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Darkwave Batcave

Robin Roth can be heard on Rock 105.3 FM Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight, but she’s best known for the Friday night 11th Hour spot when she plays noncommercial goth and industrial oldies and goodies from classic ’80s bands Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke, and KMFDM as well as subgenre music niches labeled “darkwave, synthpop, batcave, deathrock, powernoise, and ethereal.”

Roth is also a fixture in the San Diego club scene, hosting occasional theme parties such as Naughty School Girl and Sparks Flying Metal Grind Nights. She spins vinyl at the Kava Lounge’s Club Ascension the first Saturday every month, at the Flame’s Sabbat the second and fifth Saturday every month, and on the second Friday of each month she is DJ Pussy Galore at the Whistle Stop — and, yes, that night tends to have a James Bond, old-school secret-agent feel to it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

“I’m listening to a new compilation CD I made to see what I want to play on The 11th Hour.

WHAT SONG IS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD?

“The music playing when you are on Space Mountain. I went to Bats Day [annual gothic and industrial gathering] at Disneyland recently.”

WORST GIG?

“Being the emcee at an arm-wrestling contest. And I forgot to wear sunscreen.”

BEST THING DONE WHILE DRUNK?

“I’ve only been drunk once, and that was a long time ago, and I don’t remember most of it. I do remember the fast food I ate that didn’t sit too well. You can figure out the rest…that’s why I don’t get drunk. Just pleasantly buzzed is fine.”

THREE WORST JOBS?

1. “Working at a fast-food restaurant, having to deal with the crazy people on drive-through…especially the one guy that asked me to be in a porn. Um, I said ‘no.’ ”

2. “Waiting tables. Got a two-dollar tip from a party of ten, and I didn’t do anything wrong. Oh yeah, there was the time I spilled a glass of red wine on a customer (not the two-dollar-tip table).”

3. “I haven’t had any other worst job, and I don’t plan to.”

THREE GUILTY PLEASURES?

“Since I am all about trying to stay in shape, it has to do with food: Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.”

EARLIEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY?

“Trying to play the piano.”

BEST DEAD CELEB?

“Jim Morrison.”

IF YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ANYONE…

“Christopher Walken. He’s a fascinating man.”

FAVORITE PLACE NOT IN SAN DIEGO?

“Anywhere I can ski, if the snow is good. Vail is one of my favorite places to ski. I will probably never try snowboarding again. I fell off of a cliff — don’t ask, or if you do, make sure I’ve had a few drinks in me first so I don’t punch your lights out.”

MOST RECENT DVD RENTAL?

“I have discovered Dexter and Weeds. I know! What took me so long? I borrowed season one of Dexter from a friend and went through that in a week. I am currently in the midst of season two [via] Netflix.”

PROM NIGHT?

“Oh my gawd — bad hair, bad dress, but I could dance!”

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED?

“Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone.”

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“When one door closes, another opens. But often we look so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” — Helen Keller

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Robin Roth can be heard on Rock 105.3 FM Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight, but she’s best known for the Friday night 11th Hour spot when she plays noncommercial goth and industrial oldies and goodies from classic ’80s bands Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke, and KMFDM as well as subgenre music niches labeled “darkwave, synthpop, batcave, deathrock, powernoise, and ethereal.”

Roth is also a fixture in the San Diego club scene, hosting occasional theme parties such as Naughty School Girl and Sparks Flying Metal Grind Nights. She spins vinyl at the Kava Lounge’s Club Ascension the first Saturday every month, at the Flame’s Sabbat the second and fifth Saturday every month, and on the second Friday of each month she is DJ Pussy Galore at the Whistle Stop — and, yes, that night tends to have a James Bond, old-school secret-agent feel to it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

“I’m listening to a new compilation CD I made to see what I want to play on The 11th Hour.

WHAT SONG IS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD?

“The music playing when you are on Space Mountain. I went to Bats Day [annual gothic and industrial gathering] at Disneyland recently.”

WORST GIG?

“Being the emcee at an arm-wrestling contest. And I forgot to wear sunscreen.”

BEST THING DONE WHILE DRUNK?

“I’ve only been drunk once, and that was a long time ago, and I don’t remember most of it. I do remember the fast food I ate that didn’t sit too well. You can figure out the rest…that’s why I don’t get drunk. Just pleasantly buzzed is fine.”

THREE WORST JOBS?

1. “Working at a fast-food restaurant, having to deal with the crazy people on drive-through…especially the one guy that asked me to be in a porn. Um, I said ‘no.’ ”

2. “Waiting tables. Got a two-dollar tip from a party of ten, and I didn’t do anything wrong. Oh yeah, there was the time I spilled a glass of red wine on a customer (not the two-dollar-tip table).”

3. “I haven’t had any other worst job, and I don’t plan to.”

THREE GUILTY PLEASURES?

“Since I am all about trying to stay in shape, it has to do with food: Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.”

EARLIEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY?

“Trying to play the piano.”

BEST DEAD CELEB?

“Jim Morrison.”

IF YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ANYONE…

“Christopher Walken. He’s a fascinating man.”

FAVORITE PLACE NOT IN SAN DIEGO?

“Anywhere I can ski, if the snow is good. Vail is one of my favorite places to ski. I will probably never try snowboarding again. I fell off of a cliff — don’t ask, or if you do, make sure I’ve had a few drinks in me first so I don’t punch your lights out.”

MOST RECENT DVD RENTAL?

“I have discovered Dexter and Weeds. I know! What took me so long? I borrowed season one of Dexter from a friend and went through that in a week. I am currently in the midst of season two [via] Netflix.”

PROM NIGHT?

“Oh my gawd — bad hair, bad dress, but I could dance!”

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED?

“Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone.”

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“When one door closes, another opens. But often we look so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” — Helen Keller

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Wow, is that a pic of Robin? HOT. ;)

Nov. 26, 2008

Check out the picture in the Reader hard copy, Barbarella. It shows the entire outfit and the boots are DIVINE! We all loved Robin Roth in the late eighties and early nineties on 91X. She used to show up at all the cool places and obviously still does. I had a six-month gig at Emerald City as a waitress back in the day and she and Steve West would make appearances. As they switched around DJs and I started having to go to a day job on a regular basis, I did not have as much time to hangout anymore, or listen to the radio, but I will always remember meeting Robin at The Bacchanal years ago and LOVING her outfit!

Nov. 28, 2008

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