Bauhaus’s Peter Murphy To Release Two Solo Live Albums

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One of the icons of the post-punk years, Peter Murphy, fronted the dark art house crew Bauhaus. His charismatic, devilish and dangerous personae, combined with his stunning voice and razor-sharp cheekbones, saw him become one of the pin-ups for what was to be mis-labelled Goth. Post Bauhaus, he released a series of acclaimed solo albums and fronted the band on their intermittent back from the dead reunions before the band collapsed in 2023. Bauhaus were never short of giving a nod to their mentors with several well executed covers that they made their own. The singer continues this tradition with Peter Live – Vol One – Covers, the first of two albums for his own new Silver Shade label, showcasing his own solo interpretations. Both of the albums are prefaced with Peter LivePeter Live – Vol One – Covers and Peter Live – Vol Two – The Blender Theater NYC 2008, that are now available for pre-order on vinyl via Cadiz Music. Silver Shade Records will release his live concerts and re-issue solo albums in future times.

Peter Murphy

There is more to a cover version than copying it note for note, and the ever-astute vocalist gets to the heart of the art of darkness of these songs by unzipping them inside out whilst giving a nod to the music that made him what he is. He stamps his own authority all over them, from a thrilling take on Iggy Pop‘s Funtime to a dramatic version of Nine Inch NailsHurt. There is a terrifying, sparse dynamic take on Pere Ubu‘s iconic Final Solution and a stomping and powerful nod to Magazine with his take on The Light Pours Out Of Me. Theatrical embraces of Elvis‘s Love Me Tender and Prince‘s Purple Rain underline the eclectic spirit of Peter’s musical journey and, of course, being one of the generation of the children of Ziggy, there is a David Bowie moment with his take Space Oddity that adds to the song’s sense of unease and isolation. 

“There’s no point in covering a song unless of course it’s got you somewhere in there. To have chosen ‘Purple Rain’ was at the time of the general expectation that I would opt for some lame purposely naff ‘alternative’ song was and is a stroke of genius in action. The audio might be wanting on a couple of songs, but if that puts you off, then go and listen to any of the thousand mediocre songs of some tiresome star.” (Peter Murphy)

Peter Murphy

The second release, Peter Live – Vol Two – The Blender Theater NYC 2008, is an unreleased concert from the Blender Theatre at Gramercy on 27th June 2008 and Peter and the band are in shimmering form.It includes Bauhaus and Peter’s career spanning solo highlights such as Cuts You Up, I’ll Fall With Your Knife, Crystal Wrists and Gliding Like A Whale. The two albums are snapshots of something special, something spiritual and are full of a musical imagination creating hypnotic takes on key songs from Peter’s life. The live edge adds a frisson of excitement, and the iconic frontman proves he is far from undead with some of the best vocals of his long career in these two snapshots that harbingers further musical missives from the archive.