Bauhaus

1978-1983, 1998, 2005-2008
Peter MurphyVocals
Daniel AshGuitars
David JBass
Kevin HaskinsDrums

Bauhaus Artistfacts

  • Although several bands have used the style more or less before them (Joy Division for example), Bauhaus are generally considered to be the first ever Gothic band. The band created nihilistic monotone gloomy music, often with cryptic lyrics on doomy subjects, and often they tried to achieve a horror atmosphere on stage due to dark lights, coffins on stage, and singer Peter Murphy adopting a vampire look. Bauhaus are therefore credited as godfathers of gothic.
  • The band formed in Northampton (UK). They were originally named Bauhaus 1919 but were soon renamed Bauhaus. The band broke up in 1984 but reformed in 1998 for a new tour. In 2005 the band reformed again for the Coachella Festival, but what started as a once-off gig lead to a new world tour, and the band began recording new material. In 2008, they released their last album, Go Away White, which marked the end of the band - they didn't tour to promote it.
  • All members have side-projects, most famous are Love And Rockets (all members apart from Murphy) and the solo career of Peter Murphy.
  • Peter Murphy married Beyhan, who is involved in the Turkish arts scene. He relocated to Turkey in 1992 and has been living there ever since. Murphy also converted to Islam and uses many Sufism influences in his solo work. They have two children: Hurahan (born in 1988) and Adem (born in 1991).
  • During the first reunion tour, Murphy preferred not to perform "St. Vitus Dance" and "Stigmata Martyr" due to his Islamic believes. "Stigmata Martyr" was re-included in the setlist on their next tour. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Gerrit - Belfast, Northern Ireland, for all above
  • Bauhaus (German for "House of Building") was a college of art, that was active from 1919 to 1933 (hence the name "Bauhaus 1919"). The "Bauhaus Art Movement" was very influential in Modern Architecture and Modern Design. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Rostock, Germany
  • Like Neil Young, they once owned a hearse, which was an effort to play up their foreboding image. It seemed like a good idea, but it made them uncomfortable and felt disrespectful, so they got rid of it.
  • The 1983 movie The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott and starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve, opens with Bauhaus performing "Bela Lugosi's Dead." When Scott saw the band perform, he knew they were perfect for the film, which is about vampires.
  • In 2013, Murphy embarked on the Mr. Moonlight tour, where he played all Bauhaus material to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band. No other Bauhaus members were involved.

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