And Ziggy (allright, allright Zihad) played guitar….
I was on my merry little way yesterday down my blogroll when I came upon raincoaster’s post “peter murphy and nine inch nails” where I was so tempted that I just couldn’t help myself. I am ashamed to say that I commited haram. I hit the play button and let the evil music consume my soul. I will also blame that evil on my response within her post.
Seriously though, raincoaster asked about Peter Murphy (probably mockingly) and as I searched to see if Peter Murphy had been in any other offshoots of Bauhaus, like Love and Rockets or Tones on Tail (and I think there were about 10 other bands that I can’t remember), I ran accross wikipedia’s biography of Peter Murphy. It was here that I read for the first time (I’m so embarassed that I didn’t know this, just what sort of punk am I?) that Peter Murphy converted to Islam.
It turns out that he converted in 1990 and even moved to Turkey at some point. He is inspired by Sufism. (That’s so cool!) Turkish influences can be found in his album “Holy Smoke” which wasn’t well recieved by his fans. He continued recording and he has even writen songs for Dido and Kylie Minogue.
It was with the album “Recall” that Murphy had regained some of his fanbase, an album in which old songs were remixed and some new material is also found on this album. The album was reworked in conjunction with Sasha Konietzko, Bill Reifen and KMFDM (hee hee another favorite of mine).
Bauhaus has now reformed and I actually missed one of their concerts this summer in Chicago. Peter Murphy is with them and the tour has been a success. Peter Murphy has refused to perform some of the songs because he has converted to Islam, those songs include “Stigmata Martyr” and “St. Vitus’ Dance.”
On today’s shopping list though, I have jotted down “Dust”. A collaboration between Murphy and turkish artist Mercan Dede. Heavy in Turkish instrumentation and songwriting. While this album has disappointed many Murphy fans, it has also gained much praise. I have an appreciation for so many different types of music, I think I am going to like this one. I’ll let you all know.