Gothtopia

The Five Most Disappointing Goth Albums: Bauhaus, Go Away White

All this week we're going to look back over albums from undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures.

Thus far I've been focusing on endings, what with Siouxsie and the Banshees' last album and another that made Robert Smith seriously consider ending The Cure. Now I'd like to bring up something more hopeful, but ultimately a failure in the reunion of Bauhaus and their 2008 album Go Away White.

The contribution to goth from Bauhaus, both as a collective and from the later careers of its assorted members can not in any way be overstated. They didn't invent goth, but they perfected it. Bauhaus defined a certain time of darkness, and it's easy to forget that they were in reality only together as long as your average local garage act.

A quarter of a century -- that's how long it had been since the quartet had released Burning From the Inside. You can't possibly know what to expect from such a happening. All we knew was that the band had decided to get back into a studio after a reunion concert at Coachella just to see what would happen.

What happened was an amazing record. I'm sorry if you don't agree, but not only is Go Away White exactly what we should have seen coming in retrospect from the last several albums by Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash, but it was accomplished with style and an easy grace. Why then is it such a disappointment?

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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