The Cure

The Cure are an English rock band that released eight albums and eighteen singles between 1978 and 1989 on Fiction Records. They emerged in the British post-punk movement and cultivated a goth-rock sound and image during the early 1980s. Their popular hits include “Boys Don’t Cry,” “A Forest,” “Let’s Go to Bed,” “The Love Cats,” […]

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band that released eleven studio albums and twenty-seven singles between 1978 and 1995 on Polydor. They charted with their debut single “Hong Kong Garden” and scored multiple UK hits, including the underground rock staples “Happy House,” “Spellbound,” “Arabian Knights,” “Cities In Dust,” “Peek-a-Boo,” and “Kiss Them for […]

Xmal Deutschland

Xmal Deutschland were a German goth-rock band that released a pair of three-song singles on Zickzack circa 1981/82, followed by two albums with accompanying singles on 4AD in 1983 and 1984. The band founded small-press Xile for a string of 1986–88 shortplayers and the album Viva, followed by the decade-ending Metronome release Devils. Members: Anja […]


Belfegore were a German goth-rock/art-punk band that released an eponymous EP and the album A Dog Is Born on Pure Freude in 1983, followed by a self-titled album on Elektra in 1984. Members: Michael Claus (guitar, vocals), Walter Jäger (keyboards, bass, vocals), Charly Terstappen (drums), Raoul Walton (bass) Discography: Belfegore (EP, 1983) A Dog Is […]

The Legendary Pink Dots

The Legendary Pink Dots were an English-Dutch goth-psych band that issued two cassette-albums on self-press Mirrordot in 1981, followed by three proper studio albums on In Phaze Records between 1982 and 1984. A lengthy round of albums appeared during the subsequent 10-year period on Play It Again Sam Records amid side releases on Jarmusic and […]

The Danse Society

The Danse Society was an English goth-rock band that released the 1981 independent singles “Clock” and “There Is No Shame In Death,” followed by the 1982–83 albums Seduction and Heaven Is Waiting on Society Records. As Danse Society International, they concluded with the 1986 Society release Looking Through. Members: Steve Rawlings (vocals, 1980-87, 2009-10), Paul […]

The Cult

The Cult is an English hard-rock band that started in 1983 as the goth-inspired Death Cult, a name derived from singer Ian Astbury’s prior band the Southern Death Cult. As Death Cult they released two singles on the London indie Situation Two, then signed with Beggars Banquet as The Cult. After their 1984 album Dreamtime, […]

Musta Paraati

Musta Paraati were a Finnish goth-rock band that released two albums and three singles between 1982 and 1984 on Johanna. Members: Pasi Nikander (bass), Jari Kääriäinen (synthesizer, 1981-84, 2015-present), Ykä Knuuttila (drums, 1981-83, 2015-present), Jore Vastelin (vocals, guitar, 1981-83), General Njassa (vocals, 1981, 1983-84), Saku Paasiniemi (guitar, 1982-85, 2015-present), Epe Kronholm (vocals, 1984-85), Sande Vettenranta […]


Charge were an English punk-rock/goth band from London that debuted with a live album on Trikont in 1980, followed by singles on YCAFO and Test Pressings. In 1982, the band released two shortplayers and the album Perfection on Kamera Records. Members: Stu P Didiot [Stuart Lunn] (guitar, vocals, 1977-83), Iain MacLaughlan (vocals, 1977-80), Dave Griffiths […]


Ausgang were an English goth-rock band from Birmingham that released two EPs on Criminal Damage Records circa 1983/84, followed by the album Manipulate on FM Revolver in 1985. Members: Mark “Max” Freeth (vocals), Paul “Cub” Balogh (bass), Matthew Amos (guitar), Ian “Ibo” Oakley (drums), Stuart Smith (bass) Discography: Head On (EP, 1983) The Teachings of […]


1919 were an English goth-rock band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, that released five shortplayers on Red Rhino and Abstract between 1982 and 1984. All of the band’s recordings from this period were later issued on the 2001 Anagram disc The Complete Collection. Members: Mark Tighe (guitar, 1979-2017), Ian Tilleard (lead vocals, 1979-84), Nick Hiles (bass, […]

13th Chime

The 13th Chime were an English goth-rock band from Haverhill, Suffolk, that released three small-press singles between 1981 and 1983. Around 1984, tracks were laid for an intended album that was ultimately released by archivists Sacred Bones in 2009. Members: Mick Hand (vocals), Gary O’Connor (guitar), Terry Taylor (bass), Ricky Cook (drums) Discography: “Cuts of […]