The ex-Bauhaus members all seem to be busy at the moment, and none more so than the excellent Mr David J Haskins who has recently released a version of Britney Spear’s “Toxic”. Interesting… (I couldn’t embed the video into this post, so the link is below).
There are many landmark moments in David J’s musical career, which purveyors of the seminal goth scene will well know: He is of course one of the founding members of iconic quartet Bauhaus, continuing into trio Love And Rockets, and then into a solo direction comprising an impressive number of albums and single releases.
David J on his new LP “An Eclipse of Ships”, SXSW and his favourite apps…
David J, godfather of goth and founding member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, chats about the inspiration behind his new solo album, “An Eclipse of Ships”; his SXSW appearances; which iconic actor he’d memorialize after Bela Lugosi; and his favorite apps.
Here’s an interesting tidbit – a question from Jason Scott to David J via Facebook.
Do you have, or know where I can find some background information on Bauhaus “1234” (B-side to Passion of Lovers)? I’ve been obsessed with this song since 1988 and I’m convinced there is quite a story to be told…
There’s some amazing early techniques of sampler and drum machine use on this track!!!
Excellent review of the excellent reissue of the excellent David J LP, “Etiquette of Violence”… by Mick Mercer.
When David J released this initially not much was expected of him. Not in terms of quality, as we knew it would be good, but in terms of style. What exactly was he going to be doing? Always something of an enigmatic figure onstage was he going to veer abruptly away from anything remotely Bauhausian, or would he plough a darker, perkier furrow? Of course the answer was a little bit of both. Musically engaging, lyrically bitter as much as it is wry, setting the course for many similarly enthralling efforts. I confess I lost track of his later (i.e. more recent) work but I put that down to never really getting Love & Rockets and thereby losing track of what the chaps were doing. My loss, I am sure. Visit his website and hear his exquisite interpretation (with Jill Tracy) of ‘Bela.’
Better late than never. Not content with re-releasing his excellent debut – The Etiquette of Violence – (and it is a really good release with the extra tracks), David J has decided to re-visit and re-record the Bauhaus seminal debut single – Bela Lugosi’s Dead.
BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD (Undead is Forever)
Revisited by DAVID J and JILL TRACY
An exquisite new cinematic interpretation of the Bauhaus classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” from David J, one of the legendary band’s founding members, with signature post-classical piano from noir chanteuse Jill Tracy.
This is interesting, Davis J teams up with McKenna Frazer, and they release his old single “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur” – which she found in her dad’s record collection. Ouch.
McKenna Frazer’s debut single is a cover of Bauhaus’ David J’s “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur” which was recording in collaboration with J and Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza and the story of how that happened is quite the tale. Her camp sent it over:
San Francisco native, 18-year old McKenna Frazer is charming, talented, driven, adventurous, and loves to give back. She is also an avid music lover. And it doesn’t hurt that David J, renowned artist and founding member of the rock band Bauhaus, is her biggest advocate.