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

cure legoSimon 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….. includes The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie, Sisters, Bauhaus, Cocteaus, Bunnymen, Nick Cave, PiL, Tone on Tail, Danielle Dax, New Order, The Glove, Bauhaus, Killing Joke.

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“The Bubbleman Cometh: An Interview with Daniel Ash”

Here’s a brilliant (and very long) interview with Danny Ash from the excellent Post Punk website.  Ash has recently announced that he will be re-visiting his back catalogue (mainly Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets material). Going on the previews, including the new version of Tones on Tails’ “There’s Only One’ above, it is going to be good.

More Tones on Tails please Danny!

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30 years ago, March 1982 – Tones on Tail “Tones on Tail” EP

I love Tones on Tail {see: discography, gigs & tours}.  If you are a Bauhaus fan, then Tones on Tail are probably already on your radar as they were the brainchild of Bauhaus’s guitarist Daniel Ash (vocals, guitar, synths, sax, hair spray) along with school friend and Bauhaus roadie Glen Campling (bass, keyboards).  They formed in 1982 (the subject of this post is their very first single) and when Bauhaus imploded in 1983 Kevin Haskins joined Tones on Tail on drums.

Tones on Tail always struck me as being a release valve for Daniel Ash.  Bauhaus is dark and intense whereas Tones on Tail is light and frothy – almost poppy – but always challenging and edgy.  Think pop music by David Lynch.  They didn’t last long – a clutch of singles and a solitary studio LP… plus about 30 compilations all mixing up the same stuff.  These were accompanied by a short UK/US tour, and whoosh – they were gone.  I wish they would come back – I think that this is the best thing Ash has done outside of Bauhaus.

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