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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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Bauhaus’s song ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, released in August 1979, is widely regarded as the first goth single. This chapter recounts the band’s career. Formed in Northampton earlier that same year, Bauhaus quickly developed a signature style that was sexy and danceable. Extensive rotation by John Peel help turn ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ into a hit track, though the band’s debut album, In the Flat Field, was widely sneered at in the UK music press. Nonetheless, they were embraced by the underground, and eventually achieved mainstream success, thanks largely to a memorable Top of the Pops appearance, before splitting in 1983. A proposed world tour in 2021 ultimately fell apart, but the band’s mystery and reputation remain intact.

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The art of darkness

The history of goth


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