Bauhaus in the Ziggy Stardust music video

The Sky’s Gone Out and the Worst Kept Secret

In March, Bauhaus were invited back to the Maida Vale Studios for a third radio session which resulted in a series of experimental ideas with stunning results – Party Of The First Part, The Three Shadows (Part 2), and Departure. Work also began on a live album and a live EP (Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape and Satori In Paris, respectively), but both were ultimately delayed until after the release of their third album, The Sky’s Gone Out, in October. Originally planned as a five track EP, Satori in Paris would be scaled back to two songs as the audio quality for the five song EP was incredibly subpar due to compression at pushing five songs onto 7” vinyl. An initial run (10,000 copies) of the two track 7” were included with some of the first copies of Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape (released in December 1982). Depending on your luck, this package was issued with a variety of extras. Some included the 7”, some an inner sleeve, some a collage poster, and others nothing!

The much maligned Spirit was finally completed at the end of May and was officially released as a single at the beginning of June. It also holds the accolade of being the first Bauhaus release to feature the band’s (albeit borrowed) logo as the new label design; subsequently, all future Bauhaus vinyl releases would utilize this design, replacing the customary stock Beggars Banquet label.

A fourth invite from the BBC in July resulted in arguably their finest session, taped once again at Maida Vale. What is now affectionately known as the ‘Ziggy Session’, this spawned a blistering take on Brian Eno’s Third Uncle, a second studio stab at Silent Hedges, Swing The Heartache, and, of course, their worst kept secret, a cover of David Bowie’s seminal Ziggy Stardust, a cover that could easily stand beside and possibly even rival the original.

With the obligatory performance video for Ziggy Stardust wrapped up in August, Ziggy was thus prepared for release in October as a single and would finally peak at number 15 on the UK singles chart. This success led to a couple of TV performances for the band – The Old Grey Whistle Test (unlike previous performances, this was the first live TV performance for Bauhaus as the earlier TV appearances both in the UK and the US required the band to mime to the previously recorded version) and BBC’s flagship music show Top of the Pops, where due to the musicians union creating rather complex rules and regulations meant they once again mimed the performance but this time to a re-recording of the hit single!