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Goth started as a musical subculture at the end of the 70s, and was part of the post punk scene, sometimes being referred to in the early 80s as “gothic” or “positive” punk. It differed from punk in that it had a strikingly bleak and hollow sound, with the rhythm section taking priority over loud guitars, often with tribal drumming. Early goths looked rather like monochrome punks, but with more makeup, and an androgyny that stood in increasingly stark contrast to the mainstream punk scene. Original goth fashion, like punk, was generally DIY, or a modification of existing punk/alternative fashions, but alternative retailers began to sell gothic inspired clothing. The original “gothic punk” look involving spiky hair and fishnets began to change in the mid 80s to a “gothic rock” look with long hair and more flowing, elegant clothing, mirroring a change in the music to what became known as “gothic rock”.

The strength of the original goth scene in Britain began to fade in the late 80s in the face of other movements (industrial, shoegaze, baggy, acid house and a reinvigorated rock scene) but it remained strong in other countries, especially Germany. Then in the late 90s and early 00s, the US metal scene began to appropriate elements of the goth look, leading to a confusion about the term “goth” that remains to this day.

Around the same time, a section of the industrial scene, into which many goths had effectively migrated, began to incorporate gothic elements into its music, and thus cybergoth was born, along with its own fashions – these incorporated elements from the dance/rave scene, resulting in an often very colourful look that was almost the polar opposite of the late “gothic rock” look.

These days the influence of gothic fashion still lingers in the UK alternative scene, although the influence of the gothic sound is rather harder to trace, often turning up in very unexpected places or being accidentally  rediscovered/reinvented by bands who wouldn't regard themselves as goth. On the continent and further afield, however, the gothic subculture is still very much alive, as evidenced by the strength and size of the Wave-Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig.

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