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Peter Murphy

"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.

In 2006, Murphy and Bauhaus has been on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Tren...

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