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Bauhaus (1979 -1983), Vol. 1

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As one of the founders of the U.K. Goth Rock movement, this Northampton, England ensemble created and refined a sound and aesthetic that continues to influence bands several decades later. This collection draws primarily from the band's first two albums - 1980's In the Flat Field and 1981's Mask - with additional stray tracks from EPs, singles and a live version of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" from their 1982 Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape release. From the opening punk attack of "Double Dare" the band's signature sound is loaded and in place. Peter Murphy's vampiric vocal terrors, guitarist Daniel Ash's cold, relentless, discordant guitar riffs and the robotic, unyielding rhythm pump make a definitive statement throughout, whether it's their jaunty cover of Marc Bolan's "Telegram Sam" or the steely creep of "Stigmata Martyr," the art school shades of "A God In An Alcove," or the punk thrall of "In the Flat Field." Like Gang of Four without the socialism or Joy Division without the despair, Bauhaus took the early '80s on their own terms. This is a great introduction."

Customer Reviews

The first step out of the coffin

I can't really imagine some of my high school years and all of my college years without this. I heard them when I first saw 'The Hunger' and it was an easy connection to make. Every foxy chick with a blue mohawk or long black hair had them playing on her stereo in her dorm or in her POS car as she took you to the Black Flag show. Too much imagery? The softer soundtrack to a hardcore life, that manages to resonate long after the horrible memories fade, and the good ones remain. A must for your basic foundation of Goth or really any collection.

Fantastic collection of Bauhaus

I've listened to this album - quite often - for months, and I'm not tired of it. It's poetic, it's tastefully gloomy, and quite cerebral. I'm not the goth type person, but this is fantastic stuff(Peter Murphy, pat yourself on the back and have a biscuit). I wish they had volume 2--I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

like Sarah698 said; this is great a great place to start for newcomers to Bauhaus.


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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