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([personal profile] ebb Mar. 24th, 2009 10:30 pm)
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Some of you are, but most of you aren't, aware that [livejournal.com profile] alixandrea, Paul (with no lj) and me are in the planning stages of presenting a Goth night on 209 radio (105fm). We had a meeting tonight (which I'm just in from, and am soaked as the heavens opened on me) to basically swap some tracks around, get a hold on what we all thought it is, or isn't, and generally have a bit of a natter.

It's prompted me to look into a few bands I'd not heard of, always a good thing.

But it's also made me curious and this is where I need your help EVERYONE please.

Name a few tracks that, in your view, come under the 'Goth' umbrella.

Time period, style etc are pretty much irrelevant - and if you don't count yourself as a 'Goth', even better actually. What are your pre-conceptions of a typical Goth track? There is, let me make myself clear, no 'wrong' answer here. I'm curious! :)

If everyone on my friends list (here on lj and over there on facebook) could give me three tracks, that'd be a huge help.

(ino, walking in the rain at night listening to Muse's 'Invincible' is a great way to spend a few minutes, so long as you know there's a warm house and fluffy towel at the end of your stomp!)

From: [identity profile] blackmetalbaz.livejournal.com

Go on then, I'll bite. I'm sick of goth clubs playing bad house and trance anyway. Random three:

Fields of the Nephilim, "Psychonaut"
Bauhaus, "Kick in the Eye"
Alien Sex Fiend, "Now I'm Feeling Zombified"

I know they're all really obvious, but meh. Seriously though, anything by the likes of the above, the Sisters, Specimen, Southern Death Cult, Christian Death, Virgin Prunes, Sex Gang Children... I'm a filthy metaller obviously, so feel free to disregard anything I say. But the likes of VNV et al. are not industrial, are not EBM, and are not goth.

And now I wait for the bitching ;-)

From: [identity profile] ebb.livejournal.com

Lol - no bitching from me. I'm trying to get a broad view of what people see as Goth (or not) musically. Thank you so much for commenting, it's really appreciated sweetie!

From: [identity profile] davecharsley.livejournal.com

I've been listening to Tristania's Illumination album a lot recently and I don't think you get more Goth than that.

From: [identity profile] ebb.livejournal.com

Thanks Dave - actually, you're into some very interesting stuff, I'd love to see a longer list of your recommendations sweetie x

From: [identity profile] purpleheather.livejournal.com

Hrm, when I hear Sisters of Mercy I always think goth :p

You might like Spotify as a tool for ideas gathering - it's basically a free* online music player, with a wide variety of music available. It's good for letting you audition tracks/artists before going off and committing to paying for their stuff, or having to try to find a torrent etc to listen to them

*ad supported, registration needed :p

From: [identity profile] ebb.livejournal.com

Ah, I use Last.fm quite a bit. It's not so much to find new things as to discover what peoples views and opions are - REAL people, the people of Cambridge.

And the Sisters? Goth? Never... ;)

From: [identity profile] robinbloke.livejournal.com

I'm surprised noones mentioned the Queen of goth herself, Siouxsie, yet!

But sticking with a core goth ideal (and trying to skip those already mentioned)...

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Paradise Lost, The Mission, The Last Dance, Fields of the Neph, The Cult, Bauhaus, All about Eve, Laibach, The Sisterhood, Star Industry

Going more 80's and mainstream;
Depeche Mode, The Cure, Curve, Faith and the Muse, Inkubus Sukkubus, The Scarey Bitches, The Jesus and Mary chain, Cocteau Twins

Cd's or mp3's available on request

I'll stay off the bleep for now ;)

From: [identity profile] ebb.livejournal.com

Lol - thanks, that's a great help and selection. Re Siouxsie, she's been mentioned over on facebook so I don't think she'd feel too left out.

I might attack your colletion a teensy bit on Saturday! :)

From: [identity profile] blackmetalbaz.livejournal.com

From your core goth ideal list, I'd argue that at least two (and possibly more) are classic examples of goths misappropriating bands from other genres to make up for their lack of contribution to the musical landscape. Paradise Lost are an out and out metal for almost all of their career, and I'd challenge you to name anything Laibach have ever done that is "goth". I'd quibble over Siouxsie and The Cult as well (though Southern Death Cult I'll grant you). At least no-one so far has tried to claim Joy Division are goth...

It almost makes you miss the days of Commune and Rocksoc-Chat, when these pointless arguments seemed to flare up roughly once a week :-)

From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/melancholyrose_/

Joy Division may not be classic goth but the original goths did dance and listen to them, (much to my annoyance).
I agree with you on Siouxsie, I've never seen the banshees as goth.

From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/melancholyrose_/

Virgin Prunes: Pagan Love Song
Bauhaus: Lagartija Nick
Sisters of Mercy: Floorshow
Specimen: Beauty of Poison.......
Oh sod it there's too many to think of so go and look here...

From: [identity profile] i-am-marky.livejournal.com

The Ghost of Lemora - Dread The Day
Diva Destruction - Heathcliff
The Last Dance - Nightmares

From: [identity profile] razornet.livejournal.com

in rough descending chron order

1. covenant - call the ships to port
2. shreikback - nemisis
3. mission - tower of strength
4. som - lucretica my reflection


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