Tuesday Ten: 301: Oh My Goth!

I made the mistake of asking “What is Goth to you” on Facebook recently (after being asked the same question by French journalists at Whitby, in my role as (co-)captain of Real Gothic FC). Over 700 comments later, we were still no closer to the answer. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 301: Oh My Goth!”

Tuesday Ten: 278: Camden Town

About eighteen years ago, while I was still reading Geography at King’s College London, the subject of my dissertation proposal came up. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 278: Camden Town”

Into the Pit: 188: The Sisters of Mercy – Roundhouse NW1 – 18-October 2015

In some respects, it can’t be easy being Andrew Eldritch. But then, is there any other artist who has tried so hard to bury his own legacy? Back in the eighties, they were one of the Gothic Rock titans, releasing three wildly successful albums, having a major label deal and the power to pull in Jim Steinman to produce, not to mention the financial backing to make ridiculously overblown videos.
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Tuesday Ten: 229: It’s Getting Goth In Here

It is the 21st anniversary of the Whitby Goth Weekend this coming weekend, so let’s go Goth for this post. The argument will rage until the end of time as to what counts as Goth music nowadays, by the way, and I’m sure it could well flare up again as a result of this post! But the way I see it – the Goth scene is a (very) broad church, with sounds and the general aesthetic of the genre snaking it’s tendrils some considerable way into many other realms – metal, industrial, punk, shoegaze, post-rock, to name but a few, and it even encompasses football nowadays (of which I’m a long-standing participant, and we play this coming weekend). And so some of the bands I mention today may only be seen as Goth in a loose sense – but to me, they deserve their place (and a listen). Read more “Tuesday Ten: 229: It’s Getting Goth In Here”

Tuesday Ten: 219: Outros

One of the interesting things about writing this series is that occasionally one post (and not necessarily at the time of writing it!) will inspire another, and then will have me wondering how I didn’t think of it before. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 219: Outros”

Countdown: 1980s: Tracks: 40-21

A couple of years ago, I posted the best of the 90s, and the best of the 00s, from my point of view. Read more “Countdown: 1980s: Tracks: 40-21”

Tuesday Ten: 137: Videos and 30 Years of MTV

Another bit of a retrospective this week, as I finally get ’round to covering the fact that MTV turned 30 years old on 01-August. As the NME noted a few months ago, whatever happened to the MTV of old? For all its faults – not least seemingly moving away from what was the whole point in the first place towards reality shows (which it started with The Real World) – MTV did drive the use of the music video. It pushed artists to produce ever more outlandish, expensive and perhaps ridiculously conceited concepts, but crucially also gave some bands exposure that they would never have otherwise had. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 137: Videos and 30 Years of MTV”

Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 200-181

This was really meant to be a top 100, but when my girlfriend and I pulled together an initial “long list” a few weeks ago, that was way beyond 300 songs. Read more “Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 200-181”

Tuesday Ten: 041: The Best of What

Following the fuss over the recent Radiohead "Best of", and then rather lesser-known band LUXT wanting to effectively revise history by re-recording their older material with their new singer to create a career overview, it's time to appraise the idea of the "Best of" compilation. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 041: The Best of What”