The Naked and the Dead (band)

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The Naked and the Dead
The Naked and the Dead 1985.jpg
The Naked and the Dead 1985 - photo by Sue Fasolino
Background information
Origin New York, USA
Genres Gothic rock, deathrock, post-punk
Years active 1985, 2002, 2005
Labels Rue Morgue Music, Moorleichen Recordings
Associated acts Bell Hollow, The Children's Zoo, The Ochrana, The Brides, White Light Lametta, The Harrow
Past members Christopher Bollman - bass (1985, 2002, 2005)
Greg Fasolino - guitar (1985, 2002, 2005)
Lorianne Oakley - vocals (1985)
John Grady - drums (1985)
David Patti - drums (1985, 2002)
Julia Ghoulia - vocals (2002, 2005)
D.W. Friend - drums (2005)

The Naked and the Dead were a short-lived but influential gothic rock/deathrock band from New York, founded in 1985. They split up after issuing one eponymous four-song demo cassette in September 1985.

In 2001, following a revival of interest (particularly for their old song "Cassandra") and appearances on several compilation CDs, the band self-released a collection of their 1985 studio and live recordings (later reissued via and iTunes), and reformed during early 2002, culminating in a reunion show in Brooklyn in December 2002.

The band went into hibernation again in early 2003, though they reunited for a special 20th anniversary concert at NYC's Drop Dead Festival in October 2005,[1] and plan to eventually record their 2002 material.

Bollman and Fasolino were members of Brooklyn dream-pop band Bell Hollow from 2003–2008, while latter-day vocalist Julia Ghoulia and 2005 drummer D.W. Friend performed with The Brides.

In 2014, the band's 1985 song "Carousel" was prominently featured on the Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1 compilation issued by Sacred Bones Records).[2]



  • The Naked and the Dead CD (2001) Moorleichen Recordings, reissue (2007)


  • The Naked and the Dead digital (2009, self-release)

Demo Cassettes[edit]

  • The Naked and the Dead (1985, Rue Morgue Records)


  • "Cassandra" on Trinity Vol. 1 CD (2002, StarVox/Darkcell Digital)
  • "Taboo" on Release the Rats CD (2003, Creepy Rat Records)
  • "Cassandra" on Dark Awakening Vol. 4 CD (2005, COP International)
  • "Taboo", "The Gate" and "Godfather Grimorie" on Dark New York (Gotham City's Post Punk, Goth, & Deathrock Bands 1983-1988) Vol. 1 LP (2012, Black Scorpio Records)
  • "Carousel" on Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1 LP/CD (2014, Sacred Bones Records)

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