need some suggestions for scenes of punk/new wave/goth bands in horror movies

I’m starting an absurd video project and could use some input from those of you who are familiar with horror movies of the 70s and 80s. Not specifically limited to those years I guess, but that seems to be the era that featured the most unintentionally ridiculous bands and songs, and that’s what I’m after.

This might sound torturous, but I’m putting together a compilation/montage of scenes of new wave/punk/goth bands that perform one (or more!) of their songs in a horror movie of that era. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t really have a reason.


The first movie that comes to mind is New Year’s Evil which features several bands. I have a list of others (below), but nothing too notable. The band in Driller Killer is so awful that I might exclude them, although this compilation is gonna be nothing but awful music, so I might reconsider. Horror Hospital is pretty early (imdb says 1973, but it feels like mid/late 60s), but that band in the opening scene is so un-ironically Spinal Tap-y, that I’ll fer sure include that one. Rocky Horror doesn’t count. Sorry. Neither does Phantom of the Paradise. Neither does Aylmer singing his showtune in the sink in Brain Damage (shame, I know).

I’m not looking for videos of songs that were written for some horror movie (a la The Ramones’ Pet Sematery or The Dickies’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space); I’m not looking for horror movies that revolved around a band or a band member (a la Black Roses or Slaughterhouse Rock), unless the band is featured in the movie playing one of their songs. Well-known or nobodies, doesn’t matter. Wasn’t W.A.S.P. in one? Bonus if there’s a dancefloor full of slamming/moshing punk rockers in the scene.


The band in Graduation Day (’81) is exactly what I’m looking for. The movie isn’t about the band (Felony, who a couple years later had a giant radio hit with ‘The Fanatic’), and none of the band members have any screen time outside of performing their song ‘Gangster Rock‘ which they play at some high school dance/roller skating rink. It’s a ridiculous hard rock song and the guys are done up in mascara and studded bracelets and act like they’re playing to 15 thousand people. That song will be in there.

I don’t think songs from non-horror movies will work. I’m going for what people thought at the time was angry, threatening, underground, scary music. The band in The House on Sorority Row gets some screen time (right at the 30 minute mark), but they play some really safe new wave radio rock at some preppy college dance. Still, they’re only on screen for 30 seconds, and they’re so dopey/goofy, I might go ahead and include them.


It doesn’t matter if the song isn’t devoid of dialog. If I can find some way to edit out the dialog and still keep the song intact, I will. But if not, I’ll just leave it unedited. The dialog won’t make much sense because it’ll be totally out of context, but obviously that won’t matter at all. I hope the full compilation will be at least 30 minutes. Would be great of it reaches 60 minutes. If I can track down the info (band name, track title, title of the movie), I’ll even put in titles in the corner like MTV in the old days.

So far, I have these earmarked-


Driller Killer

Graduation Day

Horror Hospital

The House on Sorority Row

New Year’s Evil

Savage Streets

No doubt I’m missing some obvious ones, so please, throw ’em at me. If they’re not available on dvd, hopefully I’ll be able to find a high quality download to use.


[audio] Venetian Snares live in Winnipeg, late 90s

Venetian Snares live at Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg.

OK, so this is another one that I didn’t actually record myself. It’s a stereo board tape from his early days (late 90s or early 2000s I’d estimate, with tracks from Greg Hates Car Culture, Fuck Canada // Fuck America, as well as some early unreleased stuff) that I found lurking in the deepest, darkest corners of the internet (well, YouTube), but I put in a whole bunch of time and work to remaster it and add some crowd sounds to make it sound like a proper live album.

The source material is a mess, and YouTube’s abysmal compression doesn’t help matters. But I pumped some life into it, shined it up and made it a whole lot more presentable. No video on the original YouTube; just a static jpeg of some Satanic looking goat thing.

Track times obviously aren’t official or anything, but I did the best I could. If any of you can figure out the song titles for the ones that eluded me, throw ’em at me.

(video) WMX live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

WMX live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING at Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

WMX usually provides a nice blend of IDM, industrial, breakcore and hard techno, but this night he went all sledgehammer-heavy, 90s style, Ant-Zen / Hands Productions style rhythmic noise. All hardware set, not a laptop to be found.

(audio) Joy Through Noise live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

Joy Through Noise live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

IDM industrial drum and bass noise hybrid.

Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions.

Stereo board mix 

Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience 

Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface 

Presonus Studio One 2 for recording and mixing 

Soundtrack Pro for mastering 

Macbook Pro 

finishing up my first batch of original songs

So I’m finally getting around to finishing up the tracks for my debut release. The stereo mixes of the six tracks are done, and now I’m starting on the surround mixes of those same tracks plus a bonus track for the dvd. Aiming for a summer release, pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp. Surround sound .ac3 files will be pay-what-you-want, and I figure the physical dvd with surround mixes will be 5 bucks or so.

In the meantime, I uploaded one of the tracks to my Soundcloud as a teaser. Complete song, and this one is a bit more uptempo than the others. Generally speaking you’d call it martial industrial, orchestral, soundtracky, electronic, gloomy, dark, uneasy listening.

Imagine if In The Nursery teamed up with (Pax Britannica / Goddodin era) Test Dept. with their entire batterie of junkyard percussionists, and they set out to put together an album of the most apocalyptic doom and gloom industrial songs in the vein of In Slaughter Natives, filtered through all the wonderfully noisy digital signal processors of today.