As part of Rhapsody’s promotional blow-out for Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails’ new album (which isn’t bad, if a bit “alt-rock MOR” in its made-for-mainstream disposition), I put together a playlist and essay spotlighting early industrial music. Outside of a select few, my picks date to the ’78-to-’82 zone (i.e. before the movement began mingling with synth-pop, hip-hop and cutting-edge club music). So yeah, there’s very little industrial dance.
It was a fun, if challenging project. A great deal of music from industrial’s formative years isn’t available via Rhapsody (or any other online music subscription service, for that matter). This means my playlist lacks cuts from Coil, Monte Cazazza, Factrix and The Leather Nun. Nevertheless, my playlist still contains a lot of underground awesomeness, like Maurizio Bianchi, The Hunting Lodge and Deviation Social. If you have a Rhapsody account, please dive in.