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For those of you who don't know The Mountain Goats (and many of you probably don't) the new album is well worth a listen...
08/12/2017

For those of you who don't know The Mountain Goats (and many of you probably don't) the new album is well worth a listen. Whilst not a 'goth' album in any traditional sense, it is Mountain Goats' John Darnielle's homage to Goth.
The opening track 'Rain in Soho' has a chorus reminiscent of the Sisters of Mercy circa 1985. With a line that insists 'no one knows where the bat cave close', Patricia Morrison could be the one accompanying Darnielle on the vocals. This is followed by the second track which is a pop-folk-easy-listening but heck of a catchy little tune entitled 'Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds'. Darnielle's capacity for quirky lyricism is here in all it's fullest glory.
Two more tracks on the album are particularly worthy of mention. 'Shelved' is a masterpiece in two halves with the second half switching to an unmistakable lead guitar homage to the Cure.
Finally, 'Abandoned Flesh' will have all true Goth aficionados smiling. Mention of Robert Smith, Siouxsie, the Bolshoi, the March Violets and Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry in one track is pretty cool and mighty impressive but do we concur with Darnielle's assertion that 'the world forgot about Gene Loves Jezebel'?

I can't find myself, I can't find myself, I can't find myself,I got lost in someone else
08/21/2016

I can't find myself, I can't find myself, I can't find myself,
I got lost in someone else

This Mortal Coil released three albums between 1984 and 1991 and, although all three were patchy, there were nevertheles...
02/25/2016

This Mortal Coil released three albums between 1984 and 1991 and, although all three were patchy, there were nevertheless moments of Gothic pop brilliance. A collaboration of various 4 AD artists, if you haven't checked it out already, start with the first release, "It'll End in Tears" which contains the hauntingly brilliant 'Song to the Siren' sung by the Cocteau's Liz Fraser.

We are all dreaming of a black Xmas
12/25/2015

We are all dreaming of a black Xmas

Robert Smith and the gang get into the festive spirit!
12/13/2015

Robert Smith and the gang get into the festive spirit!

The Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch hits back at all those who have ever criticised him.
10/12/2015

The Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch hits back at all those who have ever criticised him.

Dark Entries No 3From suicide to murder. Nick Cave and his Badseeds crank the darkness up a notch.
09/27/2015

Dark Entries No 3
From suicide to murder. Nick Cave and his Badseeds crank the darkness up a notch.

Dark Entires No 2As promised, some more of the darker lyrics of Goth. This from Left Wings of Desire - suicidal ideation...
09/25/2015

Dark Entires No 2
As promised, some more of the darker lyrics of Goth. This from Left Wings of Desire - suicidal ideation as poetry!

Dark Entries No 1Over the next few weeks, we will bring you some of the darkest lyrics in Goth. First offering comes fro...
09/23/2015

Dark Entries No 1
Over the next few weeks, we will bring you some of the darkest lyrics in Goth. First offering comes from the voice of the Cure's very own Robert Smith.

Patricia Morrison, formerly of the Gun Club and the Damned and, perhaps most famously, the Sisters of Mercy. Sisters fro...
09/14/2015

Patricia Morrison, formerly of the Gun Club and the Damned and, perhaps most famously, the Sisters of Mercy. Sisters frontman, Andrew Eldritch was keen to add some undoubted glamour to the band's image but Morrison left after only one album (Floodland) being reputedly paid a flat rate of only 300 pounds per month!

Clan of Xymox artwork by J.D. Rodriguez that captures the Gothic heart of the band.
08/31/2015

Clan of Xymox artwork by J.D. Rodriguez that captures the Gothic heart of the band.

In 1985, Anne Marie Hurst (former singer with the Skeletal Family) and Gary Marx (former guitarist with the Sisters of M...
08/21/2015

In 1985, Anne Marie Hurst (former singer with the Skeletal Family) and Gary Marx (former guitarist with the Sisters of Mercy) joined forces to form the band, Ghost Dance. They released two albums before splitting in 1989.

BELA LUGOSI'S DEADOn this day (17 August) 1956, screen star Bela Lugosi, best known for his roles as Dracula, died. 23 y...
08/17/2015

BELA LUGOSI'S DEAD

On this day (17 August) 1956, screen star Bela Lugosi, best known for his roles as Dracula, died. 23 years after his death, Bauhaus released the single 'Belarus Lugosi's Dead'. Lasting over nine and a half minutes, it is now considered the first Goth record ever made. It defined an entire genre, elevated the band to cult icons of the macabre but failed to enter the charts.

