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Banshee Style…Death Rock

Massive hair and evil eyes defined the Death Rock style of the 80s, the actually super fly precursor to today’s mostly cheesy goth and 100% terrible emo fashion. In my opinion, these women look amazing and are style icons; I have no idea where those bastard babies of Death Rock came from. I think this style is kind of what those Rick Owens-worshiping hipsters are going for, but please people – try a little harder. These all-black-everything outfits are as authentic and creative as they come. Plus, the sheer amount of talent and practice it takes to paint on eyebrows and eyeliner like this makes Death Rock makeup a work of art. And the hair, worn perfectly bushy by women and men alike (although I have to say, I prefer a man who doesn’t spend any time styling his hair), it a feat in itself – defying space, time and gravity to rest atop their heads like black fluffy halos. Death Rock hair is the white woman’s answer to the Afro of the 70s, labeling her anti-system and against all of society’s norms of attractiveness, but looking fabulous in her own right. As a new mother, I haven’t really found the time to brush my hair yet, but I am not averse to one day soon bringing back the Siouxsie eye. After the jump, peruse some amazing photos of Death Rock ladies of the 80s…

Images via DEATHROCK



  1. yourname

    February 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    talks about deathrock…. then shows a bunch of 80s trad goth pictures…….

  2. Amy Bourriaque

    June 1, 2015 at 6:15 am

    The best thing you should do before you shit talk deathrock is look it up!!!

  3. Chase Cooper

    March 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for the sexist review. 

  4. M.L

    August 21, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Most of these person on the photos are british and were into EU goth bands, rather than ‘deathrock’. The hair comes from postpunk hairdos, black versions of it inspired by Siouxsie heavily. The style you see above derives from a mixture of new romantic and postpunk scenes who found eachother in clubs of the UK. The, how we know it now as typical deathrockhair (with shaved sides or up in a mohawk) is something you see appearing among goths from around the mids 80s. The name ”deathrock” itself is from later, used in the US. These goths above used to call them selves ”alternatives” and a little later, because they had to label themselves eventually, ”goths”/”gothrocker”.

    the second, third and fourth photo is the same person and is a male and not a woman.

    all photos are originally from nowthisisgothic, btw.

  5. Rachel

    August 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    My sister has the perfect hair texture for this! Do decent tutorials exist on-line?

  6. Kenn Kroosåficks

    June 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I can assure you that while people sporting the look are few and far between, it’s still very much alive today!

    • Meghan

      June 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      That is rad to hear! Thank you for keeping it alive…

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