Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #83 Bauhaus

The godfathers of goth, Bauhaus formed in 1978 in Northampton, England. The brothers David J and Kevin Haskins formed a strong rhythm section with David J especially being one of the best bass players of his era. They had been playing since childhood with guitarist Daniel Ash. Ash is an incredibly inventive guitarist. These three later became Love and Rockets and had several hits on their own. The band was much stronger though with the addition of singer Peter Murphy. His image influenced generations of Goths. I was lucky enough to see them play live at the Paramount here in Seattle during their 1998 reunion tour.

Classic! This is the song that put Bauhaus and the whole goth genre on the map. Really excellent video here as well.

Really good performance here. Daniel Ash's guitar bursts and David J's wicked bass really come together in the flat field.

Still one of the scariest sounding songs I've ever heard.

Daniel Ash is a vastly underrated guitarist.

Here Bauhaus does a terrific cover of the T. Rex hit Telegram Sam.

Kick in the Eye. Great bass from David J on this one.

The Passion of Lovers from 1981's Mask album. This was a highlight of the live show I attended.

Cut down the puppet strings.

and we conclude our look at Bauhaus with their cover of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust.

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