Genre: Post Punk, Gothic Rock
Activity Period: 1978–1983,1998, 2005– (2008)
Members: Peter Murphy: Vocals
Daniel Ash: Guitar
Kevin Hankins: Drums
David J: Bass
Discography: 1980 The Flat Field
1982 The Sky’s Gone Out
1982 Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape (Live)
1983 Burning From The Inside
1983 Swing The Heartache – The BBC Session
1992 Rest In Peace: The Final Concert (Live)
1999 Gotham (Live)
2008 Go Away White
Videography: Shadow Of Light
Bauhaus is a post punk/gothic rock band of Northampton, England, formed in 1978 by Peter Murphy (Vocals), Daniel Ash (Guitar), Kevin Haskins (Drums) and David J (Bass).
Their gloomy and introspective sounds and image, Bauhaus is consider one of the first gothic rock bands.
Daniel Ash and David J both friends had the idea to a new band for this they need the right look for the band, so contacted with Peter Murphy, his old school friend who in this then worked in a printing factory, Murphy accept join to the proyect and co-wrote the song "in the flat field" (he never had written any lyrics or music). For complete the line-up joined Kevin Haskins old band mater of Ash and David J's young brother.
Their debut single was "Bella Lugosi's dead" released on 1979 (song of 9 min. recorded live in the study of a single shot). Followed for their first album "In The Flat Fields", an album claustrophobic and dense, and placed them among the vanguard of the movement gothic / sinister with bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure or Joy Division.
In 1981 released their second album "Mask", employed more keyboards and a variety of other instruments to add to the diversity of the record, including the singles "Kick In The Eye" and "The Passion Of Lovers".
Their third album was "The Sky's Gone Out" released in 1982. Including Ziggy Stardust (Bowie's Cover), sinlge "Spirit". This album was released with a limited edition of the live album "Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape".
At that time began the band's internal problems due to the excessive role of vocalist Peter Murphy, who became the main face of advertising Maxel cassette tapes and made a stellar appearance in the preface of the movie "The Hunger" Tony Scott's, where they were supposed to appear all members of the band.
In 1983, Bauhaus presented his latest album "Burning From The Inside" that was their biggest seller and showed the group at its most commercial singles like "She's In Parties". The album began recording by members of the band while Peter Murphy was hospitalized with pneumonia, this detail and the fact that when Murphy was introduced to record the voices of the disc Daniel Ash and David J had recorded their voices in some issues were the detonating for the dissolution of the band.
In 1985, David, Daniel and Kevin formed Love and Rockets who managed to enter the charts in the U.S. in 1989 with "So Alive". The band broke up after seven albums in 1998.
In 1998, Bauhaus reunited for the "Resurrection Tour" which included two new songs ( Severance, Dead Can Dance's Cover and The Dog's a Vapor "which was also published on the OST of the movie" Heavy Metal 2 ") . A live album recorded during the tour, called Gotham,released the same year.
They reunited in 2005, playing that year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
In 2006 it was announced that the band would tour with Nine Inch Nails on "With Teeth tour".
After to 20 years without record, Bauhaus decide record their last album "Go Away White" ("I come with this darkness and go away white"), the album was recorded in 18 days in California and at this recreates the atmosphere that have always characterized this group.
Peter Murphy described the album as "spontaneous" and while it doesn't sound much as what they did in the past, it has some "positives" and "playfullness" to it.
Bauhaus - Crackle