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


Ausgang formed from the ashes of previous band Kabuki. Some members had also been members of another band, The Solicitors. 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. With drummer Ibo they formed Ausgang and played their first gig in September 1983 at the Powerhouse in Birmingham. They toured with The Wonder Stuff and The Cult before signing to Criminal Damage Records. Cub was replaced by Stu and the band signed to FM Revolver Records, with their debut album Manipulate released in January 1986. 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. 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. They reformed in 2003.


The Teachings of Web 12″ EP (1984), Criminal Damage
Solid Glass Spine 7″ single (1984), Criminal Damage – (UK Indie No. 28)
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)

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