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Ausgang at Drop Dead festival 2004
Background information
Also known as Ausgang-A-Go-Go
Origin Birmingham
Genres Gothic rock
Years active 1983–1987, 2003–present
Labels Criminal Damage
FM Revolver
Associated acts Kabuki, The Solicitors
Past members Max

Ausgang are a gothic rock band formed in Birmingham in 1983.


Ausgang formed from the ashes of previous band Kabuki.[1] Some members had also been members of another band, The Solicitors.[1] Max (vocals), Cub (bass guitar) and Matthew (guitar) were all previously in Kabuki, the band releasing one single ("I Am a Horse") before splitting up.[1] With drummer Ibo they formed Ausgang and played their first gig in September 1983 at the Powerhouse in Birmingham.[1] They toured with The Wonder Stuff and The Cult before signing to Criminal Damage Records.[1] Cub was replaced by Stu and the band signed to FM Revolver Records, with their debut album Manipulate released in January 1986.[1] The band and label parted ways and after a tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, the band set up their own Shakedown label, returning with the "King Hell" 12-inch single later that year.[1] Inspired by a friend who had painted the slogan on his jacket, the band briefly lengthened their name to Ausgang-a-Go-Go in an attempt to break away from their goth reputation, releasing a mini-LP under that name in 1987 before splitting up.[2] They reformed in 2003.



  • I Am a Horse - as Kabuki, 1982, 7" single


  • The Teachings of Web 12" EP (1984), Criminal Damage
  • Solid Glass Spine 7" single (1984), Criminal Damage - (UK Indie No. 28)[3]
  • Head On! 12" EP (1984), Criminal Damage
  • Hunt Ya Down 12" EP (1985), Heavy Metal FM
  • Manipulate (album)|Manipulate LP (1985), Heavy Metal FM
  • King Hell 12" EP (1986), Shakedown
  • Los Descamisados mini-LP (1987), Shakedown - as Ausgang-A-Go-Go
  • Last Exit... The Best of Ausgang LP/CD (2001), Anagram
  • Licked LP (2005),


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p. 24-5
  2. ^ "Ausgang the story so far...Death Disco", Underground, April 1987, p. 45
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 

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