Peter Murphy solo: Search & Destroy

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His new album 'Unshattered' is spotty, but the first four songs are wonderful. He never made a bad album. Also, I love his affinity for good bassists. He's got fretless on a lot of his songs, he's worked with Mick Karn, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma played on 'Dust'. The guy has good taste.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I really really REALLY must get that new album at Amoeba tomorrow.

Everything else -- well, the AMG section is mostly my reviews, so go through that. ;-) That said, I stand by the fact that while I adored Deep when it came out and Love Hysteria only slightly less, Dust from two years ago is his flat out greatest effort, something truly distinct and inspired from him that was also a dark, beautiful jewel of an album. The live tour I saw was equally compelling. Even if he never does anything like it again, I'm so glad for that album's existence.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm quite fond of Love Hysteria, Deep, and to a slightly lesser extent Holy Smoke (the only one of those I father has all three of those and bought them when they came out). Haven't heard the rest yet...

Ian Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've only heard Deep. I'm asking for several other of his albums for xmas.

"Cuts You Up" is probably my favorite song EVER.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok maybe not EVER. But right now it is.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the only one of those I father has all three of those and bought them when they came out

I keep forgetting what an infant you are (I TEASE).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm always a sucker for that Arabic sound (Youssou N'dour's 'Egypt' is one of my faves of the year), but I'm not completely won over by 'Dust'. Sometimes it's a little too sparse for my tastes. I would have liked more Arabic sounds...maybe even an orchestra instead of just the violin. "My Last Two Weeks" is amazing, at least.

Ned, post your thoughts on 'Unshattered' when you get it. Or, dang, review it for AMG! I don't think there's one up yet, is there....

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Cascade', and especially "Gliding Like a Whale", is wonderful.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Should the world fail ta .... I recently heard Final Solution again and have decided that it was terrible, but the Magazine cover I still like & Blue Heart and The Answer is Clear are still played around these parts.

Cuts You Up is still a great pop song .. Love Hysteria hasn't aged well with me, But I still dig Socrates the Python. I stopped with Hly Smoke & can't even remember what's on it. Maybe It's time I gave hime another chance.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I recently heard Final Solution again and have decided that it was terrible

You, sir, are sick in the head.

I sort've lost interest at Holy Smoke, and some of his stuff sounds awfully dated today (notably "Blind Sublime," though I still digs it). "All Night Long" is a beautiful, perfect song, as is "Cuts You Up". My very favorite of his solo stuff is probably "God Sends" on Should the World Fail....

And his cover of "Final Solution" ROCKS!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eh, I used to think so, but put it up next to Pere Ubu and it just doesn't cut it anymore .. (but for some reason I managed to like both versions in the 80s .. go figure.)

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have a harder time listening to goofy ass peter murphy solo stuff than goofy ass bauhaus stuff these days, but I still love Marlene Deitrich's Favorite Poem. God I was obsessed with that record when it came out!

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hahah, the funny thing about that "Final Solution" cover -- in 1991 I ended up hanging around David Thomas during a radio station interview and I asked him about Peter's cover. The response -- David liked it but thought there were two problems -- he made the lyrics understandable and he took out the guitar solo. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My very favorite of his solo stuff is probably "God Sends" on Should the World Fail....

I first heard this live at a 1990 show -- made a big impression on me and still ranks as one of his finest moments.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem" is tear-jerkingly beautiful.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 01:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

David liked it but thought there were two problems -- he made the lyrics understandable

He used to say that in concerts too. (Also referring to Living Color I think.) I saw Pere twice on the same tour - twice. so twice in ?87/88? and twice in ?89?.. and in both cases, he said almost exactly the same things to the audience in different cities.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 03:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I know, Ned...I'm so tiny, and tiny children have a way of falling down, you know...

Ian Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Anybody seen him live? I'm seeing him on Wednesday.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Saturday, 14 May 2005 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i saw him on the Deep tour. at an amusement park!

kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 14 May 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Six times solo, four times with Bauhaus. New album's quite good (yes, I finally got around to getting it) and he always *always* puts on an incredible show, even when he's sick (as I've seen happen once). Should be a treat, will be see him myself on the 27th.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 May 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Cranking "Cuts You Up" right now at the office --- 1:13 am -- and damn is this ever a lovely track.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's about to play Europe!

