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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, 2003–2007
Labels Criminal Damage
Associated acts Kabuki, the Solicitors
Past members Max

Ausgang was 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, who released one 1982 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 Cult before signing to Criminal Damage Records,[1] who released their debut EP, The Teachings of Web, in 1984.[2] Their next release, the "Solid Glass Spine" 7" single, reached No. 28 on the UK Indie Chart.[3] Their final release that year, the Head On ! EP, was produced by Andi Sex Gang.[4]

Cub was replaced by Stu, and Ausgang signed to FM Records, who issued the Hunt Ya Down EP in 1985,[5] followed by the band's debut album, Manipulate, in January 1986.[1] The band and label parted ways, and after a tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, Ausgang set up their own Shakedown label, returning with the "King Hell" 12" 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 the Los Descamisados mini-LP under that name in 1987 before splitting up.[6] A cassette-only collection of demos, In Retrospect (Out Of Our Minds), was released that year on the Fourth Dimension label.[7]

In 2001, Anagram Records issued a collection, Last Exit... The Best of Ausgang.[8]


Ausgang reformed in 2003,[9] and issued the Licked album in 2005.[10] The reunited band played at several editions of the Drop Dead Festival, including New York City in 2004 and 2006,[11] and Prague in 2007.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Manipulate (1985, FM)
  • Licked (2005, Shakedown)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • The Teachings of Web 12" EP (1984, Criminal Damage)
  • "Solid Glass Spine" 7" single (1984, Criminal Damage)
  • Head On ! 12" EP (1984, Criminal Damage)
  • Hunt Ya Down 12" EP (1985, FM)
  • "Bad Hand" flexi 7" single (1986, Fourth Dimension)
  • "King Hell" 12" single (1986, Shakedown)
  • Los Descamisados mini-LP (1987, Shakedown) as Ausgang-A-Go-Go

Compilation albums[edit]

  • In Retrospect (Out Of Our Minds) cassette (1987, Fourth Dimension)
  • Last Exit... The Best of Ausgang (2001, Anagram)


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