Happy Birthday to the Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy
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:
DALI’S CAR (PETER MURPHY & MICK KARN )
Peter Murphy (solo)