Have you heard Viet Cong yet? The LP is excellent – heavy, dense and distorted and more than a bit post-punk. Part of the excellent Pitchfork review is below and after only a few listens it is becoming a firm Gods and Alcoves favourite.
But the most interesting VC thing is from their demo LP of last year called ‘Cassette’, and it’s an excellent, faithful live cover of Bauhaus’s Dark Entries – here in all its glory:
David J has announced his forthcoming book – “Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick and Benediction” a “A candid memoir of life revolving around David J. Haskins’ tumultuous experiences with the pioneering post punk / gothic / art band, Bauhaus”. There is also a Facebook page which is previewing mterial (excerpt at the bottom) – https://www.facebook.com/mrmoonlightbook.
The book is…
…a candid memoir of life revolving around David J. Haskins’ tumultuous experiences with the pioneering post punk / gothic / art band, Bauhaus.
Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent (and often strained) reunions.
Simon wrote the excellent review of the Cure’s Peel Session bootleg, and he’s now put together a mix (on Mixcloud) of 80’s goth. Next time someone’s looking (or in need of) an 80’s goth primer, point them to his “80’s Goth Mixtape” – 80’s Goth Mixtape by Simon Young | Mixcloud.
Goth for want of a better description….. includes The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie, Sisters, Bauhaus, Cocteaus, Bunnymen, Nick Cave, PiL, Tone on Tail, Danielle Dax, New Order, The Glove, Bauhaus, Killing Joke.
No right-minded Bauhaus fan is without a copy of Dark Entries – the excellent Bauhaus biograpy. It’s author Ian Shirley contacted us about the resurrection of an old goth band he was involved with, called “the Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom”, the the plan to issue unheard material… over to Ian:
Some of you might recognize my name as I wrote Dark Entries which remains the definitive biography of Goth legends Bauhaus. What you won’t know is that between 1981/2 I was in a Goth-inspired band called The Guardians Of The Ancient Wisdom.
Hyperbolic headline of the week, but an interesting piece on Peter Murphy’s recent gig, and the comments in the original article are equally interesting.
Peter Murphy suspected the fans had come for the hits on Saturday night at the El Rey. After all, the legendary 56-year-old singer played the oldies last year on tour, including those from his former band, Bauhaus.But this time around, the emphasis was on his post-Bauhaus work. There’s a lot of that — he recently released his 10th studio album, Lion — though it wasn’t enough to keep the crowd’s attention. But that isn’t what made the holiday weekend stop in L.A. such a bummer.