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80s Goth Legends Return With Electro

Author: Jonty Adderley
Friday, June 14, 2002
DJ Hell's Gigolo Records are set to release a single featuring Jonny Melton, one of the defining characters from London's post New Romantic Goth scene. His new project Atomizer is a collaboration with Fil Jones (previously best known as the other half of Tom Stephan's Sharon & Tracey) and is a distinctive fusion of electro and rock.

In his previous 80s incarnation, Melton masqueraded under the name Jonny Slut and performed with Specimen, the in-house band for seminal alternative 80s club the Batcave. His immacutely back-combed hair, love of fishnets (on the arms) and seriously heavy makeup helped define Goth's visual image, nowadays best displayed by the likes of Marilyn Manson.

Equally seminal Goth figurehead Danny Ash of Bauhaus/ Love & Rockets fame is also set to release an electro based club album, after declaring he's finally got bored of guitars. The LA based former rock star recently went solo, and has been working with Portishead's Adrian Utley on the new album.

"At one point I was concerned the record was going to sound like a Chemical Brothers rip off," said Daniel this week.

"I love techno and electronica and obviously I'm influenced by that music, but there's other people like Deep Dish who can do that better than me. But the way it's worked out, it's got my character all over it; it's quite eclectic."

His debut solo single Spooky is out on June 24, and includes remixes from DJ Keoki and DJ Freeze. (Bauhaus official home page)