Tuesday, May 22 is World Goth Day, a time to take pleasure (or pain) in all things dark: music, movies, clothes. Sometimes people don't get it: why dress in black, listen to depressing music, and spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about coffins? However, to anyone who's of this nature, it's a desirable state of being-- it just feels right. And, of course, some of the best music ever created is goth.
My love for musician Alice Cooper knows no bounds. Yes, I will go down to Universal Studios to run around in a 3D Alice Cooper horror house! Is Wayne's World a classic, partly because it features Alice Cooper discussing the origins of "Milwaukee" after singing about feeding Frankenstein? Yes! Does the opening of "Under My Wheels" send shivers down my spine? You bet!
Golden Age of Goth
Alice Cooper, the master of macabre, theatrical concerts, heavy black eye make up, and black humor is considered a proto-goth musician, inspiring classic goth rock acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, the Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, This Mortal Coil, Bauhaus, The Cure, Einstürzende Neubauten, the Sisters of Mercy, Throbbing Gristle, the Damned, and countless others.
And who says goths can't have fun? Lots of goth music is perfect for the dance floor--and many 1980s pop acts (Echo and the Bunnymen, Modern English, the Human League) have darker goth elements to their music.
Goth Music Recommendations
Here are some recommended goth artists to listen to. Also, many more classic goth albums are available on our streaming service Hoopla.
What is your favorite goth song or band? Tell us in the comments below.