Bela Lugosi's Dead

"Bela Lugosi's Dead"
Bela Lugosi's Dead Cover.jpg
Single by Bauhaus
B-side"Boys"
Released6 August 1979
Recorded26 January 1979
StudioBeck Studios, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
GenreGothic rock, Post-punk
Length9:36
LabelSmall Wonder
Songwriter(s)
Bauhaus singles chronology
"Bela Lugosi's Dead"
(1979)
"Dark Entries"
(1980)

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" is a song by English post-punk band Bauhaus. This song was the band's first single, released on 6 August 1979 by record label Small Wonder.[1] It is often considered the first gothic rock record.[2]

Writing and recording

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" was recorded "live in the studio" in a single take during a six-hour session at Beck Studios in Wellingborough on 26 January 1979. Four additional songs were also recorded: "Boys"; "Bite My Hip"; the reggae tune "Harry", which was about Deborah Harry, the lead singer of Blondie;[3] and "Some Faces".[4] Of these recordings, only two were released. "Harry" surfaced in 1982 as a B-side to the single "Kick in the Eye", while "Boys" served as a B-side to "Bela Lugosi's Dead", and later was re-recorded at Beck Studios in 1979.[5] Alternate versions of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" also included a portion of the early demo recording of their next single, "Dark Entries".

All four band members are credited as writers of the song: vocalist Peter Murphy, guitarist Daniel Ash, drummer Kevin Haskins and bassist David J (as David Haskins). David J has claimed that he wrote the lyrics.[2]

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