Bauhaus are considered to be the first gothic rock group. They found fairly major success in the early 80s, even managing to break into the British pop charts with a cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. Most may know them for their first single, the classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. Like many other bands, over time the spotlight began to focus more on lead singer Peter Murphy. Murphy was featured prominently in ads for electronics company Maxell. Also, the band had some resentment for Murphy after an appearance by the band in the horror film The Hunger focused mainly on the lead singer. The band eventually called it quits for the first time on 1983 one week before the release of the album Burning From the Inside
Despite the breakup, the members of Bauhaus continued to find some success after. Peter Murphy scored several big hits and broke out onto the US charts. Members Kevin Haskins and Daniel Ash found much success with their band Love and Rockets including the stateside charting “So Alive”. In 1998 the band reformed for the “Resurrection Tour” which spawned a new song and a live album following the tour. Although Bauhaus did not have a full fledged comeback until 2005 where they reunited for a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. From there, the band embarked on a world tour and in 2008 released their first studio album since 1983 entitled Go Away White. Much like the first time, dissention arose and Bauhaus disbanded once again without a supporting tour for Go Away White.
Since 2008, there hasn’t been much talk of Bauhaus reuniting again. Perhaps the band finally realized there’s only so much time they could spend together before it came to a boil. The band has also shown that bad vibes can subside over time and if only for a short time, they can get along well enough to put on a show or two. Would they be able to pull it together for one more tour or at least one more night or have Bauhaus drifted off into the dark never to return?
27. Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy and their catchy brand of pop punk emerged from the mostly hardcore underground scene in Chicago. Bassist and primary song writer Pete Wentz’s witty and ironic lyrics sung by lead singer Patrick Stump and his soulful vocals were a trademark of the band. They were also the flag bearers of a new wave of pop punk much like New Found Glory, Blink 182, and Green Day were to the past waves of the genre. Unlike other pop punk bands, Fall Out Boy strived to break out from merely three chords in their music. Later albums saw them working in more soulful melodies plus collaborations with artists like John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Lil Wayne, Debbie Harry, and other unlikely artists.
The band also found some notoriety in the tabloids thanks mainly to bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz whose leaked nude photos, prescription pill overdose/near suicide, and marriage to pop star Ashlee Simpson constantly had his name in the press. Wentz thought all these matters were becoming a hindrance to the band which finally lead to an indefinite hiatus in 2009. Since then, all the members of Fall Out Boy have found success in their individual projects. Wentz currently has a new pop/dance band called Black Cards, Stump is enjoying a solo career, and guitarist Joe Trohman along with drummer Andy Hurley are a part of the rock/metal supergroup The Damned Things with members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die.
Fall Out Boy have solidified their legacy as one of the most successful pop punk bands of the 2000’s. Their debut full length album Take This to Your Grave is revered as an influential album in the genre. In the mainstream rock scene, their singles still continue to chart on iTunes worldwide and support for the band remains strong. Many believe it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” Fall Out Boy will be back.