Music: Bauhaus

Left to right: Peter Murphy, David J, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins.

"The pangs of dark delight,
Don't cower in night fright"

"Double Dare"

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 Dalis 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, although their name is a Shout-Out to it.

Studio Discography

  • 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."
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "The Three Shadows, Part II" is stated by Peter Murphy as a song based around this.
  • 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.