22 Songs, 1 Hour 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

‘Goth’ was too impractical to ever become a way of life. And its sound has been consistently shaped and changed by new technology. Yet, for twenty-five years Goth music has had its share of hardcore advocates and practitioners who’ve recorded some of the most challenging, dramatic music of the current era. This 22-track collection gives an excellent overview of what the genre has accomplished. Absolute essentials – Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy — begin things, laying out the schematic: slow, pulsing, robotic rhythms, deep, churning basslines, distorted and exaggerated guitars and keyboards, and finally a singer either completely consumed with emotion or thoroughly detached echo-ing from the bottom of an existential well of misery. Over time, the definition is expanded to include avant-garde, industrial treasures such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten and the next generation of practitioners, Ministry and Skinny Puppy. Goth is more a vague sensibility — and a maverick fashion style of boots, leather, fishnets, hairspray, heavy make-up and all the black you can handle — than a stylistic straitjacket. Which, in the end, enables it to thrive and remain artistically vibrant while other genres burn out with repetitive monotony.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

‘Goth’ was too impractical to ever become a way of life. And its sound has been consistently shaped and changed by new technology. Yet, for twenty-five years Goth music has had its share of hardcore advocates and practitioners who’ve recorded some of the most challenging, dramatic music of the current era. This 22-track collection gives an excellent overview of what the genre has accomplished. Absolute essentials – Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy — begin things, laying out the schematic: slow, pulsing, robotic rhythms, deep, churning basslines, distorted and exaggerated guitars and keyboards, and finally a singer either completely consumed with emotion or thoroughly detached echo-ing from the bottom of an existential well of misery. Over time, the definition is expanded to include avant-garde, industrial treasures such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten and the next generation of practitioners, Ministry and Skinny Puppy. Goth is more a vague sensibility — and a maverick fashion style of boots, leather, fishnets, hairspray, heavy make-up and all the black you can handle — than a stylistic straitjacket. Which, in the end, enables it to thrive and remain artistically vibrant while other genres burn out with repetitive monotony.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

chas_m ,

I thnnk poorrly

"I sppel funyly" only shows his tragic ignorance of musical history. What is he, 10?

If you don't know who Joy Division, The Cure, and Bauhaus are -- for heaven's sake don't admit that in public! Let's just say that they are the original voice of the Goth, those tragic hipsters who show their bravery against hopelessness and despair by embracing "death" images as a form of rebellion. They struggle against a world gone mad, and this music was (and should still be) part of the soundtrack of their lives.

This is a really inspiring collection. As a entire album it makes for an OUTSTANDING introduction to Goth and the more "industrial" side thereof (from whence a thousand lesser bands have spawned). For those of us who were already connisseurs, we can pick and choose the songs we may have missed or just ones we need to regain in digital form. Bravo.

lonewolfbklyn ,

Excellent introduction to REAL goth

It's been over 20 years since the inception of goth (or gothic rock), the "positive punk" movement that began with the likes of Siouxsie, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division. These days, however, it seems that younger people have confused the term and don't even know what it really means (or meant). This compilation is an instant refresher course, and it's almost startling to hear in an era where people call metal, emo and even EBM "goth".
Buy this if you really want to hear gothic music, which was a cousin to punk, and had nothing to do with mall rats shopping at Hot Topic and listening to Evanescence. It was sexy, scary, kinda gritty and all about love, sex and death.

WildBoi ,

No Siouxsie

I assume the bottom reviews were written by people who consider Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails Goth. I also think it's very unfair to write their ignorance off as "Americans", since a few of these bands are American and I doubt many younger consumers in the UK, what with it's Chavs and a an Emo scene that rivals Americas, know who these bands are. My main complaint is that neither Siouxsie and the Banshees, or the Creatures are present; very disapointing considering both Robert Smith and Andy SexGang have credited Siouxsie Sioux for helping them find their sound.

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