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Section - 3. How did the term "gothic" come to describe a style of music?

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The term "gothic" emerged in 1979 to describe various post-punk bands.  
Joy Division's sound was described as gothic by their producer Martin 
Hannett, and by Factory Records co-founder Anthony H. Wilson.  
Meanwhile, Siouxsie and the Banshees used the term to describe their 
Join Hands album.

Other important "gothic" bands from the early 1980s include Bauhaus, Sex 
Gang Children, Southern Death Cult and UK Decay.  Abbo from UK Decay 
inadvertently identified an emerging goth movement in a 1981 Sounds 
interview, and Ian Astbury (Southern Death Cult) used the term "goths" 
to describe Sex Gang Children fans.

For more information, see An Early History of Goth 
<http://www.scathe.com/histgoth.htm> by Pete Scathe.

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