Dark Wave Playlists, Radio — June 11, 2023 at 10:57 pm

Playlist: Sirius XM’s “Dark Wave” — co-hosted by Modern English (6/11/23)

Modern English: Mick Conroy, Robbie Grey, Stephen Walker, Gary McDowell | Photo by Eleonora C. Collini

“Dark Wave,” hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Matt Sebastian, airs 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern every Sunday on Sirius XM satellite radio’s 1st Wave (Channel 33). The most recent two episodes are also available to subscribers to stream on demand via the SXM app.

This week’s episode was co-hosted by Modern English’s Robbie Grey and Mick Conroy. A big thanks to both Mick and Robbie for selecting some songs — by their band, and some other “Dark Wave” favorites.


Modern English, “Swans on Glass” (Mesh & Lace)
Front 242, “Rerun Time” (Official Version)
Moev, “Yeah, Whatever” (12-Inch Version) (Yeah, Whatever)
Depeche Mode, “Agent Orange” (Music For the Masses)
Propaganda, “Sorry for Laughing” (A Secret Wish)
Modern English, “16 Days” (Mesh & Lace)
Echo & The Bunnymen, “Heaven Up Here” (Heaven Up Here)
The Smiths, “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” (Meat is Murder)
The Wedding Present, “Kennedy” (Bizarro)
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Happy House” (Kaleidoscope)
999, “Inside Out” (The Biggest Prize in Sport)
Throwing Muses, “Colder” (House Tornado)
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, “Happy To See Me” (Blow)

Joy Division, “She’s Lost Control” (12-Inch Version) (Unknown Pleasures)
Cocteau Twins, “Blood Bitch” (Garlands)
Love and Rockets, “No Words No More” (Love and Rockets)
The Sisters of Mercy, “Colours” (Floodland)
Modern English, “Trees” (Take Me to the Trees)
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Happy Place” (BBC Radio Session) (Darklands: Expanded Edition)
Screams for Tina, “Fool’s Gold” (Strobelight Funeral)
Sex Gang Children, “Guy Wonder” (Medea)
Wire, “French Film Blurred” (Chairs Missing)
Big Black, “The Model” (Songs About Fucking)
Killing Joke, “The Fall of Because” (What’s This For…!)
David J, “Say Uncle” (Etiquette of Violence)
Skeletal Family, “Far and Near” (Eternal)

The Cure, “Boys Don’t Cry” (Boys Don’t Cry)
Peter Gabriel, “I Don’t Remember” (Peter Gabriel)
Kate Bush, “Deeper Understanding” (The Sensual World)
The Lords of the New Church, “Live For Today” (Killer Lords)
Modern English, “I Melt With You” (After the Snow)
John Foxx, “Underpass” (Metamatic)
Chris & Cosey, “Synaethesia” (Pagan Tango)
A Split-Second, “Firewalker” (Kiss of Fury)
Gang of Four, “Armalite Rifle” (Yellow)
Bauhaus, “Ziggy Stardust” (Rough Demo Version) (Mask: Singles and Outtakes)
Lene Lovich, “Monkey Talk” (Flex)
The Damned, “There’ll Come a Day” (Phantasmagoria)
Echo & The Bunnymen, “Do It Clean” (Songs to Learn and Sing)


Got a request? Requests will be considered for future episodes as long as they fit the show’s format and generally within the 1stWave era — and provided the host doesn’t harbor an intense dislike of the song. 






  1. The Unheard Music by X

  2. Will co-hosts be a new thing now? Enjoyed hearing from Misters Grey and Conroy. Thanks for the Throwing Muses. Can’t go wrong with anything off House Tornado imo. And one of my favorite Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry cuts. That plus Moev put Hour 1 in the lead position for me.

    Would like to request Nitzer Ebb on an upcoming show. Something off the beaten path like “Border Talk”, “Never Known”, or “My Heart” please.

    Thanks for another great show. Have a great week.

  3. Hey Matt!

    WOW – what a treat, Modern English in the house! Super awesome enjoyed every second of it !!… also, thanks for playing that KJ track! Equally cool.

    Next request: Real Black Angel // MC 900 Ft Jesus (w/ DJ Zero).


  4. D.J. Ducky

    Here’s a request to consider: Peter Gabriel – “Across The River”

  5. I missed it last night, but since I will be going to the beach this morning, guess what will be ringing through my earbuds? Looks like a great playlist, looking forward to checking it out!

  6. Constantine

    I’m sure I won’t hear it live on Wednesday in Toronto, so could I hear it on DarkWave please – FAITH by the Cure


  7. Depeche Mode – Happiest Girl

  8. The first hour wowza!! Thank you for playing Agent Orange – it’s one of my favorites by them – even tho it’s an instrumental. Anyway going to see The Cure on Wednesday in Toronto….which also happens to be my birthday so bonus bonus!! Constantine beat me to the punch with his request so that’ll do for me as well!

  9. Cool show last night with Modern English!

  10. Amazing show last night
    Halo – Depeche Mode

  11. Thank you for The Wedding Present last night and turning me on to White Riot by them as well.
    Do you have ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ by The Boys Next Door lying around?

    Keep it up Matt, an awesome service you provide

  12. Great show as usual!
    If you could play one of the following; I’d be eternally grateful!

    Nick Cave: (ill love you) till the end of the world
    U2: Night and Day
    Theatre of Hate: Conquistador
    Fields of the Nefilim: Moonchild

    Thank you much!

  13. Great show with the Modern English guys. Really enjoyable. We’re road tripping right now and it’s been a blast playing the show in the car. Can’t wait to see The Cure on Friday in Montreal. Have fun in Toronto Tina and Constantine!

    Request for a future show: “Broke my neck” – Echo and the Bunnymen

    Have a great week Matt, cheers!

  14. Hi Matt,
    A suggestion from the vast repertoire of Mr. Raymond Watts:
    It Tolls for Thee (Pigbreath)
    by Pig
    album: A Poke in the Eye… With a Sharp Stick

  15. Classic episode.

    This week’s Darkness Award:
    Modern English, “I Melt With You”

  16. Here’s hoping you have more bands on in the future,
    Modern English was very cool.
    I love “Sixteen Days”. Good to have some perspective on what the band was thinking when they were writing and performing it.
    For you next Shoegaze block, could you play “She Made Me” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre?


  17. Great show!

  18. Check out ‘The Subtle-Poet’ (New Wave/Post-Punk) from Los Angeles ✌️

  19. Matt "Is Vic There?" V

    Loved this episode, especially the fact there was no Jourgensen related or similar type material.

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