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?)