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On July 5, 1983, "Rest In Peace" were the last words uttered by bass player David J as he left the stage announcing to an unsuspecting audience and crew that BAUHAUS had just played their final concert. Shortly after, a press release followed confirming that BAUHAUS had disbanded.

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000018AM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In The Flat Field (Live @ The Old Vic, London) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rose Garden Funeral Of Sores (Live @ The Old Vic, London) 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dancing (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Bela Lugosi's Dead (Live @ The Old Vic, London) 9:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Spy In The Cab (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kick In The Eye (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In Fear Of Fear (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hollow Hills (Live @ The Old Vic, London) 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stigmata Martyr (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dark Entries (Live @ The Royal Court, Liverpool) 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Terror Couple Kill Colonel (Live @ Le Rose Bon, Paris) 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Double Dare (Live @ Le Rose Bon, Paris) 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. In The Flat Field (Live @ Le Rose Bon, Paris) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hair Of The Dog (Live @ Le Rose Bon, Paris) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Of Lillies And Remains (Live @ Le Rose Bon, Paris) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Waiting For The Man (Live @ Fagins, Manchester) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Press the Eject and give me the tape, well apart from the outdated title, now that we are in the CD era this CD is the best Bauhaus album released. It includes all their best tracks from the first two albums while Bauhaus were still mixing their unique gothic music with a harder punk edge. Kicking off with probably one of their most famous tracks In The Flat Field; Peter Murphy's vocals live are even more passionate than in the studio which simply enhances their raw energy unleashing track after track of the best Gothic band of the eighties. Of course Bauhaus live just wouldn't be complete without including Bela Lugosi's Dead, probably one of the most famous of their songs, even live they kept the atmosphere the track was intended for. As with the more melodic Hollow Hills Bauhaus show that they can diverse their style without sounding disjointed as one track keeps you in anticipation for the next. The highlight of the album for me is tracks 10 and 11, Stigmata Martyr is probably my favourite track from the band, which just builds you up to Dark Entries a heavy drum loaded song with almost vicious vocals. The extra tracks on this CD are not just time wasters either with the Classic submarine intro from Double Dare and the Lou Reed cover with Nico as special guest fill this CD with 72 minutes of hard Gothic - Punk from the best in the business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stappo on 9 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
Excellent document of Bauhaus in their prime, consisting of live tracks taken mostly from the first two albums. Great version of Bela Lugosi's dead in there too. Only let down in my opinion is a version of Waiting for the Man which doesn't quite work. However, in the expanded form (72 plus mins) it's still well worth it if you liked Bauhaus during that period.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By locksheath on 4 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Great performances. The sound quality on some of the tracks is not perfect but that doesn't effect my listening pleasure. My favorite is the 'The spy in the cab' - 'Automated Autonomy' spot on.

