The Cure is scheduled to perform at the Bell Centre next week and I am getting quite stoked. I am going to see one of my favourite bands play live and why not add to my hype by listening to some of their songs during my drive into work? Now that my son is safely in school, I switch playlists and Robert Smith's voice starts bellowing out through my crappy car speakers.
I am a horrible singer. I cannot carry a note if my life depended on it but in the comfort of my car, with my doors and windows safely closed, I can belt out any song I want. This time, I was singing along to Pictures Of You. The song ends and the song Burn from the movie The Crow begins to play. Now, I have a huge smile on my face because I was reminded of how the movie is considered clichéd amongst the goth subculture and I was highly amused over this. Let me tell you why:
You see, a lot of fellow Goths (usually earlier generations) often scoff at The Crow. Hell, even Jillian Venters stated that "Friends don't let friends dress like The Crow" in her novel The Gothic Charm School. To a certain degree, I agree with her. It has been overly done and to be honest it can take away from Goth being a subculture based on individuality.
|ignore the box.Taken last year with my poster in the background|
I cannot really pass on too many judgments here because I sometimes hang my little gothy head in shame over this. Here is a babybat confession where thankfully, there is no photographic evidence(that I know of) lurking around because I wore Crow makeup too. You see, as a teenager or baby bat in the mid to late nineties, I was highly influenced by movie (I know, I know, the comics came first) and it opened up a whole new world to me. You see, The Crow as clichéd as it maybe was one of my gateway drugs into the subculture. The movie also shaped who I am and I also discovered new things.
The Crow taught me that there were some good guys out there and one day, I will find my own Eric Draven because I had my share of abusive, negative relationships. What I didn't realize at that time, he was standing right there in front of me!
|Best Christmas present ever!|
I was always a Nine Inch Nails fan and their remake of the song Dead Souls, introduced me to a new band. Joy Division ring a bell?
I started dressing all in black and even dyed my hair black too. I did not fully consider myself goth, in fact, I wasn't even aware of goth at that time until others pointed that out to me. All because I became a huge fan of The Crow.
I read the graphic novel the movie was based off of and was lucky to even purchase a copy several years later. At that time, I thought comics were all super hero related or Archie and Jugghead. Boy, was I ever wrong! This later got me into Manga and then the Sandman comics. A whole new world opened up for me there too.
I get it. The Crow is over done. Look a carbon copy! Aaaaah! I can see why some of the elder goths roll their eyes over it.. As a result, whenever I am tempted to roll my eyes over the newest goth trend myself (ie. Mallgoth, health goth, Nu Goth, etc) I remind myself at one point, I not only wore cheap, badly applied Halloween makeup from the dollar store, I wore it like The Crow, AND I paraded around in public with it. I may not always be a personal fan of some of these latest goth trends but from what I have seen online, these kids look a hell of a lot better than I ever did when I was their age!
I am positive I am not the only one from my generation who loves this movie and comics to bits and who wore makeup inspired by or copied from Eric Draven. A while ago, a remake was in the works and while I was originally on the bench about it, I now think they should leave the movie the hell alone. Nothing will ever live up to the original.