Miss Kittin, the queen of moody electro-tech, picks her favorite goth records.
1. Dead Can Dance
Into the Labyrinth
Timeless. Lisa Gerrard sings in her own language, from her own deep spiritual dimension. She once stopped a concert because someone was smoking a cigarette, and no one said she was behaving like a diva. I like when her partner [Brendan Perry] sings, too; he sounds like the guardian of their own temple. I miss them, but their records survived their breakup. Totally goth.
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
Obvious choice, but let’s face it, it’s the only great song they wrote. It’s unforgettable in one of my favorite movies, The Hunger, with Catherine
Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie. Primal Scream asked me to choose a song to cover during spare time in the studio, and I took this one. Downloading the lyrics, I discovered it was “Undead” and not “I am dead”… I am still shocked about that, being wrong all these years! It was so much fun to jam.
3. Sunn O))) & Boris
I discovered Sunn O))) through the singer’s fiancé, who is a very good friend of mine, and saw them live at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona last year. Two months ago, they did a show in a cave in Paris, where I took a friend who was on painkillers for a dislocated shoulder after saving a girl from being raped... I can tell you, this was a total goth moment, like my head was in a propeller.
My favorite ambient band. They are from Norway and live in the Arctic Circle in Tromsø. They sampled John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned, and the voice of Jean-Louis Etienne, a famous French explorer of the North Pole, talking about his spiritual experience alone on the ice. Always so mind-tripping.
5. Joy Division
The kind of music that still haunts me. I listened to it a lot when I was living in Berlin, driving, when it’s cold and grey–you know, just to make it a little more intense... It works! A voice from outer space, from the grave. I didn’t go and see [Control]. I prefer to keep my own image of Ian Curtis; I am not so interested in his life or how he looked. He is a ghost that doesn’t need to be brought back to life.