Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scary Songs: "Bela Lugosi's Dead"

Bauhaus', who were goth rockers before you could buy black nail polish at Hot Topic, first single "Bela Lugosi's Dead" from 1979 has become synonymous with the genre itself. The great, epic, nine-minute minimalistic drone and Peter Murphy's sinister delivery has led the song to endure for the last thirty years.

And in relation to cinema, it's of course titled after the famous Hungarian actor most associated with the role of Dracula and was featured in Tony Scott's 1983 debut film, the stylish vampire drama The Hunger featuring Catherine Denueve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie, who was a major influence on Bauhaus' sound.

Here is the music video for the song, which is simply a live performance.

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