The Wax and Wane EP by the Cocteau Twins was released prior to their debut album 'Garlands' in 1982. Extremely rare, it ...
08/04/2015

The Wax and Wane EP by the Cocteau Twins was released prior to their debut album 'Garlands' in 1982. Extremely rare, it is reckoned that there may only be a handful of copies left in circulation. The Cocteau Twins took their name from a song by fellow Scottish band of the time Johnny and the Self-Abusers (later to become Simple Minds).

Daniel Ash (Bauhaus and Love and Rockets) at his cadaverous best!
08/01/2015

Daniel Ash (Bauhaus and Love and Rockets) at his cadaverous best!

WTF? Kanye and Lorde in Goth shock horror! Uncool and so wrong.
07/23/2015

WTF? Kanye and Lorde in Goth shock horror! Uncool and so wrong.

07/15/2015

RIP Arthur

Our thoughts tonight are with Nick Cave and his family. 15 year old son, Arthur, died today after falling from a cliff in Sussex, England.

We received this last week and it has divided the TGT's team, with one or two of us agreeing with the sentiment (sorry, ...
07/14/2015

We received this last week and it has divided the TGT's team, with one or two of us agreeing with the sentiment (sorry, Siouxsie).

This October, London, England may be the place to visit. The Mission play their first live gig since 2008 and have some ...
07/10/2015

This October, London, England may be the place to visit. The Mission play their first live gig since 2008 and have some very special guests!

Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch trying to sound like Chuck D whilst looking a lot like Michael Jackson. Patricia Morr...
07/01/2015

Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch trying to sound like Chuck D whilst looking a lot like Michael Jackson. Patricia Morrison broods beautifully beside him.

A Bauhaus promo pic from 2008 when the band released their fifth studio album, 'Go Away White'. It came a full 25 years ...
06/22/2015

A Bauhaus promo pic from 2008 when the band released their fifth studio album, 'Go Away White'. It came a full 25 years after their fourth - 'Burning From The Inside'. Opinion remains hugely divided about 'Go Away White' but in our view, it is brilliantly Bauhaus despite the passage of time.

'Babe I'm on Fire' is the closing track on the NCATBS album 'Nocturama'. The song is almost 15 minutes long - manic, fre...
06/13/2015

'Babe I'm on Fire' is the closing track on the NCATBS album 'Nocturama'. The song is almost 15 minutes long - manic, frenetic, Cave and his Badseeds at their brilliant best. Lyrically witty, poetic and offbeat, Cave outrageously pairs the words 'hi-jackers' with 'back-packers' and 'Blixa' with 'mixer'.
He spits, yells and croons maniacally throughout and, with cocky confidence, lists all of the people who say he is 'on fire'. Ultimately though, this is a sensitively constructed love poem cleverly concealed in a riot of noise. A frantic bass-line is meshed with some free styling on an electric organ as Animal (surely it's him!) accompanies on the drums. It is the sound of a cocaine-fuelled orchestra in a war-torn living room - claustrophobic and deafeningly intimate. If Cave's words of eternal love don't actually make your heart bleed, the Badseeds do everything in their power to ensure that at least your ears do.
When the quarter of an hour is finally over you may feel spent, exhausted and perhaps even violated. Bizarrely though, you may be ready for more. One thing is for sure, after listening to this performance - it is very hard to argue with Nick'. Cave, and his Badseeds, are indeed on fire!

THEN AND NOWSome goth legends as they were then and as they are now.
06/10/2015

THEN AND NOW

Some goth legends as they were then and as they are now.

'The Love Cats' was the first Cure single to reach the UK top 10 way back in 1983. It peaked at number 7.
06/06/2015

'The Love Cats' was the first Cure single to reach the UK top 10 way back in 1983. It peaked at number 7.

This artwork is by Nati Cainelli and captures Evanescence lead singer, Amy Lee, whilst playing in South America in 2012....
05/24/2015

This artwork is by Nati Cainelli and captures Evanescence lead singer, Amy Lee, whilst playing in South America in 2012. Amy Lee is a classically-trained pianist.

Gene Loves Jezebel gained a bit of a cult following in the eighties, particularly on the college scene. The core of the ...
05/17/2015

Gene Loves Jezebel gained a bit of a cult following in the eighties, particularly on the college scene. The core of the band were identical twins, Jay and Michael Aston. The band split in 1990, reformed briefly in 1997 and then spent 12 years arguing over the rights to the name. In a bizarre settlement agreement, revealed in 2009, Jay Aston's band is now known as "Gene Loves Jezebel" in the UK and "Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel" within the US; Michael Aston's band is now known as "Gene Loves Jezebel" in the US and "Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel" in the UK. (NB You may need to read that a few times to get your head around it!)

