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‘Undead, undead, undead’: The evil, alien weirdness of Bauhaus live at University of London, 1980
11:12 am



Please believe me when I tell you that I am in no way pining for the era of the VHS videotape—I lived through it, folks and it wasn’t pretty. You’ll hear no nostalgia for obsolete home entertainment formats coming from me—but I do want to convey, for our “younger readers,” something that has been lost, never to return, in this age of press play, always on, instant streaming digital video pumped directly into your home 24/7 like water or gas.

And I’m actually wincing as I compose this because what I’m about to impart seems so… I dunno… parental or heaven forfend Republican. I don’t mean to come off like that but I’m gonna say it anyway:

You appreciate things more when you have to work for them.

(Runs away).

Okay, so what do I mean by this? When something must be hunted down, or is otherwise elusive, scarce, expensive or rare, you simply appreciate it more once you finally get your hands on it. A big part of what motivates any crate digger is the thrill of the hunt. It’s just not the same when you can easily download something or have Amazon deliver it to your doorstep the next day, or sooner. Today the distance between your desire and manifesting whatever that desire is, is but a short and uncomplicated path. The Internet took all of the joy out of record and book collecting for me. I haven’t had a “holy grail” that I’ve been looking for since forever ago, if you’ll forgive me my first world problem!

Another thing that’s gotten lost along the way is any sense of something being “underground” anymore. Nothing—at least entertainment-wise—is “rare” in a digital world. Look at the films of Kenneth Anger. Once upon a time, you’d have had to have gone to a gay porno theater in New York’s Times Square to see his short films “Fireworks” or “Scorpio Rising.” You’d have to have seen them projected on celluloid and most probably under fairly seedy conditions, if you were to see them at all. That also meant physically being in a big city when they were being screened. Esoteric entertainment of this sort did not come to you then, you went to it. In 2016 YouTube might host Jack Smith’s legendarily perverse underground classic Normal Love in HD, but it’s just not the same as seeing it in a sperm-stained Times Square fleapit that smells strongly of Pine-Sol when the NYPD’s vice squad arrives uninvited, now is it?

Keep reading after the jump…

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‘The Pharmacy’ returns with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets
03:25 pm


The Pharmacy
Love and Rockets
David J

Gregg Foreman’s radio program The Pharmacy is a music / talk show playing heavy soul, raw funk, 60′s psych, girl groups, Krautrock. French yé-yé, Hammond organ rituals, post-punk transmissions and “ghost on the highway” testimonials and interviews with the most interesting artists and music makers of our times…

Welcome to season 2 of The Pharmacy, brought to you by Magic Monster Radio and Dangerous Minds. Coming up we’ve got interviews with Ian McLagan (Small Faces/Faces), James Sclavunos from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and a special krautrock edition featuring Can’s Irmin Schmidt and Damo Suzuki.

This week’s guest, David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets:

  • Meeting David Bowie and appearing in The Hunger
  • Being advised to stay with The Jazz Butcher instead of forming Love and Rockets
  • Working with René Halkett of the Bauhaus School of art and design
  • Touring with the Birthday Party and how it was “mayhem”
  • David answers questions from Primal Scream and White Hills

    Mr. Pharmacy is a musician and DJ who has played for the likes of Pink Mountaintops, The Delta 72, The Black Ryder, The Meek and more. Since 2012 Gregg Foreman has been the musical director of Cat Power’s band. He started dj’ing 60s Soul and Mod 45’s in 1995 and has spun around the world. Gregg currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and divides his time between playing live music, producing records and dj’ing various clubs and parties from LA to Australia.


    Motorcycle - Love and Rockets
    Ace of Spades - Link Wray
    Grits and Cornbread
    David J Interview Part 1
    In Fear of Fear - Bauhaus
    White Light White Heat - The Velvet Underground
    Shack Up - A Certain Ratio
    Erase You - ESG
    Serge Gainsbourg
    She’s in Parties (remix) - Bauhaus/RX
    David J Interview Part 2
    Lagartija Nick - Bauhaus
    Modern Music - Don Letts
    Heard it Through the Grapevine - The Slits
    Eighties - Killing Joke
    Mother Sky (remix) - CAN / Pilooski / RX
    Pleasures of the Dance - RX / Ruts DC
    David J Interview Part 3
    Nothing - René Halkett /David J
    OK This is the Pops - Tones on Tails
    S#2 - Snapline
    YOu Got Good Taste - The Cramps
    I Can Change My Mind - Simply Saucer
    Low Life - PiL
    Echo Chamber - RX/King Tubby & Prince Jammy & Scientist
    David J Interview Part 4
    Mirror People - Love and Rockets
    Lucifer Sam - Pink Floyd
    David J Interview Part 5
    Breaking Glass - David Bowie
    She is Beyond Good and Evil - The Pop Group
    Reggae and Punk - Documentary Edit
    54-46 Was My Number - Toots and the Maytals
    Borstal Breakout - Sham 69
    Harry - Bauhaus
    One Train load of Dub - RX / The Observers
    David J Interview Part 6
    Sonny’s Burning - The Birthday Party
    Heavy Duty Dub - RX / Harry Mudie meets King Tubby
    Spirit - Bauhaus

    You can download the show in its entirety here .

