Alibi V.23 No.7 • Feb 13-19, 2014 

Aural Fixation

Such Stuff As (Sweet) Dreams Are Made On

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As the Bard noted, we are but players, and all the world’s a stage. But what if we are the world—as Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie once wroteand the players and the stage? I almost titled this “Keep Calm and Listen to 4AD,” but that’s inaccurate; some of these bands were on 4AD, but this is really just a frisson-inducing mix largely composed of circa-1980s songs referencing love, lust, loss and yearning. If you’re currently heartbroken, I recommend rocking black eyeliner while listening: It won’t set your (temporarily?) upended world right, but it will make your tears more aesthetically interesting. So queue up our Kohl Heart mix at bit.ly/kohlheart, light some yellow candles in the dark and sulk. Go on, you’ve earned it.

1) This Mortal Coil - “Song To The Siren”

2) Cranes - “Beautiful Friend”

3) Echo & The Bunnymen - “The Killing Moon”

4) The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Just Like Honey”

5) Pixies - “Cactus”

6) The Gun Club - “Jack on Fire”

7) Virgin Prunes - “Pagan Lovesong”

8) The Sisters of Mercy - “Dominion/Mother Russia”

9) Clan of Xymox - “Obsession”

10) Ministry - “Revenge”

11) My Bloody Valentine - “When You Sleep”

12) Marc and the Mambas - “Black Heart”

13) Skeeter Davis - “The End of the World”