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Despite having a successful solo career as a cult artist, vocalist Peter Murphy remains best known as the lead singer for Bauhaus, the pioneering post-punk goth rock band of the early '80s. After disbanding Bauhaus in 1983, Murphy formed Dali's Car with former Japan member Mick Karn. Dali's Car only released one album, The Waking Hour, in 1984. Following its release, the duo broke up and Murphy hesitatingly began a solo career with a cover of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me," which was featured on a 1985 Beggars Banquet compilation called The State of Things. In 1986, he released his first full-fledged solo album, Should the World Fail to Fall Apart, which featured a number of guest artists, including former Bauhaus member Daniel Ash. Two years later, Murphy released his second solo album, Love Hysteria. Like its predecessor, Love Hysteria received lukewarm reviews but sold well to his dedicated fan base. With 1990's Deep, Murphy had a surprise hit -- the first single from the record, the Bowie-esque "Cuts You Up," became the American modern rock hit of the year, spending seven weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and crossing over to AOR radio and the pop charts, where it peaked at number 55. Following its success, Deep reached number 44 on the album charts. Murphy wasn't able to sustain that success with his next album, 1992's Holy Smoke, which only reached 108 on the charts, despite the number two modern rock hit "The Sweetest Drop." In 1995, Murphy released Cascade, which was greeted with weak reviews. The album failed to chart in either America or Britain. While touring with a reunited Bauhaus in 1998, he recorded the solo EP Recall. The new millennium, however, saw a newly charged Murphy. Without a deal, he took to the road in support of the greatest-hits retrospective Wild Birds 1985-1995: The Best of the Beggars Banquet Years for two tours of the U.S. during spring and fall 2000. The latter tour, which was more acoustically based, showcased some new material and rare favorites. Still a cult mainstay with American fans, Murphy issued the live double-disc Alive Just for Love in summer 2001. This delightful set was released by Metropolis and featured Bauhaus tracks and solo hits. A year later, he hooked up with renowned world artist Mercan Dede for Dust, followed by Unshattered in 2004. His first collection of new solo material in seven years, the appropriately titled Ninth, dropped in June of 2011. Murphy toured the U.S. and Europe in 2013 to celebrate 35 years of Bauhaus. That same year, he gained headlines after a traffic accident saw him convicted on charges of a misdemeanor hit-and-run. (Other charges of driving under the influence and use of methamphetamine were dismissed.) He didn't let the incident derail his career, however. His next studio album, Lion, recorded with Youth (Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover) in the producer's chair, was released in June 2014. In 2017 Murphy released Bare-Boned and Sacred, a concert LP recorded in New York during his "Stripped" tour in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Tracks

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  2.   Cuts You Up
  3.   All Night Long
  4.   Final Solution
  5.   Indigo Eyes
  6.   The Sweetest Drop
  7.   Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem
  8.   A Strange Kind of Love
  9.   Dark Entries
  10.   Surrendered
  11.   Uneven & Brittle
  12.   Deep Ocean Vast Sea
  13.   Never Fall Out
  14.   Keep Me from Harm
  15.   Bauhaus Medley
  16.   Telegram Sam
  17.   Bela Lugosi's Dead
  18.   I'm on Your Side
  19.   The Prince & Old Lady Shade
  20.   Seesaw Sway
  21.   Secret Silk Society
  22.   I Spit Roses
  23.   I'll Fall With Your Knife
  24.   Mirror to My Woman's Mind
  25.   No Home Without Its Sire.
  26.   Disappearing
  27.   Cascade
  28.   Wild Birds
  29.   Discreet Medley
  30.   Prayer of Jonas in the Belly of the Whale
  31.   The Sound of Water
  32.   Severance
  33.   Spirit
  34.   Hollow Hills
  35.   Stigmata Martyr
  36.   The Passion of Lovers
  37.   The Spy in the Cab
  38.   Silent Hedges
  39.   A God in an Alcove
  40.   In the Flat Field
  41.   Double Dare
  42.   Gabriel
  43.   Lion
  44.   Loctaine
  45.   Eliza
  46.   The Ghost of Shokan Lake
  47.   The Rose
  48.   Holy Clown
  49.   Compression
  50.   Low Tar Stars
  51.   I Am My Own Name
  52.   Hang Up
  53.   Gaslit
  54.   Secret
  55.   Velocity Bird
  56.   Slowdown
  57.   The First Stone
  58.   Blinded Like Saul
  59.   Give What He's Got
  60.   The Weight of Love
  61.   Thelma Sings to Little Nell
  62.   Emergency Unit
  63.   Piece of You
  64.   Idle Flow
  65.   Jungle Haze
  66.   Your Face
  67.   Love Me Tender
  68.   All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
  69.   Who Killed Mr. Moonlight
  70.   Angelic Harmony
  71.   Cool Cool Breeze
  72.   Hope (Midnight Proposal)
  73.   Big Love of a Tiny Fool
  74.   Rollcall/Recall
  75.   My Last Two Weeks
  76.   Time Has Got Nothing to Do with It
  77.   Crystal Wrists
  78.   Huuvola
  79.   The Scarlet Thing in You
  80.   Gliding Like a Whale
  81.   Subway
  82.   Jemal
  83.   Hit Song
  84.   Bewlay Brothers (David Bowie RIP)
  85.   Endless Summer Of The Damned
  86.   King Volcano
  87.   Surrender
  88.   Rose Hunter
  89.   Peace to Each
  90.   Memory Go
  91.   Crème de la Crème
  92.   Breaking No One's Heaven
  93.   Kiss Myself
  94.   Girlchild Aglow
  95.   Just for Love
  96.   Things to Remember
  97.   Ziggy Stardust
  98.   I'll Fall on Your Knife
  99.   Boys
  100.   Fake Sparkle or Golden Dust?
  101.   Good Works
  102.   Kingdom's Coming
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