BAUHAUS TO RELEASE THE BELA SESSION 11/23 IN CELEBRATION OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY
FIRST TIME BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD – 9 MINUTE ORIGINAL STUDIO RECORDING – OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE DIGITALLY & FIRST RETURN TO VINYL IN +30 YEARS
FEATURES 3 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS FROM THEIR LANDMARK 1979 BELA RECORDING SESSION
Leaving Records, in partnership with Stones Throw Records, will release The Bela Session by Bauhaus on November 23 worldwide on vinyl and digital platforms. The Bela Session captures the first time Bauhaus recorded together, just six weeks after forming as a band, on January 26, 1979. This is the first release of that complete recording session featuring all five tracks, three of which were previously unreleased. This also marks the first official reissue of the single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on vinyl for over thirty years, as well as the first time the studio recording will be officially available on DSPs. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios (Björk, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin).
Bauhaus is a four-piece from Northampton, England, composed of Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and David J (bass). Venerated and highly influential, the band emerged from the post-punk alternative music scene of the early ’80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. Their music embodies a minimalistic gloomy style of post-punk rock driven by jagged guitar chords and cold, distant synthesizers.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead is considered the original gothic rock record and a cornerstone of the genre. Originally released in 1979 on Small Wonder Records, Bela failed to make the pop charts but remained a staple of the U.K. independent singles chart for many years. Bela Lugosi’s Dead has widely influenced contemporary goth culture as well as popular culture at large. Among many highlights, a live recording of Bela Lugosi’s Dead was the iconic soundtrack to the opening scene of 1983 horror film The Hunger (starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon); it’s been covered by Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Nouvelle Vague, Chvrches and others; cited as an influence on authors Chuck Palahniuk and Neil Gaiman; used on Saturday Night Live’s skit “Goth Talk”; and the band itself was parodied on Beavis & Butthead and South Park.
Three months after releasing Bela Lugosi’s Dead in August 1979, the group signed with influential U.K. indie label, 4AD who released their debut album In The Flat Field. They then moved to the larger parent company, Beggars Banquet and between1981 and 1983 released three studio albums, peaking at #15 (UK) with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” After disbanding in 1983, members of the band went on to form Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail while Peter Murphy enjoyed a successful solo career.
Late 2018 will also mark the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus. To celebrate, Beggars Arkive will be reissuing records from the band’s catalogue on limited edition color vinyl, details to be announced. Vinyl Me Please will also offer an exclusive edition of The Bela Session on red vinyl in their member store.
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