Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Tomb Raider Mix)

This mix version has nothing to do with the video game/movie series Tomb Raider. Instead, this was a track discovered by Andrew J. Brooksbank during his work on the Omnibus editions of In The Flat Field and Mask in the mid-00s. The music comes from the performance of Bela that was released on Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape, but the vocals differ from the original studio single and are not those of this recorded version. While transferring the original full version of Bela from that show to the This Is For When release, an un-credited studio vocal was discovered tacked on at the end of the master reel. The theory is that in preparation for The Hunger, a new version of Bela was to be created that matched the music from that performance and the new vocal track, though this ultimately never happened for the film. In the end, the configuration described was remixed by Mark Wallis in 2008 to be this track. “Tomb Raider” just refers to the literal raiding of the tomb in discovering the lost vocal and bringing it to life.

White on white translucent black capes
Back on the rack

Bela Lugosi’s dead

The bats have left the bell tower
The victims have been bled
Red velvet lines the black box

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead, undead, undead
Undead, undead, undead

The virginal brides file past his tomb
Strewn with time’s dead flowers
Bereft in deathly bloom
Alone in a darkened room
The count

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead, undead, undead
Undead, undead, undead

Undead

Poor Bela
Bela’s undead
Poor Bela
Bela’s undead

Bela’s undead
Poor Bela
Bela’s undead
Poor Bela

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