I really tried to get this up by Halloween, but it took quite a bit of work, i.e. rummaging through old VHS tapes, then some encoding, blah blah. So just pretend itâ€™s 24 hours ago for maximum effectâ€¦
For a few years on the early-to-mid â€˜80s, each Halloween evening would see MTV break their normal playlist format to spotlight â€œspookyâ€, â€œscaryâ€ or â€œcreepyâ€ videos. This would be just about the only time of the year youâ€™d see Blue Oyster Cultâ€™s â€œGodzillaâ€ (why youâ€™d want to is beyond me) or Edgar Winter Jr.â€™s â€œFrankenstein 1984â€ (seriously).
While Iâ€™m not much of a horror fan, I would make it a point to try to record or see some of this marathon each year because I knew they would play one video Iâ€™d never get to see otherwise â€“ â€œSomething Inside Me Has Diedâ€ by an L.A.-based goth band called Kommunity FK.
Kommunity FK was basically vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mata, drummer Matt Chaikin and a revolving door of support musicians who tended not to stick around very long. Their 1983 debut album â€œThe Vision and the Voiceâ€, besides being nearly impossible to find, is quite good â€“ thereâ€™s more going on here than just droning gloom. Lots of Joy Division creeps into the mix and there are hooks aplenty. However, their 1985 album â€œClose One Sad Eyeâ€ is really their jewel â€“ the hooks remain, but the production seems to be more up to the task. Everything is crystal clear and Iâ€™ll be damned if that bass isnâ€™t downright funky at times â€“ not quite what you expect from a goth band.
â€œSomething Inside Me Has Diedâ€, woeful title aside, is basically a bouncy little new wave-ish number and quite possibly, next to Bauhausâ€™ overplayed â€œBela Lugosiâ€™s Deadâ€, one of the most fully realized goth rock songs ever. Mataâ€™s voice is fantastic, the synth drones in the background and when the guitar screeches and Mata yelps â€œDIIIIIIIIEEED!â€ youâ€™re right there with him.
The video was a combination of truly atmospheric and downright hilarious. There are some well-composed shots in beautiful black and white and some of the sets are quite effective and moody. I know goth is dress up and all, but get ready to see some serious hair violations and lots of â€œIâ€™m DYING INSIDEâ€ eyerolls to the back of the head. Keep in mind, however, that when youâ€™re 16 years old in 1985, you take this shit seriously. At least I did enough to make sure I kept it on tape for 20 years.
Download â€œSomething Inside Me Has Diedâ€.
Watch the video.
Visit Kommunity FK online (theyâ€™re still touring!).
Amazon has the first Kommunity FK CD in print and used copies of “Close One Sad Eye” (but prepare to pay for it).
â€Something Inside Me Has Diedâ€ did not chart.