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DAMIEN - Original Character Playlist

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For a long time, I wasn't even sure Damien would have a playlist. For the first half of the podcast, he is shrouded in mystery. He was a mystery even to me - I discovered Damien slowly, in pieces. Creating a playlist for him seemed too personal - too intimate - at first. And then I heard the cover of "One Way Or Another" and couldn't resist. The cover is classic Damien: knowingly but genuinely creepy, hollow and yet full of unidentified emotion. As a result, this mix began as a largely aesthetic one - about building a sense of dread in song. 

1. "Hello" - Via Audio

  • This song is cool and calm and just a little bit dark and therefore how I think Damien would want to be introduced.

2. "Back to Black" - Beyonce + Andre 3000

  • There is something menacing about this cover (the original by Amy Winehouse) and the way that Beyonce sings is incredibly seductive. Seductive but just a little off-putting.

  • NOTE: This song is not on Spotify - I recommend building your own playlist in your music app of choice!

3. "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" - James Brown

  • While gender plays a small role in some of these playlists (mostly the split of female vs. male artists on some mixes) Damien's is the only one that is overtly gender specific. This wasn't exactly intentional - I picked songs about control and power and it just so happened that many of those songs deal directly with power dynamics between men and women.

4. "Daddy" - Emeli Sandé ft. Naughty Boy

  • This is another one of those gender-specific songs: the classic story of the woman not being able to resist the seductive bad boy. Damien is not this boy, but he certainly aspires to be.

  • I first heard this song in the summer of 2012 when I finally watched the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know, I know, but for some reason I devoured the rest of Whedon's catalogue first and ended with Buffy). It quickly became a song that I associated with Spike and Buffy. And while Damien certainly has no Buffy, as a character, he is heavily influenced by Spike.

5. "Feed the Hunger" - Peter Cincotti

  • the more you talk/the less I hear

  • This song, like much of Peter Cincotti's catalogue, has an old-school swagger to it. The lyrics are overly confident, demanding, and unapologetic.

  • NOTE: This song is not on Spotify - I recommend building your own playlist in your music app of choice!

6. "Leigh" - Nathan Angelo

  • misery loves company/misery wants a family

  • When I first chose this song, I was attracted to its message of control - of this person who comes into your life and sucks everything out of it. While that still applies, I'm now fixated on the above lyrics - of that slight twist of a well known saying.

7. "Blue Jay Way" - The Beatles

  • This is the only Beatles' song that genuinely frightens me. I don't know why, but it seriously gets under my skin. That's all.

8. "One Way or Another" - Until The Ribbon Breaks*

  • I don't know what to say about this song because, to me, it just fits so perfectly with Damien that it needs no explanation.

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