Bela Lugosi's Dead was the first single from Bauhaus in 1979. The lyrics of the song were written by bassist David J, who was inspired after watching a marathon on horror and vampire movies on British television. The release of this dark 9-minute long song is considered to by many to mark the start of the goth subculture. Bauhaus was known to often set the stage with a coffin and gloomy lighting, and lead singer Peter Murphy would be made up like a vampire. Murphy had a successful solo career on the side, and the other band members had their own band on the side - Love and Rockets.
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