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Werther dates from early 1990 and is based loosely on 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It began as a somewhat slow-motion, swamp blues. The Cure had put out the Disintegration album whose title alone inspired the documenting of stages in Werther’s drifting demise. The opening, 'Get out of your grave, your mother told you to behave' set in motion ideas, some of which finally stuck. 'If you don’t have a body, you can’t behave', or words to that effect, were given at a university lecture attended by Percy Blakeney, and strayed in as a sort of a warning to Werther. Percy Blakeney: "It's saying, 'listen, remember, you need a body to progress along the spiritual path. After you die, you can’t use your body any more to decide your fate'".


Werther, Werther, get out of your grave
Your mother told you to behave

Werther, Werther, he’s going to hurt her
Who’s going to alert her to Werther?

Werther, Werther, he won’t desert her
He wants to take it further, does Werther

Werther, Werther, aaaaghhhhhhhh!
She’s got him for murder

Werther, Werther, if you don’t have a
Body you can’t behave


from Creature Feature (album), track released February 15, 2019
words by Johnny Stowmarries & Percy Blakeney
music by Johnny Stowmarries
Werther 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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