Review Revue: Bauhaus – The Sky’s Gone Out

I’ll admit it: I think I heard Peter Murphy’s solo material (specifically the single “Cuts You Up,” which was big on alternative/rock radio in 1990) before I ever heard Bauhaus. And then, once I was aware of Bauhaus, I somehow neglected to really listen to them during those teenaged years when people experiment with wearing leather and coloring their hair strangely and listening to loud, dark music. (I did all of those things, I just never listened to Bauhaus.) I don’t know why, really. I know I had friends who listened to them, and I certainly listened to likeminded artists, I guess I just never got around to it.

I am listening to their 1982 release The Sky’s Gone Out for the first time right now, and regretting the loss. Obviously I could never have recreated what it would be like to hear this album on its release, in 1982 (I don’t think my six-year-old self would have been ready for it), but this record could have been the soundtrack to many a night of brooding and mild teenaged debauchery if I had discovered it in high school. Instead I’m listening through the jaded ears of a thirty-something dude in 2012, and I can hear what makes it great, but I will never quite connect to it in the same way as I could have. My apologies to Mr. Murphy and Co., and my poor deprived teenage self.


“Some schizo, electronic stuff. Some more melodic but with very strong vocals.”

“15 is actually a few short pieces. WATCH ENDING! It comes back after 10 seconds or so…” [I have no idea what this is in reference to. Could be “The Three Shadows,” parts 1-3, but then I don’t know what “15” means.]

“‘Third Uncle’ ‘rocks.’ Pardon my language.”

“I agree: it does something to me…”

“This is a great album, great band. Play this with pride. P.S. ‘Mask’ is in the other bin.”

“Finally, a domestic LP from Bauhaus!”

“Actually these guys have an obsession with the bizarre — muzack is okay — lyrics are for the very depressed or very disturbed! [Someone else inserts, “or the very poetic.”] Too weird for me, I’m sorry.”

“I’m weird + I like it!!”

“A pity some asshole ripped off the album Faith donated.”

“What is this cover?”

“The beginning of their end…”

“I love this band! Boo!”

“Too bad they split up… oh well.”

“Hey! We need some of their other stuff! Right? Of course!”

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  1. Jeff
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    {“15 is actually a few short pieces. WATCH ENDING! It comes back after 10 seconds or so…” [I have no idea what this is in reference to. Could be “The Three Shadows,” parts 1-3, but then I don’t know what “15” means.]” } probably refers to the last song of the album, “Exquisite Corpse” which is a set of four short pieces, one done by each Bauhaus.

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