posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 10:32 AM
Was anyone on this site ever goth besides me?
In my teenage years I fell into the goth clich while attempting to escape all other clichs not realizing that goth was itself a clich. Make sense? See
I grew up in a fairly hick NJ town and did not know that goth even existed. I looked the look (minus the make-up) and listened to the music (early
Cure, Bauhaus, Sisters, etc), but without the media and internet that we have now did not know what goth was. So I suppose that I was goth without
ever really seeing a goth. People at my school did not know what goth was either; they just though I was some derranged art student. Remember this was
the late 80s, early 90s and I was about 14 or 15.
It is actually pretty funny how I discovered goth. On a trip to the Village in NYC, I picked up a magazine called Propaganda and to my amazement found
a whole group of people that looked like me. And that was pretty much that! I became obsessed with the underground club scene from NYC to Philly and
all the way down to Baltimore. It was a pretty crazy time for me as when you are on the scene that intencely, you meet just about everyone involved in
the scene. I was even running a goth zine for a while and interviewed various bands after their sets. I suppose that the most well know people I have
talked to are Robert and the boys from The Cure and the most interesting interview I got was Corpus Delecti in the dressing room at Limelight.
Goth is really like any other clich. It is just a bunch of people that gravitate towards one another because of similar interests. Goth might look
strange to some but when you describe it as a group of people that like the same type of fashion, music, literature, movies, etc. it really isn't
that strange. It is the appearence that does it for most people, the sudden gasp of "What the hell?" Some goths avoid this and others, like myself
at the time, get even more extreme for the humor of shock value.
Also like other clichs, there are always the extremists. The ones that push it further then the average and stigmatize the group. I have known people
that claim to sleep in coffins and even dated someone that bleached her skin to get it whiter. The whole drinking blood thing is one of those things
that got blown out of perspective. Yes, there are some that put on their silly vampire fangs and emulate Bela Lugosi movies, but for the most part
blood drinking is more of a sexual/sensual type of foreplay that only some goths do.
To be completely honest, I don't know what the goth scene has turned into these days as I don't keep contact with most of my highschool era friends.
Sure I still see the occasional Victorian goth at a club (there are many different kinds of goth), but it morphed like all things over time. That is
not to say that there aren't any old school goths about anymore, but rather that when the music branched out the hordes did as well. Back in my youth
it was new wave, goth, industrial, punk and the beginnings of synthpop which comprised the scene. Today it would take me pages to list all the
divisions. EBM (electric body music) is the big one in the underground clubs in the US and Europe these days, but that is beginning to get over-played
Me? As I have already stated, when I realized that goth was just another clich I got bored of it and start becoming, for lack of a better discription,
extremely excentric in my fashion style: silk pajamas all day long or a nice dress suit with a costume tyger's tail hanging out the back or full goth
make-up with bright Hawian shirts. Avantgard humor I suppose. These days I would have to say that I appear Cyberpunk when I go to clubs, but that has
nothing to do with the music as there are no real cyberpunk bands. Cyberpunk was a fashion that grew out of scifi literature.