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Two friends exploring life, goth music and alternative culture through the lens of 10 classic albums each. Covering a year-in-the-life with each episode, a coming of age story will unfold as we look back at shared memories, allied ambitions, hearts broken, dreams chased and experience gained. As well as this platform, you can find us available on all major podcast websites. Click on the links below. Spotify Apple Google Support us - Buy us a Coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/bitbatcave ...
 
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Part 2 of 2 Year: 1992 Albums: Wings of Joy, Cranes The Marble Index, Nico At journey's end, our doom-laden dreamers contemplate the fate of goth at the passing of its first golden age. With the big names gone or ploughing very different furrows, how did the faithful keep the flame of darkness burning? By creating a club scene and by forming their …
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1992 Albums: Wings of Joy, Cranes The Marble Index, Nico Finally, our misbegotten heroes arrive at their final podcast, calling upon a special guest to help them explore the fate of goth and alternative in the 1990s. Stuart collaborated with both Nick and Simon in their far-from-legendary bands, and went on to rack up a tour of du…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1991 Albums: Odds 'n' sods, one-hit wonders, outliers & honourable mentions Continuing their grab-bag of oddities and outlier tracks, our diminutive weirdos hold up Flesh for Lulu, Leonard Cohen and, dare I say it, even a track by Ultravox for special mention. In the stories of their lives, the year of 1991 saw dreams begin to fad…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1991 Albums: odds 'n' sods - one hit wonders, outliers & honourable mentions Our trad-goth raggedy men turn their attention to that miscellany of one-off favourites that helped complete their constellation of beloved goth and alternative tracks. From unsigned bands with nothing to lose, to uncharacteristically dark offerings from …
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1990 Albums: Love, The Cult Les Mystere de Voix Bulgares (4AD compilation) Our nocturnal seekers of solace turn their thoughts to two very different albums, one a reverb-drenched rock-inflected anthemic classic, one an otherworldly choral journey thru the strangest recesses of the human soul. Along the way they find a (more or les…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1990 Albums: Love, The Cult Les Mystere de Voix Bulgares (4AD Compilation) As a decade comes to a close, Nick's band plays their biggest London gig, but on the other side of the mountaintop a painful descent awaits. Simon heads back to his hometown for a year out, finds himself a soul-crushing job in the infamous hive of drudgery …
 
Year: 1989 Albums: Dawnrazor, Fields of the Nephilim Radio Ethiopia, Patti Smith Group Patti Smith's revolutionary rock is in the air, as is the smell of Nick cooking bacon in Simon's vegetarian-only frying pan, this week. We discover how our weedy heroes found their dream flat in Camden High Street, only for it to be plunged into darkness and nigh…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1989 Albums: Dawnrazor, Fields of the Nephilim Radio Ethiopia, Patti Smith Group A divine 'derangement of the senses' was the order of the day, and Simon and Nick went about the task with true dedication. Moving into a flat across the road from the legendary Camden Palace club in London, heady days of smoke, noise, intense discuss…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1988 Albums: Dark Adapted Eye, Danielle Dax The Serpent's Egg, Dead Can Dance From a glorified shed on an allotment in Brighton, UK, our simpering heroes try to make the best of life during the pandemic, getting straight into the featured albums - Nick experiences his first spiritual flight via the haunting melodies and choral maj…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1988 Albums: Dark Adapted Eye, Danielle Dax The Serpent's Egg, Dead Can Dance It's on! The wildest year of our simmering heroes' saga of heartache, triumph and disaster arrives. Simon finds himself in the forest of the London night, partying, protesting and writing essays under the influence. Nick plays a showcase gig in Covent Ga…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1987 Albums: Dreamtime, The Cult Strange Days, The Doors Turning 18 is a big year for anybody, and for our spikey-haired protagonists it was no different. Coveting the analog delays and stomp box phasers of others reached fever pitch, as did the partying, the posturing and the panicking. Simon looked toward university and leaving …
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1987 Albums: Dreamtime, The Cult Strange Days, The Doors Our maladjusted heroes finally come of age, leave home, learn to cook pasta and embark upon nearly-adult pursuits. Nick performs his first gig with Felo de Se and begins chasing the dream of goth stardom in earnest. Simon leaves behind small-town England for the bright light…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1986 Albums: The Glove, Blue Sunshine Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi's Dead 12"; Burning from the Inside Yes, local goth club The Crypt is now the only place to be, and in the belly of this murky beast can be heard the sound of Bauhaus and The Glove, and this week our oddball heroes tackle these two classic outfits, finding within them the …
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1986 Albums: The Glove, Blue Sunshine Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi's Dead 12"; Burning from the Inside Our lovable, fluffy-haired misfits finally look old enough to creep into Hastings' only goth club, The Crypt. And what a time they have! A tribe is discovered, a new band crystallizes around Nick, takes on a very strange Latin name, and …
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1985 Albums: Young Limbs & Numb Hymns, Batcave (compilation) First and Last and Always, The Sisters of Mercy Our daring young alternatives get deeply embroiled in the sounds of 80s goth, as The Sisters and the Batcave album mark the point of no return for our poor little lost ones, our willing victims of the terminally weird. Will…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1985 Albums: Young Limbs and Numb Hymns, Batcave (compilation) First and Last and Always, The Sisters of Mercy As our unlikely, small-town heroes reach the age of 16, they make a revelatory discovery: there's a goth club in town! Attempts to sneak in may be less than successful, but Nicky and Simon's discovery of a scene filled wi…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1984 Albums: Pornography, The Cure Hyaena, Siouxsie and the Banshees Completing week 2, we hear how dreams of freedom grow from the dark visions of the Banshees' Hyaena album; its similarities to David Lynch's excavation of the wild urges and violent drives beneath the surface of suburban life are drawn out. Our young gothteens st…
 
Part 1 of 2 Year: 1984 Albums: Pornography, The Cure Hyaena, Siouxsie and the Banshees Waking Up to Goth - in Week 2, we find our alternative heroes turning on to goth and alternative music and culture in a big way. Though still young, the seeds of creativity and freedom are beginning to sprout. From the dark earth laid down by The Cure and Siouxsi…
 
Part 2 of 2 Year: 1983 Albums: Breaking Glass, Hazel O'Connor Head Over Heels, Cocteau Twins We join our brave young alternatives for the conclusion of their debut week. We've seen them narrowly escape injury at the disco at the end of the pier, and we've heard Nicky's paean to the inspirations of Breaking Glass, now check out Simon's exploration o…
 
Part 1 of 2. Year: 1983 Albums: Breaking Glass, Hazel O'Connor; Head Over Heels, Cocteau Twins Week 1 introduces our alternative heroes. At the tender age of 14, they meet as one is escorted out of the disco at the end of the ramshackle seaside pier, after being threatened, as the other is on his way in, with two hungry-for-action sociapaths riding…
 
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