Peter Murphy 1987

A New Writing Partner And A New Album

February 1987 began the first major tour for Murphy as a solo musician – a 19-date jaunt of small clubs around the United States. While finding more success across America, these clubs offered much of the same dingy atmosphere that came with the early moments of Bauhaus. This was certainly a far cry from where Murphy thought he would be, but having been off stage for nearly three years, aside the Dalis Car (non-live) project, it was understandable that he would have to once again prove himself.

With promotional commitments for Should The World Fail To Fall Apart wrapped up, Murphy began to look towards his second solo album, aiming for more success with it than his debut effort brought. With Hughes out of the picture, however, Murphy needed a new collaborator. At Hughes’s suggestion, Murphy began working closely with his keyboard player, Paul Statham, in creating what would become Love Hysteria.

Working with a four track in Murphy’s attic, Statham would soon have the basic structure for the first new songs, two of which would become lasting mainstays in his set for years to come – namely Indigo Eyes and All Night Long. After spending much of the summer of 1987 writing and recording demos, Murphy and his band spent time at Jacobs Studio in Farnham, Surrey, and Abbey Road Studios in London to lay down the official recordings for the album. With recording finished in the fall, All Night Long would be the first single, released in February 1988 with a monochromatic music video drawing inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, La Belle et La Bete.