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Happy Birthday to the Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy

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The first time I heard of Peter Murphy was when viewing the movie, “The Hunger” starring David Bowie. Peter Murphy was performing with his band Bauhaus. I was ecstatic and brought many albums.

I continued to follow Peter Murphy’s solo career and his work with the late Mick Karn (Dali’s Car). I saw him perform his solo act quite a few times and a Bauhaus reunion tour.

When I worked at Montclair Times, I had the honor to do a phone interview Peter Murphy for one of our websites called My Montclair (which was great because the content didn’t have to be locally related).

Peter Murphy was a great interview. Kind, well spoken and a gentleman. He spoke of his kids and his life in Turkey. And we bonded over the fact that we were both fans of philosopher Gurdjief.

A few weeks later, Peter Murphy played at The Birch Hill in New Jersey. After the show he was sitting in a small van (not a tour bus) with the door open, signing autographs for fans. I approached him, the first and only time I met him in person.

As soon as I mentioned Gurdjief, he remembered our phone conversation.

He was so great to all his fans and stayed until he met everyone.

I (with some friends) stayed until his van left. As he drove away he looked out the window and waved to us.

Peter Murphy — a classic!

Here are some great songs throughout his career:


Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Ziggy Stardust

She’s in Parties


Judgement is the Mirror

Peter Murphy (solo)

A Strange Kind of Love

Cuts You Up

Indigo Eyes


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