Misfit Monday: The Goth
Here on Get Jack’d I’m starting a few new regular series of posts. We can’t have things getting stale — stale is so … yesterday! So to keep things minty fresh I introduce to you the first in my regular blogs Misfit Monday. Now many of you might be rolling your eyes or pish poshing the idea, thinking I’m going to be writing about various miscreants, killers, or maybe just covering Glenn Danzig and his leather-clad, skull wearing punk band. Though not beyond the realm of the possible, that’s not what this regular Monday entry on Get Jack’d is about.
Monday Misfits will focus on members of fringe society that need a little love. Very much like my Fringe Killer series, Monday Misfits will pay homage to various members of society either forgotten or shunned by society. And today’s entry holds a dear place in my heart. Today, my dear lovelies is dedicated to The Goth.
What is a Goth?
The Goth has, for the longest time, been a very misunderstood beast. As seen from the eyes of the average ShirtTucker, The Goth is a human too dark, too bleak of soul to be trifled with. Whereas the ShirtTucker is content with dining at Olive Garden, The Goth is only sated when dining on the souls of children. Whereas the ShirtTucker is happy with their Dave Matthews band, The Goth soul is only satisfied with the dark stylings of bands like The Birthday Massacre (show above).
- The Goth asks the question: How dark is my soul?
- The ShirtTucker asks: How deep is my stock portfolio?
- The Goth drives a hearse.
- The ShirtTucker drives a Bimmer.
But wait…aren’t these just nothing more than stereotypes? Of course they are. And so now, it’s time to break them with my ten pound Kik Platform Boots. The Goth is, most often, just another person. Like you and I (well, that’s not exactly fair as I have a fairly strong Goth leaning), the Goth is first and foremost a human being. Oh sure they may wear a lot of black clothing, make up, fishnets (rowr), and listen to a LOT of bleak music, but ultimately — underneath the pageantry lies a human being with a heart and soul.
May I hip you to something here? Why thank you kind ma’am. Typically the dark path The Goth takes begins with a simple song or a taste for a particular fashion style. My dark path began with the musical stylings of Robert Smith and The Cure. That led to Siouxsie and The Banshees, which led to The Cocteau Twins, which led to black lace skirts and fishnet.
Gateway Drug. Shoo!
We all get so tightly wound up in types. The human condition longs to categorize and locate everything in its place and when something has no place in the human brain, that something simply has no place. So what if the music pouring into the guys ears beside you (you know, the one with the black nail polish and hair that reeks of some other-worldly hair product) is Marylin Manson or Type O Negative. If you judge him for that, he may well be judging your khakis and your choice of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Remember, without Black there would be no White. Without Darkness, there would be no Light. Without Goth, there would be no trite.
Oh yes, I went there.
Next week on Misfit Monday — Scene Kids!
|Print article||This entry was posted by jlwallen on October 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm, and is filed under News. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.|
about 18 hours ago - No comments
This is not another fun-filled factoplus about he who is The Jack (for all your AC/DC fans). Instead, I want to ask you a question that, at first blush, seems incredibly easy. But the further you dig into the question, you realize just how complicated it is. The question in question…Who are you? I can…
about 1 week ago - Comments Off
Ladies and gentlefunk of the Jackverse, it’s time for a bit of a blog hop! If you’re not sure what that is, I’ll hip you to the gist. It’s a pass the baton blog post-athon where one author fires up a daisy chain and the next picks it up. Rinse, wash, repeat. This particular tour…
about 2 months ago - Comments Off
Welcome to The Eat Your Heart Out event! It’s Valentines day and for those that don’t like to celebrate in the traditional, Halmarkian manner, we have an event sure to fill your blackened heart with the love of zombies, demons, vampires, and much more. Whether you like classic horror, zombies or short stories, there is a great variety…
about 2 months ago - Comments Off
As a writer of zombie fiction, it gives me so much pleasure to know that the single most popular show on television centers around my favorite genre. When the show first started, it was an exercise in keeping a lid on my excitement. Now, it’s become an exercise in not wanting to punch the screen.…
about 4 months ago - Comments Off
about 5 months ago - Comments Off
As most of you know, I have a vested interest in this subject. Why? First and foremost, I placed the survival of mankind on the shoulders of one Bethany Nitshimi. I did this knowing I might lose the attention of some fans of the genre — a fact I am perfectly fine with. Why? For…
about 6 months ago - Comments Off
I wanted to give everyone a treat before the most hallowed of nights arrives. This treat is from the up-coming eighth novel in the I Zombie series, Cry Zombie Cry. If you’ve read enough the series, you know how fond I am of nightmare scenes. Here is one I’m confident will have you wanting more…
about 7 months ago - Comments Off
Ladies and gentlemonsters of the Jackverse — it’s time for yet another update on the status of Cry Zombie Cry. What is turning out to be one of the most epic chapters in the I Zombie series is spilling out of my brain and onto my computer. There is a big “but”. Why do my…
Comments are closed.