“Drink The New Wine” was recorded last year during lockdown with the four members sharing audio files. The track employs the Surrealists’ ‘Exquisite Corpse’ device whereby each artist adds to the piece without seeing what the others have done. Bauhaus have used this technique in the past to great effect. The title refers to the very first Cadavre exquis’ drawing rendered by André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy which included words which when strung together made up the sentence, ‘Le cadavre exquis boiara le vin nouveau’ (‘The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”) For the recording, the four musicians each had one minute and eight tracks at their disposal plus a shared sixty seconds plus four tracks for a composite at the end. All done without hearing what the others had laid down. The only common link being a prerecorded beat courtesy of Kevin. The final playback came as synchronistic revelation.
Written and Produced by Bauhaus
Art Direction and Video Design by
-Adrian Burke (Awen Studios Ojai)
Late November finally one of my all-time favourite tape only releases got reissued; the 1992 HAX tape ‘Carceri’ of Marco Milanesion’s DsorDNE project – freshly remastered by the Maestro himself. A personal highlight of 2015.
On another note, concerning his more current works the renowned portugese label Thisco issued an EP consisting of 3 tracks constructed out of original soundwork developed by (r), as Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo his partner in crime at O.F.F. audioprod & studio in Turin, Italy.
The experimental EP published under his current alias 9CENTO9 can be found alongside equally interesting Releases by Simon Crab (Bourbonese Qualk), Rasalasad (Walt Thisney a.o.) and Martin A. Smith here as part of a new digital only Release series.
A special Helloween release by former Bauhaus, Love & Rockets member David J is the very first acceptable rendition of the 1979 classic proto gothic dub ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ played to death by generations now “.……..this dark melancholic exploration was recorded live by candlelight in a single take.” An atmospheric approach with “signature post-classical piano from noir chanteuse Jill Tracy.”
Listen and Enjoy or grab it if you can – for $ 0.99 via his bandcamp site it’s a bargain and you’ll never know how long it’s available until the next Collection of rarities will be compiled.
On another note; there’s a bit more in the coming concerning Bauhaus’ legacy. Not wanting to mention Beggars Banquet’s Archive’s careful edited and restored 5 Album Box Sets of Love and Rockets & Bauhaus nor the Daniel Ash3CD Box Anthology, nor the various Peter Murphy expanded Reissues – but David J’s first solo Album which was last issued in 1990, Etiquette Of Violence.
This reissue will be available in late November as a lavish deluxe 2CD Set via Cherry Red. The 2nd Disc compromises of nearly everything to wish for the avid collector; his rare collaborative single from 1981 with René Halkett, the even more rare 1983 Sinister Ducks 7″ plus 8 Demos and Outtakes and some alternative versions make this a pretty exciting sum-up of his early days as solo artist.