- First Found: 1979
Gothic subculture is basically the precursor to emo, which is the precursor to the now hip scene scene. The Gothic subculture is a wide and splintered one, with many sub-subcultures, each unique in their own depressing way.
Okay, that's a lie. All Goths essentially hold true to an all black style along, heavy make-up, and long fringe-y hair. Goths are also all white kids. Rich, suburban, whine-y white kids. Goths also all have an obsession with the macabre, as is the stereotype. What does vary is the "theme". For example, there is your common mallrat goth wearing their Hot Topic parachute pants and their Black Veil Brides shirt. Then there are more "Victorian" style Goths wearing vinyl corsets or tailcoats (depending on gender). Cyberpunk (invented by Billy Idol when he trolled the entire Internet) and Steampunk could be considered goth derivatives, as goths and cyber/steampunks share an interest in dystopia. In all honesty, there really isn't much variety anymore within the subcultures, and all end up being the more hXc version of emo. So much for the individualism these things try to stand for.
Goth began with post-punk music in the late 70s. The original goth scene was arguably started by post-punk bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Joy Division, and carried on by bands like the Cure.
Goth is less common now as a fashion statement, but lives on in some parts of emo and scene fashion. Goth music is also essentially dead as a pure genre, but has influenced avant-garde metal and industrial music.
Online, goth communities do exist. Vampyre communities especially contain an inordinate number of goths who blame their pale skin and vitamin D deficiency on a bizarre need for others' blood rather than a need for more sunlight.
- Sherrod was a "goth."