#musicmonday : Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi’s Dead / Lydia Lunch – Spooky

Undead! Undead! Undead! Gaaah! So I’ve had this post cued for a week but Collapse Board chose this as one of its 10 Songs for Halloween. Brilliant minds think alike, eh?

Bela Lugosi’s Dead was the first single by Bauhaus, released in August 1979. You could hold it responsible for gothic rock, but unlike its fey and foppish cousins, there’s something a little unnerving about this genre-setter.

The song is over nine minutes long, but the only youtube clips are the short ones that seem to be interspersed with other soundtracky stuff from the film The Hunger (in which it featured) – so sorry about that.

As for horror legend Bela Lugosi, the actor was so synonymous with vampires that he was apparently buried in his full Dracula costume – although rumours that he was clutching a script by Plan 9 From Outer Space director Ed Wood when he died are fictitious.

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Since we’ve done the blogging equivalent of turning up to the disco in the same dress, I’m additionally going to throw in one of my all-time favourite Spooky songs. It’s easily the best Lydia Lunch tune in my opinion, and comes from the Queen of Siam album in 1980. The song was originally a hit for Classics IV in 1968.

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