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    Undead, undead, undead: Happy birthday to Peter Murphy of Bauhaus!
    08:48 am


    Peter Murphy

    The huge can of worms opened by the Northampton post-punk band Bauhaus when they exemplified the dark sound and cadaver-glam fashion ethos of Goth has still never been closed after 35 years.

    In the mere four years from their transformative 1979 debut single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” to their original incarnation’s final LP, Burning From the Inside, Bauhaus gave the seeds of a sonic and fashion lexicon to a romantically macabre strain of youthful angst that had never really had a name before, and out in front of that noisy doom parade was the gaunt, Bowie-ish figure of singer Peter Murphy, whose distinctively vampiric vocal affect and high-drama performance style are still imitated today. Born on July 11, 1957, Murphy celebrates his birthday today.

    In the three decades since Bauhaus’ breakup, Murphy has performed in Dali’s Car with Japan bassist Mick Karn, released several solo albums, explored Middle-Eastern mysticism, and sang on a Bauhaus reunion/last hurrah LP. More recently, he ran afoul of the law in California, and was found guilty of a hit-and-run and possession of meth. But there seems to be reason to hope he’s gotten healthy again, as just last month, Nettwerk Records released Lion, his ninth solo LP, and it’s quite good.

    Here he is in 1982, demonstrating what all the fuss was about:

    More Murphy after the jump…

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    The Triadic Ballet: Eccentric Bauhaus ballet brilliance or is it Germanic Maude Lebowski art shit?

    To the layman, the legacy of the Bauhaus movement is often unfairly reduced to über-gloomy goth rockers and boxy modern architecture, but my formative years were influenced by a succession of eccentric ballet teachers, so to me, Bauhaus will always mean Oskar Schlemmer’s 1922 opus, “Das Triadisches Ballett” (The Triadic Ballet)—perhaps the least “human” dance performance ever concieved.

    Schlemmer was a painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer—that kind of factotum being par for the course in the Bauhaus ethos. When hired to teach at the Bauhaus school, Schlemmer combined his work in both sculpture and theater to create the internationally acclaimed extravaganza which toured from 1922 until 1929, when Schlemmer left an increasingly volatile Germany.

    When I showed this video to an ex-boyfriend, he described it succinctly as “some really goddamn German Maude Lebowski art shit,” and that’s not a bad way to put it. The sets are minimalist, emphasizing perspective and clean lines. The choreography is limited by the bulky, sculptural, geometric costumes, the movement stiflingly deliberate, incredibly mechanical and mathy, with a rare hints of any fluid dance. The whole thing is daringly weird and strangely mesmerizing.

    Below are a few pictures of original Bauhaus ballet performers, and the 1970 German film production of “Das Triadisches Ballett.” New music was composed for this short, and the orchestral sounds contrast nicely with such an inorganic spectacle.
    Bauhaus ballet
    Performers from an early run of Das Triadische Ballet, 1924
    Rehearsal, 1928
    Stelzenläufer, 1927
    Costume for the Neue Sachlichkeit Party, 1926
    Bowie and Bauhaus
    Triadic Ballet costume and David Bowie’s Kansai Yamamoto-designed Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit, for comparison

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    Bauhaus, Japan, Cocteau Twins and more on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’

    This morning, in the course of searching for a King Crimson video, I ran across an incredible - and given the criminally low view counts, apparently undiscovered - trove of high quality New Wave and Gothic videos from the legendary British television show The Old Grey Whistle Test, few of which are to be found on the DVD collection. I’ve posted a few of my favorites here, but there’s plenty more on the profile of YouTube user ArtNoyze. Enjoy.

    Altered Images - ‘Insects’

    Japan - ‘Ghosts’

    Adam & The Ants - ‘Ant Invasion’
    The Teardrop Explodes, Cocteau Twins and Bauhaus after the jump…

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    Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy gets 3 years probation, community service for meth possession and hit and run
    02:23 pm


    Peter Murphy

    Bela Lugosi plead…

    You probably recall the trouble Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy got into back in March when he was arrested in Glendale, California for driving under the influence of drugs, hit-and-run and possessing crystal meth. Police reports said he appeared confused and even had difficulty recalling what day it was.

    Although the goth legend initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges, he changed his tune when he was sentenced on October 10 in a Los Angeles court. Murphy plead no contest to misdemeanor hit-and-run driving and guilty to the methamphetamine possession charge, as reported by Glendale News.

    The singer must also attend 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous meetings, perform ten days of community service and submit to random drug tests.

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    Bauhaus’s ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ time-stretched to a brain-melting nine hours
    03:51 pm



    Bauhaus’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” or…

    The last sound a subway train hears before it dies.

