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DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:14:55

Posting here for traffic (sorry).

Anyone here a Goth in a past life?
I am watching the BBC four programme with all the goth stuff and it's made me really regret that I have few photos (and coherent memories) of my time as a student in Manchester and then at the Square Club in Cardiff.

Did you have a local Goth club, got any pictures or memories?

Halloween Topic!

MasqueradeWaltzer Fri 31-Oct-14 22:19:35

Yes, watching too! Never went to the Banshee but my Mancunian university boyfriend was a devotee.

We were at Bristol, used to go to a club called The Whip in the (now demolished, I think) Studio nightclub. Did my PGCE at Nottingham and spent many a night at Rock City wondering where the girls got their amazing eyebrow jewellery.

I have many, many memories - mainly of setting fire to my Hard Rock hairsprayed and backcombed fringe when lighting cigarettes...

DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:23:30

Ha ha. I think setting fire you your hair was a goth rite of passage.

The Banshee is also demolished sad.

It seems like several lifetimes ago.

MasqueradeWaltzer Fri 31-Oct-14 22:29:32

Which were your favourite goth bands? I was Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, not so keen on some of the rockier stuff.

seesensepeople Fri 31-Oct-14 22:32:00

Hi Fanjo,

Spent many a night at the Banshee (didn't see myself as a Goth, more a Rock Chick) also Jilly's, the Playpen, Pheonix, UMIST and Swinging Sporran...

LoveVintage Fri 31-Oct-14 22:34:37

I didn't, live in Scotland, but am watching the programme. I wasn't even a goth but went to loads of goth/indie clubs and gigs. Saw Siouxsie and the Cure relatively early maybe 1978/9. Saw bands like Sex Gang Children, Flesh for Lulu, as well as better ones like Bauhaus, Joy Division. Loved Spear of Destiny. Feeling old and nostalgic watching this.

BitchesGetStuffDone Fri 31-Oct-14 22:35:37

Watching it too!

My mum was an 80's goth, I love looking at all her photos.

Pipbin Fri 31-Oct-14 22:35:39

I used to go to Jilly's in my student days.

Yambabe Fri 31-Oct-14 22:37:01

I used to go to the Banshee occasionally. I was more of a regular Jillys/Rockworld girl but my brother's band(s) used to play at the Banshee so I often went along to watch.

CMOTDibbler Fri 31-Oct-14 22:37:45

We're watching it too, and I was just reminiscing about when it took real commitment to wear the black - hunting out tiny shops in obscure places, haunting second hand shops etc.

When I went to uni, I used to crimp and spray my flatmates hair into an amazing cloud - and spent part of my first grant cheque on over the knee suede boots which I held up with silk scarves. Happy days grin

Which one was the Square? I used to go to the rock night at the union, Subways, Bogiez (vile beyond belief), and a nasty place that was in a sort of arch that dripped from the ceiling

MasqueradeWaltzer Fri 31-Oct-14 22:38:10

My brother LOVED Fields of the Nephilim. He was singer in a local band at the time and tried very very hard to sound like the lead singer thlgrin.

Watching here too, but didn't go to the club in Manchester. Had to settle for a ten minute slot at the local under-age drinking den, if we were lucky.

MasqueradeWaltzer Fri 31-Oct-14 22:39:20

I went to Subways! On my one and only night out in Cardiff. Preceded by a pub called the Four Bars?

DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:39:37

Yeah, cure, siouxie, Bauhaus and sisters of mercy.
Things like NIN etc became popular just as I was leaving Polytechnic and I was never into them as much.

Seesense and Pibin, I was always a bit scared of the rockier club upstairs, was that Jilly's?

DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:41:40

Oh, masquerade, Subways was where we all went to when the Square club closed down. four bars is, I think, now an irish pub or something like that but I will always know it as Four Bars.

Oh my god, the mission. I used to listen to them on my Walkman while walking morosely along the beach in my home town.

DraaaamaghAlpacaaaagh Fri 31-Oct-14 22:43:11

I was a goth (though only in a very subtle way!) in the early 80s in Leeds, the home of the Sisters of Mercy.

I have a Sisters of Mercy t-shirt from about 1983 & it still fits me I only wear it in bed now, though

I've just set the programme to record - it's on again later.

DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:44:06

square club was at the back of a building down some narrow stairs and then back up,again to the goth bit, also dripping with wet (sweat, urine?). Because I was a student in Manchester i didn't get to go to the square club much, only really started going once my degree ended and then it closed down.

Lots of people I know went to Bogiez.

MasqueradeWaltzer Fri 31-Oct-14 22:44:41

I went to see the Mission a ludicrous number of times! The atmosphere at their gigs was always fantastic.

mejon Fri 31-Oct-14 22:45:31

I'm watching too - God I'd forgotten some of the bands and some made right old rackets <ancient gimmer>. CMOT - the Square was an upstairs room in a club in Westgate Street I think (I only ever went there once as I did my college days in Leicester). There's a Square Club FB page Duelling in case you haven't come across it.

I think The Mission are the band I've seen live more than any other - them or The Wedding Present, anyway.

CMOTDibbler Fri 31-Oct-14 22:46:45

I forgot Tuesdays at Clwb Ifor Bach as well.

My fave memory of Subways was nowDH dancing to Sympathy for the Devil completely of his face. And a dear friend trying to snog me after vomiting into his bag

sausagefries Fri 31-Oct-14 22:47:02

Bitches are you even old enough to post on MN? wink

I am still a goth, no past life for me. Anyway, surely the 80's was only a few years ago?? [feeling old and grumpy]

PlantsAndFlowers Fri 31-Oct-14 22:48:27

Yes! And Spiders in Hull.

DuelingFanjo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:49:06

I wonder if I might know some of you?

There's not enough Jesus and Mary chain on this programme!

Marychain not really goth, but that doesn't seem to be stopping them re Depeche Mode and Strawberry Switchblade! LOVE the J&M more than everybody apart from The Smiths (outs self as not a real goth at all).

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