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 pursued 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.
- Studio Albums
- 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, were 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/ Gothic Rock fashion, most pictures of the band are in black and white. The video for "She's in Parties".
- 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 also had a more pronounced Funk element in several of its songs. "Dancing" for an example.
- Also, David J and Daniel Ash recorded two tracks with Alan Moore, "The March of the Sinister Ducks" and "This Vicious Cabaret" from V for Vendetta.
- "Exquisite Corpse" goes through several genres in a single song.
- Goth Rock
- 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". In fact, this 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".
- Trope Codifier: For Goth Rock with "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979).