Interestingly enough BAUHAUS were a band I despised as an adolescent. Everyone else "Got Them", they looked cool, cool kids dug them, damn their album covers were intense, as was the birthing of "Goth Culture", BUT I couldn't stand their music, it made no sense to me, it was to me, at that time, bloody awful!!!
Fast forward 20 (or so) years. A good friend of mine lent me a copy, which I saw on his CD Shelf, out of personal interest. On first inhalation, it was nostalgic and "quaint" but after 2 or 3 listens I began to discover this album as an, almost, work of art. Its quirky and has a lyrical appeal that was wasted on my adolescent years. Murphy and co make records with their tongues so firmly planted in their (collective) cheeks it is almost surreal humour (Remember Joe Orton's Wedding?). The guitar work is interesting in the sense that Ash combines distorted, discordant (on purpose? hmm the jury's out) riffs with a clean driving bass from Jay and simplistic territorial beats from Haskins, Murphy's disjointed surreal poetry finishes it all of nicely with a caustic nonsense that all too often, makes sense! It is "Music Hall" it is Avant Garde, it is even Bebop, but overall it is well put together and produced making it a colourful collection of soundscapes that weaves between the sharped barbs of "Silent hedges" and "In The Night", to the almost Terpsichorean "Spirit", hitting the quirkiness of "All I Ever Wanted Was Everything" Sandwiched between the gnarly, caustic and inventive "Three Shadows" and "Exquisite Corpse". Sure musically it's for dum dums, Dream Theatre and The Grateful Dead They are NOT, and there won't be too much struggle for a competent beginner to learn the chords and structures, BUT like "Sweet Home Alabama" many can play it, but very few can make it work, well. Bauhaus make it work well, and then some, GO BUY NOW!