A Gloom of Goths

Just read an article which used the term “Gloom of Goths”.

I have a reasonable claim to being the inventor of that collective noun, about as reasonable as the claim I have to killing Kurt Cobain, but that’s another story.

I sent a friendly fax to the local music rag in Perth Western Australia to set a few facts straight about some articles that had been published about the local Goth scene, and pointed out in a little “and by the way” that the collective noun for Goths is a “Gloom”. I made it up while I was writing the letter, and if I made it up, hell I’m sure a hundred other people have before me, but that’s a point I try to suppress in the every day telling of the story.

Someone at the paper did a sucky writeup of what I said, nothing mean, nothing dishonest, but the attitude pissed me off no end, if you imagine a eulogy being read by Krusty The Clown peaking on E, then you have a fair grip on the essential offense. 

Now in part of my friendly, but in retrospect slightly ranty fax, I talked about the future of music and “the coming computer network that will link us all together”.

So I send a reply fax to the article with a hand drawn pic of myself “giving the bird” with the words “Piss Off And See You On The Internet” in large friendly letters.

And that was 1988

About James McParlane

CTO Massive Interactive. Ex Computer Whiz Kid - Now Grumpy Old Guru.
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1 Response to A Gloom of Goths

  1. MB says:

    I think I have to bite on this one – Kurt Cobain?

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