Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It’s like Halloween Time...Part 3

Vampires are the continued theme for this entry – or at least tributes to the actor who played the most well known version of the most well known vampire. So yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s the Gothic Rock Anthem, none other than Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead, their first single from 1979. This song is not only significant as the “first gothic rock song” ever released, but also for its extreme approach to deconstructed, minimalistic rock. At over nine and a half minutes it’s an epic that never really goes anywhere and this unchanging fluidity is what gives this song so much power, with the purpose not to create form or melody but an emotional response. In this instance it’s something akin to dread, or at the very least anxiety, conjuring images of moonless nights, church yards and bared fangs with each drawn out bass note. The fact that this one song did so much by doing so very little is a true testament to the persuasive abilities of music.

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