I haven’t yet done one of these, so here’s an inaugural. Love and Rockets formed in 1985 from the ashes of Bauhaus, one of the first post-Beatles “Aw, man, they broke up?” bands in my elder sister’s musical experience. Since a goodly part of my teenage years’ musical taste was informed by what Megan was listening too (she knew all the cool kids), I remember this well.
You might not remember Bauhaus, but they’re fairly important in the foundation of goth rock, although they never liked that label. Everybody who was in the aforementioned “cool kids” group of my sister’s friends went through a goth rock phase, not going so far as to put on pancake makeup a-la “Drakkar Noir” in “Raising Hope”, but there were definite dark eyeliners and half-shaved heads with spiked hair.
There’s something about being fourteen and having… hrm… “inaccessible access” I suppose would be a good phrase… to a cadre of sixteen-year old girls who all were definitely not the Debbie Gibson sort.
Back to the band… they’re these guys (sorry about the poor audio quality):
Yep, that’s Peter Murphy, who went solo later on. If you don’t recognize him from that video, you’ll recognize this song:
Anyway, I’m a fan of Daniel Ash playing the guitar, and this song is on my “driving really fast” mix. It got play on the way to Vegas, and I thought I’d share it for today.