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Peter Murphy

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 on June 7, 2011.

Murphy toured the U.S. and Europe in 2013 to celebrate 35 years of Bauhaus. That same year he narrowly avoided a jail term, being sentenced to three years' probation for a hit-and-run while driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine. He didn't let the incident derail his career, however. His next studio album, Lion, recorded with Youth in the producer's chair, was released in June 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ninth

1. Velocity Bird

2. Seesaw Sway

3. Peace To Each

4. I Spit Roses

5. Never Fall Out

6. Memory Go

7. The Prince & Old Lady Shade

8. Uneven & Brittle

9. Slowdown

10. Secret Silk Society

11. Creme De La Creme

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Track List: Wild Birds (1985-1995)

1. Cuts You Up

2. Subway

3. The Scarlet Thing In You

4. Indigo Eyes

5. Keep Me From Harm

6. Final Solution

7. Deep Ocean Vast Sea

8. Strange Kind Of Love

9. Hit Song

10. Huuvola

11. All Night Long

12. Dragnet Drag

13. I'll Fall With Your Knife

14. The Sweetest Drop

15. Roll Call

16. Jemal (Version Two)

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Track List: Cascade

1. Mirror To My Woman's Mind

2. Subway

3. Gliding Like A Whale

4. Disappearing

5. Mercy Rain

6. I'll Fall With Your Knife

7. The Scarlet Thing In You

8. Sails Wave Goodbye

9. Wild Birds Flock To Me

10. Huuvola

11. Cascade

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Track List: Holy Smoke

1. Keep Me From Harm

2. Kill The Hate (Live)

3. You're So Close

4. The Sweetest Drop

5. Low Room

6. Let Me Love You

7. Our Secret Garden

8. Dream Gone By

9. Hit Song

10. Bonus Track

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Track List: Deep

1. Deep Ocean Vast Sea

2. Shy

3. Crystal Wrists

4. Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem

5. Seven Veils

6. The Line Between The Devil's Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat)

7. Cuts You Up

8. A Strange Kind Of Love (Version One)

9. Roll Call

10. Roll Call (Reprise)

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Track List: Love Hysteria

1. All Night Long

2. His Circle And Hers Meet

3. Dragnet Drag

4. Socrates The Python

5. Indigo Eyes

6. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It

7. Blind Sublime

8. My Last Two Weeks

9. Fun Time

10. I've Got A Miniature Secret Camera

11. Fun Time (Cabaret Mix)

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Track List: Should The World Fail To Fall Apart

1. Canvas Beauty (Romance Version)

2. The Light Pours Out Of Me

3. Confessions

4. Should the World Fail To Fall Apart

5. Never Man

6. God Sends

7. Blue Heart

8. The Answer Is Clear

9. Final Solution

10. Jemal

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Track List: Hang Up (Single)

1. Hang Up

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Track List: I Am My Own Name (Single)

2. I Am My Own Name

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Track List: I Spit Roses (Radio Single)

1. I Spit Roses

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Track List: Lion

1. Hang Up

2. I Am My Own Name

3. Low Tar Stars

4. I'm On Your Side

5. Compression

6. Holy Clown

7. The Rose

8. The Ghost Of Shokan Lake

9. Eliza

10. Loctaine

11. Lion

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Track List: Love Hysteria (Expanded Edition)

1. All Night Long

2. All Night Long (Demo)

3. His Circle And Hers Meet

4. His Circle And Hers Meet (Demo)

5. Dragnet Drag

6. Dragnet Drag (Demo)

7. Socrates The Python

8. Indigo Eyes (Demo)

9. Indigo Eyes

10. Blind Sublime (Demo)

11. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It

12. My Last Two Weeks (Demo)

13. Blind Sublime

14. Funtime (Demo)

15. My Last Two Weeks

16. I've Got A Miniature Secret Camera

19. All Night Long (Single Edit)

20. Indigo Eyes (Single Edit)

21. Blind Sublime (Remix Edit)

22. Blind Sublime (Blind Beats Mix)

23. Blind Sublime (Dance Remix)

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Track List: The Secret Bees Of Ninth - EP

