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I was a big Peter Murphy fan, since the 80's, since Bauhaus. Yeah, I was one of those kids. Anyway, the other day my sister reminded me of "Love Hysteria" and I looked it up and downloaded it from Amazon's music service, which is way superior to iTunes, by the way; same price and convenience, no DRM. I've been listening to Peter again and again ever since. This was one of my very favorite songs from any of his albums; and even today it brings back memories of sitting on a reciling chair with one of my first girlfriends slithered in on top of me in the dark; a fire lit against the Pennsylvania winter, and her father's country cabin empty and dark up to the rafters. If I think hard enough, I can even taste the mix of mouthwash and cigarettes from her kiss.

Anyway, here's Peter, and although he's not cadaverously thin anymore; like a lot of aging goth stars his years of poor nutrition and lack of exercise have caught up with him, and he's sort of pudgy and unremarkable. But his voice is, if anything, better than ever. Oh, you can still hear every carton of cigarettes he's ever smoked, but with his single-malt voice, it works just fine. From the camera angle in this video you can see him working his throat to hit those stygian lows, and it's pretty remarkable. Even so, I'd walk right past him on the street and never recognize him. Anyway, here's one of my personal all-time favorite tunes, "A Strange Kind of Love".

I saw him live when he released "Cascade" - and here's a performance from back then; I've had this song "Scarlet Thing In You" stuck in my head for almost two weeks. why? I don't know, it's just how these things work, I suppose.


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Feb. 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Every significant moment in my life has had some sort of Peter Gabriel connection. Its just been one of those things.

The entire "Up" album went everywhere with me the last time I was in Central and South America. I think of nothing but cane fields, spider monkeys and red clay soil when I hear any track. It's a good thought/feeling.
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
While I am a huge Peter Gabriel fan, also, this is actually Peter Murphy, a different cat entirely. :)
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
WTF. Why did I read Peter Gabriel? *sigh*

Stress makes you do stupid things. Clearly.

Yeah, well 'Cuts You Up' was just on my Ipod. There's a relevant comment to this.

Feb. 25th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Murphy has gotten a lot more interesting as a vocalist as he's gotten older. And Bauhaus? I haven't heard them in ages! I had a tape I made of a friend's album that I wore out!
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
What do you mean "more interesting"?
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Just that. He's got some life and experience behind the lyrics compared to the first treatment of that song. He's stripped down and succinct and gives a lot more value to the words.

You know, I'm calling that a good thing...
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh I know, I was just curious what your take on it was. One thing I did not know, but just discovered - he converted to Islam in the 90's, and is married to a Turkish woman, and lives in Ankara.

This surprises me for several reasons; A: as conflicted as his relationship with God was, he always seemed very Catholic, B: he's not gay, C: Turkey, rather than England? Really?
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I used to go to Morocco to hang out with a friend who was in the Peace Corps- and one of her fellow volunteers had married a Moroccan man and converted to Islam. She had been raised in a strict Southern Baptist family. According to her, there isn't much difference between being a Good Christian and a Good Muslim. She put the same sort of thought into her daily life and lived by the same sort of rhythms. Or, at least, it made sense when she talked about it.

According to the Turkish government, homosexuality does not exist in their country. So of course he's not gay!

The 80's were such an odd decade for blurring sexual lines. Look at David Bowie and Grace Slick and even Prince, for that matter. A lot of ambiguity going on there. So Peter Murphy *isn't* gay and George Michael *is*. Who knew?

As for C., it's about the weather?
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