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What happened to the Goth / Trashers

  • 18-08-2022 12:53pm
    Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭

    Exactly what the title says, what happened to all the Goths & Trashers you used to see about the place in the late 90's early 00's,

    You know the lads/girls who dressed in all black with the leather coats & big boots and what not, seemed to listen to the music where people scream in to the mic ,

    I was never even remotely into the music nor would i ever dress in there outlandish gear but seems like back in the day , People used to be far more likely to dress to there music taste , now everyone just a bit boring & everyone's the same, Now iv always been on of those boring folk but still sad not to see the groups of "crazy" looking lads /girls around the place,

    I'm not knocking it just wondering where is that whole scene dead or what happened, surely there still heavy metal nights about the place ( if that's what they where in to)

    The reason i ask is was in Galway recently & a chap walked by (I'm sure a nice chap ) in full rig out , First time in well over a decade id seen anyone dressed in that style,



  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

    we're still here

    and it's thrash not trash

  • Registered Users Posts: 40,275 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail

    They got old and had kids and a mortgage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,555 ✭✭✭Irish_rat

    It's a sub culture. There is goths who are into the scene but they don't go around dressed in black all day.

    Also you won't find them outdoors with mixing with love island Chad's either.

    Many like to stay in the inclave neeting away until Halloween comes and the dark evenings draw in. Peter Hook tour should draw a few out of their badger hole.

    I'm an avid listener of Joy Division, Xmal Deutschland, Sisters of Mercy, Belgrado, She Past Away etc so yes I'm into it a little.

    But I'd agree the hard-core are not in view as much these days, very Conservative country does have an effect.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,929 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Late ‘90s every class in our school seemed to be populated with about 25% thrasher kids….

    german army surplus was the go to fashion and collar length hair that just about escaped the ire of the principal and form teachers…. And those very uncomfortable army surplus bags that always seemed to be falling apart on them…stencilled with band names and a badge or two.

    Seemed like a very uncomfortable existence, the bags, jackets etc…

    it seems to have died a death…

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,257 ✭✭✭✭TheValeyard

    Goths are one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse

    When you see Goths gather around the central bank an economic collapse is not too far away.

    Same thing as in 2008, and Rome 476

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    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    Is there any back or clubs that they go to theses days

    I remember back in about 2003 a lad i worked with was i a metal band so one Thursda night myself & mate said we go see him play in Fibbers, Totally not our thing we where into Techno back them, anyway we went and the place was crazy , there was a night club down stairs & we stuck out a mile, Although if i recall my mate mooched some young one with a shaved head and tattoos on her head for the crack,

    Actually strangely i never forget that night because on the way home we bumped into a Mexican lad on O Connell street with a bottle of tequila on the way home brought him back to the house & smoked a bong & are still mates with him nearly 20 years later,

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,625 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    We're now in our thirties and listen to the same music while working from home, or doing housework, or raising kids etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,625 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    PS: Your thread inspired me to put on one of my favorite albums from my school days, can't believe it's 20 years old. Beyond the valley of the murderdolls.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    Just for the record i'm in no way having a go or saying anything bad about Goths /Thrashers , They always seemed like decent folks,

    I just found it odd they have all but disappeared,

    In fact it just not a thing anymore is it to dress to your music taste ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,754 ✭✭✭Deebles McBeebles

    It's like anything, OP, how many emo kids do you see around? As for the goths/thrashers, we grew up and had stuff to do. We left behind our black mascara, leather coats and devotion to Satan (Hail Satan!) in order to work and all that nonsense.

    Now, there is still the odd one around (from back in the day) who does the whole metal shctick still but c'mon, time to let it go when your dreadlocks have receded lads.

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Playing golf, working in accounting, and having discussions about patio furniture.

    You still see the odd old metal head who is “keeping it real”. Especially in country towns. Metal T-shirt, huge belly, a skullet, terrible colour from decades of alcohol abuse, one of those denim jackets with lots of band patches, maybe a wallet chain.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    What's a thrasher? Is it like a grunger? /tosses fringe out of eyes

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    No idea , i thought they where the same as Goths but I'm no expert.,

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭WesternZulu

    There used to be a few of them when I finished school back in 2003.

