Release Date: Nov 23, 2018
Record label: Leaving Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Everyone knows "Bela Lugosi's Dead." For decades, it has been a staple of dorm-room posters and knockoff T-shirts and Halloween mixtapes. It has been covered by Massive Attack, Sepultura, and even Chvrches. It is a metonym for goth. But the "Bela Lugosi's Dead" that has become canonical is not the original "Bela Lugosi's Dead." The best-known version--the one enshrined in the 1985 singles anthology, Bauhaus 1979-1983--comes from 1982's Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape, a compendium of early live performances.
Just as Brian Eno once claimed that every single person that bought the first Velvet Underground album went and started a band, it's also been said that Bauhaus' legendary first single 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' was essentially responsible for kicking off the goth rock movement. Having formed 40 years ago this year, the band entered a recording studio together for the first time some six weeks after forming, and to mark the occasion, Leaving Records and Stones Throw have released that session in its entirety. Though their legacy is bursting with arguably some of the most challenging and creative rock music made at the time, taking an experimental approach to mixking glam and dub to hints of Latin with post-punk, The Bela Session find Bauhaus in their formative stage.