Released today in 1982: Ziggy Stardust

Beggars Banquet BEG83

Beggars Banquet BEG83

Widely credited as the originators of gothic rock, Bauhaus were no strangers to other musical genres. This version of David Bowie’s classic was the second time they had issued a cover of a 1972 glam rock hit: the previous year they had put out a take on T Rex’s Telegram Sam. “Just when we thought Peter Murphy might be the Bowie of the ‘80s, he flips back and becomes the Bowie of the ‘70s,” ran the Smash Hits review, in reference to the very faithful rendition of the song. Murphy certainly looked the part, with his “snow white tan” and, um … well, I couldn’t possibly comment on any other physical characteristics mentioned in the lyrics that he and Ziggy might share.

The Smash Hits review pointed out that “shortly both he and the original Zig kid will be appearing in a movie called ‘The Hunger’. I wonder if we’ll be able to tell the difference?” Bauhaus appeared in the opening scene of the poorly received feature film referred to, playing a specially arranged version of their own hit Bela Lugosi’s Dead in a New York nightclub. (It was actually filmed in London’s Heaven.) The song was a suitably gothic choice given its subject matter (Lugosi was famed for his portrayal of Dracula and for appearances in many other horror films) and the theme of ‘The Hunger’, in which Bowie’s character was a vampire.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Oct. 1
1982
The ALARM Marching On (Illegal ILS0032)
BAUHAUS (Peter Murphy) Ziggy Stardust (Beggars Banquet BEG83)
ORANGE JUICE (Edwyn Collins) I Can’t Help Myself (Polydor POSPX522)
THOMPSON TWINS Lies (Arista ARIST486)
TOYAH Be Loud Be Proud (Be Heard) (Safari SAFE52)
Paul YOUNG Iron Out The Rough Spots (CBS CBSA2751)
1984
FIVE STAR Crazy (Tent RCA451)
KING (Paul King) Won’t You Hold My Hand Now (Epic A4731)
WHAM! Freedom (Epic A4743)
Kim WILDE The Second Time (MCA KIM1)
Paul YOUNG I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (CBS A4786)

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