What Is Goth?

Charmaine Mufua and Editor: Alya Niang

   There are a lot of misconceptions about goth people, such as all goth people worship satan or are demonic. However, this isn’t true. Goth is a music based alternative subculture. A couple of popular goth bands are Christian Death, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Alien Sex Fiend. There are many layers of goth history. The goth subculture arose in the 80s after Punk in the 70s. Parts of goth music include post-punk, deathrock, goth rock, darkwave, coldwave, ethereal wave, and minimal wave. A song that is known as a staple of goth is Bela Lugosi’s “Dead by Bauhaus”. Bauhaus are sometimes credited as the “Godfathers of Goth”. There are also many different subcultures within goth including trad goth, romantic goth, vampire goth, etc. When it comes to style, Goths may dress in black with white face paint, sharp long makeup as well as lots of jewelry and lace. Goths also tend to have teased hair, and “V” bangs are popular among goth people. However, goth style varies depending on the goth subculture. Goth music also varies depending on the type of goth. Goth is a very diverse alternative subculture. My personal favorite goth bands are Sisters of Mercy and The Cure. There is also gothic literature, art, and films that many goth people like. A film that helped to shape goth is “The Hunger” (1983). The plot of the movie is “John is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam and he’s been led to believe that he’ll live forever, too. Unfortunately, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death, and Miriam seeks a new companion. She soon sets her sights on Sarah, a lovely young scientist, who quickly falls under Miriam’s spell. However, Sarah doesn’t warm up to the concept of vampirism easily, leading to conflict with Miriam.” I personally would recommend this film as I enjoy it. The information i’ve provided in this article is only a bit about goth. There are many other videos and articles that you can view if you would like to learn more about this subculture.