Music Video of the Day: Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus (1979, dir. Christopher Collins)


I’m not going to pretend I know anything about Bauhaus other than that they are an early gothic rock group and that I’m amazed this video is out there.

It’s a simple stage performance video. The most noteworthy things are lead-singer Peter Murphy’s performance, the use of lighting, and the casket of sorts. It creates a low-budget dark performance that never felt like it was alienating me. I felt pulled in.

A couple of years later this song was used for the vampire film The Hunger (1983). I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve included a video below of the opening credits where they play it.

I also haven’t seen D.W. Griffith’s film The Sorrows Of Satan (1926) yet. That’s where they got the cover art for the single.

I’ll rectify having not seen either of those movies soon. I apologize.

Enjoy this early example of gothic rock. I certainly have. This is a pleasant surprise for me. I was planing to skip the video for today and feature the song Every Day Is Halloween by Ministry–also gothic rock.

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