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, 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”