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Album Review

It's been described as the goth-rock equivalent of "Stairway to Heaven" — in fact, it's even longer than that particular song — but what still remains especially astonishing about the title track is in fact how un-"goth" it is, at least in the clichéd notion familiar in later times. If anything, dub reggae is at the heart of the song, with Haskins' steady pulse and clatter interspersed with heavy-duty bass from David J. But what ultimately carries the day is the combination of Ash's swirling, crisp and snarling guitar work, a mini-masterpiece of art-rock in itself, and Murphy's deep black croon, singing what he described later as lyrics meant to be as much horror-movie parody as anything else, but which still conveyed a romantic majesty thanks to the performance. Until its appearance on the Crackle compilation in 1998, the EP was the only place to get the original studio version, making it one of the steadiest-selling singles in musical history as a result. Not to be ignored is the sharp B-side "Boys," a glammy recounting of dressing in drag which, with its astringent arrangement and massive bass/drum slams, stakes out a great balance between Wire and Gang of Four.

Customer Reviews

"it's about time" is right!

i've looked for this version of this song here before and it just finally popped up. great stuff. although the sample clip for anyone who doesn't know the song just doesn't cut it. spend the 99 cents!

Classic song

Bauhaus was so much more than a Goth band, though this is the quintessential Goth song. Peter Murphy's vocals are haunting & apathetic at the same time and the music is absolutely mood setting. Great chill out music, or spaced out stoney tunes (depending on your mood). There would not be bands like Radiohead if it wasn't for Bauhaus.

amazing track

bela Lugosi's dead is bauhaus masterpiece. it's cool and eerie. The perfect dance track for any 10/31 party. great for late night drives. the best way to introduce to yourself goth.


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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