Paul Raven Correction: Goth at The BBCLast night the BBC broadcast a programme that claimed to represent the history of Goth at the BBC. There are numerous points to debate here, not least the appearance of Depeche Mode and Strawberry Switchblade, but we at Louder Than War will restrict ourselves to a simple correction.

The bassist shown playing Love Like Blood with Killing Joke was not Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, but was in fact the great Paul Raven. Raven joined Killing Joke in 1982 and played on Fire Dances, Night Time, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions, 2003’s Killing Joke and Hosannas From The Basements of Hell before sadly passing away in 2007. As such, Raven is a massive part of the Killing Joke story and much loved by their devoted fan base.

A hugely inventive and influential bassist, Raven also played with a series of other bands including Prong. Maybe, by way of correction, we might hear an apology on the Chris Evans Show on Monday morning followed by a playing of Tabazan, but in the meantime enjoy Paul’s bass playing below.


Paul Raven 1961-2007

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  1. Good call. I was sure it wasn’t (Pig) Youth of 4″ Be 2″s fame, and the only other bassist I could remember was Raven

  2. The Raven King! Just on TV catch-up with Goth at the BBC and can’t beleive they’ve confused the late great Paul Raven with Youth!


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