Thursday, January 04, 2007

Vampires Rock!

Bauhaus was one of the earliest and greatest goth rock bands of all time, paving the way for Siouxsie and the Banshees (which I saw play live at the Trolley Stop in Cambridge several times) and Sisters of Mercy, (for which a friend of mine once auditioned to play guitar. He didn't get the gig.)

Their first single, "Bela Lugosi's Dead," was used to open the 1983 film "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. Very arty, provocative film, which the Bauhaus opening score sets up perfectly.

Many of you probably know that Daniel Ash lives at least part-time in Ojai. He and co-founder Peter Murphy grew up together in England. Ash scored another big success with his followup band, Love and Rockets, which recorded seven albums before breaking up in the late 1990s. I am no indiscriminate fanboy, but definitely one of the great things about Ojai is that so many talented people choose to live here.

Here's an early '80s video from Bauhaus, "She's In Parties." Enjoy.

Bauhaus played a "Resurrection Tour" in 1998, and again last year at the Coachella Valley Festival, where they were reportedly huge hits.

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