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from Lost Art (album) by The Goths



Crusade dates from 1990 and is a Pythonesque pastiche of Tales of the Crusades, a couple of historical novels by Sir Walter Scott circa.1820, ‘Ivanhoe’ and ‘The Talisman’, set during the time of the Crusades. The chivalric settings of Citadel were twiddled and tuned, this time, to the actual conflict between peoples, their ideals and their societies, the scourge of materialism and the violence inherent in their own codes. These social and cultural aspects were then summarily brushed aside for the novels' awkwardly created language and antiquarian overload, producing some surreal sketch-like verse. It charges full-steam into consummate combat with a chorus of guitars, driving bass and strong vocals.


Paladins fighting Saladin’s
To free the Holy Land
Bloody butchered battlements
Clerics in the sand

Ships are setting sail
Grail in the Holy Sand
Bloody butchered battlements
Blood on the Holy Sand

Off to the Crusade
Where Ivanhoe was made
To find the Talisman
Paladin, Saladin, Talisman

Paladins fighting Saladin’s
Blood on the Holy Sand
Fighting flail with flail
Clerics in the sand


from Lost Art (album), track released October 23, 2018
words and music by Johnny Stowmarries
Crusade has Johnny Stowmarries on lead vocals
& Percy Blakeney on backing vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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