Peter Murphy launched his career as frontman and lynchpin of art-rock pioneers Bauhaus, who made their seminal if divisive debut with ‘In The Flat Field’ in 1980. The group continued to push post-punk envelopes, ushering in sombre, monochromatic soundscapes over a further three acclaimed albums, before disbanding in 1983.
Having dabbled briefly in the performing arts, Murphy went on to form cult outfit Dali’s Car with percussionist Paul Vincent Lawford and ex-Japan bassist Mick Karn. Made up of components recorded separately on tape by the three members, the band’s first and only album ‘The Waking Hour’ was released in 1984. There were plans to reform last year, though Karn’s ill-health and subsquent sad passing scuppered that.
Murphy experimented with more of a pop-infused sound on his first and second solo albums ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ and ‘Love Hysteria’, which came out in 1986 and 1988 respectively. Despite receiving only a muted response from British listeners, Peter’s early solo work garnered a dedicated following in the US, where his popularity was cemented by 1990′s return to alt-rock ‘Deep’. Having converted to Islam and relocated to Turkey with his family, much of Murphy’s later music, particularly 1992 LP ‘Holy Smoke’, took on a discernible Middle Eastern influence.
With his solo efforts, and those with Bauhaus, cited as a fundamental inspiration by Nine Inch Nails, Murphy recorded a cover of Daniel Miller’s ‘Warm Leatherette’ with Trent Reznor in 2008. He went on to become a regular guest fixture of NIN’s live set, performing most notably at the final show of the group’s ‘Wave Goodbye’ tour in 2009.
Having embarked on assorted side projects, including a cameo as ‘The Cold One’ in last year’s ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ vampire flick, Murphy is back with new long player ‘Ninth’, finally reconciling his own sophisticated melodic approach with the darkest and most atmospheric elements of the Bauhaus legacy in his first solo album for seven years.
Find out why Peter chose each of the tracks on his CMU Powers Of Ten playlist <a href="http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/peter-murphys-powers-of-ten-playlist/">here</a>.