I love Bauhaus and without it much great music would not exist. But just like Godfather I. Godfather II is the better movie. Even though this is true you have to see Godfather I because without it you couldn’t get to Godfather II. Let’s hope they never go into Godfather III territory.
In this same way Bauhaus was extremely influential but at this point the members of Bauhaus have made much better music outside its restraints. I love going back to the original Bauhaus releases (all except the last one, that sucked) and there are several great Bauhaus live recordings including The Vic, Chicago, that I spend time with.
You have to respect the side projects though. Tones on Tail are incredible. Love and Rockets made several extraordinary records. Of course, the real batman, Peter Murphy continues to release wonderful solo records and includes Bauhaus tunes in his live set.
In 2011 I voted Peter Murphy’s release Ninth very high in my top albums of the year. He really did a wonderful job of bringing his goth music into a new century. When I went to see Peter Murphy on the Ninth tour perform at Reggie’s Rock Club he was the perfect mesmerizing zombie darklord I had hoped he be. With a rockin’ band he cut through some classics from his solo catalog, Bauhaus, and the Bauhaus version of “Ziggy Stardust.” I did not like the part when he took his shirt off to show his nipples. Nipples on men are not attractive no matter what your look. Men should always have a shirt on.
I missed the Mr. Moonlight tour (back to Godfather I, but without the original cast) and now he is back with a new solo release and tour (Godfather II the reload?) Another thing I really love about Peter Murphy is that every time he comes to Chicago he chooses a new venue. He is a true showman and he knows it keeps it interesting to mix up the surroundings. This year he will play the Double Door on June 20th.
The new album is called LION will be released on June 3rd. Here is our introduction to it.