    The sound of God sucking it up.

    Townsend’s tinnitus.

    The Empire State Building snoring.

    Beelzebub taking a massive bowel movement.

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    Goth king Peter Murphy doing goofy interpretive dance to ‘Hollow Hills’ by Bauhaus, 1983
    02:41 pm


    Peter Murphy

    According to his Wikipedia entry, Peter Murphy, who in 1983 had only just recently departed Bauhaus, made “some brief dabbling with acting and dance – including a slightly odd televised performance to Bauhaus’s ‘Hollow Hills.’”

    Wha? Naturally I googled this “slightly odd televised performance” and of course, there it was… His interpretive dance here is slightly odd, I’d have to agree (“naff” is a word that comes readily to mind as well). You’d have to think his former bandmates would have found this sand dune ballet on-the-floor, coughing-with-tears-hysterically-funny to watch.

    Speaking of Peter Murphy, I heard the craziest story last night over dinner with my friend Adam Peters, a Hollywood composer who recently scored Oliver Stone’s Savages (and who arranged and played the famous cello part on Echo and the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon”).

    We had been discussing Howard Devoto’s post-punk artrock band, Magazine and he told me about seeing Bauhaus open for Magazine in Guildford in 1980. The “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” single was already out, but In The Flat Field had not been released yet. The third band was Crisis, with Douglas Pearce and Tony Wakeford later of Death In June and Sol Invictus, whose following included many skinheads.

    Of course the Guildford skinheads had never seen anything like Bauhaus and, as skins do, started spitting at the band, Peter Murphy in particular. Adam said that Murphy tore his shirt off, grabbed a light on a stand and made like he was being crucified at the front of the stage, provoking a steady stream of gob as he stood motionless, shining the light directly into their faces, staring them down and daring them to continue. The band continued to vamp on the slow chords of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” he told me, for about a half hour as this went on, with Murphy absolutely drenched in spit.

    Eventually it stopped and the skins left because this interaction had apparently freaked them the fuck out!

    “That would be hard to top! Did Magazine actually play after THAT?” I asked him.

    “They did, but they probably should have just tuned the house lights up. No one really cared about Magazine after that.”

    If that isn’t the most Artaud-esque thing that’s ever occurred on a concert stage, I can’t imagine what would be…

    Below, Peter Murphy’s “slightly odd televised performance” on Riverside, 1983:

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    True Goth: When Nico sang with Bauhaus, 1981
    12:06 pm



    First I stumbled across these photos of the Velvet Underground’s junkie chanteuse doing a guest turn with Bauhaus and wouldn’t you know it, someone kindly posted the number, a cover of the VU’s “I’m Waiting for the Man,” on YouTube.


    Ian Astbury: “Nico just ended up in Manchester on heroin. Southern Death Cult supported Bauhaus at Salford University when she did ‘Waiting for the Man’ with them, and Pete Murphy had to hold her up, she was so smacked out!”



    Peter Murphy “Nico was gothic, but she was Mary Shelley gothic to everyone else’s Hammer horror film gothic. They both did Frankenstein, but Nico’s was real.”

    Recorded at Fagin’s in Manchester on October 23, 1981 and later added as a CD bonus track to the Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape live Bauhaus album.

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    Bauhaus: In concert and on video
    11:38 am



    Gotham - Bauhaus in concert, filmed at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, on September 9th and 10th, 1998, as part of their reunion tour.

    Track Listing:

    01. “Double Dare”
    02. “In the Flat Field”
    03. “A God in the Alcove”
    04. “Kick in The Eye”
    05. “Hollow Hills” 
    06. “In Fear of Fear”
    07. “Boys”
    08. “She’s In Parties”
    09. “Passion of Lovers” 
    10. “Dark Entries” 
    11. “All We Ever Wanted” 
    12. “Spirit”
    13. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
    14. “Telegram Sam”
    15. “Ziggy Stardust”
    16. “The Passenger”

    Bauhaus - Shadow of Light. More lipstick and cheekbones from Northampton’s famous sons.

    Track Listing:

    01. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (live)
    02. “Telegram Sam”
    03. “Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores” (live)
    04. “Mask”
    05. “Spirit”
    06. “In The Flat Field” (live)
    07. “Ziggy Stardust”
    08. “Hollow Hills” (live)
    09. “She’s In Parties”


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    ‘Undead! Undead! Undead!’
    06:26 pm


    Bela Lugosi
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    Peter Murphy shills for Maxell cassette tapes
    01:07 pm


    Peter Murphy

    Here’s a classic British TV commercial from the ‘80s starring Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. You can read on the Internet that he was on the label, seen above, and in the print ads, too, but was that really Peter Murphy, too? I think it’s someone else.

    Peter Murphy’s birthday was July 11. He’s 53 now and still looks like this. I guess drinking the blood of vestal virgins keeps you young, eh?


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