Lately there has been a resurgence in 80s Vampire Goth. If for some reason you don’t know what that is, I refer you to the opening scene of The Lost Boys, in which Kiefer Sutherland and his gang are starting trouble on a merry-go-round amid a sea of people with bad haircuts. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then it’s music that you can both dance to and be depressed to, whether you’re in a cemetery or in some 80s retro dive bar.

There are different variations of it. I’ve always thought Ian Astbury from The Cult resembled a goth pirate, with his ruffled shirts and bandannas, while Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode seemed like your nerdy high school classmate with a dark secret. He did record songs as upbeat and carefree as “Just Can’t Get Enough” and as starkly melancholic as “Blasphemous Rumours,” after all. Some bands were synth-heavy, while others employed more of a hard rock sound, but all of them created great atmosphere and a deep sense of nostalgia in current times.

For this playlist, I have made sure to include many songs from classic 80’s bands, but I’ve also included some modern bands who capture that goth essence in new and exciting ways. Bands like Lebanon Hanover and She Past Away for instance, have become increasingly popular in recent years, and perhaps what is most fascinating is that this music has sprung up in unexpected places, such as Turkey, in the case of She Past Away.

So grab the Aqua Net, don your best black outfit, and sink your fangs into these tasty morsels!

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Johanna Ohlin is an Ethnolinguistics student, writer, and connoisseur of death metal and horror. She lives in New York with her three cats and is hoping to travel abroad in the future.

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