A track from the first Bauhaus album, "Stigmata Martyr" describes the crucifixion on Jesus; the stigmata are the marks in his head, hands and feet.
According to lead singer Peter Murphy
, the song is note a swipe at Christianity or any other religion. He explained in the Village Voice
: "The message is, really, the dangers of obsession, of almost psychosomatic induction of that masochism. That alone can be an illusion. And it's way off the mark as to the actual source of the message of any religious God. God doesn't want you to be in pain and die. It wasn't anti-religious. It wasn't demonic. It was alluding to the manifestation. Is it truly a mark of the Holy Ghost or is it simply an obsession condition? That's all there is to it."