Back from the Dead: Vampire Bites goth mix!

I made this mix of goth favorites for this bar near my house, Snacky, 12 13 years ago (!) and it still gets played there around this time (and at other bars, actually). I posted it on this blog six years ago and figured I’d repost again. It really is pretty good, hard to go wrong with a bunch of stone-cold classics. Perfect for your Halloween party or any time of the year really.


You can stream it now too:

Vampires Bites: Essential Goth by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
2. Clan of Xymox – Muscovite Mosquito
3. Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
4. The Birthday Party – Release the Bats
5. Death Cult – God’s Zoo
6. The Damned – Wait for the Blackout
7. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Spellbound
8. The March Violets – Snake Dance
9. The Bolshoi – Away
10. Echo & the Bunnymen – Pictures on My Wall
11. The Cramps – Human Fly
12. The Cure – The Hanging Garden
13. Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
14. Lords of the New Church – Dance With Me
15. Southern Death Cult – Fat Man
16. Joy Division – Heart and Soul
17. Tones on Tails – Christian Says
18. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Temptation
19. Sex Gang Children – Beasts

Keeping You in the Dark

Halloween is Monday so it’s time for a new mix from me. Goth has really made a comeback, thanks to labels like Sacred Bones, Captured Tracks and Wierd and there’s good “dark” music being made now, unlike a while back wehre it seemed that there was just a bunch of schlocky stuff being released on Cleopatra.For this year’s mix, I decided to do a little old a little new. It all fits together pretty seamlessly. Some of it (Led Er Est for example) sounds genuinely vintage. I know there’s a bunch of “spooky” music out there these days and I like some of it, but this is more my thing.

Cover art was done by Joe Jurewicz who used to front Dirty on Purpose and now plays in Neckbeard Telecaster when not making gig posters or doing animation on Superjail. Download, enjoy, goth out!



  1. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
  2. Blouse – Time Travel
  3. Bauhaus – Dark Entries
  4. The Soft Moon – Total Decay
  5. The Chameleons – Soul in Isolation
  6. ZAZA – Ruin
  7. Led Er Est – Lonesome XOXO
  8. Ministry – Every Day is Halloween
  9. Staccato du Mal – Desespero
  10. Clan of Xymox – Louise
  11. The Danse Society – Somewhere
  12. Cold Cave – Catacombs
  13. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Walking on Your Hands
  14. Chelsea Wolfe – Demons
  15. Xmal Deutschland – Polarlicht
  16. The Sisters of Mercy – Dominion / Mother Russia
  17. O. Children – Ruins
  18. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Arabian Knights
  19. TRUST – Bulbform
  20. Skeletal Family – Promised Land
  21. The Damned – Twisted Nerve
  22. Plastic Flowers – Drive Me Home

And I re-upped my Vampire Bites mix from a couple years ago for those who still need the ultimate goth hits.

No Matter What You Call it, Goth is Goth

 I got in an discussion/argument with someone during last week’s CMJ festival about recent Matador signees Cold Cave when I called them goth. “They’re not goth,” said a friend of mine to which I replied “Have you seen pictures of them? Have you heard them? They’re goth.” She replied, “Well, they’re like ‘indie goth.'” 

The distinction isn’t missed on me. These days, to just be called “goth” is to damn your band to Cleopatra records, the label that for most of the ’90s and early ’00s was the only safe harbor for folks who cited Fields of the Nephilim and Sisters of Mercy as major influences. Not that there’s anything wrong with Sisters of Mercy at all, but the bands that clung to goth after its heyday were just shadows. And all the subculture hoo ha that goes along with being goth these days.

But ever since Interpol made melodramatic singing and wearing a holster onstage commercially viable again, bands have sought out the darker sides of postpunk as an influence while courting the cool kids. A lot of it is pretty good too. The difference is, I think, if you’re looking to Bauhaus and Siouxsie (or P.I.L.) for inspiration, you’re going to end up a much better band than those who say “I want to sound like The Bolshoi and Mission UK.”

I know there are other terms going around for all this. “Darkwave” to me is just as dumb-sounding as goth, so
 I still am just gonna use “goth.” Or how about “kinda goth”? All these bands on this mix have some gothy elements to them: some are kinda goth (Violens, Crystal Stilts) and others are pretty much full-on goth (Cold Cave, Horrors and their little brother S.C.U.M.) but it’s all pretty good. And it’s nice to mix up the tunes on Halloween ’cause you can only listen to “This Corrosion” so many times.


