26. John Boenen, 1983

Digital drawing of a man in 1980s subcultural dress with a thin mustache and spiky goth hair sitting on top of a wall.

26. John Boenen, 1983

John Boenen, keyboardist of the seminal early Goth band Cult of XünÿX, in 1983. Struggling with heroin addiction but still looking stylish. Or he would be if I had slept better last night and could draw worth a damn this morning.
One thing I like about the goth and post-punk stylings of the era is that they weren’t nearly as well-defined and restrictive. This is because in 1983, Nine Inch Nails hadn’t ruined everything yet. So here we have John looking more like Willy DeVille than Robert Smith.
Later, of course, John would kick the smack long before his main bandmate did, put on a bit of weight and grow a goatee that would over time become a massive beard, because why not? They helped kickstart this thing and there was no reason for them to be restricted by it.

I mean it about not having slept well. Even writing this description is like pulling teeth right now. What else is there? John is bisexual which is vaguely relevant to his overall arc. He’s a versatile keyboard player with an ear for mimicking the phrasings of other instruments so he can cover for bad guitar playing even if his patches aren’t timbrally perfect – however, by the year 2000, they usually would be close enough. I think I’ll leave it at that, bleh. Four to go!