JULY 06 Athens, GREECE - Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Stadium
JULY 09 Rome, ITALY - Zoobar
JULY 12 Barcelona, SPAIN - Bikini
JULY 13 Madrid, SPAIN - Arena
JULY 15 Paris, FRANCE - La Batufur
JULY 16 Paris, FRANCE - La Batufur
JULY 18 Dublin, IRELAND- Temple Bar
JULY 19 London, UK - Scala
JULY 20 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
JULY 22 ZILLO Festival - GERMANY (Headlining)
JULY 29 Vilar de Mouros Festival- PORTUGAL (Headlining)

The performance of "Cuts You Up" at the LA show three weeks back was a goddamn treat and a half.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Appropos of absolutely nothing, I dug out my copy of Should the World Fail... this afternoon and gave "God Sends" a stentorian airing. When those strings kick in? Jesus that's fucking amazing, and the man's voice has never sounded finer. Fuck if I know what he's singing about, but when it sounds this sublilme, he could be crooning about sifting through ox dung looking for worms and I'd still adore it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 21 October 2005 01:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Or making fishcakes.

owen moorhead (i heart daniel miller), Friday, 21 October 2005 04:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I really disliked "Holy Smoke" when it came out but today it sounded great (this week has been all about revisiting albums I didn't like 15 years ago and finding them great, like "Kill Uncle"). It sounds distinctly less dated than Deep now.

akm, Sunday, 11 March 2007 06:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Hit Song" is quite lovely, even if he re-uses that bit of dubious poetry from "Roll Call" ("breath the only friend")

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 11 March 2007 13:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's a nice callback. And it's a remarkably good album, especially "Keep Me From Harm" and pretty much all the second half. "Low Room" needs more love too.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 11 March 2007 15:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Doesn't one of those tunes on the second half employ Eno-style "cricket menace"?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 11 March 2007 15:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Last few days I've found myself near-obsessively relistening to Should the World Fail to Fall Apart. It's a much better album than even I realized (and I already liked it quite a lot).

Anyway, he's on tour again and I'm looking forward to catching him in June.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Really must get it. I heard, of all things, "Dragnets Drag" running through my head on the plane to Seattle last week.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Interesting. Not the song that would have leapt out at me!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

That quasi-U2 rhythm guitar and the choirtron synth in the background, with Murphy mumbling "Whirlpools whirl..."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

You're onto something there.

The a capella start to "Blue Heart" is what got me on the Should kick again.

"Was it a liiiiiie?
Was it the TRUTH?"

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Should is such a treat. Gotta dig up my vinyl of that again. Wasn't it co-produced with Ivo from 4AD?

Capitaine Jay Vee, Thursday, 17 April 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sure was! And compared to the albums that immediately followed it sounds it in more than one sense, because Should is more of a free floating experiment where the next three records were Peter-plus-a-band.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 03:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Anyone heard who's opening for PM this tour?

(I'm diggin Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem lately..)

dave 2¼, Monday, 12 May 2008 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Murphy's coming to Austin, can't decide whether to go. Live show any good?

stephen, Monday, 12 May 2008 02:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Any good! It's fantastic. He is a remarkable performer.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 May 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

well i mean, i've seen him with Bauhaus and he's obviously great there. just wondering if the solo show was on the same level. you know, without the other guys. i like p.murphy solo just... okay, not incredible.

stephen, Monday, 12 May 2008 05:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

I prefer Peter separate from Love & Rockets and Bauhaus should not perform ever again. They're both better off without each other.

dave 2¼, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

u crazy

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

okay so.... Burning from the Inside, Endless Summer of the Damned, Black Stone Heart, She's in Parties, Bela Lugosi's Dead (acoustic/solo)..... Crystal Wrists, I'll Fall with Your Knife, The Sweetest Drop, Idle Flow, Final Solution, Cuts You Up (heavy metal version/guest vocals from stagehand/birthday cake??)....... plus covers of Be My Wife and an impromptu version of Wild Is the Wind (acapella/vocals only).......... GREAT SHOW IN AUSTIN.

stephen, Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ha! I knew this would be a Stephen revive! :)

Bimble, Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

whatchu talkin bout bimble

stephen, Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

hahaha *deep voice* "that's the second time you be talking at me like that, willis! hahaha

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

If you have already seen this video of him covering Grace Jones' "Nightclubbing" and you didn't tell me about it, well, I'm disappointed in you. I'm glad I've got a friend who likes goth rock and can tell me about this shit.

