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No Songs Tomorrow – 60 track 4CD Boxset chronicling Darkwave

Cherry Red Records have just released a 4-disc 60 track box set documenting what has popularly become known as Darkwave. In old money that’s what most people would have termed Goth, including as it does artists such as The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Cranes, Danse Society and Xmal Deutschland.

There are some of those big names included on this collection, but the interest lies much more in the more obscure tracks. Pretty much all of the tracks featured were released in the mid to late 80s, in fact the youngest cut featured is a mere baby at 26 years old in Tones On Tail’s 7″ mix of Performance, from 1998.

So this is not a collection designed to bring you up to date with the current scene, more one to trace the development and history. With any sprawling body of work like this, there will always be some stand out tracks you’ve never heard before, and some that just don’t float your boat. It’s a veritable electro-goth pix n’ mix. Of course there are the identikit flanged sub-Cure bass lines, bright synths and perfunctory drum machines littered throughout as is befitting of the time, but the rewards are there to be had though as you uncover some real nuggets. Stand out tracks include Invisible LimitsDemand For Supply, Black Tape For A Blue Girl Within These Walls, PsycheThe Crawler and Requiem In WhiteA Prodigal Son.

With over 4 hours of music you’re bound to find something new to you.

Of course there are notable absences, no Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus, or The Mission, but it’s good to see Soft Cell included. Plenty of torch songs and Teutonic coldness on display too. Special mention must go to Rise And Fall Of A Decade’s “Nothing To Say, Easy To Answer”, which sounds like Morrissey if he’d discovered black eyeliner and self harm rather than finding Sandie Shaw and Johnny Marr.

The collection comes with a beautifully detailed 28 page booklet full of pictures and sleeve notes from each release.

DISC ONE

1 The Cure – The Funeral Party

2  Babel 17 – Come Into Hell and Murder Hate

3  Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Within These Walls (2023 Stereo Mix)

4  Days Of Sorrow – Wild World

5  Cocteau Twins – Blood Bitch

6  Lars Falk – See My Friend Fall

7  Rise And Fall Of A Decade – Nothing To Say, Easy To Answer

8  Dead Can Dance – Avatar

9  Executive Slacks – Say It Isn’t So

10  In The Nursery – Lost Prayer

11  Psyche – The Crawler

12  Kas Product – Tina Town

13  Eleven Pond – Tear And Cinnamon

14  Requiem In White – A Prodigal Son

DISC TWO

1  U.V. Pøp – No Songs Tomorrow (Album Version)

2  Soft Cell – Heat

3  Lowlife – From Side To Side

4  Parade Ground – Moans

5  Cranes – Focus Breathe

6  Lycia – From Foam

7  Sad Lovers And Giants – Return To Clocktower Lodge

8  Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop

9  Fra Lippo Lippi – Now and Forever

10  The Essence – Only For You

11  Mittageisen – Automaten (Radio Edit)

12  Beautiful Pea Green Boat – The Screw

13  Autumnfair – Novy Mir

14  Minimal Compact – My Will

15  Cuddly Toys – Pierrot Lunaire (Malice Pt 2)

DISC THREE

1  Clan Of Xymox – Louise (7” Version)

2  Iron Curtain – The Condos

3  Neon – Dark Age (12” Mix)

4  Die Form – Poupée Mécanique

5  Kirlian Camera – Blue Room

6  Danse Society – Danse/Move

7  SS-Say – Care

8  For Against – Amen Yves

9  Heavenly Bodies – Rains On Me

10  Invisible Limits – Demand For Supply

11  Xmal Deutschland – Sickle Moon

12  Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Hand On Heart

13  Little Nemo – City Lights (Long Way)

14  Royal Family & The Poor – Discipline

15  Bushido – High Rise

16  Mankind’s Audio Development – Craving

DISC FOUR

1 Attrition – The Last Refuge

2 Two – Picture Frame

3  Soul – Love

4 Alien Sex Fiend – In And Out Of My Mind

5  Museum Of Devotion – Gauge Field

6  Malaria! – You You

7  No More – Suicide Commando

8 Twice A Man – Decay

9  Collection d’Arnell-Andréa – A L’Aurore Assassine

10  The Vyllies – Give Me A Name

11  Bel Canto – Dewy Fields

12  The Arms of Someone New – Every Seventh Wave

13  Single Gun Theory – Exorcise This Wasteland

14  Tones On Tail – Performance (7” Version)

15  Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook – Clouds

No Songs Tomorrow is available now here from Cherry Red Records.

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Andi Callen (Contributing Editor)

Original punk. Done everything there is to do in music, except run a record label! Addicted to noise and taking photographs of live music. Based on NW England, I've previously contributed to Louder Than War, MancAndi, The Punk Site, and Backseat Mafia, where I was Punk/Post Punk & Live Editor. Part of the original review team when Rocksound Magazine first started.
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