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Photo of Peter Murphy from a 2006 Bauhaus concert.
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Photo of Peter Murphy from a 2006 Bauhaus concert.

Peter John Murphy (born July 11, 1957, near Northampton, England, raised in Wellingborough, England) is the singer of the rock group Bauhaus who later went on to release a number of solo albums, such as Deep and Love Hysteria. Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a rich voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth." July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Northampton Guildhall, built 1861-4, E.W. Godwin, architect Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in central England upon the River Nene, and the county town of Northamptonshire. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... Map sources for Wellingborough at grid reference SP8967 Wellingborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England situated some eleven miles from the county town of Northampton. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... Bauhaus is a British rock band (formed in Northampton in 1978) popular in the 1980s. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Deep is the third album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... Love Hysteria is the second album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... NYC goth band The Naked and the Dead (1985). ...

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With Bauhaus

Rising from a coffin on-stage, driving a hearse called the "Bauhearse," or appearing in concert as a vampire all helped to cement the gothic look with this dark, emotionally charged style of music (see gothic rock). Murphy's Bauhaus epitomised a dark post-punk world, with fans drawn to the shadowy, otherworld feel of the music; the band evoked flickering over-exposed '20s horror films by using strobe lights in their live concerts. A coffin (in North American English, also known as a casket) is a funerary box used in the display and containment of deceased remains -- either for burial or after cremation. ... A Buddhist-style japanese hearse An antique limousine style hearse from Volvo Funeral carriage, Museum of Funeral Customs A hearse is a funeral vehicle, a conveyance for the coffin from e. ... Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood (hematophagy). ... Gothic rock (also called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that evolved out of post-punk during the late 1970s. ...


In 1982, Bauhaus appeared during the opening sequences of the modern vampire movie The Hunger, performing a powerful rendition of Bela Lugosi's Dead. The camera focused almost exclusively on Murphy during most of that scene, panning only briefly to the stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. The Hunger is a 1983 R-rated horror film. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Catherine Deneuve at Cannes in 2000 Catherine Deneuve (born October 22, 1943, Paris) is an Oscar-nominated French actress. ...


In 2006, Murphy and Bauhaus has been on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor and Murphy have done multiple radio shows together, featuring 3 or 4 duets per radio show. Reznor often cites Bauhaus as one of his primary influences. NIN redirects here. ... Trent Reznor live in 2006, photo by Rob Sheridan Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician and producer. ...


Solo Career

By 1983, Bauhaus broke up and Murphy went on to new projects not involving Bauhaus members Kevin Haskins, David J, or Daniel Ash. After some brief dabbling with acting and dance - including a slightly odd televised performance to Bauhaus's "Hollow Hills" - he soon formed Dali's Car with Mick Karn, the bass player from Japan. The group recorded only one album, which was a commercial flop. Kevin Haskins also known as Kevin Michael Dompe (b. ... David J. Haskins (b. ... Daniel Ash is an innovative, textural guitarist for Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets, and solo projects. ... Dalis Car was formed in 1984 by Peter Murphy (vocals) and Mick Karn (bass, keyboards) shortly after they left their former bands ( Bauhaus and Japan, respectively). ... Mick Karn Mick Karn (July 24, 1958 - ), born Anthony Michelide, is a British musician, most noted as the bassist for the 1980s New Wave band Japan. ...


Murphy's solo career over time became more nuanced than Bauhaus, ranging from pseudo-pop to haunting ballads that showcased his deep and complex vocals. While critics allege his lyrics can be "pretentious" to "incomprehensible," the lyrical themes are often metaphysical, pulling his songs into a dream-like state of rhythm, imagery, and emotion. His knack for such lyricism and the occasional pop-reinvention did, however, cause some initial trepidation by the record-buying public. After the commercial non-start of Dali's Car, Murphy's first solo album was similarly overlooked. Should the World Fail to Fall Apart did spawn several singles, including a cover of Pere Ubu's "Final Solution" that made a minor splash on the club scene. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Pere Ubu is an experimental rock music group, see Pere Ubu (band). ...


