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Bauhaus - Mask - 1981 Goth Punk Rock Darkwave - Canada Issue LP

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Bauhaus - Mask

Label: Beggars Banquet
Catalog#: XBEG 29
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl: VG++ only very light scuffs
has pic inner
Cover has light ring and edge wear

Country: Canada Issue
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: Goth Rock

Credits: Artwork By [Cover Drawing] - Daniel Ash
Engineer - John Etchells , Kenny Jones , Mike Hedges
Photography - Chris Garnam
Producer, Written-by [Music, Words] - Bauhaus
Notes: Recorded at Playground and Jam


A1 Hair Of The Dog
A2 Passion Of Lovers
A3 Of Lillies And Remains
A4 Dancing
A5 Hollow Hills

B1 Kick In The Eye 2
B2 In Fear Of Fear
B3 Muscle In Plastic
B4 The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
B5 Mask

A monolith of creative darkness
Bauhaus (and their lack of mainstream acceptance) is proof perfect that people prefer their music bland, mindless, and about ten years behind the times. Basically formed by art students who loved punk and Bowie in equal measure, Bauhaus was a ship with the perfect crew: the innovative Daniel Ash screaming guitar licks over the tribal rumble of the Haskins brothers, David J. and Kevin. And then there was Peter Murphy: an emaciated cross-dressing ghoul who twisted and writhed across the stage. His angular good looks and lunatic mannerisms swept those who saw them into the Love 'Em and Hate 'Em camps. I plant my flag in the former, and this album contains every reason why. While their first album is a ravaging classic that defined their unique sound and B&W 1920's aesthetic, "Mask" boasts some of their best tunes. "Hollow Hills", inspired by an Arthur Machen story that cautions those who would tamper with prehistoric sites and their invisible occupants, is Bauhaus at their most atmospheric and poetic. "Dancing" and "Of Lillies and Remains" (the first dealing with all the places one can dance, the second some kind of surreal snippet about ghosts, weird fluids leaking out of orifices, and someone named Clancy) show that the boys had an incredible sense of the absurd, "Muscle In Plastic" is a primal workout,

"Hair of the Dog" is a grinding opener with a fantastically creative guitar line, and "The Passion of Lovers" is a Spanish-ish ode to lovers and their pursuit- death in each others arms.

"In Fear of Fear" (like "Dancing") actually features Daniel Ash on saxophone,

"Man with the X-Ray Eyes" slams forward like a rugby team of Neanderthals, and the title track is eerie and glorious (check out the video for it, if you can find "Shadow of Light"- nowhere is the band's horror movie sensibility more evident).

Basically, this album shows that Bauhaus was a group of talented, creative guys that all shared a morbid sense of humor, a passion for the bizarre, but were in no way a contrived bunch of goth types. Those came later.

Bauhaus - Mask

Hair of the Dog - music video

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 17 June, 2009.

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