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Editors’ Notes

As the virtual godfathers of the UK’s late-‘70s-early ‘80s Goth movement, Bauhaus defined a cold, steely sound where gloom and doom were represented in pure sonic overkill and the life-is-pain vocal histrionics of singer Peter Murphy. Recorded in 18 days, 25 years after their last studio release, and planned as a posthumous reunion, 2008’s Go Away White is an intriguing addition to the band’s sparse catalog. At 10 songs and 49 minutes, it stands as a concise statement of purpose. “Saved” lurches with an ominous minimalism. “Too Much 21st Century” punches with a garage band’s force. “International Bulletproof Talent,” “Endless Summer of the Damned” and “Mirror Remains” catch glimpses of the band’s David Bowie influence alongside the musical values they championed back in their golden era. Go Away White is a sincere update from men who once created a seismic shift in underground music. Their revolution was won years ago; they now take their place as notable elder statesmen. The album comes with two videos taken from the band's legend-making Coachella performance, including the group's calling card, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (performed by Peter Murphy while he was suspended upside down.)

Customer Reviews

They actually pulled it off

Even though I have been a big supporter of Bauhaus and all its ensuing offshoots, I was a bit wary of this, their final album. Recorded pretty much 25 years after their other "final" album BURNING FROM THE INSIDE, I had concerns that the songs would fall somewhere in line with songs from the last few Love & Rockets albums, which have been unfortunately not very memorable. I was also a little concerned that they would simply try to re-vamp many of the sounds from their previous albums. But this is not the case at all. What we get are ten great tracks, none of them tired or dated. All of them thankfully promote what we all love about Bauhaus - great guitar leads from Daniel Ash, long deep bass tones from David J, cool and quirky drums from Kevin Haskins, and lots of Peter Murphy's low rumble and roaring snarl. There's some great production work here, and what's really interesting is how they've managed to keep the tracks loose and sort of unfinished, as on "Mirror Remains", when Murphy says "I think there's a solo here or something", to which Ash replies "This IS the solo". It's great fun, and there are more instances of those happy little vocal "accidents". Obviously fans will instantly appreciate this final offering from Bauhaus, but casual listeners should take note as well. GO AWAY WHITE is a very solid release for 2008. And a great way for one of the great post-punk bands from the UK to bow out of the scene.

Beautiful Corpse!

Years of listening to their classics. Bliss when they reunited for a tour. And then another. Then the anticipation of a new album. I smiled as I listened to it for the first time - from opening to closing track. It's everything I would have wanted in a posthumous swan song - and MORE! Bitter-sweet that they've returned to the grave.


Formed: 1978 in Northampton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bauhaus are the founding fathers of goth rock, creating a minimalistic, overbearingly gloomy style of post-punk rock driven by jagged guitar chords and cold, distant synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas, adding elements of glam rock, experimental electronic rock, funk, and heavy metal. While their following has never expanded beyond a cult, they kept their cult alive well into the '90s, a full decade after they disbanded. ...
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