Peter Murphy on Why "I Can't Think of Myself as the Godfather of Goth at All"

"No jaded shock star ... A seeking searcher, a shifting shape, a spirit lifter."

Those are the words of post-punk icon Peter Murphy, as crooned and howled on "I Am My Own Name," a seemingly semi-autobiographical musical musing off his latest solo record, Lion.

Once the frontman of proto-goth band Bauhaus, he has long been lauded for his brooding baritone, darkly glam lyrics, and horror-movie sex appeal -- even earning a reputation as the Godfather of Goth. However, "that's not," Murphy insists, "what I'm about."

We here at Crossfade recently spoke to the rock legend about the new album, his legacy, and that lamentable nickname.

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