Monday, August 15, 2011

Bonus Song: Bela Lugosi's Dead

Bauhaus are the godfathers of goth rock. Their 1979 song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is as influential on the genre as Bela Lugosi's performance as Dracula is on the caricature of the Hollywood vampire.

The tune gained even greater exposure to its perfect audience when it was used in the 1983 Tony Scott film "The Hunger." David Bowie was in that, if you've never seen it. Bauhaus covered Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" to complete the glam/goth circle.

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" is filled with imagery of vampires, casting the screen legend as an undead being cursed to roam the earth, sleep in a coffin and dress in red, white and black. The original single version is ten minutes long and is mostly the trance-sounding hook over and over. This made the radio edit easy to make. They just cut out the first seven minutes and there was your song.

There probably isn't a goth compilation out there that doesn't have at least one Bauhaus song on it. As the owner of a variety of such albums I can say that with confidence.

This gives me a chance to offer you kind readers a double bonus. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is not my favorite Bauhaus song. "Crowds" is.

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