England Fades Away: Stylus Magazine’s Guide to Goth

By: Stylus Staff

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Posted 08/07/2006 - 07:16:29 AM by RideNowhere:
 So, it's 7 AM in the morning (I've been up all night)and I log into Stylus and what do I see? A guide to good-old goth rock. Excellent. (Perhaps it is worth noting that I am wearing all black and a Siouxsie t-shirt.) I love you guys. It's like you do it just for me.
Posted 08/07/2006 - 10:23:27 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Fucking excellent feature!
Posted 08/07/2006 - 04:35:35 PM by saltlick:
 HA! That part about Depeche Mode and clove cigarettes being a gateway to goth definitely describes me when I was a virgin gothling.
Posted 08/08/2006 - 03:10:10 PM by bebopkid:
 I haven't been to Stylus for a long time. After this article, however, I think I will have to check it out more often for articles like this.
Posted 08/08/2006 - 07:15:44 PM by garlad1:
 Ahh, to be a young american lad in the early 80s, looking across the pond, peering through the dry ice and wondering 'what the hell is going on over there?' It looked like rock and roll to me (albeit a bit pansy compared to DK or Black Flag). Turns out, that's exactly what it was...after everyone got over their arsty-fartsy phase and decided to have a little fun. The Cult insignifigant? Not from this perspective. Not in America. Southern Death Cult NEVER made a good album (although the Death Cult Live and Brothers Grimm ep are little lost treasures). Sisters of Mercy better have a good write up dammit. I didn't pay $$$ for their impossible to find import singles back in the day cause they sucked, you know.
Posted 08/09/2006 - 08:12:55 PM by Richie_A:
 Were Joy Division ever really Goth rock? They never had any of the stylistic trappings, and I don't think they would have called themselves Goth even if they'd been around when the term came into common usage...
Posted 08/10/2006 - 01:47:39 PM by bassman08:
 Man, my apologies, but the 80s in the UK must really have sucked. Just felt like I needed to get that off my chest. As much as I like a few of these bands, some of them just seem a tad over the top, especially to an American child of the 90s.
Posted 08/11/2006 - 10:50:46 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Excellent recommendations from the Cure and Siouxsie, esp. the live album, and major kudos for basically giving the thumbs up to Joy Division's three essential records and the entire Bauhaus discography. These are essential recordings for fans of great music in the '80s, period. I won't touch too much else on these lists, but I'm glad to see the JAMC recommendations (although their entire discography is worth having) at the bottom of the article, and I'm a big fan of the Chameleons' early albums - Script of the Bridge; What Does Anything Mean, Basically?; and Strange Times - as well. To any readers who have perhaps explored the Cure or Joy Division, but haven't looked a little deeper into this misunderstood genre: At least do yourself the favor of looking into all of the artists I mentioned that you haven't already. It's still hardly goth, but it's really fucking good, and I promise you won't look back.
Posted 08/11/2006 - 02:28:42 PM by saltlick:
 I'm glad you mentioned that Clan of Xymox album, but anyone interested should also hunt down their "Medusa" album. It's full of such beautiful melancholy.
Posted 08/11/2006 - 07:31:22 PM by garlad1:
 D'ya know who cited Bauhaus (and in particular Dan Ash's guitar sound) as his major/primary influence? Dave Navarro. In fact, when I saw Janes Addiction play the Fillmore on the Nothing's Shocking tour, they busted out a cover of 'Burning from the Inside', and like half the audience was reformed goths that promptly went nuts. No go watch American Rock Star or whatever Dave's hosting now, and make of that what you will ;-)