The bizarre side of 80’s Goth Rock

The bizarre side of the 80’s Goth Rock unknown or ignored by most of the goth kids today was the desire to include Caribbean music on their songs. Artists like Bauhaus, The CureSiouxsie and the Banshees, Nina Hagen (Germany) and many more, where clearly influenced by the music of the UK working class mostly composed by Jamaican immigrants, hooligans and an angry youth without future, at the time.

As they call “The Godfather of Goth”, Peter Murphy in one of his most recent interviews talk about it:

Via The Quietus | July 26th 2011
How big an influence was reggae on the development of Bauhaus’s music?

PM: Massive. We were listening to toasting music all the time, and David brought in a lot of bass lines that were very lead riffs. You can see how those basslines really formed the basis of the music, especially on Mask. We were more aligned to The Clash than anything else that was going around. The Cure and those people really solidified what became goth, I suppose. We had no idea how to play reggae, but that was to our advantage because we expanded on that. It was successful on a very cult, underground level and that was very appropriate because our music was never going to be mainstream. It was seminal music. It was brilliant in its originality.

More examples:

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
(It is clear the Reggae bass line and the Dub rhythm on the drums)


Nina Hagen – Pollution Pirates
(Everything in this song is Reggae)


The Cure – The Lovecats
(Is obvious the Soul and Jazzy influence in this song) 


Siouxsie & The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
(Again soul music with a Brass section on it)

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
(Just watch the video)


Just to make clear, we think that dark music genres comes from an multicultural background and also they been influenced by the history moment when they where develop. So against of that some right-wing puritans say, there is no pure race, there is no a pure dark music genre out there. We are all mixed and multicultural!


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