British band formed by Douglas Pearce in 1981. Started off as a post-punk/industrial band, but after a few albums, eventually started becoming folkier, lending themselves as the inventors of the genre of music known as 'neofolk' (although bands such as Changes had adopted similar sounds and themes well before DIJ), gloomy, sentimental acoustic music that had emerged from post-punk/post-industrial circles. Pearce has been the main creative force since its inception, though he has collaborated with many different musicians throughout his career, including fellow industrial/neofolk musicians Tony Wakeford of Sol Invictus, David Tibet of Current 93, Boyd Rice of NON, John Murphy, formerly of SPK, and Patrick Leagas of Mother Destruction. Lyrical themes involve love, detachment, self-discovery, Douglas' own life, and spirituality, and are full of traditional European symbolism. His influences include YukioMishima, Jean Genet, TheEddas, FriedrichNietzsche, and Anglo-Saxon poetry.
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!!Death In June provides examples of:
* AntiLoveSong - Hollows of Devotion" is one of the overall stranger examples of this in any form of music.
* CanonDiscontinuity - On the official website's extensive discography [[note]]a timeline separated by decade listing new released and UpdatedRereleases and information on every single album pressing[[/note]], the albums ''Take Care & Control'' and ''Operation Hummingbird'' aren't listed at all. Lyrics can still be found for every song however.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint - Whenever Douglas P. is questioned about political issues he sometimes humorously spins the questions. For example, when questioned if "race matters", his answer vulgarly described the type of men he finds attractive.
* CoolMask
* GenreShift - Originally a punk band, briefly experimented with dance music, then went to the signature "Neo Folk" sound, which in itself was very electronic until stripping down. There was also a brief period of classical-inspired, march-like, sample-heavy "martial industrial" music in between acoustic folk albums.
* IAmTheBand - Douglas Pearce. Tony Wakeford was the main songwriter and vocalist in the early-80s, however.
* NobodyOver50IsGay - averted with Douglas, who is 56 and openly gay.
* IronicNurseryTune - several instances
* PunnyName - The ''Free Tibet'' remix album features vocals from David Tibet and was released on the Internet at no charge.
* {{Sampling}}
* ShoutOut - to ThePrisoner on the "93 Dead Sunwheels" Mini-CD and YukioMishima in "The Blood of Winter"
* StraightGay - In his youth, Douglas struggled with his sexuality due to the fact that he doesn't act or look much like a CampGay, which was all he knew of homosexuality when he was young. He's so low-key about it that people often don't recognize that his music has more to do with sexuality than with politics, a fact which disappoints him.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning - Covered "Ku Ku Ku", "Black Baby"/"Little Black Angel", and "He's Able"/"He's Disabled", all songs by Jim Jones and the Peoples' Temple Choir on ''But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?''
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* TropeCodifier - along with Current 93 and Sol Invictus for neofolk, but not TropeNamer, as its unknown who exactly came up with the term. The aforementioned group Changes are an UrExample along with British folk bands like the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, The Pentangle, etc.
* UpdatedRerelease - almost every album has several different versions. Variances can be in artwork, format, track listing, etc.
* VocalEvolution - Douglas P. singing voice gradually started resembling his natural speaking voice as the music became more stripped down. He used to sing louder in the post-punk and dance eras.