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One of two Christian Death re-mix albums that appeared in the mid-'90s (the other is Death Mix), Death in Detroit filters Rozz Williams' long-running Christian Death project through the sensibilities of other, like-minded goth, industrial types, including Spahn Ranch, Die Krupps, and Leæther Strip. Boasting four equally uninspired mixes of Christian Death's disappointing cover of Bowie's classic "Panic in Detroit," Death in Detroit is far from an essential purchase, but still has enough strong points to merit interest from the band's legion of black-clad fans. Leæther Strip mixes another Christian Death cover, this time the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs," with far better results that heightens the proto-goth underpinnings of the Velvet's version. The originals, including "Figurative Theater," "Spiritual Cramp," and "Skeleton Kiss," all succeed in updating Christian Death for the '90s goth-club set, but don't improve on other versions. Recommended for completists only.

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The founding fathers of American goth rock, Christian Death took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, Christian Death set themselves up to shock, both in their cover art and their lyrics, which wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity. Their self-consciously controversial tactics set them...
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