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Released on this day 24th September in 1979: Northampton, UK band Bauhaus released their debut single, “Bela Lugusi’s Dead”, backed with “Boys” & some versions also include a portion of an early demo recording of what would be their next single,.Dark Entries (Demo)”, on the indie label Small Wonder Records; it’s 9 1/2 minute length required a 12-inch single format; the record helped inspire the launch a movement within the UK music scene, focused on makeup & the macabre,

 

The original sleeve art was taken from a still of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The writers listed on the single are David Haskins, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash.

The song is over nine minutes in length and was recorded “live in the studio” in a single take. David J, the band’s bassist, claims on his website to have written the lyrics. The singing does not start (in the studio version) until several minutes into the track. The dub-influenced guitar sound was achieved by using partial barre chords and leaving the top E and B strings open.

The title references horror film star Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), who did much to establish the modern vampire image as the title character in the 1931 film Dracula, and who had been dead for over two decades when the song was written and recorded.

The sleeve cover art shown above is from the D.W. Griffith film The Sorrows of Satan (1926).

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was recorded during a six-hour session at Beck Studios in Wellingborough on 26th January 1979. Four additional songs were also recorded (“Boys”, “Harry”, “Bite My Hip” and the unreleased “Some Faces”) but not used; only “Harry” surfaced in 1982 as a single B-side to “Kick in the Eye“. “Boys” was re-recorded at Beck Studios in 1979. “Bite My Hip” was an early version of “Lagartija Nick”.

The song was featured in the 1983 Tony Scott cult vampire film The Hunger, with Bauhaus portraying a band in a nightclub, playing it during the opening credits and introduction. A 7″ promotional record featuring an edited version of the song was released to theaters playing the film.

The song was also used in the 1998 Matthew Lillard film The Curve; in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, serving as an introduction for a female goth character and appearing on the soundtrack; and in the 2009 horror film The Collector.

The song was used as the intro music for the late 1990s Saturday Night Live skit “Goth Talk“, which featured Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon as two goth students. This song was also used in an episode in the fifth season of Smallville, the vampire-/Halloween-themed “Thirst“. The song was featured in an episode (“Midnight”) of the science fiction/horror series Fringe, which revolved around a vampire-esque creature.[4][5] The song was played in the opening scene of the Supernatural television series in episode 5 ofseason 6, “Live Free or Twi-Hard”. The episode was vampire-themed, poking particular fun at the Twilight film series and its romanticism of vampires.

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