Goth, A History: 1st Generation Goth Bands – Where it All Began

Goth truly is the Post Punk Movement. To name a specific event and time when the Goth Subculture was born, many have claimed that Bauhaus is the culprit that officially planted the seed for growth of the Goth Subculture with their song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” which was released in 1979.

The First generation of Goth Bands didn’t actually define themselves as Goth, the press gave that definition to them. Goth Music, as defined by the press was a new breed of mysterious and theatrical artists, fascinated by romanticism and morose and taboo things. The music itself was heavily inspired to post-punk and glam rock, and it was characterized by tribal drums, prominent bass lines and eerie guitars with reverb and chorus effects to rule the songs.

First Generation Goth Bands:

  • Joy Division

  • Siouxsie and the Banshees

  • Bauhaus

  • UK Decay

  • Sex Gang Children

  • Southern Death Cult

  • The Cure

  • The Sisters of Mercy

  • The Birthday Party

  • Play Dead

  • Danse Society

  • The Virgin Prunes

Have a Goth Topic in which you are screaming to know more about? Or have a favorite Goth band that you believe needs more exposure or needs to be heard about? Feel free to contact me either by leaving a message on my contact page, email me direct: or Call me when I am live on the air on doing my Talk Show: Unveiling the Obscurities on Evolution Pop every Tuesday @ 2pm CST!

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