Originally Posted by Hard2Fit
So what is (or was) the appeal?
Even in my pre-teen years I could never relate.This
NYT article got me thinking.
I didn't read the entire article, but I lived in San Francisco in the early 90's and, believe it or not, goth (or "death rock" as it was more commonly referred to then) was actually fairly hip and stylish. It was a very cool scene for a few years. Anne Rice even wrote Interview With the Vampire
in a Victorian down the street from where I used to live (of course that was back in the 70's and before I lived there) .
The music we listened to was cool - Bauhaus, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, Love & Rockets, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, etc. Keep in mind, this was before bands like Marilyn Manson and Slipknot introduced black clothes and eyeliner to legions of fat, spotty Dungeons & Dragons geeks and Renaissance fair rejects.
Most of the guys and girls were thin and attractive, in a sort of androgynous way, and the overall style was actually fairly decent, black suits notwithstanding. A lot of these SF (the city, not the forum) goths eventually morphed into the sixties mod scene that was popular in the mid-90's which was then followed by the sort of glam 70's thing. By then, I was too old to want to be hanging out in dance clubs all the time.
Most "goths" I see these days have such horribly painful style, like the poor bastards in those frightening photos above or in that NYT article, that I very rarely admit that I was ever into that sort of thing. I guess that's what anonymous forums are for.