Rosetta Stone: Eye for the Main Chance
Thumping, energetic and darkly passionate, this track makes me dance like a loon and grin like an idiot.
Die Laughing: Safe Little World
A sort of not All About Eve, All About Eve, Die Laughing are that weirdest of beasts, a Christain Goth group. That doesn't really matter to me that much, as their music is wonderful, and the lyrics have weight and pathos.
Voltaire: When You're Evil
Folky and darkly funny, When You're Evil was the first Voltaire track I heard and I still think it's wonderful. There's so much humour, of a dark variety, contained in the words, and the melody carries it forward with a quite unrelenting catchiness.
The Horattii: The Poisoner
A quirky piece, The Poisoner seems to have been written to tiptoe along your nerve endings, to provoke a reaction and send shivers down your spine. That's just the music, the lyrics are a weird sort of tableau, creeping along telling a tale of deception and murder.
It's great, and it remains one of my sorrows that the Horattii (which I never seem to stop misspelling)
Faithful Dawn: Neverwhere
A lovely song, albeit one of heartbreak and hiding from the world, It's possibly the most trad track on this list but it's brilliant nonetheless, infusing the lyrics with longing and a real sense of independence.