The followup, Love Hysteria, did much better, and was a more focused effort. It also marked the beginning of a long-term collaboration with songwriter Paul Statham, who co-wrote songs with Murphy until 1995. The resulting singles "All Night Long" and "Indigo Eyes" helped garner a wider following, and the black-and-white video for "All Night Long" entered rotation on MTV.


The pinnacle of Murphy's solo popularity came with the release of Deep. For this album Murphy reinvented himself as somewhat of a rock-god, now sporting hair dyed platinum blonde and a performing a much more aggressive alt-rock sound. The single "Cuts You Up" from Deep held on to the top spot on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for longer than any other single before - ironically displacing "So Alive" by his former Bauhaus-bandmates Love and Rockets. The record was unbroken until the release of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... Love and Rockets were formed in 1985 by Bauhaus alumni Daniel Ash (guitars, saxophone, and vocals), David J (bass and vocals) and Kevin Haskins (drums, synthesizers) after Peter Murphy was not interested in reforming Bauhaus. ...


In the 1990s, Peter Murphy converted to Islam, eventually moving to Turkey, and this Middle Eastern influence can be heard in his later albums. In particular, Murphy has been inspired by the mysticism of Sufism. His first album to reflect this was 1992's Holy Smoke, which mixed some traditional Turkish influences into the music while continuing the sound pioneered on Deep. The album was unable to recapture the momentum of Deep, and in the post-grunge alternative landscape, the more pop-flavored album seemed anachronistic, and the choice of the odd, disheveled-Murphy Anton Corbijn photo used on the cover baffled many fans. In 1995, Murphy embraced a lower-key, ambient pop sound for Cascade, featuring producer Pascal Gabriel, guest work from "infinite guitarist" Michael Brook, and overall a much stronger incorporation of electronics. This album was also to be his last major collaboration with Paul Statham, who departed to form Peach Union with Pascal Gabriel and eventually write songs for Dido and Kylie Minogue. Cascade was also Murphy's last original release for Beggar's Banquet records, which had been his label since Bauhaus. Shortly after this departure, Murphy recorded the Recall EP for the newly-formed Red Ant records, featuring a few new songs and some new, heavily electronic versions of older material, reworked in conjunction with Sascha Konietzko of the band KMFDM. Once again, he became label-mates former Bauhaus alums Love and Rockets, who had also signed to Red Ant. This generated a significant number of rumours regarding a possible reformation of Bauhaus. While Red Ant quickly folded, Bauhaus did reform in 1998 for the Resurrection tour, the first performance of which (at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City) was recorded and released on DVD by Metropolis Records as Gotham. The tour was a success, although Murphy refused to perform certain songs, because of his adherence to Islam, such as "Stigmata Martyr" and "St. Vitus' Dance." He cited their religious overtones as objectionable. See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from 2000 and 2001. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... U2 and I, a book with photographs Corbijn made of U2 Anton Corbijn (born May 20, 1955 in Strijen, the Netherlands) is a photographer who is also well known for directing music videos, including Depeche Modes late 1989 clip Personal Jesus and Nirvanas Heart-Shaped Box (1993). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pascal Gabriel was born in Namur, Belgium in 1961 (circa). ... Michael Brook (born 1952 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian guitarist familiar with many disciplines including rock, minimalism and film scores. ... Peach Union was a pop/dance/electronic trio who formed in London, England and had several UK and US pop and dance chart hits in the late 1990s. ... Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (born December 25, 1971 in London) is a Brit award-winning English singer who performs under the name Dido. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... Sascha Konietzko (born June 21, 1961 in Hamburg) is the founder/owner of industrial band KMFDM, having founded the group in 1984. ... KMFDM circa 2005; from left to right: Steve White, Lucia Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway, Sascha Konietzko KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Hammerstein Ballroom is a two-tiered, 12,000 square feet (3658m2) ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios on 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the industrial, EBM, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ...