    I think that social media has ultimately led to the end of such subcultures. Everyone is so image conscious these days that instead of the internet being a vessel that enables subcultures it stops young people from outwardly expressing themselves in the way goths did back in the day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

    Add Christian death to your list they are amazing

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    I guess the question that leads to is there no new generation ?

    Completely understand the guys our age are in Goth retirement so to speak but what about the kids

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,929 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Those green army surplus coats the Trashers wore looked as uncomfortable as fück,, were they ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

    Thrash: name given to a new style of metal circa 1981 by fusing British metal of its time with punk , originators would be Metallica and exodus and other Bay Area friends

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,364 ✭✭✭Ray Palmer

    Goths are still about in small numbers but most just tone it down. There were radically different sub cultures. Not many people commit to life to their teenage years but some stick with it.

    I went into an old haunt with a friend a few years ago and saw a guy still dressed like he was when he was 14. He was seen as some kind of dangerous old man of cool which was hysterically funny to us because we remember him from back in the day. He was not cool in the day but he started to showing off to us that everyone knew his name and thought he was cool. When you are in your forties going to a pub to be admired by people 20-30 years younger than you is creepy not cool. He was creepy back in the day too so not much changed.

    He started going on about back in the day and how much fun we all had to impress his little worshipers. It was really weird as he was making it out like he was key to our old group and he came up with all these mad plans and schemes. The thing is a very good friend who is since dead was the main mad man and this fellow certainly wasn't at some of these events. At best he would occasionally be with us but then he would creep out the girls so was mostly excluded from the group. It all nearly came to serious blows as we called out his BS and he started getting angry and forgot we didn't find him intimidating. He got a few literal slaps to his face and told not to claim another person's life again. His little group couldn't figure out what was going on because this alleged hard man was slapped about by some aged hippy looking guy and he was petrified. I hope it also made some of the young women around him realise what he was truly like.

    I think if you still dress the same way all your life there is something off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,961 ✭✭✭Hangdogroad

    Distinctive youth subcultures in general definitely aren't as prevalent as they used to be.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,628 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    They really aren't in a time where everyone is "Free " to be whoever they want everyone seems to conform to be the same,

    I think someone hit the nail on the head when they said ridicule on social media may play a huge part in people wanting to just fit in ,

    I guess as a bloke in his 40's its just another thing from our childhood that is now a relic of the past ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,944 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    Those ex German army parka jackets were great. There was a fleece lining you could take out, so warm in the winter, cool in the summer. Plenty of pockets. And most of them had a sewn up tear in them that you could pretend was the bullet hole that killed the original owner.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    But Ireland was much more conservative 35-40 years ago, and that's when those folk were most visible. They've just become middle-aged/old. I'm a huge Joy Division fan too (and I really like what I've heard by SoM and Xmal Deutschland) but I'm not in my late teens/20s so I'm not gonna be hanging around town on a Saturday with my similarly dressed pals. Those folk haven't really been a thing since the early '90s, from what I've observed.

    But yeah in the early '80s there were punks, new romantics, rockers (the early metallers), ska-heads, mods, goths (kind of a mixture of punk, glam rock and new romantics) - numerous tribes. It's not like that now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

    for some people music is something more than a fad and stays with them , it’s not a sign of immaturity like some posters are alluding to

    i personally live and breathe music

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,342 ✭✭✭✭rossie1977

    Obviously that style of music is not that popular anymore. Back in late 80s/early 90s thrash metal be it Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax were selling millions of records and their singles getting radio time and especially MTV time.

    Rock music in general is dead since the late 90s. Nu Metal phase was probably the last shout of a dying genre. Fans still exist in their thousands though, go to Download Festival or Rock Am Ring and you will see everyone dressed up.

    I don't know anything about goth music sorry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 414 ✭✭dorothylives

    We got middle aged. Lets be honest, a 50 something year old dressed in full on Goth gear just looks kind of sad and desperate. Middle age is unkind to a body and Goth clothes are cruel and unforgiving to middle aged bodies.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,472 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    I think the emergence and visibility of such sub-cultures was *because* Ireland was so conservative. Teens were rejecting that, but there was also safety in numbers so they tended to group together and were more noticeable/visible as a consequence.

    These days the country is an entirely different place and there's a lot less to rebel against. The trade off is that things have become a lot more homogeneous.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

    You don’t seem to know much at all in fairness

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,399 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    I had forgotten about the screamo music.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,814 ✭✭✭silliussoddius