VampirebitesII_web 1. Crystal Stilts – The Dazzled
2. S.C.U.M. – Visions Arise
3. Witch Hats – Hell Hole
4. Violens – Trance-Like Turn
5. TV Ghost – Cold Fish
6. Crocodiles – Soft Skull
7. Cold Cave – The Laurels of Erotomania
8. Fever Ray – Triangle Walks
9. Blank Dogs – Setting Fire to Your House
10. O.Children – Dead Disco Dancer
11. Zaza – Sooner or Later
12. The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
13. A Place to Bury Strangers – In Your Heart
14. Blacklist – Shock in the Hotel Falcon
15. The Mary Onettes – Void
16. Dum Dum Girls – Hey Sis
17. Duchess Says – A Century Old

Speaking of Sisters of Mercy, I thought I’d do another “classic goth” mix as well, as I do really love this stuff a lot. “This Corrosion” rivals “Bela Lagosi’s Dead” for Ultimate Goth Song, and I am a bit conflicted about using the four-minute single edit here, but when your opening track is 10 minutes long, it means you have to cut other things. Where the first Vampire Bites mix from last year was All Hits, I delved a little deeper into the fringes (Virgin Prunes, Fad Gadget), included songs from bands who were never fully considered goth but definitely leaned that way at times (The Fall, Wire, The Wolfgang Press, P.I.L.), and even allowed myself to admit that maybe, just maybe, I liked one song each by Gene Loves Jezebel and Fields of the Nephilim.



1. Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion
2. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Cities and Dust
3. Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
4. Xymox – Obsession
5. The Wolfgang Press – The Holey Man
6. Echo & the Bunnymen – Zimbo
7. Public Image Limited – Careering
8. Wire – Ambitious
9. Bauhaus – She’s in Parties
10. Fad Gadget – Back to Nature
11. The Fall – Riddler!
12. Fields of the Nephilim – Preacher Man
13. The Bolshoi – Happy Boy
14. Gene Loves Jezebel – Bruises
15. Killing Joke – Eighties
16. Virgin Prunes – Baby Turns Blue
17. Joy Division – Dead Souls
18. The Cure – A Forrest   

And after many requests for it, I re-upped the first Vampire Bites goth mix — an essential for any good Halloween party if I do say so myself. Like always, the songs segue together… so no shuffling or face eternal damnation. 

Goth Tuesdays, or; Boys Becoming Men, Men Becoming Wolves


I have a confession. I was fairly into goth music in the late-’80s. I mean a lot of it (Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, the various Bauhaus offshoots) was genuinely popular, but I also own records by Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry, Xymox, the Bolshoi and others. And I still like them!

Vampire Bites by Sound Bites, get it? Yeah, it's weak. As we’re experiencing a bit of a goth resurgence these days (Gang Gang Dance, Crystal Stilts, Shearwater) and ’tis the season to be spooky, I thought I’d post this Classic Goth mix that I made for my local hang, Snacky, back in 2003. This is a not an obscurity-filled mix; we’re talking Nothing But the Hits. You might question the inclusion of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen (maybe not Goth goth, but definitely within that world); and the abscence of, say, Fields of the Nephilim and the Mission (I don’t like them); as well as wondering where Ministry’s “(Every Day is) Halloween” (good question), but i think this will probably go over pretty well at any Halloween party. Like all my mixes, the songs segue together so no shuffle!


Here’s the tracklist:

1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
2. Clan of Xymox – Muscovite Mosquito
3. Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
4. The Birthday Party – Release the Bats
5. Death Cult – God’s Zoo
6. The Damned – Wait for the Blackout
7. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Spellbound
8. The March Violets – Snake Dance
9. The Bolshoi – Away
10. Echo & the Bunnymen – Pictures on My Wall
11. The Cramps – Human Fly
12. The Cure – The Hanging Garden
13. Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
14. Lords of the New Church – Dance With Me
15. Southern Death Cult – Fat Man
16. Joy Division – Heart and Soul
17. Tones on Tails – Christian Says
18. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Temptation
19. Sex Gang Children – Beasts

And though this song didn’t exist when this mix was originally made, I’ve got to include this new Halloween classic:

MP3Tracy Jordan – Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

And for more Halloween fun, dont’ miss Heart on a Stick’s annual collection of terrifiying tunes.


Some Halloween fun. First a clip from my favorite kids special (better than Great Pumpkin!), Mad Monster Party:

Animated Phyllis Diller isn’t quite as scary as the real thing.

And some appropriate songs, bookended by the almighty Fall, and probably none of your typical choices (apart from The Cramps and maybe The Damned) but all worthy additions to your boo-tiful music library…

MP3: The Fall – I’m a Mummy

MP3: Oranger – Wolfy

MP3: The Jazz Butcher – JBC vs. Count Dracula

MP3: The Fleshtones – Screaming Skull

MP3: The Cramps – Goo Goo Muck

MP3: The Damned – Thanks for the Night

MP3: The Fall – There’s a Ghost in My House

Heart on a Stick has a spooky, scary mix as well. Download if you dare!