The Horror of Fang Rock (Bimble), Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Iggy had the original, Bimble, not Grace Jones!

I always thought Murphy was a poor man's Iggy, and there goes your proof.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah I just found that out, Timi, about Iggy being the writer of it. Oh well.

The Horror of Fang Rock (Bimble), Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Iggy and Bowie!

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

You would tolly dig The Idiot if you're into Murphy.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gosh. Well then ... there's someone I used to admire being a stupid prick in old age. Dude was never fit to lick Bowie's shoes anyway.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:18 (one year ago) Permalink

"Blackstar" alone blows away Murphy's entire solo career so there's the rub.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I am sure some of that had to be waspishness about being asked about Bowie once more, which, well, if he doesn't get why that's the case by now... (And yeah, a rather hard judgment on Blackstar so hm.)

FWIW, I asked him a more general question about mortality given the passing of both Bowie and Prince, the latter of whom I knew he was a big fan of, and got this as an answer, which I enjoyed but couldn't find a way to put into my piece:

How do I feel about mortality? One, I haven't come close to dying since 1981, when I had lung viral pneumonia. And two, when you're this age, of course, there is a more honed sense of what one should always live with, mortality. We all know the cliché, "We would go at any time," and that's true with everything else. But I've never felt a sense of taking it for granted, and I feel, still — even more so, now, even with the time that's gone by for myself, and especially next year for Bauhaus, because it will be the 40-year anniversary, which is unbelievable — that there's a jumping jack full of potent creative opportunities. That's a real privilege, to still have them. But I've taken that for granted, but I've one, created that existence for myself, and two, it's also — on the other hand — something that's there, and it's not something that is free of charge, it's what one's earned, as it were. The potential loss of my voice was nigh on equal to basically the death of my career, or my physical death. So that's always going to be there. Personally, I've got some ideas for next year, separate to what I've got running anyway, which I'm going to do. I've got A plans and B plans. But we'll see. I don't want to talk about that right now. But yeah, in 10 years I'm going to be 70. What the fuck for? Anyway.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyway reviving because there's been a bit of running drama all week if he can even make it over here due to, quoting a quote from the venue's folks, a "random administrative processing" delay. The initial shows from Tuesday and Wednesday were rescheduled to next week -- just got news of that in time to adjust my original piece before it ran -- and now there's a chance tomorrow's show may face a similar fate? Odd.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

oy vay more scheduling trouble smh! also 60 yr old meth user hasn't come close to dying since 1981 lol

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Well you know vampires. It's like Twilight predicted!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought he lived in LA?

akm, Thursday, 25 January 2018 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

anyway I wouldn't mind if next week's show got delayed to another week as I have things piling up.

akm, Thursday, 25 January 2018 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

No he's lived in Turkey for years and years now, last I checked. (Though when I interviewed him I think he was in the UK.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 January 2018 23:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought he got in some meth accident in LA the other year but maybe he was just visiting. or maybe that was a really long time ago

akm, Friday, 26 January 2018 00:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Delays delays...

petermurphyofficialSF RESIDENCY UPDATE: After an unforeseen and unanticipated delay, Peter is nearing the top of the visa application list at the US Consulate. Due to a brief diplomatic spat last year between the US and Turkey resulting in a temporary mutual ban on visa issuances to each country, a backlog of Turkish applicants has seen Peter's own caught up in the pile. Despite the best efforts of the entire team working on these shows, as of today, Saturday’s Love Hysteria show is being moved to a later slot within the residency dates. So Peter is waiting to get his visa approval in Istanbul and to fly as soon as his visa is in hand, and his full band and crew are all in San Francisco. They are all ready and primed to start the residency, and will probably play the first show at triple speed due to letting out the tension and excitement to finally be playing these shows for all of you. Once Peter Murphy is in the building twill be announced. He’ll most likely fly, and after 18 hrs in the air, land running and on stage that night.(He’s telling us to tell you he can’t wait)

So basically the first show will be next Tuesday and what was four weeks of shows spread out is being rapidly concentrated into two and a half weeks of them at this point. I mean, fine enough, but this is going to be a rollercoaster.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 27 January 2018 05:06 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm half hoping tuesday gets delayed because it's really inconvenient for me now; obv I'm going if it doesn't but if it were moved to the end of the month I wouldn't complain.

akm, Saturday, 27 January 2018 18:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, lucky you, it got delayed! I hear that shows on the 12th now.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 02:10 (one year ago) Permalink

This is all turning kinda crazy in that he'll barely have a break between Wednesday -- assuming Wednesday happens -- and the 16th, when this all wraps up. He'll literally only have Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 13th off due to preexisting shows...which means that there are no more spare days to fill up the schedule, he'll either have to project ahead after the 16th somehow or just flat out cancel some shows.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 02:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Put on some matinees.

