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Peter Murphy does interpretive dance to ‘Hollow Hills’
January 11, 2013 12:54 PM   Subscribe

Peter Murphy does interpretive dance to ‘Hollow Hills’

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Check out the story in the via link about the time the Bauhaus opened for the post-punk artrock band, Magazine and a bunch of skinheads showed up
posted by Sailormom (26 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
0 to Achewood in 60 seconds.
posted by FatherDagon at 1:01 PM on January 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


Bauhaus, Crisis and Magazine? That sounds like an incredible show.
posted by boo_radley at 1:07 PM on January 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


This is incredibly awesome and yet I still can't help but feel a tiny bit embarrassed for people doing this type of interpretive dance. Maybe it's the low video quality? Maybe it's because there's nothing on this earth that Peter Murphy loves more than himself?

Still, it's fun to see people dancing to this song in bright daylight. Also, it's one of my favorite Bauhaus songs so seeing anything related directly to it always makes me happy. A little embarrassed, but still.
posted by zinful at 1:12 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


interpretive pants, more like
posted by roger ackroyd at 1:22 PM on January 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


Oh gods yes, thank you. Murphy fucking commits you know? I don't care how silly the end product is, he's serious is his own pursuit of his own singular vision of what's cool. This reminds me quite a bit of Morrissey's desert-writhings in the "November Spawned a Monster" video. I mean, if you're an attractive, slightly fey guy why WOULDN'T you film yourself rolling around in sand?
posted by Kitty Stardust at 1:23 PM on January 11, 2013 [9 favorites]


Maybe it's because there's nothing on this earth that Peter Murphy loves more than himself?

Is he really that bad?
posted by infinitywaltz at 1:29 PM on January 11, 2013


Maybe it's because there's nothing on this earth that Peter Murphy loves more than himself?

You're thinking of Andrew Eldritch.
posted by FatherDagon at 1:30 PM on January 11, 2013 [17 favorites]


Too bad the person on the beach is a lady. Because if it were another man this would be an awesome intro to a gay porn video filmed out in the sand dunes. Peter Murphy vs. Peter Berlin in "Goths like it hot".
posted by Nelson at 1:44 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


interpretive pants, more like

Heh. The pants really do set this apart. Otherwise it would really just be "Peter Murphy holds up a dancer."
posted by EvaDestruction at 1:46 PM on January 11, 2013


Maybe it's because there's nothing on this earth that Peter Murphy loves more than himself?

Which is just as it should be, because he is, after all, Peter Fucking Murphy.
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:14 PM on January 11, 2013 [10 favorites]


Let me amend that to read: Peter Fucking Murphy, Scourge of Skinheads.
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:18 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is so good.

Why is it that everything awesome must also be so vicariously embarrassing?
posted by The World Famous at 2:39 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not how I would interpret that tune, but OK. MC Hammer called and wants his Goth Pants back.
posted by Chuffy at 2:50 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


interpretive pants, more like


Do not mock! Those pants are my new anti-drug!
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:51 PM on January 11, 2013


Peter Murphy holds up a dancer.

it seems more like "Peter Murphy won't let dancer leave."
posted by mattoxic at 2:53 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hakama chameleon.
posted by Decani at 3:09 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Guys, those aren't goth pants, they're art rock pants.

Also, looks like this was choreographed by Murphy's then-future wife. United by a shared vision of hollow, sandy hills.
posted by zinful at 3:13 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Unassailably cool. Except the pants. Those are assailable.

Also don't miss Rosegarden Funeral of Sores with Toughskins. Crowds with Daisy Dukes. Swing the Heartache with Capris.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:25 PM on January 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


Not as embarrassing as Kate Bush.
posted by 41swans at 3:39 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm afraid to watch. The vision of Mr. Murphy making a dingdong out himself might crack the ivory tower I've placed him on after he made Deep.
posted by uraniumwilly at 5:47 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


You're thinking of Andrew Eldritch.

My favorite Andrew Eldritch story is how the organizers of a festival let him have veto power over literally every other band at the festival because otherwise he wouldn't play, and at the last minute he went back and vetoed three bands that he'd already okayed because he found pictures of them that he thought were goth-looking. One of those bands, Sunshine Blind, was really good, and they'd sunk enough cash into attending the festival that they suddenly couldn't recoup that it basically killed the band.

I love the Sisters of Mercy, and Floodland is one of mankind's greatest achievements, but seriously, fuck Andrew Eldritch.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:54 PM on January 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


Well, that's no "Old Black Magic" with Stan Lee, but still charmingly goofy. I will always love Peter Murphy and nothing he can do will change that.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 6:03 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


I posted a couple of pictures on Mlkshk of Nico with the Bauhaus and someone commented I don't think Peter even owned any shirts that decade...
posted by Sailormom at 6:17 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is timely because I finally saw Peter Fucking Murphy this week in concert, and he was just amazing.

Big, big fan.
Also of note, the linked video: Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) - What's In My Bag? (and also videos featuring Gang Of Four and Mr Marr).
Post punk has taken a very strange turn in the 21stC.

For those interested in Mr Murphy's sartorial splendour in the pants, you may wish to examine some earlier Andi Sex Gang outfits. It was like the 1980s threw up.

Pope Guilty: I remember Dark Harvest II. If I remember it was Sunshine Blind (they coulda been contenders - all three albums still hold up today), and The New Creatures. I forget who the third act was, but I think they stayed on the bill and played with Hansel Und Gretyl(?) and something called Heavy Water Factory, because he considered the Sisters were an 'Industrial Groove Band'.
At the same gig he abused the audience: "what did you come as?" and the like.

Saw them last year - absolutely awful live. Self involved and.. shambolic and atonal.

But, where Eldritch actively seems to hate his fans, Murphy seems to be a class act. He actually rocked up to Convergence one year (NOLA?) and did a solo acoustic set ... which sadly does not appear to have been uploaded to youtube.
posted by Mezentian at 8:40 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, Murphy's a cool guy who, when screaming "WE LOVE OUR AUDIENCE!" as he closed (does he still?) a show with "Spirit", there is literally no doubt that he means it.

Mezentian, that's exactly it. I really liked Sunshine Blind, and discovering that the reason they hadn't toured or put out any new material in awhile was because they'd been driven into insolvency was awful.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2013


(does he still?)
Not on recent tours. I seems to front-load his sets with Bauhaus.

discovering that the reason they hadn't toured or put out any new material in awhile was because they'd been driven into insolvency was awful.

And then one of them died (CWHK?), and Mark's house burnt down.
posted by Mezentian at 6:10 PM on January 12, 2013


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