Shakespeare for Sociopaths by Kristin Garth: The Playlist

AQ: As promised, here is another special playlist from Kristin Garth - this one is for her upcoming solo chapbook Shakespeare for Sociopaths! I’m really excited to read it next year - especially getting a preview in the form of all the sonnet titles and the songs Kristin has chosen to match each sonnet! Thanks again for another wonderful playlist, Kristin! It has been great having you and your music choices on Pastel Zine’s blog.


KG: Shakespeare for Sociopaths is a chapbook of poetry, all Shakespearean sonnets on villainous characters from true crime, my mind, the news, people who’ve abused, maybe even a muse or two.   I’ve always felt that a sonnet to me represented a cage of form where I could release dark, animalistic thoughts and be safe in its confines.   The poetry cages in this book hold a wide array of villains – murderers, emotional vampires, pedophiles, the Slenderman, bullies, ruthless lawyers, misogynists, Mad Hatters and many more.   As sonnet comes from the Italian “sonneto” which means “little song,”I thought to honor the sonnets in my book, I would make a playlist assigning each sonnet an actual song.  So peruse my table of contents and listen to its soundtrack:    

Ophelia Interrupted                                      Shakespeare by Fink

Stockholm                                                      SOS by Portishead

When You Are Drowning  In A Car              Riverside by Agnes Obel

Canadian Psycho                                           Psycho Killer Talking Heads

The Mouth                                                      Mouth by Bush

Expensive Leotards                                       Home by Phillip Phillips

The Advocate                                                 Blood in the Water from Legally Blonde the Musical

Slender Secrets                                              Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol

Lafave                                                             Tear Away by Drowning Pool

Pudding Man                                                  Til It Happens  by Lady Gaga

Butter                                                             Creep by Vega Choir

Girl With A Pen                                              Just A Girl by No Doubt

Perverted Philanthropy                                You’re So Vain Marilyn Manson

Uniforms                                                        Cheerleader by St. Vincent

Topless Wuthering Heights                          Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush

The Sexual Hypocrite Has No Clothes         Human Nature by Madonna

Dora                                                                Luka by Suzanne Vega

Betazoid                                                         Oh No  by Andrew Bird

The Hunter                                                     Heart Shaped Box  by Nirvana

 Sepulcher                                                       Lust for Life Lana Del Rey with the The


 If the Star Fits                                                Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

Little Legs                                                      Daughters by John Mayer

Stepford Whore                                             Doll Parts by Courtney Love

Southern Gothic Ghosts                                Tomorrow, Wendy by Concrete Blonde

Pine                                The Pine Float by Angelo Badalamenti FWWM soundtrack

Murderess                       Girls Just Want To Have Fun        Greg Laswell

Christian  of Troy                                         Cosmopolitans (tri-factor remix)

by Erin McKeowan

Insanitea White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

Senator                                                           Happy Birthday Mr. President

by Marilyn Monroe

 Parchment Doll                                              Paper Doll by John Mayer

The Lady Who Loved Lightning                   Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police

Water Demon                                                Down By The Water by PJ Harvey

Chrysanthemum                                            Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson

Succubus                                                        Cannibal by Kesha

Peepholes                                                       Audrey’s Dance Angelo Badalamenti

Twin Peaks soundtrack

Poppet                                                            Dragula by Rob Zombie

Asylum                                                           Where is My Mind?  By Maxence Cyrin