Peter Murphy 1998


By 1996, the working partnership Murphy had formed with Paul Statham since the days of Love Hysteria had drawn to a close. The Hundred Men were finished at the end of the touring cycle for Holy Smoke. Even Murphy’s contract with Beggars Banquet would meet its end by the close of 1996. And then, the unimaginable occurred.

After undoubtedly reading interviews given by former Bauhaus bandmate David J at the time, Murphy sent off a fiery fax in 1997 to the Love and Rockets bassist outlining all of his contributions to Bauhaus, from lyric writing duties, to instruments played, and everything between. Clearly, time away from Bauhaus had not fully soothed tempers and there was still a feeling of hurt that somehow Murphy hadn’t pulled his weight in the early 80s post punk outfit. Following the unrelated signing of both Murphy and Love and Rockets to the newly formed Red Ant Entertainment label, talks began between both parties’ managers to see if a Bauhaus reunion could be agreed upon. After some time, it was agreed that the band would meet for rehearsals and would eventually embark on their first tour in 15 years, the Resurrection Tour.

During a break in the Resurrection Tour, Murphy teamed up with industrial band KMFDM’s Sascha Konietzko, Bill Rieflin, and Tim Skold to put together an EP, a combination of both new and revisited (re-worked) material. Entitled the Recall EP, Red Ant released the piece in October 1998 to positive reviews, however, it wasn’t intended as a focus piece for Murphy given his renewed commitments to Bauhaus at the time. Only Big Love Of A Tiny Fool and Surrendered would be performed live later in Murphy’s career (and even then, only sparingly as part of the Just For Love Tour in 2000).

Initially, the Bauhaus Resurrection Tour aimed to be more than a reunion tour, instead looking to reform the band and lead to new albums. The group did record a couple new songs, including a faithful rendition of Dead Can Dance’s Severance and a new number, The Dog’s A Vapour, but old conflicts arose quickly. It didn’t help matters any that after the demise of Bauhaus, both sides of the split had found their own success, suggesting one didn’t need the other. Ultimately, Bauhaus would split again after the conclusion of the Resurrection Tour. Thereafter, Love and Rockets would tour to support what would be their final album, Lift. Red Ant Entertainment quickly dissolved and Murphy was once again left to determine his next move.