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The most perfect '80s Halloween band: Bauhaus



And, finally, just in time for Halloween...

Referred to as the first Gothic rock band, the UK's Bauhaus was a master at creating eerie, dark, and disturbing songs.  I first learned about this band while I was at art school in the mid '80s, when a classmate played for me Bauhaus' signature song Bela Lugosi's Dead.  However, that song was released in 1979 and is therefore ineligible for this list.

So, I'll go with the song She's In Parties, which was a dance club favorite back in the day.  Oooo, we used to dance so scary to it!  The song is from what was their last studio album, Burning from the Inside, before they broke up in 1983.

After the break-up, former members, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, went on to form Tones On Tail and then Love and Rockets with former Bauhaus member David J.  Lead singer Peter Murphy went solo.  Each of these acts, two of which I have previously profiled, had been more commercially successful than the original band.  But it was Bauhaus that started it all.  They were a major influence on many musical acts to follow, including Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, Bjork and many others.

My, but don't the boys look sharp in this video?  Despite the mullets, of course...

The band reformed briefly in 1998 for their Resurrection Tour and then again in 2005 when they toured extensively and, in 2008, released their first new studio album, Go Away White, in 25 years.  Old tensions among the band members resurfaced and, soon after the release of that fifth and final album, the band broke up permanently.  (So far.)

Happy Halloween, everybody!



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