Because Pitchfork never reviewed any of their body of work from the late 1970’s through the 1980’s, I figured I would. Though often labeled The Godfather’s of Goth, sonically, the band extends beyond that label. This five album box set showcases the band’s evolution or highlights the diversity to their sound. It illustrates the music more than rivaled the grand theatrics of the band. The box set collects the band’s first four studio albums and a fifth disc of their singles and b-sides from the era. At the forefront and often the face of the band, Peter Murphy is one of the most riveting and under appreciated vocalists of the era. He is often the natural focal point with his synthesized Bowie-Iggy Pop delivery and persona. The other players are of equal significance. The rhythm section of David J and Kevin Haskins are the driving force for many of their songs. That allows guitarist Daniel Ash to add subtle flourishes that help layer and create atmosphere to their work. His guitar playing is of importance and illustrates the band’s raw capability and delicate touches. His surf rock riff seduces the audience in Bela Lugosi’s Dead while outright abandoning it in favor for pure violence on Double Dare that matches Murphy’s vocal exorcism on the track. Ash gets overlooked when compared with his peers from his era, but his contributions are more than felt with the legacy he crafted as you can hear his influence on the next generation of guitarists. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything clearly had an impact on the likes of Elliot Smith and much the heavier songs with their jaggedness influenced the noise rock scene that was just beginning to come about as Bauhaus reached their peak and quick demise. A worthwhile and inexpensive box set for under $30 of a band that gets overshadowed by Joy Division to an extent and deserves far more than a cult status tag. - If there are some errors, I blame autocorrect.
No sé lo que otras personas ven
o lo que ellos piensan que es amor
Pero sé lo que significa para mí
Me enamoro tan fácilmente
Y es difícil bajar la guardia
Algo que nunca quisiste. Te di mi amor y si te alejaste
Creo que estaría jodido, pero ...
Soy un romántico sin esperanza
Eres solo sin esperanza
La cerveza y el vino me hacen bien, pero
no siempre funciona cuando me vuelvo a levantar y desempolvo
Siempre vuelvo a ti.
Soy mi propio hombre con mi propio plan
No puedo hacer las cosas que quieres que haga.
I get a lot of dumb, negative comments and tbh it does sometimes annoy me. But messages like this reminds me that the dummies are the minority, and that there are tons of cool, smart, thoughtful people out there.
This is about more than music: the real point is to not making snap judgements based on superficial, tribalist thinking.
Music is just one example of that. And if we can open our minds and give a band we once hated for some superficial reason a second chance, then we can do the same thing for humans... and then we will all be a little happier and healthier.
Thanks to everyone out there fighting the good fight and treating each other with kindness and respect! Remember that you are the less vocal majority 💪🏼 The buttholes are just really loud.
Thank you for coming to my ted talk 😅