Dark Wave Playlists, Radio — August 20, 2023 at 11:05 pm

Playlist: Sirius XM’s “Dark Wave” — hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs (8/20/23)

The Smiths | Photo by Jo Novark

“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 via the SXM app.


The Smiths, “Hand in Glove” (The Smiths)
Tones on Tail, “Christian Says” (Everything!)
Death Cult, “Gods Zoo” (Death Cult)
For Against, “Over Nepal” (Aperture)
Modern English, “Carry Me Down” (After the Snow)
Dream 6, “Daddy Lied” (Dream 6)
Crime and the City Solution, “Hunter” (Shine)
Killing Joke, “Eighties” (Live) (BBC In Concert)
The Sisters of Mercy, “Jolene” (Kid Jensen Session) (BBC Sessions 1982-1984)
Drop Nineteens, “Scapa Flow” (Hard Light)
Slowdive, “Skin in the Game” (Everything Is Alive)
Lush, “Sweetness and Light” (Gala)
Catherine Wheel, “Broken Head” (Chrome)
My Bloody Valentine, “When You Sleep” (Loveless)

Sinead O’Connor, “I Am Stretched On Your Grave” (I Do Not Want What You Have Not Got)
Cocteau Twins, “Summerhead” (Four-Calendar Cafe)
The Durutti Column, “Sketch for Summer” (The Return of The Durutti Column)
Morrissey, “Speedway” (Vauxhall and I)
Ministry, “Smothered Hope” (Box)
Skinny Puppy, “Deep Down Trauma Hounds” (Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse)
Die Warzau, “All Good Girls” (Engine)
Laibach, “I’ve Got a Feeling” (Let It Be)
Lard, “The Power of Lard” (Power of Lard)
The Cure, “Prayers for Rain” (Live) (Entreat)
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “92°” (Tinderbox)
Balaam and The Angel, “Don’t Look Down” (The Greatest Story Ever Told)
Christian Death, “Burnt Offerings” (Only Theatre of Pain)

Cult Hero, “I Dig You” (I’m a Cult Hero)
Joy Division, “Leaders of Men” (Substance)
23 Skidoo, “Coup (In the Palace)” (Urban Gamelan)
Clan of Xymox, “I Want You Now” (Notes From the Underground)
Grey Factor, “You’re So Cool” (1979-1980 A.D.: Complete Studio Recordings)
Love and Rockets, “Judgement Day” (Sweet F.A.)
Depeche Mode, “Breathing in Fumes” (Stripped)
Oppenheimer Analysis, “New Mexico” (New Mexico)
Nitzer Ebb, “Murderous” (That Total Age)
Front 242, “Serial Killers Don’t Kill Their Girlfriends” (05:22:09:12 Off)
Pink Industry, “The Corpse” (Absolute Version) (New Naked Technology)
Front Line Assembly, “Threshold” (Caustic Grip)
Bauhaus, “In the Flat Field” (In the Flat Field)


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. Outstanding show as always. The shoe gaze set was an absolute knock out. For next would you play:

    Love and Rockets-Love Me

    I saw them a while back and it was a top five show for sure. Thank you for doing the Lord’s work.

  2. Great show tonight Matt! I loved the prayers for rain tonight! Goodnight!

  3. Great show! Can you please play Hyperventilation by The Brian Jonestown Massacre? Thanks!

  4. Ken Carlyle

    Another banging set list, Matt.

    If you could please spin Die Krupps “Germaniac (no human contact mix)”

    or any other Die Krupps track, I’m not picky.

    Thanks for putting out the best three hours of radio each week.

  5. Cracking set! Hand in Glove was the perfect start to the show. Hour one was the winner for me but all three were fantastic. Thanks for spoiling us with another shoegaze block. Can’t wait to see Slowdive in October.

    Have a great week Matt, cheers!

  6. Thanks for the Dream 6. I always wished I could hear her sing that one live. Agree with Nathan that Hour 1 was the winner, though Hour 3 went down swinging.

    Thanks again for the great music. Have a good week.

  7. All was good, but hour one was the standout!

    Here are some requests –

    The Misfits – London Dungeon
    Front 242 – Don’t Crash


  8. Lords of the New Church – Going Downtown

  9. New PiL- Car Chase. It is very much like old PiL.

  10. Great show Matt. See you’re putting Lush,Curve Catherine Wheel etc to gather now in the playlist . My favorite groups. Don’t know if u consider Blue Nile dark wave or not but Headlights on the Parade is very good….

  11. Thanks for the shoutout Matt really made my night
    I’m going to see The Mission in September for the first time and I would love to hear wasteland on the show

  12. Super awesome show Matt!! Hour 1 wowza!!!
    Loving the shoegaze sets! End of summer possible suggestions for next time:

    Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    The Verve – Star Sail
    Chapterhouse – Mesmerize

    Thanks for giving us something to listen to all week!

  13. Gr(2+4+2) episode.

    This week’s Darkness Award:
    Front 242, “Serial Killers Don’t Kill Their Girlfriends”

    Request for future show:
    Any song by The Human League

  14. Hi, Matt! I’m listening to this one a touch later than usual, and I’m struggling to pick a favorite hour; another awesome show, as always. Can’t wait for next Sunday’s. I’d love to hear some Julian Cope – perhaps Charlotte Anne, although any track of his would be great. Hope you have a great week! <3

  15. Clinic-If you could read your mind.

  16. The Smothered Hope cover by Ministry is still blowing my mind 3 days later. Worlds collide! Thanks!

  17. Such a nice surprise to have more shoegaze. I love the shoegaze so much. So dreamy. Holding out hope that the shoegaze set becomes a weekly installment….. much love and thank you

  18. Captain Feedback

    Even though you recycle 60% of the same playlist week in week out, you are forgiven as you played When You Sleep.

  19. Anything with Stiv Bators

  20. Hey Matt,
    How about a request for Nik Fiend’s first band Demon Preacher with the song “Little Miss Perfect” ?

    PS, great show last Sunday :)

    Tnx, Peter

  21. Another awesome show! Listened a bit late this week – in the 92-degree California heat!! ;-). Thanks as always Matt! Next request – back to the Land of Zoth Ommog:

    X Marks The Pedwalk // My Back


  22. Matt, first I want to just say thank you. Your show is a wonderful oasis of sound in a world of ‘me too’ and ‘what can i do to get sales’. The artists you play and the set lists you create are expansive, thought provoking and always enhancing growth. Have become a new fan of Drop Nineteens and James Ray and the Performance…artists introduced to me by you.
    This is the only place i can hear the genius David Sylvian on the air and more of him is always welcome. Also curious if you have ever come across Parade in Paris, a band from the west coast of FL in the mid to late 80s…would appreciate hearing anything of theirs

  23. Anyone else listen to “You’re So Cool” by Grey Factor 800 times since this set besides me?! Sooooooo goooooooooddddd!!! Love learning about anything I may have missed back in the dayz. Thanks Matt!!!

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