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They're NOT QUITE NORMAL you know,
This review is from: Crackle - The Best of Bauhaus (Audio CD)
A fairly preposterous proposition at the best of times, Bauhaus occasionally came up with a killer art-rock tune - but boy did you have to sit through some pretentious guff to get to it.
Their most famous song remains 'Bela Lugosi's Dead.' Extraordinarily long for a single released in 1979, it still exudes a clammy dread. Pete Murphy's ghoulish, disembodied voice is perfectly suited to the hammy tale of bats and belltowers, vampires and virgins.
'She's In Parties' is a fine single, for once the strangulated guitar enhancing the song not detracting from it. 'Kick In The Eye' is loose, funky, danceable. The urgent, dramatic 'The Passion Of Lovers' is another top track, as is the excellently titled 'Terror Couple Kill Colonel.' And the band's aggressive, amped-up take on 'Ziggy Stardust' surpasses the original in my view.
Much of the rest, though, is a gruelling, dreary listen, the band clearly in thrall to early '70s Bowie but lacking his "gift of sound and vision." The lyrics, too, display a rather forced insistence on being NOT QUITE NORMAL.
If Murphy & Co had dropped the Theatre of Cruelty affectations and spent as much time honing the music as applying the eyeliner, they would've been a better band.
And where's 'Lagartija Nick?'