Before Bauhaus: How Goth Became Goth
Goth is an interesting genre as it’s often confused with more modern acts from the 1990s onward with Marylyn Manson, My Chemical Romance, etc. Although these acts might look the part of goth, their music technically doesn’t fall under the genre.
Goth music is derived from the post-punk movement in the U.K. in the 1970s. Acts such as The Cure, Bauhaus, the Banshees, Joy Division, and many others really put the genre on the map. Thematically, the genre discusses more ominous motifs with dark overtones musically, leading the listener to understand it as a sort of gothic musical embellishment. Above is a great video from Trash Theory that discusses how goth became goth.
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