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Flesh For Lulu

Formed in Brixton, London, in 1982, Flesh For Lulu brought a warmer rock sound to Goth. No doomy vocals or icy guitar sound - instead they covered The Rolling Stones' Jigsaw Puzzle, got black backing singers...

March Violets

This rock band with definite Goth leanings was formed in England in December 1981. Laurence "Loz" Elliot (bass) met Simon "Detroit" Denbigh (vocals) at Leeds University, and the latter recruited an old friend, Tom Ashton (guitar)....

Spear Of Destiny

Barely six months after the demise of Theatre of Hate, Kirk Brandon was braving it on stage in Manchester with a new band, a new name and a new repertoire. To say his audience were slightly...

Sex Gang Children/Andi Sex Gang

They may have been Goth, but unlike such lugubrious peers as Sisters Of Mercy and All About Eve, at least Leeds' Sex Gang Children - the name was lifted from a William Burroughs poem and was actually on...

Rose of Avalanche

This Leeds-based goth-tinged band revolved around Phil Morris (vocals) and Paul James Berry (guitar), with the remainder of the line-up prone to frequent change. They came to the fore following heavy airplay from Radio1 DJ John...

Christian Death

Goth's unlikely tendency to flourish in the world's sunniest places could be said to start with the debut album, Only Theatre Of Pain (1982), from Los Angeles band Christian Death. Formed by Rozz Williams (born Roger Alan Painter...

Theatre of Hate

The first Theatre of Hate release was the single Original Sin in November 1980, which reached #5 on the UK Indie Chart. It was followed by Rebel Without a Brain in April 1981 and Nero in July. The...

Goth

"Bela Lugosi's dead, undead, undead..." intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of bats - into the world. Like the vampiric film star Bauhaus (pictured below right)...

Gene Loves Jezebel

Identical twins Jay (John) and Mike Aston enjoyed cult appeal as Gene Loves Jezebel in the UK goth community but achieved greater success in America. The pair grew up in the South Wales town of Porthcawl, together...

Bauhaus

Bauhaus were the founding fathers of Goth-rock, creating a minimalist, gloomy style of post-punk, driven by jagged guitars and cold, metallic synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas,...

UK Decay

UK Decay were a gothic punk band from Luton, Bedfordshire, who had formerly been known as The Resistors. Singer/guitarist Steve 'Abbo" Abbott, bassist Martyn 'Segovia' Smith and drummer Steve Harle formed UK Decay in 1979. They recorded their first...

All About Eve

This London quartet featured the rather lovely - and often multi-tracked - voice of Coventry-born music journalist Julianne Regan (an early bassist in Gene Loves Jezebel) and utilised, of all people, former Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith in the...

Alien Sex Fiend

The tabloid idea of what Goths are supposed to look like, Alien Sex Fiend were the demented brain-spawn of flamboyant Batcave employee Nik Fiend (real name Nick Wade) and his nicely named wife, Mrs Fiend...

Fields of The Nephilim

Though there is room for everybody in life's rich musical pageant, most people with ears drew the line at Fields of The Nephilim. Their self-financed 1985 debut EP Burning The Fields begged the question . . . "why?"....

Sisters Of Mercy

These Leeds second-wavers (named after a track from 1968's Songs Of Leonard Cohen) formed in 1980 and became the sour face of Goth four years after their first single, with the release of their debut...

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