Here are many of the songs I listened to while writing The Druggist. Dark, creepy, foreboding vibes.
Click each artist to see my track listings and notes.
"Pleasant Smell (Rethought by Clint Mansell & Keith Hillebrandt)"
16 Volt's debut album, and probably my favorite.
"Head of Stone"
This song was my introduction to 16 Volt. I heard it on a local music show on KNRK back in high school when I was living in Portland, and ran out and bought the album.
"Filthy Love of Fire"
"Dreams of Light"
"Downtime (Part One)"
This is my favorite track on the album!
"Army of Me"
The Crystal Method
The first three tracks on this DJ mix by The Crystal Method are outstanding.
ILS "No Soul (PMT Remix)"
A surprisingly downtempo and ominous way to open a rather mainstream album.
Evil Nine "Cake Hole"
The mix picks up momentum with this second track. I love the sample: "Every facet, every department of your mind is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you." Very true, and very Tony Robbins. (In fact, it's from Buddhist practitioner Jack Kornfield.) But it somehow sounds ominous when distorted and set to this music.
Stir Fry "Breakin On The Streets (False Prophet Remix)"
Daaaamn! Now we are in another dimension!
Dark, lush, progressive house vibes from Greece.
"Estrange (Breaks Version)"
This is my second favorite version of "Estrange" — but it's hard to pick just one with this song, cause both versions are so good.
"Estrange (Original Version)"
This is the first (and best) version of "Estrange" that I heard, and my introduction to Dousk. It was on Hernan Cattaneo's DJ mix compilation, Renaissance: The Master Series, Volume 2, and from there I tracked down a lot more of his works.
Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails?? A very different take on a very dark song.
"When The Wheels Fall Off"
This album was my official introduction to Massive Attack, and I bought it after hearing the song "Teardrop" in the music store. Sure, I had heard a few tracks of theirs here and there prior to this, but Mezzanine took their game to a whole new level, and I still think it's their best album to this day (out of a catalog of very, very good albums). They're now one of my longtime favorite bands.
You've probably all heard this song. It was used in a million movies and movie trailers. But even if it's familiar, it's still a great, dark, lying-in-wait song that fits The Druggist perfectly.
More dark greatness from Massive Attack. I once had this track playing in the car while my dad was sleeping, and he later told me it sounded like nightmares. I agree. Which is why I love it.
"Man Next Door"
Super creepy lyrics and music. For years, I had no idea this was a cover of a reggae song. The original sounds a lot more lighthearted.
This track didn't stand out to me originally — until the climax kicked in. Plus I love the lyrics, "I train myself in martial arts, as advertised. I reinforce my softened parts."
"Small Time Shot Away"
This is the mindblowing track on the album.
"Euro Zero Zero"
Part lullaby, part nightmare. One of Massive Attack's greatest b–sides ever — a reworking of a track ("Euro Child") they did back when Tricky was in the band. "I walk in a bar. Immediately, I sense danger. You look at me, girl, as if I was a total stranger."
"I Against I (feat. Mos Def)"
A seriously ominous song. Makes me nervous. And perfect lyrics given what Eric is up to in The Druggist.
The Matrix Reloaded [Soundtrack]
Team Sleep "The Passportal"
Team Sleep features Chino Moreno of Deftones on vocals — although this happens to be an instrumental track. And an unsettling one at that.
Mortal Kombat [Soundtrack]
This movie had a surprisingly kick–ass soundtrack.
Psykosonik"Unlearn (Josh Wink's Live Mix)"
I don't know why, but this song has always made me picture jack–o'–lanterns flickering eerily in the Halloween dusk. Perfect for a Halloween short story like The Druggist.
Nine Inch Nails
"A Warm Place"
An eerie organ track . . .
. . . followed by this monster.
Joy Division cover. Originally appeared on The Crow [Soundtrack]. Such great lyrics. You don't usually hear rock songs talk about being contacted by dead conquistadors.
More dark, lush, progressive house sounds, this time from Brussels.