Chunky Backgammon (onimo), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:34 (one year ago) Permalink

You know...

(So far no news today, which theoretically means tomorrow is on...but we'll see.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:37 (one year ago) Permalink

And, of course:

Due to the unforeseen governmental delay in the processing of Peter’s visa application, Wednesday January 31st's performance of "Deep" will unfortunately be rescheduled to Monday, February 19th.

This is a situation we are taking very seriously, as it also has extremely severe implications for our business and staff, and want to make sure that we keep our customers informed and aware by being as transparent as possible. Peter's visa is still held up in a "random administrative processing" procedure with the government, which is rare, and we are seeking information literally minute by minute and throwing everything we can behind speeding this process up.

All tickets purchased for the 1/30 show will transfer to this new date - so there is no action necessary on your part, you can simply check in with your original ticket on 2/19. Full refunds will be granted if you are unable to make the new date, and if you prefer to attend a different date we will happily work to accommodate your request (where show capacity allows).

If you cannot attend this new date and would like a refund, you can contact Ticketfly directly and they will issue it asap. You can either email them at customersupp✧✧✧@ticket✧✧✧.c✧✧ or call at 877-987-6487 (if you have time, calling might be a bit quicker).

We are monitoring this situation constantly (and have been since we learned this news), and will keep you up to date the second we receive any kind of confirmation. Our ticket holders are our number one priority, and as such our staff has been working tirelessly to keep fans informed and up to date, scheduling last minute DJ nights at the venue, and corresponding personally with hundreds of disappointed fans to help accommodate each individual request.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:09 (one year ago) Permalink

So basically the 'last show' being a Bauhaus longer applies. And looks like they'll keep rolling it forward from there?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:10 (one year ago) Permalink

what a pain in the ass this is for the booker(s) at the chapel

akm, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I've no doubt.

The weird irony here is that if (and I will add at this point, 'if') this Thursday's show goes as planned, that'll be...the original show at the start of the run that was first postponed, starting this whole shuffle off.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I wonder how long they're going to continue to push these off before they say hey, this isn't happening. the chapel can't afford to do this forever.

akm, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Annnd tomorrow night's show postponed to a late show on the 19th.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink

This is gonna end with him doing one 24 hour long show.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Wisely (I feel), they've decided to avoid the steady day-by-day drip and just postpone the next few upcoming shows en masse (all the more helpful if he gets the go-ahead early and can fly out here to get over jet lag). As you can see on the calendar -- -- he's now packing in all the shows over two weeks starting next Tuesday, including double shows on a number of nights, and the original planned chronological order is long since out of the window. Oddly enough I think that'll add some unexpected energy to all this, though I suspect all involved would have been fine without that.

And obviously this is still all a crazy situation to start with. That said, Paul Chalker at the Chapel did say this in his mailout last night: "If there's one thing we've learned from this entire situation is just how amazing Peter Murphy fans are. Thank you so much for all your understanding, and know that we are working around the clock and throwing everything we have at this to speed the process up and keep everyone up to date." And he mentioned that directly to me as well, so it's nice to see positive vibes given how nuts it all is.

But I'll add that if this drags out further it's hard for me to see how this will work unless they double stack more shows. After the 19th, the Chapel is booked solid by other acts for the next six days. And as it stands he'll first perform for seven straight days, one which is a double show, then a day break, then four days ending on another double show, another day break, then one final double show. Admittedly I've seen as crazy tour schedules, though often with younger performers, and his big advantage, of course, is that he doesn't have to go anywhere, as well as his crew only having to fully breakdown and reset a couple of times. However this shakes out, it's going to be a rollercoaster. (And given I'm going to be at seven nights out of twelve of these performances as it stands, I may be looking a little bleary myself at the end of it. At least I'll have more nights off in comparison!)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

It won't end!

