So yesterday, as will happen on occasions too numerous to mention, I got sucked into the YouTube vortex, searching for more bits of my partially squandered youth.
I was reading this post on Dooce.com about YouTube, and how back in the PYT (pre-YouTube, not Pretty Young Thing) era you'd have to stay up to see MTV's 120 Minutes in the hopes of getting any sort of video coolness.
And that is what leads me to today's post. Well, that…and this:
We are driving home from Nisswa, Minn., last Sunday afternoon, and pull into a St. Cloud BP right off of Highway 10, to get some snacks for the kids and use the facilities. As we are standing in line, something happened that has never, not in my 41-plus years on this earth EVER once occurred: Bela Lugosi's Dead began to play on the PA system. In the gas station convenience store. In St. Cloud, Minnesota.
I looked at Dan. He looked at me. I looked around, thinking, "Is this some sort of a hidden camera deal, and any minute, a chorus line of young black-clad, goth kids are going to come out doing freaky (but way cooler than YOU can do) dances?"
I actually said outloud: "I cannot believe what I'm hearing." And the 50-ish man standing in front of me asked me what that was. And i said: "They're playing Bela Lugosi's Dead. In a gas station," which was pretty much a conversation killer. He really had no where to go with that information.
And that's what propelled me into the YouTube vortex. Memories of Pete Murphy and Bauhaus, a band I started listening to in 1984, a full year after they broke up. A band that got me in touch with my dark side. And, a band that I actually saw in 2003, from my seat in the 2nd row, when they reunited and toured. And it was the gothic, feel-good concert of the year.
I just found out they made a film about that tour, called Gotham, which i plan to order later today.
I do firmly believe that Peter has one of the coolest voices in music, and cheekbones that could cut glass. He's a complete original (except when they're covering Ziggy Stardust, then they're just doing Bowie, but some would argue they're doing Bowie one better). And here's a song that I always adored. And it's very cool to see the clips interspersed.