Into the Groovy #25 - "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
April 12, 2016 12:55pm CST
English band Bauhaus (vocalist Peter Murphy, guitarist/saxophonist Daniel Ash, bassist David J, and drummer Kevin Haskins) are often credited as the band that created goth, with Murphy known to many as the Godfather of goth. It certainly doesn't hurt that your band is the group that recorded arguably the greatest goth tune ever, 1979's "Bela Lugosi's Dead." "Bela Lugosi's Dead," is an epic goth song, clocking in at about Nine minutes. It's dark and gloomy as hell, maybe even a little scary to some. If the song were released as a single, it certainly did not chart. And yet, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" remains one of goth's most popular tunes. With David Bowie having passed away, I do have a Bowie tie-in here. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is the song that opens the movie The Hunger, starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. (Not to mention, Murphy often sounds a lot like Bowie.) My friend and I attended the first Bauhaus reunion tour in Denver. Naturally, the band finished their set with "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Meanwhile, 80's hair metal band Ratt were playing less than a block away. Both shows let out at the same time. That was a very interesting set of rock and rollers on Colfax Avenue that night; mullets galore and a slew of black-clothed goth's. Anyway, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" more than satisfies my goth groove.
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• Redlands, California
12 Apr 16
Sounds like the city should have been scared of all of those mullets all in one place. lol I Like some of goths dark songs but some did seem to drag on to long. This one seems to work well though. Very creepy with some cool riffs.