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Neck Romancer

from Creature Feature (album) by The Goths



Neck Romancer dates from the end of 1990 and is another type of literary summary, pretty much taken from 'The Return of the Sorcerer', a horror short story by Clark Ashton Smith first published in 'Strange Tales' pulp magazine in September, 1931. Neck Romancer starts with an apprentice's attempt to raise the dead, a conjuration that ends in a great deal of carnage. The theme is found in many works of art and traditions from 'Der Zauberlehrling', a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe written in 1797, later popularized in 1940's Fantasia and the Paul Dukas symphonic poem based on it, to 'Frankenstein', itself subject of The Goths 1990 same-named single. Fantastic instrumentation and production abounds.


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is raising the dead tonight
The corpse in the coffin is lifting its head to fright
He’s an all-night Neck Romancer
From down in the basement comes a piercing scream
The Sorcerer’s creation had a throaty meal
He wants to try the taste of some exotic flesh,
Wants to take a journey to a foreign land
Collar up your neck cos he’s the Neck Romancer
Resuscitated Sorcerer’s taste-buds are tingling
On the floor of the basement their blood is mingling


from Creature Feature (album), track released November 20, 2018
words and music by Johnny Stowmarries
Neck Romancer features Johnny Stowmarries on 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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