Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Like so many longtime XM Satellite Radio subscribers, we here at Slicing Up Eyeballs were not pleased with its November 2008 absorption into the FM-like Sirius Satellite Radio, and, in particular, the replacement of our beloved Fred classic-alternative station with the repeat-heavy 1st Wave.

More than a year later, Sirius XM deserves a small bit of credit for expanding 1st Wave’s playlist at least slightly from those awful first weeks, but let’s face it — its regular rotation is still exceedingly shallow and overly repetitious compared to XM’s Fred.

Yet there’s still one beacon of hope on 1st Wave: Sunday night’s “Dark Wave” program, which airs three hours of — for 1st Wave, anyways — surprisingly deep cuts from artists in heavy rotation (The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths) and some that seemingly aren’t in rotation at all (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Skinny Puppy, Lords of the New Church). Of course, as Random Thoughts Escaping correctly notes, it’s still fairly repetitious, artist-wise — but at least they’re playing less-aired tracks.

To show our support for “Dark Wave” — and the idea that 1st Wave should dig deeper all the time — tonight we begin posting each week’s playlist. And we encourage you to tune in each Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern/7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific.

See tonight’s ‘Dark Wave’ playlist after the jump…

Playlist: 1st Wave’s “Dark Wave,” 2/21/10

Kraftwerk, “The Telephone Call”
Duran Duran, “Night Boat”
Ministry, “I Wanted to Tell Her”
The Mission UK, “Wasteland”
Joy Division, “A Means to an End”
Acid Horse, “No Name No Slogan”
Jesus and Mary Chain, “Head On”
Cocteau Twins, “Pandora”
Sisters of Mercy, “Flood”
Depeche Mode, “If You Want”
The Stranglers, “Golden Brown”
Japan, “Quiet Life”
The Cure, “Primary”
The Cult, “Nirvana”
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Bring it On”
The Smiths, “Girl Afraid”
The Sugarcubes, “Hit”
Xymox, “Obsession”
The Lords of the New Church, “Russian Roulette”
Joe Strummer, “Love Kills”
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Happy House”
The Mission UK, “Into the Blue” (La La She Look Mix)
Joy Division, “She’s Lost Control”
Nitzer Ebb, “I Give To You”
Killing Joke, “Love Like Blood”
Shriekback, “Nemesis”
Love and Rockets, “Love Me”
Kraftwerk, “Trans-Europe Express”
Cult Hero, “I Dig You”
The Cure, “Another Day”
Death Cult, “A Flower in the Desert”
Skinny Puppy, “Smothered Hope”
Sisters of Mercy, “Lucretia, My Reflection”
Depeche Mode, “Pleasure, Little Treasure”
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Slowdive”
The Smiths, “Miserable Lie”
Public Image Ltd., “Rise”
Joy Division, “Leaders of Men”


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