“30 Years On: Cocteau Twins’ Head Over Heels Revisited”

Excellent retrospective on the excellent “Head Over Heals” from the Cocteau Twins, via the ever-excellent Quietus. Such has been the long shadow of influence cast by the Cocteau Twins that it seems strange to think that even they had heroes who’d made a profound and indelible effect on them. Even more curious an idea to… Continue reading “30 Years On: Cocteau Twins’ Head Over Heels Revisited”

Good article on Cocteau Twins “Garlands” LP (1982)

Listening back to the early Cocteau Twins, and especially their debut LP Garlands (1982), I am surprised that they were not embraced more heavily by Goths.  Garlands shares many sonic similaries with Pornography – without doubt the Cure’s finest hour (and yep, I do mean even better than Disintegration) – yet they were never seen… Continue reading Good article on Cocteau Twins “Garlands” LP (1982)

“80’s Goth Mixtape by Simon Young” – an 80’s goth ‘primer’

Simon wrote the excellent review of the Cure’s Peel Session bootleg, and he’s now put together a mix (on Mixcloud) of 80’s goth.   Next time someone’s looking (or in need of) an 80’s goth primer, point them to his “80’s Goth Mixtape” – 80’s Goth Mixtape by Simon Young | Mixcloud. Goth for want of a better description…..… Continue reading “80’s Goth Mixtape by Simon Young” – an 80’s goth ‘primer’

4AD week – “a 70-song introduction to one of the greatest record labels of all time: 4AD”

The final installment from DiS’s 4AD week. We had a little bit of help putting this together… Earlier this week, we asked the DiS community on our messageboard and Facebook (here and here) for suggestions of tunes which had to be on a 4AD playlist. Unsurprisingly, given the sorts of people who read and frequent… Continue reading 4AD week – “a 70-song introduction to one of the greatest record labels of all time: 4AD”

4AD week – Drowned In Sound

The excellent Drowned in Sound recently ran a series on the ever-excellent, and ever-relevant, 4AD record label, and I will post a few of the best here, starting with this interview… Stately indies don’t come any more revered than the quarter-century-old 4AD. Firstly, because they are and always have been a proper ‘indie’ – an… Continue reading 4AD week – Drowned In Sound

Book “Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD” due September 26th

This looks fantastic and the limited edition also includes a double CD with “with a couple of unreleased tracks on the ’90s disc”. Ivo Watts-Russell’s legendary independent record label 4AD — home in the ’80s and ’90s to the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses and so many more — will be the… Continue reading Book “Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD” due September 26th

“Dissecting the deathly mystique of Siouxsie and the Banshees”

Excellent Siouxsie and the Banshees primer… Next steps: By 1982 Siouxsie And The Banshees had begun to stretch their canvas to encompass many more instruments, textures, and styles than they previously had. The culmination of that tonal drift is A Kiss In The Dreamhouse. Steeped in keyboards, strings, chimes, bells, and lush surrealism, the album… Continue reading “Dissecting the deathly mystique of Siouxsie and the Banshees”

The five most important years in Goth music: 1983

Part two of a five part series. Just as Bauhaus was breaking up, a place in England opened up whose gothic importance cannot be overstated. Beginning in 1982, the Batcave intended to bring about a revival of the glam scene using bands more in line with T. Rex and Bowie. By 1983, it had transformed into… Continue reading The five most important years in Goth music: 1983