Mail just sent out, edited:

As you all know already, there has been an unforeseen, incredibly unfortunate delay in the processing of Peter's visa application. Due to this delay, Tuesday February 6th's performance of "Love Hysteria" will unfortunately be rescheduled to Monday, February 26th. The doors for this show will open at 6pm, with the show starting at 7pm....

We appreciate that the nature of moving these shows in the manner that has occurred is extremely frustrating for everyone concerned. Please bear in mind that we are in a situation where the information we are having to work with is unbelievably difficult to obtain, and is largely without precedent. Everything we have done at The Chapel in relation to the news as we've been receiving it has been with the ticket holders in mind first and foremost, and are working hard on an announcement for later today that will address the remainder of the residency dates. Please bear with us for this announcement, we truly appreciate your patience.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:48 (one year ago) Permalink

The end of that sure signals that we're probably seeing a mass rescheduling of some sort, but guess we'll find out.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

damn that would kind of suck, I was starting to get excited about these shows

akm, Monday, 5 February 2018 22:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Third time's the charm?

To all good people having planned to attend the SF Residency:

The entire residency is now being moved to a June/July period, the details of wbich are being finalized as we speak.
Look out for the official detailed post that will be released shortly.
Love to all and everything,

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Did those concerts in SF ever work out?

Anyway Amazon had the new 5 Albums thing on sale so I snagged a copy, it's a very nicely designed book with his first five albums on CD, including some bonus tracks appended to each (about 20). Mastering is decent, louder of course but by no means brickwalled. Glad I bought because I only have Deep!

I've been listening to Love Hysteria and Holy Smoke, and I think they've aged really well. All Night Long is such a classic!

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 29 September 2018 02:25 (four months ago) Permalink

"Love Hysteria" is such a wonderful, hypnotic album with a perfect flow and great percussion. By far my favorite thing he's done.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 29 September 2018 02:31 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah his visa finally came through and the shows are on for March.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 September 2018 04:49 (four months ago) Permalink

I stopped following Peter Murphy in 1992 solely because I was really put off by the artwork and title of Holy Smoke. I still am, but the thread revive inspired me to listen to it this morning -- much better than I expected! Looking forward to checking out the rest of what I've missed since then.

early rejecter, Friday, 5 October 2018 19:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I stopped following Peter Murphy in 1992 solely because I was really put off by the artwork and title of Holy Smoke. I still am

love this

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 October 2018 19:46 (four months ago) Permalink

it's hardly the worst of his artwork. it is however the last album of his I really loved.

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 19:53 (four months ago) Permalink

Me too.

Rejecter, what was so off-putting about the artwork?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 5 October 2018 20:49 (four months ago) Permalink

it looks like a Shane MacGowan solo live album

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 5 October 2018 20:51 (four months ago) Permalink

hahaha you're right

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 22:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Ha, yes, that's a perfect description!

It was the combination of the title, letterforms, and facial expression that just made it feel very joke-y to me. The tone suggested a level of humor that I wasn't looking for from Peter Murphy. Happy to finally hear that I was wrong about the album though.

early rejecter, Saturday, 6 October 2018 20:59 (four months ago) Permalink

wow, otm

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 21:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, I discovered Eno a year after buying Holy Smoke and, holy smoke, he steals outright the sampled crickets from "The Great Pretender" for "Let Me Love You."

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 21:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Hey, Bauhaus covered “Third Uncle,” they knew their Eno.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:06 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...


“Fuck you, you fucking Swedish,” the Northampton-born singer is heard shouting.

“Don’t fucking touch me.”

sleeve, Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:02 (two months ago) Permalink

closer up footage here -

he was on top form, funny and playful in glasgow last week. i did momentarily think it was too good to be true / to last.

stirmonster, Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Sad to see/read.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Isn't it “Fuck you, you fucking Swedish cunt,”? WTF anyway has he got a troublesome reputation these days?

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Friday, 14 December 2018 00:16 (two months ago) Permalink

he did a hit and run and was caught with meth in his car by american police somewhere in california about 5 years ago if memory serves (i went to see him in concert a year or so after and while he seemed a little on edge and certainly not comfortable he didn't seem to be charging or strung out either)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 14 December 2018 00:22 (two months ago) Permalink


So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 14 December 2018 02:00 (two months ago) Permalink

is "wrecked by guards" from the lyrics to in the flat field or dark entries?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 14 December 2018 03:01 (two months ago) Permalink

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