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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy Takes The Stage At Ballroom

Peter Murphy Takes The Stage At Ballroom

Bauhaus was one of those bands that people got fanatical about. But listeners' fanaticism was always kept in check because the English band practiced a kind of brooding, Germanic, leather-clad, sun-starved goth aesthetic that didn't encourage unreserved emotion or enthusiasm. Somewhere between the Cure, Nick Cave, Joy Division and David Bowie, Bauhaus, fronted by Peter Murphy, was the kind of band for whom one could show admiration by sulking deeply. The band made death-addled New Wave.

Which isn't to say that Bauhaus didn't have a kind of jittery menace to its music. The band broke up in 1983. Murphy's solo records showcase his deep voice, which has an appealing sepulchral — and...