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Editors’ Notes

With its opening song, The Sky’s Gone Out announced Bauhaus’ intention. A cover of Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle"—a seminal piece of agitated art rock from 1974—it was a choice that said the band aimed to make ambitious and innovative rock music at the highest level. To top it off, they also wanted to be popular—and they were, surprisingly. The Sky’s Gone Out was Bauhaus' highest-charting album to date, bolstered by the success of “Spirit,” a jangly march produced by Hugh Jones (Simple Minds, The Teardrop Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen). For the most part, though, the album focuses more on the power of texture and atmosphere than the punch of a snappy chorus. With their chunky, throttling rhythms, “Silent Hedges” and “In the Night” are intentionally disruptive. Meanwhile, “Swing the Heartache” and the three-part suite entitled “The Three Shadows” feel more like soundtracks to imaginary movies than pop singles. While “Spirit” was a bid for a hit, the album’s best track was “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything,” later deemed a classic. Tender and epic and ominous, it's easily one of the most underrated songs of the '80s.

Customer Reviews

Essential Bauhaus

I can't believe no one has written a review about this album yet. Bauhaus are the unofficial fathers of what some people would call "Gothic Rock" before there was such a thing as "Goth." Considering the other music being made during the mid 80's, they were really breaking some ground. I don't think that this is the best Bauhaus album ever - I sort of prefer Mask's early 80s disco feel and the introspective "Burning from the Inside" - but "The Sky's Gone Out" is definitive Bauhaus. After listening to it for the first time in about 10 years or so, I realize it still totally rocks.

Bloody Excellent

It may not be the absolute best Bauhaus album, but that doesn't take away from how truly amazing it is. A solid outting, only brought down to four stars in my book by a couple of weak tracks. Doesn't help that the recording of "The Three Shadows, Pt. 2", is of far higher quality on the "Swing the Heartache" BBC sessions. Even then, the Three Shadows trilogy is truly epic, and brings a brief sense of continuity in an otherwise fragmented album. But don't think that fragmented means it's great then horrid in parts. It just means it has a varying degree of sound to it, which with Bauhaus is truly for the best. The album definetly grows on you the more you listen to it as a whole, but if you must for some reason only buy a few tracks instead of the whole thing, I recommend: "Third Uncle" "Silent Hedges" "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" (arguebly the best song Bauhaus have recorded.) It's not quite as good as Mask, but still a beautiful, dark outting. Bauhaus is in my opinion the best music goth rock has to offer, and even if you're not a fan of genre I recommend them (hell, I'm not a huge goth band.) They're simply innovative and talented, and any true fan of music as a whole would be delighted by these pioneers.

A life-long favorite

I remember when I was 6 years old, playing this album in my little cessette player in my room (looking back I was maybe a little too young for Bauhaus at the time, I don't know what my mother was thinking). 13 years later, this album is still one of my favorites. A nostalgic indulgence, often a cathartic release. A brilliant piece of art.


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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