And I find myself doing a deep dive into Peter Murphy’s back catalog. I have always been a fan of Bauhaus, though Love and Rockets or Tones on Tails had been my go to for post-breakup listen. Then, one day I wandered into my comic book shop at the time, and playing on the sound system was the most amazing version of Nine Inch Nails “Hurt.” It sounded like Trent on the synths and noise, but who the fuck was on vocals? Peter Murphy, really?
The album was Where Darkness Doubles, Where Light Pours In a bunch of live sessions recorded on the NIN/Bauhaus tour. After hearing that version of “Hurt” and being told there was another version that might be even better on that album, I had to find it.
It was everything as described and more. Both versions of “Hurt” were amazing, but there were other tracks on there, covers of Iggy Pop and Joy Division stand out, and the song that left me wondering if I needed to explore more of Peter Murphy’s solo career, “Strange Kind Of Love.” I was more or less blow away by this song.
Took me a bit of time, but recently I have had a bunch of time where I needed some good music. And then I queued up each of Peter Murphy’s albums in order. Now, I am not going to say that I am going to do that again, but there were some good and even great songs on there. And the live albums, especially those where he plays some Bauhaus favs are incredible, and his latest album Lion are standouts.
tl;dr Review: give Mr. Murphy a listen, I expect you will be surprised.