During the research and writing phases of creating Umbilicus, Paula Gruben found that one of the most powerful ways to jog her memory about events and emotions relevant to this story was through music. Although the names of all the characters have been changed, the names of radio and club DJs (public personalities) have not, in order to provide a cultural touchpoint.
To get an idea of the kind of music our young protagonist was avidly listening to during the time frame in which this story is set (1991 – 1995), grab your headphones and check out the full soundtrack here. No need to watch the YouTube videos, just carry on with what you were doing while the songs play in the background. Enjoy!
Alphaville – Forever Young
Bauhaus – She’s in Parties
Camouflage – Love is a Shield
The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
The Cure – Charlotte Sometimes
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes
The Getout – Secondhand Junk Store
James – Born of Frustration
Jesus Jones – Who? Where? Why?
Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
The Mission – Butterfly on a Wheel
Morrissey – Everyday is Like Sunday
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Weeping Song
No Friends of Harry – A Long Way Home
Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Christine
The Sisters of Mercy – Marian
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?
The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
Suede – Animal Nitrate
Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs
The Wolfgang Press – Kansas