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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

a worthwhile comeback

this is a good album. it is true to bauhaus form. they are still a great band. endless summer of the damned is a great track

Back and Suprisingly Not in Black

I believe this might be the only studio album by Bauhaus without any large amounts of black on it. But inside is something just as brilliant as what they released 25+ years ago. Classic Goth rock created in the modern era. As someone else stated, it does have a bit of a Bowie feel to it, but with the very distinct Bauhaus sound. Gone though are many of the cathartic yelps and screams that Peter Murphy liked to add, but I personally feel that might have been for the best. Big props to the droning dirge of "Saved", which made my skin tingle when I first heard it. "Andrenalin" drips with, well, adrenaline. Recommended Tracks: "Too Much 21st Century" "Andrenalin" "International Bulletproof Talent" "Saved" "The Dog's a Vapour" To reiterate, brilliant album. Almost sounds like if Goth rock had existed in the mid 70s, if that makes since to anyone. Guess that goes back to the Bowie thing. Great album, buy it if you love Goth rock in general, or if you're an open-minded individual with a diverse love of good music from all ends of the spectrum. This spectrum being black... that's going away white. I couldn't resist, shameful, I know.

More depth would have been nice.

I could not wait for new music from Bauhaus. While I do love this album and feel that it certainly IS an authentic and worthy addition to the Bauhaus discography, I do feel that the production of the album is missing some of the depth they had with thier earlier recordings. While I do like the gritty sound, we had gritty with Love and Rockets. Gritty is good for a portion of it, but what is missing is some of Dannys acoustic guitar strums over the grit. I think a little bit more of David J and Daniel Ash singing along would be nice. The etherical space on SAVED is certainly right on the mark. Now put some of that etherical space into other parts of it and that may have helped. It also would have been nice to have 2 to 4 more songs to show of the range that we all know they have together. Having said all of that, I do agree with an earlier statement that this reunion album sets the standard. It still sounds like Bauhaus, instead of an older version of Bauhaus trying to still sound like Bauhaus. Can you imaging how bad the new PIxies album would have been if they had actually recorded it? Frank Black Francis just does not have that voice anymore. Fortunately Peter Murphy still sounds like Peter Murphy as does the rest of Bauhaus. If you are new to Bauhaus, please do check out the rest of thier catalog. Anyone of them paired with this recording is a sure winner of experiencing the full scope of Bauhaus. Now I must Go Away White.


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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