30 years ago, February 1982 – Bauhaus “Kick in the Eye (Searching for Satori) E.P.”

I discovered Bauhaus in 1982, and Bela Lugosi’s Dead, In the Flat Field and Mask were essential listening for the next ten years.  I think Mask is an underrated LP – both as a Bauhaus LP and as a goth LP – it is dense and dark and contains some fantastic moments of high camp (Of Lillies and Remains anyone?

“In the marbled reception hall I received a three band gold ring from Mark – a token of esteem. Running through ghost closet locker rooms, to hide from Peter, who has fallen to the old cold stone floor, wheezing and emitting a seemingly endless flow of ectoplasmic white goo from ears and mouth…”).

But Mask also contains many of Bauhaus’s finest moments, of which Kick in the Eye is definitely one.

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30 years ago, January 1982 – Play Dead’s first Peel session

Play Dead should have been much, much more successful than they actually were.  As I have mentioned my first proper gig, i.e. one that wasn’t the local goth/punk band in the local goth/rock pub/venue (so for us in Cheltenham that was the Screaming Dead at Charles’s Night Club) was Killing Joke supported by Play Dead at Digbeth Civic Hall, 30th July 1983.  

I was only 15 and in awe of Killing Joke but when Play Dead came on I was gob-smacked.  Now, hard-core Play Dead fans will hate what I am about to say, but, Play Dead were like the world’s best Killing Joke tribute band.  The songs were different, but the components were nearly all Killing Joke – tribal drums – check, chugging bass – check, arpeggiated, dirty, chorused guitar – check.  In fact it is really only the vocals which are different.

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30 years ago, January 1982 – the Cure’s fifth Peel Session

As I collated the information for the main Gods & Alcoves website, it occurred to me that it was exactly thirty years ago that I started buying records – I was 14 – and that was 1982, right in the heart of the very best years for goth, alternative and post-punk (in June 1982 you could see The Cure, Siouxsie,  the Birthday Party, the Southern Death Cult, the Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus live in the UK).  If I had been able to get to gigs (and managed to fund it!) I think I’d have been at a gig every night.

So I thought it would be interesting, every month, to look at what was happening exactly thirty years ago.  So welcome to January 1982.  Killing Joke release the Unperverted Pantomime live fan-club cassette, the Birthday Party are touring and The Cure and Play Dead have John Peel sessions.

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