“Terror Couple Kill Colonel” and other love songs
I usually hate live albums, but this one is amazing.
The godfathers of Goth put out this live effort following the release of their critically acclaimed 2nd album, Mask, and immediately prior to their most mediocre effort, The Sky’s Gone Out.
The debut album remains my favorite, although this is a close second. It was my first Bauhaus purchase and I prefer many of these live versions to their studio counterparts, especially Bella Lagosi’s Dead, 9 and a half minutes of bass drone, screeching guitar and metronomic drums. The versions of Stigmata Martyr, The Spy In The Cab and Double Dare are equally magnificent, taking on an urgency that the studio versions lacked. Bauhaus were never considered ‘goth’ back in the day and although I can see the connection it would be a little like calling the Stooges ‘hardcore punk’.
The band that arose from the ashes of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, ended up being a better band, but that’s a topic for another post.