Peter Murphy 1990

Near-Mainstream Success With Cuts You Up

In April 1990, Cuts You Up, with its slight nods towards David Bowie’s musical work at the time, was released as the next single from the album. Major promotional pushes from RCA helped ensure the single would be successful, but no one knew just how successful the track would be. When asked about the song in retrospect, Murphy has admitted that while he hoped it would do well and chart highly, he wasn’t certain it would perform as well as it had given the less enthusiastic response to previous singles. Cuts You Up would receive continuous air play for weeks, peaking at 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. It also topped the Modern Rock Tracks charts and spent more weeks at the top than any other single previously, dethroning his former Bauhaus bandmates Love and Rocket’s So Alive for the crowning achievement. Cuts You Up also received the music video treatment, directed by Jeff Baynes and Beyhan Murphy. The video would add to the success of the song by receiving heavy rotation on MTV.

An alternate mix of one of the album’s key numbers, the gorgeous A Strange Kind Of Love, was lifted and released just prior to a second US tour beginning in July. Due to this promotional move, the tour would be unofficially dubbed the A Strange Kind Of Love Tour. The single was released independently in both the US and Canada and also placed on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, achieving a highly respectable number 21. Like Cuts You Up, a music video was made incorporating a Middle East flair, directed again by Jeff Baynes and Beyhan Murphy.

1990 closed with a tour of Europe beginning in September and ending in October. Deep had been a monstrously successful album that poised Murphy on the brink of entering mainstream music success. After the rapid fire of events spanning from Love Hysteria through Deep, however, a well-deserved break was in order for Murphy and the Hundred Men. A much needed year out was opted for and taken as Murphy chose to spend the time with his wife and explore his newer role – father of two children.