Gothic rock (also referred to as goth rock or simply goth) is a style of rock music that came from post-punk in the late 1970s. The first post-punk bands which shifted towards dark music with gothic overtones include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Bauhaus and the Cure.
|Cultural origins||Late 1970s, United Kingdom|
The genre itself was defined as different from post-punk due to its darker music and romantic lyrics.
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Curtis' death wrapped an already mysterious group in legend. From the press eulogies, you would think Curtis had gone to join Chatterton, Rimbaud and Morrison in the hallowed hall of premature harvests. To a group with several strong gothic characteristics was added a further piece of romance. The rock press had lost its great white hope, but they had lost a friend. It must have made bitter reading.