But it was more than just a passing phase. Everyone remembers Limp Bizkit, Korn, Linkin Park et al — but how many of these bands ring bells for you? Crazy Town : Oh, you remember the video. Rapper Shifty Shellshock frolicking in some jungle undergrowth.
The overlap between goth love songs and goth breakup songs is large to the point of being a perfect circle. Goths make each other mixes with the expectation that the music will serve to woo one another, soundtrack their coitus, and then, inevitably, be cried over. In the 80s, it saved crazy money on Maxell tapes—money that could be better spent on lace, candles, and creepers. Nowadays, regardless the platform, certain tropes remain. Every good goth song is a high-wire act; too dumb or too smart or too arch or too precious and it falls flat and is just minor chord emo or, worse, an Amanda Palmer poem. A good goth song should be too many candles in the boudoir but only because the electricity has been turned off. London After Midnight?!
People portray different personalities and they take charge depending on their situations. So people choose a personality and stick to it. Most people find or loose their personalities that set them apart from the rest in high school.
Many of the readers on the Belfry Network have likely been involved in the goth scene for quite some time. I could be wrong, but I would venture to say that the viewership skews toward veteran goth club goers and long-time enthusiasts. Sometimes its hard to imagine life without being involved somehow with goth culture. Personally I can't imagine myself going anywhere near a wardrobe with anything other than black. But I, like everyone else, had to start somewhere.