Peter Murphy: "Bauhaus Was the Seminal Moment in That Time; Joy Division Was Not"

As Peter Murphy prepares for a solo tour featuring only songs from his career as Bauhaus' frontman, he seems compelled to contemplate the late-'70s U.K. postpunk scene.

Speaking via phone, riding a bus headed to the first night of his Mr. Moonlight Tour, the 55-year-old Murphy and Crossfade discuss the diverse and exciting (if sometimes confusing) music scene that sprang up when punk rock quickly flamed out.

At the time, despite pulling from influences as diverse as ambient music, Krautrock, prog, and glam rock, Bauhaus was lumped in with all the other DIY music culture out of England: punk rock.

See also:

-Peter Murphy Talks Meth Arrest and 35 Years of Bauhaus: "I Was Never a Punk"

-Review: Peter Murphy and the Music of Bauhaus in Miami, April 30

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