Is Peter Murphy the most underrated '80s Halloween goth rocker?
The face and voice of the original Gothic rock band Bauhaus (Yes, I will get to them!), Peter Murphy, produced some pretty impressive solo work in the 80s. Like Tones On Tail and Love and Rockets, he also proved to have more commercial success than his original band, but he still didn't chart in the states in the '80s. His highest charting success in the U.S. came in 1990 with his single Cuts You Up (No. 55 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Modern Rock charts). But that was the '90s.
Today's song is this British Goth rocker's first single release as a solo act. Released in 1985, Final Solution is a cover of a song by the American experimental rock group Pere Ubu. The video features dancers mimicking some of Peter's onstage moves, along with several shots of Peter hanging upside-down, something he liked to do often. Ooo, how Gothic!
Peter has continued to produce solo albums, as well as collaborating with Mick Kam of the band Japan in the short-lived musical act Dalis Car and two reformations of Bauhaus (once in the '90s and again in the '00s). Most recently Peter has found himself on the wrong side of the law. In October 2013, he was sentenced to three years probation, community service, and ordered to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings stemming from a March 2013 DUI hit and run incident and possession of methamphetamine.
Meth?! Huh, what lengths some performers are willing to go to in order to keep looking like a vampire. I tell ya.
On the plus side, Peter Murphy does have a new album, Lion, scheduled to be released in 2014.