Steve Britton's Depressing Halloween Playlist

It turns out that Immortal Chorus, one of Knoxville's most popular bands in the early 1990s, just might have eternal life. Frontman Steve Britton resurrects the goth-rock band for the first time since 2002 for this Halloween-weekend show. Here's what he's been listening to lately to get him in a scary frame of mind.

Swans

White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (Young God Records, 1991)

It's like the soundtrack to [insert the most powerful/emotionally draining film you have ever seen here]. Completely different from their other albums, which I think they classified as "noise rock" (never liked that genre myself). This thing is a masterpiece. Just don't listen to it too much whilst depressed, songs like "Failure" do not tend to cheer one up.

Depeche Mode

Songs of Faith and Devotion Live (Sire, 1993)

I'm not a huge fan of the early-'80s DM stuff (pre-Violator), but some of their later albums really hit home with me. I didn't like the original studio release of this album too much, but they released a live version sometime later that is amazing and powerful (barring the oddly out of place back-up singers). The lyrical content here is really the key for me.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Fever to Tell (Interscope, 2003)

Karen O takes her vocals and lyrics to the very insane edge; Nick Zinner's guitar lines seal the deal. Their other albums rock as well.

Cocteau Twins

Milk and Kisses (Fontana, 1996)

Their last album (or very close to last). Words cannot describe this album. Her voice will make you feel again if you've forgotten how.