1. Gaslit

2. Rose Hunter

3. Good Works

4. Secret

5. Secret Silk Society (Full Version)

6. Seesaw Sway

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Love this song so much, never get tired of it!
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lorrettabee
Great song. One of the best from my days hanging on the music scene. Boston '79-86. Great voice. Lyrics. mood maker. Free n hard edged. Great
Wish there was similar in today's void and vapid tunes (most commercial ones)
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... creates a cool mood... love his music! dark but lovely
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... creates a cool mood... love his music! dark but lovely
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Huuuummm, had to be there....
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shaardaerika
I love strange kind of love
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Modern Mystics helping us ascend.
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How was All Night Long not an enormous hit? By far my favorite of his solo work.
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Dust is a spiritual journey of the highest artistic quality. Truly inspires me...
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He looks and sounds like a sexy vampire that needs to bite me
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Peter Murphy is talented and sexy as f**k whether in Bauhaus or not
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'A strange kind of love' his voice sounds like he is born of willow trees or some kind of super natural world; some kind of magical, deep wisdom is held in his voice, so beautiful!.. Eternal, truly beautiful..
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Holy s**t! This is the first time I've heard Pete Murphy. Acoustic track, lush vocals and lyrics, holy f**k!!!! Well, I might be too young for this stuff but I'm old enough to appreciate it. (i'm in my 30s)
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That, happens to me often.
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Mr. Murphy makes it hard to leave my car even though I've already reached my destination. . .
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Thank the gods Peter is still making music and touring.
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anthony5969
I love everything he does, I like him better solo than with Bauhaus
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Great artist! Everything that he does is great!
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One of the few songs i like.
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Peter Murphy is the king of music in general period. His voice, his lyrics, and his albums are second to none. From his first album to his latest (thanks for yet another Peter) they are, each one a masterpiece of true, moving, beauty and far better than most anything else released over the last thirty years in any genre. May we continue to be graced with his presence for many years to come.
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Peter Murphy is the ultimate goth king
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I love him
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Unmistakable voice.
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perez.denise . m
Reminds me of my glory days.
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.. And besides we're both cancer's..
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Peter Murphy is not what you think! He is a magical being, looks like a prince out of a fairy tale@ He has a wondrous presence, has a great baritone.. And very purple and violet aura! Ageless and timeless.. Eternal!
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Cuts You Up is such a jam. I love this guy's music - he really earned his gothic David Bowie comparison.
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flylibra83
Wonderous voice and music !
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Why he is not more recognised as a vocalist I have no idea.
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going to see Peter live in KCMO on June 22
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Peter Murphy is THE MAN. Forever. Enough said.
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Cuts You Up is about the only Peter Murphy song I am familiar with, but it's a good one. Great lyrics and arrangement too.
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Anyone who doubts Mr Murphy should be shunned I would stress in my opinion.. who are these loser posers denying the fact he is the master of eclecticism and in his current day he is still a magnificent voice and physical performance. .
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How come Alive Just For Love is not on Pandora? That is a great album!
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This is what I came back for after working 13 years and quit working for money that I have accomplished my dreams of making that money, have my love for 18 years and now I can delve again on this wonderful music again and again.
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The reviewer does not give the man and his music any justice. Peter Murphy is amazing, and Cascade is breath-takin g !
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Some musicians are very of their time and others are timeless...P e t e r Murphy's music will stand the test of time because it has a spirit and a joie de vivre that is lost on those who pass him off as a dystopic.
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One of the most memesmerizin g artists ever he is a success hes awesome the bio makes it sound like hes failed but i love his music and his lyrics are so touchin really get ya thinking!!!!
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<3
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god why do i read people's comments? people don't know s**t about great music. Peter Murphy is simply amazing.
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Yeah the guy that wrote this Bio on Peter Murphy is an a**, and needs to go to hell. Peter Murphy IS WAY MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN THIS S**TTY BIO try's to make you believe. Most of the bio's on Pandora suck anyway. Please fire your Writers.
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paul56917
Just got done reading the Pandora Bio. Cascade was ... is ... pure brilliance. i don't care what anyone says.
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Deep is one of the best albums I've ever owned. Vocals and lyrics are amazing!
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dmfreestate9 7
Peter is one of the all-time greats and this song is just further proof..a personal favorite of mine. Sounds amazing in concert too I might add.
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I remember this Voice, love that time.
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divamisslani
amazing artist!
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445954713
i've seen peter live 3 times as a solo artist and once with the bauhaus reunion. he's mesmerizing live and such a gentleman. he graciously signed an autograph & briefly chatted with me. i've seen love and rockets and can say for a fact ash is an a** to his fans. at the bauhaus reunion, after the tour bus departed with the band on board, a fan in an electric wheel chair was trying to chase after the bus. the bus stopped, once the chair reached the front door peter got off the bus... i was mov
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I really loved this music as a kid . I listened all the time but I must say that at the time I didnt understand the depressed kids who seemed to flock around this music at all . Im sure they could have said the same about me always wearing white t shirts and jeans and the depressed kids in their black .
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holly_urban
What a nice surprise to hear the latest Peter Murphy album on Pandora! Still such a cool cat after all those years...
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