A reissue of perhaps Bauhaus’ most popular song, the majestic goth classic ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. Now, this is a song arguably better known in a live version, but here we have the original 1979 studio recording, presented alongside four other tracks from the session, three of which have never seen the light of day till now. Reissue on Leaving Records.
Vinyl LP £18.49 LR150LP
180g vinyl LP on Leaving Records. Includes 20x20cm poster of cover art.
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It still rankles with me now. In 1981/82 I heard the best song I've ever heard. It was dark, scary and gothy and the DJ didn't say what it was and I still think about it. Part of me wonders whether it was a Bauhaus track though skipping through their history nothing has been found so far. Still, Bela Lugosi's Dead is a great track - it's better known in it's live version but here is the studio effort which perhaps lacks that sense of space you get from the live version being somewhat muted but you can't keep a good song down. That terrific three note bass run is as effective as ever and the guitar tones will be familiar to anyone who loves Joy Division, the Cure or any of the scarier end of post punk. Over the top Pete Murphy is ridiculous but it works. The songs coda is great as they slide into a kind of funky jam that wouldn't be out of place on Can's 'Future Days'.
This re-issue has four other tracks taken from the same sessions which reveal Bauhaus to be less the goth auteurs than perky new wavers. Some Faces sounds rather like the Buzzcocks in fact whilst Harry has a David Brent-ish reggae vibe. None of it is any good to be honest -perhaps only the closing 'Boys' show cases their post Bowie misery rock to any effect - but the lead track is worth getting this for.
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