In 2000, Murphy performed his international Just for Love tour, which resulted in the album Alive Just for Love. It is a live recording of the fully uninterrupted set from the El Rey show in Los Angeles on November 30, 2000. During the tour, Murphy chose to perform with only two back-up musicians, Canadian electric violinist Hugh Marsh and Peter DiStefano from Porno for Pyros on guitar, although former Bauhaus bassist David J sometimes joined the trio for an encore. At this point he also contributed to works by noted film composer Harry Gregson-Williams. This article is about the year 2000. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... This electric violin, made by Leo Fender in the late 1950s, has a non-traditional design. ... Hugh Marsh is a Canadian violinist. ... Peter DiStefano is best known as a member of the alternative-rock band Porno For Pyros (the Janes Addiction offshoot featuring vocalist Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins), DiStefano has enjoyed wide creative freedom with a variety of projects since those days. ... Porno for Pyros is a US musical group and was Perry Farrells and Stephen Perkins next project after their former band Janes Addiction. ... David J. Haskins (b. ... Harry Gregson-Williams (born December 13, 1961) is a British film composer. ...


Also in 2000, Murphy gave a nod to the North American goth scene, where his solo works and his works with Bauhaus are still very popular, by making a surprise guest appearance at the fifth annual Convergence festival in Seattle, to perform a low-key, acoustic solo set. NYC goth band The Naked and the Dead (1985). ... Convergence is an annual goth festival, now in its 10th year. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Emerald City Location Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Washington King County Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Geographical characteristics Area     City 369. ...


Shortly thereafter, Murphy collaborated with the Turkish artist Mercan Dede on the album Dust. Heavily steeped in traditional Turkish instrumentation and songwriting, coupled with Dede's trademark atmospheric electronics, the album showed Murphy all but abandoning his previous pop and rock incarnations. Dust, released on goth/industrial stalwart label Metropolis Records, alienated many fans who had expected a more uptempo Murphy album (especially post-Recall), but it garnered some critical praise. Arkin Allen, known as Mercan Dede Arkın Ilıcalı ( better known by his stage name, Mercan Dede ) was born in 1966, in Turkey. ...


In 2004, Murphy signed to yet another new label, Viastar, which was home to several other 80's pop artists who had moved into more eclectic areas. Despite numerous problems with the label, the album Unshattered was released, showcasing Murphy returning to a more pop sound.


As of 2006, Murphy is still performing live with Bauhaus.


Trent Reznor & Peter Murphy - 2006 Tour Live Radio Performances released


Trivia

Peter Murphy was the model for Maxell's memorable "Blown Away Guy" ad campaign and logo during the 1980s. Maxell is a Japanese company, which manufactures consumer electronics. ...


He is married to Beyhan and has two children, named Hurihan and Adem. His wife has directed several of his videos, and leads the Turkish National Modern Dance company. He has been living in Ankara since 1992. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the countrys second largest city after Istanbul. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Discography

1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee... Love Hysteria is the second album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Deep is the third album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... This article is about the year. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... See also: 1991 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... This article is about the year 2000. ... // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Comeback of Guns N Roses in House of Blues January 1 - Hum disbands. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... // Events 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ... Unshattered is a album by the British singer Peter Murphy. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // Events January 1 - Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti January 1 - Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason...

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1985 "Final Solution" - - - - Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
1986 "Blue Heart" - - - - Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
1986 "Tale of the Tongue" - - - - Should The World Fail To Fall Apart
1988 "All Night Long" - - - - Love Hysteria
1988 "Blind Sublime" - - - - Love Hysteria
1988 "Indigo Eyes" - - - - Love Hysteria
1989 "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat)" - #18 - - Deep
1990 "Cuts You Up" #55 #1 (7 weeks) - - Deep
1990 "A Strange Kind of Love [Version 1]" - #21 - - Deep
1992 "You're So Close" - #18 - - Holy Smoke
1992 "The Sweetest Drop" - #2 - - Holy Smoke
1992 "Hit Song" - - - - Holy Smoke
1995 "The Scarlet Thing in You" - - - - Cascade
1995 "I'll Fall with Your Knife" - - - - Cascade

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1984 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Love Hysteria is the second album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Love Hysteria is the second album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Love Hysteria is the second album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1988 in music, other events of 1989, 1990 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Back in the... Deep is the third album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle... Deep is the third album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle... Deep is the third album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy. ... See also: 1991 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1991 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1991 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ...

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