the Cure “Lovesong” video, Tim Pope recollects

urlMore oddness from director Tim Pope, this time around the Cure’s Lovesong video…

I reckon this was always a special song to Robert Smith, as he wrote it for his wife, Mary. Mary is the only woman to have appeared in a Cure video done by me. She’s in ‘Just Like Heaven’ (elsewhere on this site).

Don’t really know why we took the whole angle of the ‘cave of dicks’, though this must have been shortly after ‘Lullaby’ that had the other half of the puzzle in the nether regions department. Adele of course re-recorded the song – a lovely version it is, too. Have not seen the video, but can anyone tell if she did a repeat of the imagery here? ‘Oh well’, if she didn’t. Love the part where Smithy pinches Roger’s head and it’s shot like we’re seeing through Smithy’s eyes. Don’t you remember doing that when you were a kid? Squashing peoples’ heads?

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Rocks Off’s “20 Greatest Goth Albums”

Mask%20Oct10“Rocks Off”, who recently gave us their  “five most important years in Goth music” also have their 20 best Goth LPs.  I definitely agree with number one, plus a few others (but for the obligatory Cure LP why why always bloody Disintegration?  Pornography chaps, please!).

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Excellent Inca Babies discography, with commentary from Harry Stafford

inca_babies-rumbleA fantastic Inca Babies discography has just been published on the Isolation Records website (the same website with the also excellent Inca Babies interview).

There are long write-ups on every Inca Babies release, plus comments from Harry Stafford (guitar and vocals).

As a little taster, here’s the review from Rumble – the Inca’s debut LP, and their finest hour…

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The five most important years in Goth music: 2002

Evanescence_fallen_coverPart five of a five part series.  Evanescence – Goth?  Really? Mumble, mutter, grumble, etc…

Arguably the last big goth album by a new band to make a crossover splash was Evanescence’s Fallen, released in early 2003. That one band led millions of mall-goths in one direction, towards the mainstream, while more traditional goths went almost the exact opposite way.

While no self-respecting goth purist would consider mentioning Amy Lee’s melodramatic band in the same sentence as Siouxsie & the Banshees, no one can deny that Evanescence was obviously inspired by ethereal-wave bands such as Dead Can Dance, and was indeed even formed around the same time that Faith and the Muse got going. They obviously considered themselves goth, whether OGs did or not.

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