Olli Wisdom, singer with Specimen and founder of the Batcave (1958-2021)

This morning, it was reported by Trancentral TV that Olli Wisdom of psychedlic trance outfit Space Tribe had passed away. He was better known in our subculture as not only the lead singer of pioneering goth/glam/punk band Specimen, but also the co-founder of the Batcave club night in 1982, setting the template for the burgeoning goth scene’s sound and style.

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The Vlogging Goth – Updates on YouTube

Good morning readers, and apologies for the lack of updates recently. I had a vague plan to update monthly if not more often, but between a new job and various home upgrades, not to mention the devastating effects of a worldwide lockdown have all been massive obstacles.

One happy break in this ponderous routine was Record Store Day on July 18. Like many other old goths, I made all haste for my local stockists – Beyond Vinyl of Newcastle – to pick up my first ever brand new vinyl by The Sisters of Mercy.

It was such a revolutionary experience, it inspired me to record a short, light-hearted video for YouTube. It was an uphill struggle as I am very unfamiliar with the editor, not using a script and battling temperatures in the upper twenties.

Nevertheless, as a bit of fun commentary and discussion, I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be considering other topics to record, so let me know in the comments what you’d like to see me comment on and of course feel free to subscribe!


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Coming out of my grave and I’ve been doing just grim – World Goth Day 2021

We’ve survived obscurity, infighting and the monotonous breakups of multiple favourite bands. A little thing like a global pandemic cancelling all social events and travel on World Goth Day isn’t about to set us back anytime soon!

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Coronation Street storyline features ‘hate crime’ attack on Goth character

A cultural phenomena of its own, Coronation Street has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running soap opera television show, having been broadcast since December 1960. It has amassed a huge and dedicated following, with fans eagerly tuning in to the characters and storylines set in the working-class industrial North of England.

A recent addition to the sprawling cast was character Nina Lucas, as played by actress Mollie Gallagher who has her own unique identity and appearance in keeping with the goth style of her character. Nina is a long-lost, suddenly-discovered soap-opera-trope style relative of beloved veteran character Roy Cropper, as played by David Neilson.

“I have always liked being creative and just like whatever I like I guess. I’m a very expressive person, and I love fashion and physically expressing myself through what I wear.”
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Homes for the Recently Deceased

Here’s a house-listing to tempt the most ardent VampireFreaks user! For a mere $225,000 you can pick up a modest one-bed, one-bath property in the charming neighbourhood of Arundel Village, Baltimore that’s hiding (not very effectively) a dark secret from the world.

From the moment you step through the glossy black front door of this unassuming home, you’ll be transported to a world of, uh, more glossy black furniture and fittings. And glossy black upright lounge casket of course, a real conversation piece for when friends come ’round to drink knock-off absinthe-flavoured alcopops and marathon the ‘Twilight’ films.

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