“The Cure & the Story of the Alternative 80s” Magazine

So this dropped through my letterbox today.  The curiously titled “The Cure [IN GREAT BIG LETTERS] and the story of the alternative 80s.” [in apologetically small, non-descript, genre avoiding letters].

It’s a potted history of Goth (the Cure don’t even really get any extra coverage), with new interviews and good, in-depth articles.  This is definitely not as gritty as Mick Mercer’s excellent Gothic Rock (still available through LuLu, and highly recommended), but it seems like a pretty good intro.  It does have a lot of really nice photos, many I haven’t seen before.

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30 years ago, May 1982 – 1919’s first Peel session

1919 went under the radar largely, especially if you were not around during their all-to-brief tenure.

Like Play Dead, 1919 feasted, nay gorged, themselves on the Killing Joke sound and cast themselves in that image.  And the scene was all the better for it.  If you are not familiar with 1919 I strongly recommend their “complete collection” CD which has everything released (but not the sessions).

Of course John Peel got on board and had the boys in and they recorded five tracks:

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