Top Ten Artists Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:58:32
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In honor of Edgar Allen Poe, we have scoured the ranks of musicians to find out who those most influenced by his great style and darkly Romantic Era works are. Quote the Raven, "Let's have a look, shall we?" Ok, maybe I'm paraphrasing. In honor of the impending release of Relativity Media's The Raven on March 9th, 2012 and the anniversary of Poe's death October 7th, we've compiled this list.
This one kind of seems like a no-brainer. After all, this mid-nineties songstress has the Tell-Tale Namesake of Edgar Allan! Poe broke onto the scene with her Alternative hit, "Angry Johnny." She also comes from a very erudite family- her father is a college professor and her brother is author Mark Z. Danielewski- who wrote the mind-bendingly unconventional and instant classic novel, House of Leaves, in 2000.
Don't you just see Trent Reznor and Edgar Allan Poe being friends, had they lived in the same time period? Both have a dark streak that is haunting yet utterly palatable- and both are brilliant American artists in their own right.
Eminem's wild, subversive and deranged imagery in his verses call to mind Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," which- spoiler alert!- recounts a smug tale of revenge and downright murder. Em's "97 Bonnie & Clyde" from his first album, The Slim Shady LP, also narrates a harrowing tale of death.
The Beatles, you ask? Well, look closely: Edgar Allan Poe is on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I think he played oboe on "When I'm Sixty Four," too.
As if telling you that Bella Lugosi's dead isn't enough evidence, Bauhaus have always exhibited a dark tilt to everything they do. These guys definitely read, "The Raven" in high school.
In the mid-seventies, these guys released a full album called Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Deluxe Edition) based on Poe's short stories and poetry. Of course, this was the Seventies, so really who didn't release a concept album based on Edger Allan Poe's work?
This seminal group have always imparted a gothic romanticism in their music- clearly taking a page from Mr. Poe's book. Er, books.
This classic rock outfit adapted the second stanza (and a portion of the first) of Poe's "Dream within a Dream" to music. Years later, writer/ director Chris Nolan would adapt it to his hit film, Inception!
How are these pop-punk-dance-dandy lads in any way, shape or form influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, you ask? Well, they sure as heck dress like him.
The video for their song "Hurricane" ends with the lines from Poe's poem "The Raven": "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." Then it ends with Vincent Price maniacally laughing. Kidding!
These are only a sampling of the myriad musicians, writers and artists who have been influenced by one of the greatest writers to ever strike a pen. Here's to you, Edgar Allen Poe- may we appreciate and celebrate you, evermore!