Way back in September 2014, there was the Mix-Tape Monday post about the odd little genre of Splatter Platters (or death discs), the quirky and morbid teen tragedy genre of music from the 1950s and 60s. Songs that told stories of lost love, usually through a motor vehicle accident. The genre was at its height during the 50s and early 60s, and faded in popularity soon after. Songs like Jan & Dean's Dead Man's Curve in 1964, and the Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack also from 1964, were the peak of the genre, that all but disappeared, until artists of the 70s and 80s rediscovered the genre, and began to be inspired by them.
From The Damned's New Rose (1977), with its opening line that is directly lifted from Leader Of The Pack, and Good Riddance's 2003 punk cover of it, to The Bonzo Doo-Dah Band's comedy song Death Cab For Cutie (1967), to the deeply dark and depressing Emma (1983) by The Sisters Of Mercy (itself a cover of the Hot Chocolate song from 1974). There's the wonderful Pearl Jam cover of Last Kiss (2000), originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961. As well as lead singer of The Damned, David Vanian with his band The Phantom Chords covering the British splatter platter Johnny Remember Me, first recorded by Johnny Leyton also in 1961. So download and enjoy.