Contributed by aubin, Posted by Rhino

Rhino Records has announced plans to release a boxed set on September 18th titled A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box. The four-disc set will feature 3 CDs with 53 songs along with a 12 video DVD featuring material that spans from 1978 to 1998. From the press release:

Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth… as the collection's producer, Liz Goodman, explains in the extensive liner notes, the box showcases "the essential hit bands from a scene that arguably never had hits."

The set will include a number of the genre's cornerstone bands and songs, including "Dead Souls" by Joy Division, "Charlotte Sometimes" by the Cure, "Spellbound" by Siouxsie & the Banshees, "She's In Parties" by Bauhaus and "Temple Of Love" by the Sisters Of Mercy. Furthermore the set will include bands that may ensue the Goth label, yet show the influence and underlying themes of the genre. This includes punk acts like the Damned, the Misfits, AFI, and Lords Of The New Church (members of the Dead Boys, Damned and Sham 69) as well as post-punk acts like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The set will include track-by-track commentary by Dave Thompson, author of The Dark Reign Of Gothic Rock as well as liner notes with contributions from members of Bauhaus, the Damned, Love And Rockets, The Mission (U.K.) and Skinny Puppy. In support of the release, MTV2 will air a special episode of Subterranean on September 17th that will look at the history of Goth and feature videos from a number of modern and classic bands.

Click below for the track listing.

Disc 1

  1. "Dead Souls" -- Joy Division
  2. "Charlotte Sometimes" -- The Cure
  3. "She's In Parties" -- Bauhaus
  4. "Temple Of Love" -- The Sisters Of Mercy
  5. "Christian Says" -- Tones On Tail
  6. "Mutiny In Heaven" -- The Birthday Party
  7. "Spellbound" -- Siouxsie & The Banshees
  8. "Fatman" -- The Southern Death Cult
  9. "Mirror People" -- Love And Rockets
  10. "Power" -- Fields Of The Nephilim
  11. "Now I'm Feeling Zombified" -- Alien Sex Fiend
  12. "Snake Dance" -- The March Violets
  13. "Walking On Your Hands" -- Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
  14. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" -- Specimen
  15. "Wasteland" -- The Mission (U.K.)
  16. "The Grip Of Love" -- Ghost Dance
  17. "His Box" -- Dali's Car

Disc 2

  1. "The Weeping Song" -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  2. "Exterminating Angel" -- The Creatures
  3. "God's Zoo" -- Death Cult
  4. "Heartache" -- Gene Loves Jezebel
  5. "I Go Crazy" -- Flesh For Lulu
  6. "Cuts You Up" -- Peter Murphy
  7. "Open Your Eyes" -- The Lords Of The New Church
  8. "Heaven Is Waiting" -- The Danse Society
  9. "All My Colours" -- Echo & The Bunnymen
  10. "Don't Fall" -- The Chameleons UK
  11. "Dreamland" -- The Rose Of Avalanche
  12. "Fall" -- The Jesus And Mary Chain
  13. "Coming Down Fast" -- Daniel Ash
  14. "Muscoviet Musquito" -- Clan Of Xymox
  15. "Incubus Succubus II" -- Xmal Deutschland
  16. "Starblood" -- Cranes
  17. "Ardera Sempre" -- Miranda Sex Garden
  18. "Blood Bitch" -- Cocteau Twins
  19. "The Arcane" -- Dead Can Dance

Disc 3

  1. "Rain" -- The Cult
  2. "Away" -- The Bolshoi
  3. "Watch Without Pain" -- Rubicon
  4. "Pagan Lovesong" -- Virgin Prunes
  5. "Morning Dew" -- Einst?rzende Neubauten
  6. "Hamburger Lady" -- Throbbing Gristle
  7. "To Blame" -- Kommunity FK
  8. "Melody Lee" -- The Damned
  9. "Romeo's Distress" -- Christian Death
  10. "Party Time" -- 45 Grave
  11. "Kiss" -- London After Midnight
  12. "Dieche" -- Sex Gang Children
  13. "Assimilate" -- Skinny Puppy
  14. "Halloween" -- Misfits
  15. "Tomorrow's World" -- Killing Joke
  16. "So What" -- Ministry
  17. "The Hanging Garden" -- AFI


  1. "Lullaby" -- The Cure
  2. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" -- Bauhaus
  3. "Lucretia My Reflection" -- The Sisters Of Mercy
  4. "Moonchild" -- Fields Of The Nephilim
  5. "Deliverance" -- The Mission (U.K.)
  6. "Ball Of Confusion" -- Love And Rockets
  7. "Head On" -- The Jesus And Mary Chain
  8. "The Killing Moon" -- Echo & The Bunnymen
  9. "Where The Wild Roses Grow" -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  10. "Stigmata" -- Ministry
  11. "Spiritwalker" (Live) -- The Cult
  12. "Cities In Dust" -- Siouxsie & The Banshees