Twenty-four years ago today, March 29th, rock fans were blessed with one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time: the star-studded, 14-track companion album to Alex Proyas' 1994 cult horror film The Crow, featuring contributions from Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, the Rollins Band, and more.
The release peaked at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, and went on to earn triple-platinum certification from the RIAA, solidifying The Crow (and by extension, its rabid fanbase) as goth institutions.
The same immortality applies to Nine Inch Nails' take on Joy Division's "Dead Souls," a gut-wrenching reinterpretation many fans regard as the record's crown jewel. The one-off cover quickly amassed a fan-favorite reputation, thanks to the film's cult-hit status and regular appearances during Nine Inch Nails' shows throughout the Nineties and late Aughts (including two performances alongside Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy).
The most fearsome, filthy "Dead Souls" incarnation, however, surfaced amid Trent Reznor and Co.'s Woodstock set on August 13th, 1994: a morose, maddening (and literally mud-caked) storm preceding their Broken standout "Help Me I Am In Hell."