THE DARK PRINCEIt would be easy to write off Marc Almond as a purely pop icon. It would also be a big mistake. The man, ...
05/15/2015

THE DARK PRINCE
It would be easy to write off Marc Almond as a purely pop icon. It would also be a big mistake.

The man, perhaps best-known for his Soft Cell hits Tainted Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, cannot be pigeon-holed by these two timeless pop classics. His career has been long and varied since then. The fourth and final Soft Cell album, This Last Night in Sodom, is an assault on the senses and as fresh now as it was when released over thirty years ago. His Marc and the Mambas releases are also well worth checking out. Beyond that, he has released an album of Jacques Brel covers, an album of Russian folk songs and, more recently, an album that tells the story of one man's viewpoint of living through the Bubonic Plague!! The latter album doesn't get any darker than that and, although not Goth in any traditional sense, nevertheless as Gothic as they come.

His solo album, Violent Silence, released in 1986, is also well worth checking out. Containing only five tracks, with piano and subtle string arrangements, the lyrics and delivery are disturbingly twisted. The picture below, with the raven and his characteristic skull necklace and black clothing perhaps gives a sense of where Marc's heart really lies - the dark side! Top Goth Tunes formally adopts Marc Almond as an honorary Goth.

The Cure in Mexico City 2013 - the most epic gig ever?On the 21st of April 2013, the Cure took to the stage at the Foro ...
04/28/2015

The Cure in Mexico City 2013 - the most epic gig ever?

On the 21st of April 2013, the Cure took to the stage at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City only half an hour after the stadium itself had been rocked by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. It also happened to be Robert Smith's 54th birthday. What happened that night must rank as one of the most remarkable concerts ever.

The band proceeded to play a total of fifty songs! The concert extended to four very full encores and lasted a remarkable 4 hours and 16 minutes. The entire set list that night was as follows -

Setlist: The Cure, Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, 4/21/13

1. “Open”
2. “High”
3. “The End of the World”
4. “Lovesong”
5. “Push”
6. “In Between Days”
7. “Just Like Heaven”
8. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
9. “Prayers for Rain”
10. “Pictures of You”
11. “Lullaby”
12. “Sleep When I’m Dead”
13. “Play for Today”
14. “A Forest”
15. “Bananafishbones”
16. “The Walk”
17. “Mint Car”
18. “Friday I’m in Love”
19. “Doing the Unstuck”
20. “Trust”
21. “Want”
22. “The Hungry Ghost”
23. “Wrong Number”
24. “One Hundred Years”
25. “End”

Encore:
26. “The Kiss”
27. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
28. “Fight”

Encore 2:
29. “Plainsong”
30. “The Same Deep Water as You”
31. “Disintegration”

Encore 3:
32. “Shake Dog Shake”
33. “Cold”
34. “A Strange Day”
35. “The Hanging Garden”
36. “Fascination Street”
37. “Charlotte Sometimes”
38. “Primary”

Encore 4:
39. “Dressing Up”
40. “The Lovecats”
41. “The Caterpillar”
42. “Close to Me”
43. “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
44. “Let’s Go to Bed”
45. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
46. “Three Imaginary Boys” (Robert Smith solo)
47. “Fire in Cairo” (Robert Smith solo)
48. “Boys Don’t Cry”
49. “10:15 Saturday Night”
50. “Killing an Arab”

To quote our very own tag line, "Goth's not dead, it's undead".
04/13/2015

To quote our very own tag line, "Goth's not dead, it's undead".

Is it art? Is it good? We don't know!!The 'artwork' below are works by Daniel Ash of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.
04/06/2015

Is it art? Is it good? We don't know!!
The 'artwork' below are works by Daniel Ash of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.

AN UNLIKELY COMBOAndrew Eldritch and Chuck D standing shoulder to shoulder in 1991. In a twist that brought together ent...
03/30/2015

AN UNLIKELY COMBO

Andrew Eldritch and Chuck D standing shoulder to shoulder in 1991. In a twist that brought together entirely different musical styles, The Sisters of Mercy and Public Enemy toured North America together in 1991. Unfortunately, the tour was cut short as venues in a number of States cancelled gigs fearing race clashes between fans.

03/28/2015

TOP TEN MOST DANCEABLE GOTH TUNES

1. She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
2. The Love Cats - The Cure
3. In Love We Trust - Clan of Xymox
4. Kick in the Eye - Bauhaus
5. So Alive - Love and Rockets
6. Dead Disco Dancer - O. Children
7. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
8. Lagartija Nick - Bauhaus
9. God's Zoo - Death Cult
10. Temple of Love - the Sisters of Mercy

Here at Top Goth Tunes, we do enjoy the darker side of life. Nevertheless, this painting by the artist Ben Smith entitle...
03/24/2015

Here at Top Goth Tunes, we do enjoy the darker side of life. Nevertheless, this painting by the artist Ben Smith entitled "Leonard Cohen Consoles Nick Cave", remains one of the most unsettling images we've seen. Cohen's influence on Cave's work is unmistakeable but this particular work of art is, well... disturbing?

