Friday Jukebox



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10 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    That Peter Murphy solo album deserves to be on a “Perfect Albums” list somewhere.

    (Additionally, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was supposedly originally making fun of the whole goth scene but those who bought the record unironically spent exponentially more money than the folks who “got” the song. Or so the story was told to me.)Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    There’s something about being fourteen and having… hrm… “inaccessible access” I suppose would be a good phrase… to a cadre of sixteen-year old girls who all were definitely not the Debbie Gibson sort.

    It sounds like it could easily have been a frustrating experience. Your typical 16-year-old boy will often be willing to interact with a 14-year-old girl in a way that your typical 16-year-old girl will not interact with a 14-year-old boy and the more the 14-year-old boy would really like something like that interaction to take place the less likely it is that it will actually happen.Report

  3. Avatar Megan says:

    We went about as far with our hair as Notre Dame would let us, that’s for sure.Report

  4. Avatar Glyph says:

    I like Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, but dig Tones on Tail more. Peter Murphy is still surprisingly good if you get a chance to see him live.Report

  5. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    As punk crashed and the Goths emerged from the shadows, X was knocking out some pretty impressive stuff. Not exactly goth, but as my daughters went goth, they would often lift this from their Dad’s desk and this is what I’d hear blasting from the basement:Report

    • Avatar James Hanley in reply to BlaiseP says:

      Do you see X as not being punk?Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP in reply to James Hanley says:

        Ecch, X got lumped in with the punk bands but I never quite thought of them that way. For me, punk begins with outfits like MC5 and diverged into a host of genres somewhere around 1979. Goth clearly emerges from punk right about the time X’s Los Angeles comes out. Punk had been diverging since the beginning: some people try to call the New York Dolls punk. That definition just doesn’t work for me.

        X’s Los Angeles has Ray Manzarek’s organ all over it. Punk had always resisted keyboards. Joy Division and the Cure, goth said keyboards were okay again. Punk was a tiresome phase in music, entirely necessary I suppose, since rock had damned near lost its way and need to be pruned back viciously. The critics were using the word Punk to describe early Bauhaus, too.Report