Remember that gothic rock band from the ’80s, who lost their talent in the ’90s, and believe it or not are still cranking out the latter-day tripe? Well, I’m sticking with the golden oldies. Here are their ten best songs from the early days, ranked in descending order.
1. Beyond the Pale
. 1988. Beyond censure. The band’s best song.
2. Garden of Delight (Hereafter Version)
. 1986. This haunting version completely buries the original.
. 1986. The band’s most emblematic song, and the one that got me hooked.
4. Dance on Glass
. 1986. Gothic to the core, evoking brutal fairy tales.
5. Tower of Strength
. 1988. The band’s most popular and compulsive song.
6. Grapes of Wrath
. 1990. It sounds like a national anthem, and damn if it still doesn’t give me chills.
. 1986. “Toss and turn on a cross to burn.” I played this so much in college it was ridiculous.
. 1986. A gift from the gods.
9. Kingdom Come
. 1988. A catchy, thundering ode to eschatology.
10. Hands Across the Ocean (Palmer Version)
. 1990. A real earworm, and better than the grating popular version.