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 City, United States
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, Sleepless, the Brides, Brickbats, White Light Lametta, the Harrow
Past members Christopher Bollman
Greg Fasolino
Lorianne Oakley
John Grady
David Patti
Julia Ghoulia
D.W. Friend

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 in 2007). They 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 the Drop Dead Festival, held at Manhattan's Knitting Factory in October 2005,.[1]

Bollman and Fasolino were members of Brooklyn dream pop band Bell Hollow from 2003–2008, while latter-day vocalist Julia Ghoulia (formerly of Brazil's Sleepless) and 2005 drummer D.W. Friend (ex-Brickbats) performed with the Brides.

An eponymous EP consisting of the four tracks on the 1985 demo cassette and three 1985 live tracks was digitally self-released in 2009. Three of the tracks appeared on the 2012 compilation LP Dark New York (Gotham City's Post Punk, Goth, & Deathrock Bands 1983-1988) Vol. 1.

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]


  • 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 demo cassette (1985, Rue Morgue Records)
  • The Naked and the Dead digital (2009, self-release)

Compilation albums[edit]

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

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "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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