Here’s an interesting tidbit I stumbled upon today. I was on the Beggars Banquet website looking at the This Mortal Coil re-releases, and the article thread has been hijacked by a discussion over the re-release of Bauhaus’s “The Sky’s Gone Out” and “Burning from the Inside”.
Bauhaus biographer (and serial compiler and liner-writer for Beggars, Bauhaus, Tones and Tail, Peter Murphy, et al.) Andrew Brooksbank has spilled the beans on some possible tracks for the potential re-releases of Bauhaus’s third and forth studio LPs.
The thread talks about the fact that Beggars don’t think they can make that much money from the proposed re-releases, given the state of the off-line (i.e. real world) retail situation:
The real expense for Bauhaus would be the re-mastering. We don’t have USA rights on the last 2 albums and, since we originally released the Omnibus titles, the state of retail has got worse. If there are no stores to display the releases, we have to rely on online sales (ie. Amazon) and it’s not the ideal way of presenting a release. The other titles did sell OK but I wouldn’t be confident of selling much more than 50% on Sky’s and Burning. Also the bonus material isn’t especially exciting as the bulk is already available. Realistically, my time is better spent elsewhere as big re-issue projects are a lot of work. However, I’m sure we will continue with occasional releases.
Here’s the tentative / working extras we have slated for the Omnibus Bauhaus Sky’s Gone Out and Burning From The Inside: The thing to remember is Bauhaus NEVER over-recorded, with pretty much everything that was taped having secured a release in some form or other as perhaps a B side, etc. (demos aside), or simply left unfinished and re-recorded from scratch if the song became troublesome – Spirit for example The comment of “not using ?” refers to back up selections in case these were required should the masters not provide us with any “surprises”…as quite often they would!
- Kick In The Eye Riverside mono – not using?
- Bela Lugosi’s Dead Riverside edit mono – not using?
- Spirit demo
- Silent Hedges demo
- Spirit In The Sky
- Bela Lugosi’s Dead live Hunger edit – not using?
- Party Of The First Part
- Departure 7” edit
- Spirit BEG 79A
- Third Uncle 7” edit
- Ziggy Stardust
- Watch That Grandad Go BEG 88TB
- Silent Hedges rejected single version
- Paranoia Paranoia BEG 88B
- Lagartija Nick BEG 88A
- She’s In Parties BEG 91A 7” edit
- Here’s The Dub BEG 91TB
- Honeymoon Croon (full unedited)
- The Sanity Assassin
- Loony Tune
Given Killing Joke’s recent success with PledgeMusic, couldn’t Bauhaus (and the many other bands who may not sell vast quantities) use this method? It would also allow them to produce really high quality packaging.