The oft-maligned but occasionally brilliant Bauhaus are to be honoured with lavish re-issues of their first two albums. They’re due out on October 19 via Beggars Archive.
As techno DJ and Bauhaus fan Surgeon explains in a recent FACT feature, Bauhaus are generally lumped in with the goth movement, but they’re really an art-rock band who deserve to be treated with the same respect afforded their similarly chilly and tortured contemporaries Joy Division.
The band’s debut album In The Flat Field was released in 1980; peaking at number one it remained in the UK indie chart for over two years. At times the band are frankly too hysterical to take seriously, but for the most part they harness despair and desolation into a fierce, focussed and ecstatic sound.
The newly remastered Omnibus Edition of In The Flat Field includes the album restored to its original sequence plus a second disc of non-album singles and previously unreleased outtakes and alternative versions. It’s presented as a limited edition box set with the two CDs housed in Japanese-style paper sleeves, with the original vinyl cover art reproduced and accompanied by a 48-page book that chronicles the genesis of the album alongside lyrics, photographs and other visual memorabilia.
Bauhaus’s sophomore full-length was Mask, and it was released in 1981. The new Omnibus edition box-set includes the remastered original album, plus unreleased demos, alternative versions and a third disc featuring a newly mixed 1981 live show. The packaging corresponds with that of the In The Flat Field re-issue, 48-page book n’all.
Each of the Omnibus Editions is priced at a not unreasonable £15, and those who pre-order both from Beggars Archive will receive an additional and exclusive bonus disc featuring further alternative mixes and live recordings. Full tracklisting over the page.
CD 1 IN THE FLAT FIELD 1. â€¨Double Dare 2. â€¨In The Flat Fieldâ€¨ 3. A God In An Alcove 4. â€¨Diveâ€¨ 5. Spy In The Cabâ€¨ 6. Small Talk Stinksâ€¨ 6. St. Vitus Dance 7. â€¨Stigmata Martyr 8. â€¨Nerves
CD 2 SINGLES & OUT-TAKES 1. â€¨Dark Entries (single A side) 2. â€¨A God In An Alcove (original version) 3. â€¨Untitled (single B sideâ€¨) 4. Terror Couple Kill Colonel (original version) 5. Telegram Sam (original version) 6. â€¨Terror Couple Kill Colonel (single B sideâ€¨) 7. Scopes (single B sideâ€¨) 8. Terror Couple Kill Colonel (Southern mix #2) 9. â€¨Crowds single (B side) 10. â€¨Dive (alternate mix) 11. â€¨Spy In The Cab (alternate mix) 12. â€¨Stigmata Martyr (alternate mix) 13. â€¨Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores (single B side) 14. â€¨Double Dare (alternate version / mix #4) 15. â€¨Telegram Sam (alternate mix #1) 16. â€¨Untitled #2
CD 1 MASKâ€¨ 1. Hair Of The Dogâ€¨ 2. The Passion Of Lovers 3. â€¨Of Lilies And Remains 4. â€¨Dancingâ€¨ 5. Hollow Hillsâ€¨ 6. Kick In The Eye (2)â€¨ 7. In Fear Of Fearâ€¨ 8. Muscle In Plasticâ€¨ 9. The Man With X-Ray Eyesâ€¨ 10. Mask
CD 2 SINGLES & OUT-TAKES 1. â€¨Kick In The Eye (original single version A side)â€¨ 2. Satori (single B side) 3. â€¨In Fear Of Fear (original version) 4. â€¨In Fear Of Dubâ€¨ 5. Muscle In Plastic (rough mix version) 6. â€¨Dancing (rough mix version) *7. Hair Of The Dog (rough mix version) 8. Monkey (Poison Pen) (rough mix version) 9. Ziggy Stardust (rough demo version) 10. â€¨Earwax (full unedited version) 11. 1-2-3-4 (single B-side)â€¨ 12. Muscle In Plastic (rejected album mix) 13. Hollow Hills (rejected album mix) 14. Hair Of The Dog (rejected album mix) 15. Poison Pen 16. Kick In The Eye (single re-mix version) 17. â€¨Dave and Danny’s Waspie Dub (# 2)
CD 3 THIS IS FOR WHEN – LIVEâ€¨ 1. This Is For When…â€¨The Passion Of Lovers 2. â€¨In The Flat Fieldâ€¨ 3. Silent Hedges 4. â€¨In Fear Of Fear 5. â€¨Terror Couple Kill Colonelâ€¨ 6. The Man With X-Ray Eyesâ€¨ 7. Dancing 8. â€¨Mask 9. â€¨Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores 10. â€¨Hair Of The Dogâ€¨ 11. Kick In The Eyeâ€¨ 12. A God In An Alcoveâ€¨ 13. Hollow Hills â€¨14. Stigmata Martyrâ€¨ 15. Dark Entriesâ€¨ 16. Bela Lugosi’s Dead
EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC
1. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Tomb Raider Mix 2. Terror Couple Kill Colonel – Spaceward Studio 24 April 1980 3. Double Dare – Southern Studio Mix #1 4. A God In An Alcove 5. Poison Pen 6. Hollow Hills – Recorded at University Of London Union 31 October 1980. 7. Poem – Recorded at Space Place, Chicago 9 September 1980