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Goth and loving it

Today is Friday the 13th and tomorrow is Valentine's Day, a unique combination of horror and love. In my heart, I am Goth and till I get to wear my gothness on my sleeve, writes Luke Kenny.

music Updated: Feb 13, 2009 15:57 IST
If I may say so | Luke Kenny
If I may say so | Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times

Today is Friday the 13th and tomorrow is Valentine’s day, a unique combination of horror and love. Well, it’s quite exciting to me, because I absolutely adore the concept of undying love, love that goes on beyond the grave. Which is why one of my all time favorite stories is Bram Stokers’ Dracula (1982), it’s the ultimate love story. Really.

In recent times, another love story has taken the world by storm. Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series. It’s about a girl who falls in love with a vampire. The film is a huge success and so is the soundtrack. One of my recent favorites, it has tracks by bands like Muse, Paramore, Mute Math and the Black Ghosts. The music taps into the teen goth scene which is a part of the larger Goth movement which has yet to be comprehended on Indian shores.

Horror and love
In my heart, I am Goth and till I get to wear my gothness on my sleeve, allow me to present a selection of Gothic love songs which I hope will raise the undead in you and your love. My Immortal (Evanescence) –– One of the most popular goth bands. This song from their Fallen (2003) album is one of the most haunting I’ve ever heard.

Hurt (Nine Inch Nails/Johnny Cash) –– This ‘95/’03 song is one of my all time favorites and a testament to the power of interpretation. I get goosebumps just talking about it.

Love will tear us apart (Joy Division) –– An alarmingly haunting pop song which is an ode to lost and unrequited love. The short lived talent of lead singer Ian Curtis is well explored in the film, Control(1980). Please see it.

Dead Memories (Slipknot) –– The ‘melodic’ song on their All hope is gone(2008) album. Quite a departure from what we know them for. But an undead love song nevertheless.

Love song for a Vampire (Annie Lennox) –– From one of my favorite films, (my favorite story, remember?) comes this haunting voice of Annie Lennox saying, ‘Come into my arms again..’ Who wouldn’t!

I’m not in love (10CC) –– Not gothic in genre but pretty dark in emotion and feeling, you must admit. Perfect to listen to just before dawn.

Dear Prudence (Siouxie & The Banshees) –– Their ‘83 version of the Beatles song is on another leve. One of their biggest hits, it’s a perfect song to get your love to surrender to the beyond.

Every Breath You Take (The Police) –– Most people overlook the dark and twisted nature of the ‘83 song, about an intense lover who gets no respite and is constantly stalking his/her love, almost like a disembodied soul. Superb.

And with that, my gothic friends, we move on beyond another collection of words from my mind, have a lucky Friday the 13th and an undyingly lovable Valentine’s Day.. if I may say so.

First Published: Feb 13, 2009 15:48 IST