|Goth rock grew out of the bleak post-punk rock
of the Cure and Joy Division. As the name implies, goth rock
had grand, baroque arrangements performed with gloomy synthesizers
and processed guitars. Lyrically, goth was equally dark, featuring
a lot of cryptic, morbid poetry. Almost as remarkable as its
sound was goth's image -- the bands and the fans usually dressed
in black and wore heavy makeup.
||Primarily, goth rock was a mid-'80s British sensation
-- it was one of several fringe genres that occupied the space
between new wave and alternative. Nevertheless, certain musical
elements of goth lingered into the '90s, even if it didn't capture
the imagination of alternative audiences like it did before.