This year's Darker Waves Festival will hit Huntington Beach, CA on November 18 featuring tons of New Wave and Dark Wave acts from the 80s, 90s, and beyond -- and we're putting together a quick playlist of covers from favorites in the genre that will help warm your cold heart while making the trip out west.
New Order and Tears For Fears are set to headline the inaugural Darker Waves Festival this year at Huntington Beach City Beach in Huntington Beach, CA on November 18, 2023 also featuring performances from over 30 bands across three stages including The B-52’s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Soft Cell, DEVO, OMD, The Psychedelic Furs, The Cardigans, X, Christian Death, Violent Femmes, The English Beat, She Wants Revenge, Clan Of Xymox, Kavinsky, Cold Cave, and more.
Scroll below to check out some of the genre's best takes on tracks from The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and more.
Dead When I Found Her - "In The Air Tonight" (Phil Collins)
The Sisters Of Mercy - "Gimme Shelter" (The Rolling Stones)
Pretty sure Mick and Keef of The Rolling Stones never thought their 1969 track would resonate with the goth kids. But here we are.
Apoptygma Berserk - "Fade To Black" (Metallica)
The Norwegian futurepop outfit Apoptygma Berserk is known for quite a few cover songs throughout their discography, and this Metallica classic takes the darkness to all new depths.
Frontline Assembly - "New Year's Day" (U2)
This is U2 with a little techno added, and a 90s teen singer for extra flavor. Former Skinny Puppy member Bill Leeb collaborates with... wait what? Tiffany? OK... let it rip!
MINISTRY - "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan)
Following the runaway train sound that the band had become known for on their past few releases (which were markedly different from their first few BTW), MINISTRY began to take another artistic left-turn in 1996 starting with Filth Pig. A stirring cover of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" lands towards the end of the record, showing off the band's deep well of influence, further noted on numerous box sets featuring tons of covers of their favorite tracks.
Revolting Cocks - "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (Rod Stewart)
Another one from Uncle Al and company, this incarnation of Industrial supergroup Revolting Cocks features MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, and the late Bill Rieflin, as well as longtime collaborator Chris Connelly (Finitribe, Pigface, MINISTRY), and co-founder Luc van Acker. Somehow, it feels like they managed to make the track even dirtier than Rod Stewart's original. Maybe it's the band's name.
Bigod 20 - "Like A Prayer" (Madonna)
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