"Peter John Murphy" (born July 11, 1957, near Northampton, England, raised in Wellingborough, England) is the singer of the rock group Bauhaus who later went on to release a number of solo albums, such as ''Deep'' and ''Love Hysteria''. Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a rich voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth."
Rising from a coffin on-stage, driving a hearse called the "Bauhearse," or appearing in concert as a vampire all helped to cement the gothic look with this dark, emotionally charged style of music (see gothic rock). Murphy's Bauhaus epitomised a dark post-punk world, with fans drawn to the shadowy, otherworld feel of the music; the band evoked flickering over-exposed '20s horror films by using strobe lights in their live concerts.
In 1982, Bauhaus appeared during the opening sequences of the modern vampire movie ''The Hunger,'' performing a powerful rendition of ''Bela Lugosi's Dead.'' The camera focused almost exclusively on Murphy during most of that scene, panning only briefly to the stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.