“Children Of The Night” three films about early 80s goth nightlife in the UK

80s_goths_sistersofmercy_tshirtExcellent article, plus three videos about the goth scene in the early eighties.

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.

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“Growing-up for goths”, The Guardian

baby nick cave (RTB)How we laughed…

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.

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Night Riots cover Siouxsie And The Banshees’ “Halloween”

young_lore_coverYet another excellent Siouxsie and the Banshees cover version (see more here).

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.

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Savages “Silence Yourself” LP review

packshot_savages_hd_1024x1024Welcome to what is possibly the most infrequent feature of all time – the Gods & Alcoves guest review slot (this is the second in nearly two years!).

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

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Siouxsie, live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 17 June 2013 (DVD)

siouxsie-sioux-in-a-hong-kong-garden SMALLSiouxsie played the Royal Festival back in June, and the gig was well received and notable for the fact that she opened the show by playing 1981’s Kaleidoscope LP in it’s entirety.

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

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Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Kiss them for Me”, clogging/belly dance on YouTube

kiss clogs siouxsieThis made me chuckle! Naomi Merchant – go girl!  I have no idea what “clogging” is, but I like it!

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”

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