1. a brand of music that takes the roots of gothic rock and waters it down into plastic, manufactured, mainstream, radio-friendly swill. Much like pop punk, but with goth music instead.
2. bands that the mainstream often perceives as goth, but, in actuality, are as far as any band can get from being so.
Notable bands within this genre include:
the 69 Eyes
Cradle of Filth
My Chemical Romance
Panic! at the Disco
I'm so sick of these magazines referring to MCR as "goth". Why don't they call it what it really is --"pop goth"?
I told my little brother to turn down the HIM. I'm not in the mood for pop goth.
A particular group of people that only dress and act gothic when it's popular to do so. Hot Topic goes through certain "phases" in their merchandising. Sometimes they cater to the punk kids. Sometimes they cater to the emo kids. And sometimes they cater to the goth kids. But the goth kids I make reference to are not bona-fide goth kids. They are only goth kids when it's their turn at Hot Topic. But when their turn ends and Hot Topic turns emo once again (they never cater to the metalheads, Hot Topic metal is trash) they may in fact be normal kids. dressing in normal clothes and acting like normal kids act.
"I liked Nightmare Before Christmas a lot more before the pop goths at Hot Topic wore it out and ruined it."