Backwater
Moby feat. Patti Labelle – One Of These Mornings
Muse – Uprising (King Cornelius mix)
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt II
New Order – Blue Monday
Oingo Boingo – You Really Got Me
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes ’98
Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
Project Pitchfork – Orange Moon
Rammstein – Los
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus (Burn In The Shadows) (extended remix)
Roger Waters – Radio Waves
Royal Canoe – Birthday
Scissor Sisters – Filthy/Gorgeous
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Middle Finger
Smash Mouth – Walking On The Sun
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
Tegan & Sara – Closer (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)
Thomas D’Arcy – The Price You Pay
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Vis-A-Vis – Shadowplay
Xprime – My Fair Lady

Marsbar Playlist ~ 4-19-2014

April 19, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to much-appreciated help from TheBarron:

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Arcade Fire – Normal Person
Blue Peter – Chinese Graffiti
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Clash – Train In Vain (Stand By Me)
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
Conjure one – Tears From The Moon
Cure – A Forest (Original 12″)
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
David Bowie – Sunday (Moby Remix)
David Gahan – Dirty Sticky Floors (Lexicon Avenue Vocal Remix)
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Diodes – Catwalker
Eight Seconds – Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous)
Elephant Stone – Looking Thru Baby Blue
Farm – Very Emotional
Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In A Uniform
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come And Get It 12″ Remix)
Gentlemen Husbands – Wandering Eye
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Iggy Pop – Sister Midnight
KLF feat. Tammy Wynette – Stand By The Jams (12″ Justified And Ancient)
Love Spit Love – How Soon Is Now
Midge Ure & Mick Karn – After A Fashion
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Motors – Love & Loneliness
Pink Floyd – Wot’s…Uh The Deal
Populars – Smart Bomb
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
Project Pitchfork – I Live Your Dream (Gary Numan Remix)
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rheostatics – Who Is This Man And Why Is He Laughing
Rough Trade – Shaking The Foundations
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Stuart Price Remix)
Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
Sisters Of Mercy – Some Kind Of Stranger
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Zombie
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
Ultravox – Love’s Great Adventure
Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll
Visage – Fade To Grey
Yello – Lost Again

Marsbar Playlist ~ 2-23-2014

February 23, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global.

The complete list thanks to late night help from JerusalemSlim:

69 Eyes – Beneath The Blue
Al Stewart – Roads To Moscow
Animotion – Obsession (extended remix)
Band (with The Staples) – The Weight
Barney Bentall – The Outskirts Of Buffalo
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South
Blood Sweat and Tears – I Can’t Quit Her
Broken Bells – Holding On For life
Cake – Never There
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
Champion – My Black Saab (fragment)
Champion Heartache – This Opportunity
Cody Gamracy – Feeling The Same Way
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Cure – Lullaby (extended remix)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Econoline Crush – All That You Are
Elliott Murphy – Anastasia
Elton John & Leon Russell – In The Hands Of Angels
Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives
Eric Charles – In For The Ride
Firesign Theatre – The Further Adventures Of Nick Danger (excerpt)
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Gotye – State Of The Art
Hedwig & The Angry Inch – The Origin Of Love
Howard Devoto – Rainy Season
Icehouse – Hey Little Girl
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
Imaginary Cities – Calm Before The Storm
Jake Bugg – A Song About Love
Janis Joplin – Kozmic Blues
Japan – I Second That Emotion
Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast – ??
Jay Malinowsky & The Deadcoast – Donzuko Blues (April’s Fool)
Jeff Beck Group – Blues Deluxe
Joe Jackson – Real Men
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
Lucas Silveira – I’m Your Man
Nick Lowe – Cracking Up
Nursery – Domino
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
Playing For Change – Stand By Me
Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One
Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost In You
Robert Hazard – Escalator Of Life
Rocky Horror Picture Show – The Time Warp
Sisters Of Mercy – Gimme Shelter
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Montreal
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Understand
Steven Page – Queen Of America
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Toni Childs – The Dead Are Dancing
Vampire Weekend – Hudson
Van Morrison – Madame George
Willy DeVille – The Moonight Let Me Down
XTC – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
Zombies – Time Of The Season

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Sisters Of Mercy


[Author’s edit: I see that the greedy suits at Warner Music Group are sticking it to the people that pay their elaborate salaries – they have taken down the “This Corrosion” video from YouTube. Someday the music companies will realize what a mistake they made when they no longer benefit from the free advertising that fan videos give them. Feh!]

As many of you know, I missed out on a lot of vital 80’s Post-punk and New Wave because during that time, life very much got in the way. It was more than a decade later, with the encouragement of several 80’s-philes, that I became totally enthralled and immersed in the best music that the 80’s had to offer.

The first time I recall hearing Sisters of Mercy was a few years ago. At that time, I was driving down US Highway One in Ft. Lauderdale, listening to Sirius-22 First Wave. This song came on that jolted me like an electric shock. Of course, no one back-announced the band/song name, and knowing that they probably wouldn’t, I had found a slip of paper and a pen in my purse and was madly scribbling lyrics as I drove. Later that evening, I Googled the lyrics, looked the results up on YouTube, and thus began my late-in-life love affair with Goth rock. The song was “This Corrosion,” and the band was Sisters of Mercy.SOM_b

Sisters of Mercy began life in 1980 in Leeds, UK with Andrew Eldritch (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Gary Marx (guitars), and Doktor Avalanche drum machine. The band went through many line-ups, break-ups and assorted other drama throughout the decade. At one point, American bassist Patricia Morrison joined the group and added a strong visually appealing component to the band’s gothic theme with her sultry Mistress of the Dark, vampiric beauty. The band’s history reads like a soap opera and the details can be found here.

I confess that much like Barry Andrew’s (Shriekback) deep, throaty singing, Andrew Eldritch’s baritone sends tingles down my spine. It is not overdone. In fact, my biggest complaint with groups such as Type O Negative and 69 Eyes is that the deep lead voices are so overplayed that they become obvious caricatures, rather than plausible and vital parts of the music.

The bottom line is, Goth rock gained a strong foothold alongside the New Wave and Post-punk scenes of the 80’s. Fueled by early Post-punk talent such as Bauhaus, The Cure, and Sisters of Mercy, the genre grew its followers and enjoys great popularity even today. Sisters of Mercy was an important part of this cycle of birth and evolution, and remains a top influence for current Goth bands.

The following videos will give you a sense of the music, but try to keep an open mind. Forget the Michael Jackson-esque shades and the legions of undead. Forget the campy costumes and the very 80’s hair. Close your eyes, if need be, and just soak in the energy of pure, cutting edge Goth. Back then, no one did it better.

Lucretia, My Reflection” via YouTube user rhubarbcream:

“This Corrosion” via YouTube user MilenaSartoratti:

More” via Youtube user rhubarbcream:

 “Dominion” via YouTube user MilenaSartoratti:

Purchase Sisters of Mercy music here.


SOM1First and Last and Always (1985)


SOM2Floodland (1987)


SOM3Vision Thing (1990)