Antedatings of "Goth" & "Gothic"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Mar 29 21:51:21 UTC 2006

On 3/29/06, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> In an interview with Steve Keaton from Sounds in February 1981, Abbo from
> UK Decay inadvertently named the goth movement: "he said 'it's gonna be a
> movement' and we're going nah, we'll be gone in six months. He said you've
> got to get a name for it, it's not dance or alternative or New Pop or
> mod... and I remember saying 'we're into the whole Gothic thing'... and we
> sat there laughing about how we should have gargoyle shaped records and
> only play churches. Course he put it all in the interview.. for six months
> everything went quiet then when the album came out everyone was asking
> 'what's this Gothic thing you're into?' And it's a total joke!"

The archive at <> has quite a lot of
articles from _Sounds_, but this one hasn't been added yet.

--Ben Zimmer

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