Play loud, play in the dark.
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2 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dive 4 Dave on 11 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
I remember when this first came out as a freebie to boost interest in the Skys Gone Out album. One of the music papers, I think the Melody Maker commented that in truth Bauhaus were poor musicians, and they only had one decent song, Dark Entries. At the time I thought this was rubbish, Bauhaus were great musicians and wrote lots of great songs. However, I gave the vinyl away many years ago, and hearing it again in CD, the MM was right. Dark Entries is a top tune though....
'Puckering up those avenues of sin to cheap to ride'
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A masterpiece of Goth Rock 19 May 2002
By David Barnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bauhaus, Push the Eject and Give Me the Tape
For a brief period of time during the early to mid 1980's, the ultimate in pale white kid music was a new offshoot of post-punk that the critics were just then beginning to call "Goth Rock." At it's prime, Goth Rock was (much like its listeners) dark, depressing, and yet frighteningly attractive. However, that prime didn't last long beyond the style's infancy. As a music, Goth Rock soon began to spiral downwards into pits of self-indulgence. It's once meaningful lyrics started to become inundated with "poetic" discussions about mysticism and the like, which were at times boring and at others just downright laughable. The stage performances began to turn the way of Kissesque garish costumed melodrama. Possibly even more detrimental to Goth's reputation, was how as a culture, it began to become associated with that creepy kid you saw walking down the hallway with the fishnets and the big gaudy cross hanging across his chest (ironically, that kid probably listened to Ozzy Osbourne, but that's another story...). Basically, as soon as it all started taking itself too seriously, it became a joke.
Looking at all this, it is easy to see why so many people began quickly forgot Goth Rock's startlingly impressive origins. In their 1979-1983 prime, bands like Joy Division, Sioux and the Banshees, and The Cure were able to construct sorrowful soundscapes that were addictive at the same time as they were powerful, with lyrics that were introspective, intensely personal, and suprisingly intelligent coming from boys who wore eye makeup. Arguably the quintessential Goth Rock band from this "golden age" was Bauhaus, an English based band, who many have called the founding fathers of Goth.
In 1979, Bauhaus released their first single, "Bela Lugosi's Dead," which is, for all intensive purposes, the first Goth Rock song. Two years later, they had released two albums (neither of them masterpieces, but both good), and were rapidly increasing in popularity. Then, in 1982, they released Push the Eject and Give Me the Tape, a live album. It documented a series of shows across Europe and perfectly captured Bauhaus where it seems clear that they shone brightest: on stage.
Push kicks off with "In the Flat Fields," the title song off their first album. It rushes in with gut wrenching guitar noise, synthetic drums, and howling screams. It is angry and dark, exploring territory that beforehand had never really been touched in rock. Lead singer Peter Murphy openly sing/speaks of things like decay and fear. On tracks like "Hollow Hills," he discusses topics like the occult in a way that may now seem cliche, but then was completely revolutionary.
However, being revolutionary is only enough to make an album a point of fascination. It doesn't necessarily make it good, or even listenable. But what keeps Bauhaus' music from being dated is two things. The first is its humor, which is very rare in Goth music. The band constantly had a sense of the cult that was so quickly forming in their wake, and they always made a point to look at themselves, their posturing, and (even more appropriately) their fans, and have a nice long creepy cackling laugh. Even as their songs get ridiculously depressing, there is this sense of "Hey, we understand that we're singing about the dead guy who used to play Dracula (Bela Lugosi), and we find it just as hysterical as we do morbid." For me, listening to a Bauhaus song is like watching Terry Gilliam's Brazil or reading the posts at godhatesfags.com, it makes you laugh while it tears at your soul.
The other strong point is a big one: Bauhaus' songs are amazingly well written. Chord-based chilly guitar work and globs of feedback attack you at first, but after a song or so you forget it, as it has already seeped into the gloomy atmosphere that surrounds what are in essence the core of Bauhaus' catalog: some amazingly well written, albeit wholly unusual, pop songs. The standout is a nine and a half minute version of their signature song, "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Starting with some insanely perfunctory minimalist drum work, Bela run almost a minute before a guitar enters. But once that down-the-scale baseline starts mumbling, there's no way out. By the time the two lead guitars and Murphy's echoing vocals step in, the trance like state you will be in will be shattered to pieces and slowly gathered and forced into climax by the end scream of "Who's dead? He's DEAD! I'm dead...I'm dead, I`m DEAD, I`M DEAD!" It's surreal, it's sublime, and shows why this band hasn't receded into the annals of music history, why this song along kick started a music revolution, and why it was so hard for any of Bauhaus' followers to ever match them.
Final Rating: 9.6/10 A masterpiece of Goth Rock that has escaped the ravages of cliche and time through its excellent songwriting and intelligent, darkly humorous philosophies. Bauhaus is the ultimate example of what Goth Rock was at its height, and what it could have been had the rest of the bands followed suit.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
tired of gossip and complaints 20 Feb 2001
By catherine guelph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy the music on this CD immensely. PRESS the EJECT... is a recording of various performances of the band BAUHAUS from the early 1980s. BAUHAUS may not have invented gothic rock, even so, they were the first to popularise it and no band since has surpassed them. Their songs conform to a style of fiction characterised by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent incidents, the very essence of gothic art. I find the soundscape created by Mr Daniel Ash fascinating. There is very little melodic component as he creates an overwhelming aural sensation. Mrrs J and Haskins provide an industrial strength rhythm section which allows Mr Ash the room to create these sensory assaults. Mr Peter Murphy sings in a sometimes detached, sometimes emotional, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes phonetic, ecclectic style. This live performance is more amazing to me because this complicated presentation would be difficult to control in lesser hands. One of my interests in this CD is in two songs which present spiritual issues, ROSE GARDEN FUNERAL of SORES & STIGMATA MARTYR. RGFOS is a poem by Mr John Cale which presents a poignant and insightful view of the difficulties of maintaining a spiritual connection in a secular world. SM is in the style of a Medieval Meditation. The Gothic period is generally from the 12th through the 16th centuries. Although these types of prayers are foriegn and perhaps, unsettling to our current sensibilities, BAUHAUS has very accurately portrayed a common form of prayer practiced by well respected mystics such as Mother Julian of Norwich (1342-1443). SM is an exceptional example of the band. Mr Murphy gives a passionate performance while Mr Ash expands the sonic limits of his instrument. Mrrs J and Haskins are in lock. I find these pieces a rewarding, mystical and musical experience of a sincere and serious spiritual expression. If you are interested in Gothic Rock Music or in songs with serious lyrical content, this CD will be interesting to you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Give me more than 5 stars. 31 Jan 2006
By Kerry Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The greatest live rock album ever made.
Simple as that.
Remember, when the sound man says "Press the eject and give me the tape out of it." that is the end of the record. The rest of it was added for the CD. It is good but I usualy stop at the sound man because I am old and I had the record and that is where the record is suposed to end.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bauhaus stands alone 11 Feb 2005
By PSM/Bokor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've loved Bauhuas since 1983. I have 6 of their CD's. Obviously then, I am biased.

"Press the Eject and Give me the Tape" is a tremendous piece of work. Without question, Bauhaus can replicate their sound and then some in a live forum. If you are familiar with Bauhuas, that is no small feat. Their sound is rich and haunting; one would speculate that they could only do what they do in a studio. This CD proves otherwise.

I am partial to "Rose Garden Funeral of Sores." Regardless of my preferences, this CD is full of amazing sounds, music, and lyrics. The songs range from haunting to absolutely mind blowing in the energy.

If you are a Bauhuas fan, you'll love and cherish this CD. I don't understand how you wouldn't. That is why I give it five stars.

I really doubt that someone, who is not familiar with Bauhaus, would be reading these reviews. If you've never heard their music, you may want to start elsewhere, i.e. "Burning from the Inside."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Goth... 23 Jun 1998
By Kungsarmee@aol.com (The Shadowborne) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape, perhaps the best recording ever released by Bauhaus, is a must have for any soul who feels a draw to the art of gothic punk. The live feel of Bauhaus on the CD is just about as good as being there when it all happened for those of you too young or who were unable to ever see Bauhaus live. A perfect addition to any collection of gloom and goth, and a great start if its all new to you.
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