We are currently compiling the Top Ten Most Danceable Goth tracks. Once the fights in the office are finally over, we wi...
03/21/2015

We are currently compiling the Top Ten Most Danceable Goth tracks. Once the fights in the office are finally over, we will release the list on this page at the end of the month. The current favourite for top spot is this...

Not only does this tribute night sound ultimately appealing... we are loving the artwork on the flyer.
03/15/2015

Not only does this tribute night sound ultimately appealing... we are loving the artwork on the flyer.

Anne-Marie Hurst, vocalist with the Skeletal Family, live on stage in 1982, when they toured as supporting band to the S...
03/12/2015

Anne-Marie Hurst, vocalist with the Skeletal Family, live on stage in 1982, when they toured as supporting band to the Sisters on the First and Last and Always Tour. Such was the success of that tour that when the Skeletal Family released their debut album, 'Burning Oil' it reached number one in the UK indie charts. The Skeletal Family reformed in 2012.

We haven't been able to establish what year this flyer was from but the line-ups and the ticket prices suggest it must h...
03/09/2015

We haven't been able to establish what year this flyer was from but the line-ups and the ticket prices suggest it must have been very early eighties? Nick Cave's Birthday Party and the Sisters in the same show followed a few nights later with Ian Astbury's Southern Death Cult. Well done the Zigzag Club!!

03/04/2015

The Complex Cave

The legendary Nick Cave, as a caricature, is easy to paint; all black linearity and angular shadows like some Goya grotesque. A sinister lord of malevolent melancholy, the Darth Vader of rock who crushes the souls of inane journalists the world over with a caustic grunt and the stylish stamp of a glistening Cuban heel. But the truth is eminently more subtle, rewarding and humorous. Emanating as much dark matter as he does spiritual enlightenment, Cave and his coterie are an all round class act.

Rock star, novelist, screenwriter, preacher, forged from some elemental antipodean spring of provocation, vitriol and vulgarity, Nick Cave is dazzlingly prolific and unnervingly erudite. He and his band of merry men will lead you through Dionysian debauchery all the way to Bible belt America, on their journey down the River Styx. You want violence, chaos, and the gut-wrenching beauty of the sublime? You got it. You want libidinous lounge ballads, strutting histrionics and porn star moustaches? Well, you got that too.

His notorious band, The Bad Seeds, have been a continually evolving line up, far too long to list, and they ideally require a career synopsis all of their own, so insane is their level of musicianship, so devastating their reputation. Never was a band so aptly named. Wildly talented, and really f**king dangerous, they’ve aged like sexual experience - exhilarating, hazardous, and increasingly weird.

by ANNA WILSON

Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch on stage in 2007 looking much more like Tintin than one of the Godfathers of Goth!
03/02/2015

Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch on stage in 2007 looking much more like Tintin than one of the Godfathers of Goth!

Robert Smith played guitar with Siouxsie and the Banshees on tour way back in 1979. We reckon that must constitute a Sup...
02/28/2015

Robert Smith played guitar with Siouxsie and the Banshees on tour way back in 1979. We reckon that must constitute a Supergroup!

Thanks to Marianne Felix for sending us this pic.
02/25/2015

Thanks to Marianne Felix for sending us this pic.

Hard to imagine that Fields of the Nephilim are now 30 YEARS old! They celebrated their 30th anniversary by playing two ...
02/24/2015

Hard to imagine that Fields of the Nephilim are now 30 YEARS old! They celebrated their 30th anniversary by playing two special nights at Shepherd's Bush Theatre, London, England in December 2014.

A rare pic of Patricia Morrison (Gun Club and Sisters of Mercy) on stage with Anja Huwe (Xmal Deutschland). Sisters doin...
02/23/2015

A rare pic of Patricia Morrison (Gun Club and Sisters of Mercy) on stage with Anja Huwe (Xmal Deutschland). Sisters doing it for themselves?

Top Goth Tunes asks the question - who (or what) is killing Mr. Moonlight? Peter Murphy appears to be ageing very badly!...
02/23/2015

Top Goth Tunes asks the question - who (or what) is killing Mr. Moonlight? Peter Murphy appears to be ageing very badly! Nevertheless, we still love you Peter.

A young Tobias O'Kandi (singer with O Children) sporting a cool line in t-shirt with friends.
02/22/2015

A young Tobias O'Kandi (singer with O Children) sporting a cool line in t-shirt with friends.

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