Left to right: Peter Murphy
, David J, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins.
"The pangs of dark delight,
Don't cower in night fright"
Possibly Trope Maker
and certainly Trope Codifier
of Goth Rock
. Bauhaus aren't just a
goth band, they were the
goth band. Although the band mainly performed Goth Rock
and Post Punk
, they were not limited by it and often explored their love of dub music. The band consisted of vocalist Peter Murphy
, guitarist Daniel Ash, bassist David J, and drummer Kevin Haskins.
When the band broke up, Murphy formed the short-lived Dali's Car with Japan
bassist Mick Karn followed by a solo career, and Haskins, Ash, and Glenn Campling formed Tones On Tail
. Shortly after Tones on Tail, Love And Rockets
(after the Hernandez brothers' comic
) was formed from Ash, Haskins, and J.
Not to be confused with the German artistic movement.
- In the Flat Field (1980)
- Mask (1981)
- The Sky's Gone Out (1982)
- Burning from the Inside (1983)
- Go Away White (2008)
This band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: The experimental "Exquisite Corpse", for The Sky's Gone Out and "Black Stone Heart" for "Go Away White".
- The Band Minus the Face: After Peter Murphy left the band, the rest of the band went under the name "Love And Rockets", which achieved commercial success.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Peter. Case in point: Fishcakes.
- Cover Version: "In Heaven" from Eraserhead on Rest in Peace: The Final Concert. David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust", among other covers, was usually played in live concerts.
- A Day in the Limelight: David J. provides the vocals for "Who Killed Mr. Moonlight?".
- Deliberately Monochrome: In true Post Punk/Goth Rock fashion, most pictures of the band and the video for "She's in Parties" are in black and white.
- Epic Rocking: "Bela Lugosi's Dead", clocking in at over 9 minutes.
- Genre Roulette
- Recorded quite a few dub reggae songs in addition to their better known gothic music.
- Mask had a more pronounced Funk element in several of its songs. "Dancing" for an example.
- "Exquisite Corpse" goes through several genres in a single song.
- Goth Rock: Trope Codifier with "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979)
- Ho Yay: Invoked by Murphy and Ash on stage, fairly often. Sometimes between Peter and David J.
- Instrumentals: "The Three Shadows: Part 1" and "Satori"
- Large Ham: Peter Murphy, especially on "In the Flat Field". The album was bashed by critics at first because of that.
- Live Album: Press The Eject and Give Me the Tape, Swing the Heartache, Rest in Peace: The Final Concert and Gotham.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Range from a 1 ("The Three Shadows: Part 1") to about a 5 ("Dark Entries"), but they're generally a 3 or 4. Their reunion album "Go Away White" has a substantially harder sound, although it never surpassed a 6.
- Mood Whiplash: On Mask, "Hollow Hills", an extremely ominous song, is sandwiched between the significantly upbeat songs "Dancing" and "Kick In The Eye"
- Ominous Latin Chanting: On "Stigmata Martyr".
- Post Punk
- Ripped from the Headlines: "Terror Couple Kill Colonel".
- Sibling Team: The rhythm section of David J and Kevin Haskins are brothers.
- Three Chords and the Truth: Go Away White is a simplified Garage Rock album.