Beggars Banquet are releasing a number of five CD sets, featuring re-mastered LPs and bonus tracks – many previously unavailable. The first batch is released on March 13th 2013 and include Love & Rockets and Gary Numan.
Quite excitingly for Bauhaus fans is that “over the spring/summer will include sets from Gary Numan, The Charlatans, Bauhaus, The Fall, Love And Rockets, Natacha Atlas, Buffalo Tom, The Icicle Works, Gene Loves Jezebel and Fields Of The Nephilim” so maybe we will see the long awaited re-releases of the remaining Bauhaus LPs.
So this dropped through my letterbox today. The curiously titled “The Cure [IN GREAT BIG LETTERS] and the story of the alternative 80s.” [in apologetically small, non-descript, genre avoiding letters].
It’s a potted history of Goth (the Cure don’t even really get any extra coverage), with new interviews and good, in-depth articles. This is definitely not as gritty as Mick Mercer’s excellent Gothic Rock (still available through LuLu, and highly recommended), but it seems like a pretty good intro. It does have a lot of really nice photos, many I haven’t seen before.
Given his goth-rock pedigree, it’s perhaps not surprising that David J — supplier of the low end in both Bauhaus and Love and Rockets — should find himself stumbling into the creation of an “accidental” concept album about mortality. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the bassist’s latest solo effort, the haunting Not Long For This World.
Speaking to Slicing Up Eyeballs from a San Francisco recording studio last week, David J explains the genesis of the dark, cabaret-infected album, which mixes original compositions — including songs about the late Spaulding Gray, Hank Williams and Jeff Buckley — with covers of tracks by the likes of Smog, Ed Harcourt, Tom Waits and Dennis Wilson.