Post-Punk October: A Playlist

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A genre ominously glorified in the equally Halloween-suitable classic, Donnie Darko, post-punk stays one of rock’s prime and most low-profile, goth-dipped sub-categories. Post-’90s and endangerment by rock and pop’s upstaging, its only real modern revitalization occurs through nostalgic 8tracks playlists, a handful of hardly passable ‘post-punk revival’ bands (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), and classically-versed indie films (i.e. Donnie Darko). So, fittingly, here’s a 10-track playlist to usher in Halloween [and the lost genre’s relevance] with spine-chilling synths, pummeling percussion, and ultra-weird lyrics…

1) “Twenty Four Hours”-Joy Division, Closer (1980)

2) “A Strange Day”-The Cure, Pornography (1982)

3) “As High As You Can Go”-The Chameleons, Script of the Bridge (1983)

4) “Messidor”-The Durutti Column, LC (1981)

5) “A Forest”-The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980)

6) “Passion of Lovers”-Bauhaus, Mask (1981)

7) “A Passage in Time”-Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance (1984)

8) “The Killing Moon”-Echo & The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain (1984)

9) “Transmission”-Joy Division, Novelty (1979)

10) “Void”-The Raincoats, The Raincoats (1980)

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