Dante from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy: Listen here.
Los Saicos – “Cementerio”
We imagine that this morbid surf-inflected number from the Peruvian proto-punks would have served as a fitting introduction to hell for Dante.
The Byrds – “I am a Pilgrim”
Gram Parsons totally changed the way the Byrds made music, and Dante totally changed medieval literary representations of hell. This rendition of the traditional spiritual is all kinds of beautiful, just like all of Dante’s meetings with gluttonous sinners.
The Cramps – “People Ain’t No Good”
An especially creepy number from the horror punk/psychobilly progenitors, replete with a chorus of young children chanting “People ain’t no good / They never do what I think they should / People ain’t no good.” Is Lux Interior a creature from another planet? Maybe.
Graveyard – “Ain’t Fit To Live Here”
There’s two other parts to The Divine Comedy, so you know Dante gets the hell out of Dodge in Purgatorio and Paradiso. This number from the Swedish blues/metal band is basically Dante’s theme song.
Boris – “Pink”
If you haven’t read all of Inferno, don’t worry, it’s not like you wouldn’t have guessed the ending. Dante meets Satan in the ninth circle of hell, trapped in a pool of ice. We thought this little diddy from the experimental drone metal mainstays was a fitting representation.