LIVE: Peter Murphy

The bats have left the bell tower: Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy performed a stripped down, all-ages show at the Irenic on April 1, 2016. Pall Jenkins opened.

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Peter Murphy headlined an all-ages, “stripped down” show at the Irenic on April 1, 2016.
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Pall Jenkins (of the Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot, and Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects) opened the show.
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Murphy is an iconic goth-rock pioneer and founding member of UK band Bauhaus.
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Murphy is often called “the Godfather of Goth,” helping to establish the UK post-punk movement in the late ‘70s. Bauhaus formed in 1978, and broke up in 1983.
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Fun fact: Bauhaus was originally named Bauhaus 1919, in reference to the first operating year of the art school Bauhaus. They dropped the year from their name within a year of their formation.
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The band was one of the first gothic rock groups, and were known for their dark, eerie sound and gloomy imagery.
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When they broke up, Murphy began a solo career, guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins formed Tones on Tail, and bassist David J formed Love and Rockets.
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Bauhaus would go on to reunite for a 1998 tour and again from 2005-2008.
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One of the band’s biggest hits, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” was one of five tracks the group recorded for their very first demo. It was more than nine minutes long, and released as their debut single in 1979.
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The band’s debut album, “In the Flat Field,” dropped in October 1980. Despite negative reviews, it made its way to No. 72 on the British pop charts.
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After Murphy’s burgeoning work as a model and actor, the rest of the band started to resent him.
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The band played their "farewell" show on July 5, 1983 at the Hammersmith Palais in France.
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After Bauhaus disbanded, Murphy went solo with his debut album, “Should the World Fall Apart,” which spawned several singles.
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He followed that with 1988’s “Love Hysteria,” and 1989’s “Deep,” which became his highest charting album, peaking at No. 44 on the Billboard charts and including the hit “Cuts You Up.”
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Fun fact: In James O’Barr’s comic book “The Crow,” the main character’s face was heavily based on Murphy’s.
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In advertisements for Maxell cassettes, Murphy was the “blown away guy” model in the campaign.
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His most recent album, “Lion,” released in 2014.
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Peter Murphy performs at the Irenic on April 1, 2016.
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Peter Murphy performs at the Irenic on April 1, 2016.
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Pall Jenkins, best known for founding and fronting the Black Heart Procession and Three Mile Pilot, opened the show.
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His latest and greatest band, Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects, released their album “No Wrong, No Rights” on Sept. 11, 2015.
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