Ah, if only time machines had been invented already. We would each be free to zip back and visit the desired nightclub/live venue/social scene of our choice, to revel in a world we can now only read, or dream, about. I’ve thought about this before, of course, and most of my preferred time travel destinations were located in and around New York City in the 70s and the 80s.
What happens when a teenage goth grows up? Gets a job, takes on a mortgage, has a couple of kids…? Can you combine elaborate Frankenstein make-up and a lace-up bustier with getting a toddler ready for nursery and yourself to work on time?
Dr Paul Hodkinson, deputy head of Surrey University’s sociology department and an expert in youth music subcultures, has been re-interviewing a group of goths he first studied in the late 1990s to find out. “They were teenagers and in their early 20s then, and I thought it would be interesting to go back because a number of people do stay involved in the goth scene,” he explains.
Synth horns! Cymbal crashes! A quivering British accent! Night Riots’ “Halloween” scares us, if only because it’s so good. While Siouxsie and the Banshees’ frantic original was driven by gritty guitars, Night Riots’ cover reimagines the song with still-spooky New Wave vibes.
But, as they say, good things come to those who wait, and this proves to be the case here. I am sure many of you will have heard (or at least heard of) the Savages excellent debut LP “Silence yourself”, with it’s signature dirty early 80s goth sound and driving female vocals (drawing many comparisons to the queen of Goth – Ms Siouxsie Sioux).
I managed to cajole a regular corresponder into writing a review of the LP and he has worked up a gem. Thank you to Tim Barlow for his excellent review of undoubtedly one of the LP’s of the year
The excellent Dark Circle Room has just made a DVD of the show available.
Siouxsie Sioux, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK – 17.06.2013 (DVD)
Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival
This is me clogging to “Kiss them for me” by Siouxsie and the Banshees. This is bollywood inspired. Though I added some belly dance in it, I’m a not really a belly dancer! Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoy!
Best comment – Can you do some “Joy division”