Midweek Music Moment: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ is the debut 1979 single from English post-punk rock band Bauhaus.

Recorded in a single take, the track is over 9 minutes long and stayed on the British independent charts for over two years.

 

 

Widely recognised as the first gothic record, Bauhaus were known for their dark gloomy sound, although they also dabbled in psychedelic, reggae and glam rock.

 

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Bauhaus consisted of Peter Murphy (vocals), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). All of the members moved on to solo work after Bauhaus’ breakup in 1983.

 

Bauhaus reunited in 1998 for the ‘Resurrection’ tour and again in 2005, kicking it off with a performance at Coachella where Murphy was lowered to the stage upside down while singing ‘Bela Lugosi’s dead’.

 

 

In 2007, Bauhaus released their first new studio album since 1983 called ‘Go Way White’.

Although a fantastic come back album and very well-received by excited fans – one year later Bauhaus had broken up for good.

When asked what happened, Bassist, David J had this to say: “You have a test tube, and you pour in one chemical, and you pour in another chemical, and something happens. It starts to bubble. Pour in another chemical, and it starts to bubble a bit more. You pour in a fourth chemical, and it bubbles really violently, and then explodes. That’s my answer”.

I couldn’t chose just one track, so here’s the full ‘Go Away White’ album for you to check out – you can hear many of their original influences of Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Devo …. (to name a few)

 

 

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