Los Angeles, California: 1980-1990.
Unbound. A collection of 162 flyers, business cards, and handbills promoting Los Angeles New Wave, electronic, and goth venues and bands from the 1980s-1990s featuring acts such as Peter Murphy, The Cure, Voice Farm, Nina Hagen, London After Midnight, The Divinyls, Tokyo Vogue, and Crash Worship. The flyers are all printed on sheets measuring either 16.5" x 11" to 2.5" x 2", in various colors with several incorporating rubber-stamped elements. All items near fine with modest edgewear and light soiling.
This mix features bands who kickstarted the wave of electronic music with darker themes and ethereal voices. Peter Murphy, the well-known singer of Bauhaus, started his solo career in 1983. Labeled as the “Godfather of Goth,” Murphy well known for his dark and alternative appearance and music. Bringing a darker more electronic sound was the band Crash Worship. Forming in 1986 the band was from San Diego, California. Notorious for their performances the band regularly showered the crowd in paint, honey, and blood all while playing in the crowd or jumping off stage. Also pushing the goth rock scene was London After Midnight. The band formed in 1990 out of California and has been credited with reviving the goth music of the early 90s. They played several popular venues such as the Helter Skelter and the Whisky a Go-Go. They brought back the original sounds of goth music with new wave elements. Tokyo Vogue, a new wave band, also formed out of California. Their music brought a light popiness to the typical new wave sound and were popular in the local scene.
Several of the venues that featured the popular New Wave and goth music became synonymous with the scene. The Helter Skelter club being one of them, was established in 1989 and has been called “The Foremost Gothic Club in Los Angeles.” In its time of popularity the club presented a dark atmosphere and music to match. While not as popular today, the club still runs goth-themed nights and concerts. I – Beam was another popular club, from 1980 to 1992 Michael Garrett was the primary DJ playing modern rock dance music by artists such as Duran Duran, The Church, Flipper, Siouxsie & The Banshees, New Order, The Cure, and Depeche Mode. One of the peculiar parts of the club was its temperature. It was kept as warm as possible to persuade the crowd to take off whatever they could in hopes to cool down. However because of this, sexual encounters in and around the club became just as popular. Sadly, the clubs popularity died down and closed in 1994.
Both New Wave and Goth have heavy ties with the 1970s punk rock before them. Both playing on the artsy influences and the need for youth to express themselves. The two genres sky rocked during the 80s. They dominated the dance club and concert venues of their time and while not as popular today, the music still finds its way into dance events everywhere for any occasion.
A colorfully vivid look back on the music that had influenced the styles and bands of the 1980s.