29 January 2010

The shadow priest playlist

I need your help with a project please.

Do you ever wonder what songs would be on the soundtrack to your life? I'd like to think mine would be full of self-consciously stylish era-defining tracks like Smooth Criminal and Unfinished Sympathy but have a niggling fear it would be full of Steps and Bananarama. Such is my life.

Anyway, I was daydreaming to the Jason Bourne soundtracks the other day (they make me feel like an invincible secret agent, EVERYONE should try them after a shitty day at work), when I wondered what Merlot's soundtrack would be — or indeed, any shadow priest's.

So I'm on a mission to find the best songs for face melters. Now I know music is very subjective — I am very much a child of the 80s, if you haven't already guessed it, with a strong affinity for electronica, pop, and anything with a strong rhythm. I toyed briefly with rock and metal but it was all just too exhausting. So none of that 'virgin's entrails' stuff for Merlot. Otherwise, anything goes.

Not surprisingly, there aren't that many songs out there about holy people who reject their faith to channel dark magics in pursuit of perfection, but there are lots of songs that evoke an appropriate mode, talk about facets of shadow lore and style, or else just make great tunes to destroy the minds of monsters to. The connection doesn't have to be obvious, but it does need to be there.

Some of my (rather long) shortlist currently include:
  • True Faith — New Order
  • The Double Life — Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Brain Damage/Eclipse — Pink Floyd
  • Losing my Religion — REM (too obvious?)
  • Rehab — Amy Winehouse
  • Crucify — Army of Lovers
  • Sympathy for the Devil — Rolling Stones
  • Comfortably Numb — Scissor Sisters
  • It's a Sin — Pet Shop Boys
  • Black Hole Sun — Soundgarden
  • Condemnation — Depeche Mode
  • Constant Craving — KD Lang
  • Shadows and Light — Joni Mitchell
  • Bad Moon Rising — Creedence Clearwater Revival (too druidy?)
If you don't like pop this is probably painful to even contemplate, let along listen to, so my apologies if I've offended anyone :) But it's totally a work in progress. You can make a case for dropping any one of these tracks, and suggest a suitable replacement. Over to you please, what should be on my shadow priest playlist?


Anonymous said...

Probably more for our Holy or Disc friends:

Cast No Shadow - Oasis


Payce said...

Clearly, you'd aim for Throwdown's breackdown classic "Discipline" :)

mjollie said...

Back in Black - AC/DC
Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Let the Good Times Roll - Cars
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting
Devil Inside - INXS
Lay Your Hands On Me - Thompson Twins
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Shock the Monkey - Peter Gabriel
So What - Pink
Keep on Rocking Me - Steve Miller Band
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Whip It - Devo

Aloix said...

Bauhaus - Dark Entries

Also, the list must have some NiN, Skinny Puppy, and Ministry. Not sure which specific tracks yet /goes listening

Travon said...

Tool - Vicarious

Some don't like Tool's style of music (or rock for that matter) but I always thought the lyrics screamed shadow priest.

Ken said...

Merlot, have you been raiding my iPod? I mean REM and Floyd are one thing, but Army Of Lovers and Scissor Sisters aren't your average fare, yet I own and love both.

I'll have to put some time into thinking about what else might be appropriate as a face melting soundtrack, but if this is your taste, you NEED the Polyphonic Spree when you're not pewpewing.

Anonymous said...

The priest - Limb bizkit

nuff said.


Daxenos said...

Duel of the Fates - Star Wars Episode One Soundtrack, just replace Darth Maul with a shadow priest.

/wicked grin

Anonymous said...

dral where u been?
Jo x

Anonymous said...

Angel of death - Slayer
Body Hammer-Fear Factory
Here We Go - Ministry
Black death - Wumpscut
Fearless - VNV Nation
From The Storm Of Shadows - Covenant
Aggresiva - Front 242
Hell on earth - Hocico