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At this point in my life, I understand that three things are inevitable. Death, taxes, and vampires. Sympathetic vampires. Asshole vampires. All-singing, all-dancing vampire reviews. Vampires that will not go away, no matter how much garlic I rub on myself or how much silver I work into my wardrobe. They will keep popping up, because they just don’t give a damn. And I can respect that. It’s their shtick, after all.

But there comes a point when I’ve had enough of these modern creatures of the night, all slapped-up with sex appeal, civil rights, and oddly enough, the ability to be sparklier than a pack of Glam it On in the clearance aisle. Sometimes, I just have to get back to basics. Back to a time when vampires were vampires. Instead of slumming it down the road, they lived in isolated gothic mansions. And they weren’t sexy. They had gross fingernails, looked pretty much inhuman, and yeah, weren’t the snappiest dressers.

I’m talking about vampires like in F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, a 1922 silent film that rips off Bram Stoker’s Dracula admirably, pretty much changing only the names of the characters, since at the time, they couldn’t get the copyright for the story from Stoker’s widow.

I won’t get into the latent symbolism in every vampire book, movie, or TV show since time began. You know, the popular idea that sexuality should be stifled to the point that you’ve become a Victorian-era housewife who never shows any leg but occasionally uses a morphine cure to beat the vapors. Nosferatu inspired reams of vampire-themed films, many of which that were lucky enough to actually use the name “Dracula.”

Nosferatu, 1922
Directed by:  
F. W. Murnau
Starring:
Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroeder

Nosferatu Mix Contains: 

1. Tighten Up / The Black Keys
2. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Ray Noble with Howard Phillips
3. Melted Rubber Soul / Campfires
4. Readymade, Beck
5. Pile of Logs and Stones / Clarence Williams
6. A New Career in a New Town, David Bowie
7. Forty Miles of Bad Road / Duane Eddy
8. My Apple Has Four Legs, Feathers
9. Bad Siren / Intelligence
10. I Hate You, The Monks
11. Words, Missing Persons
12. 5 – 4 = Unity, Pavement
13. Dead / The Pixies
14. Geek USA, The Smashing Pumpkins
15. Darn that Dream / Mildred Bailey
16. I am the Disease, Sneakers
17. Speak to the Wind / Spindrift
18. Slippery People, The Talking Heads
19. Goin’ Out West / Tom Waits
20. Frustration Rock, Tyvek
21. Swamp Song / Blur
22. Watching the Planets, The Flaming Lips
23. Korock / Holy Fuck
24. Heaven, Heaven, Clarence Williams

Stream mix here or watch part of it on youtube.

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