CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Considered by some as the first gothic rock song and undoubtedly influlential on the goth culture, Bela Lugosi’s Dead is the first single of English post-punk band Bauhaus.
The band broke up for second and final time in late-2007, but their legacy wasn’t about to end just like that. Scottish trio CHVRCHES – a viral band of the recent years, recorded a cover of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” for the 2014 movie “Vampire Academy”. The cover grabbed our attention because of two facts: first, whilst a cover song, it is almost completely different from the original. It is worth noting that the Bauhaus’ track was recorded in a single take (live in a studio), it’s over nine minutes long, and vocals don’t start until a few minutes into the track. The CHVRCHES’ version, however, is way shorter and energetic, and Lauren (Mayberry) kicks it from the very beginning. And the second fact? It sounds as a pure modern classic. Yes.


CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
CHVRCHES - Bela Lugosi's Dead -- cover
Released: Jan/2014
Memorable line: “Bela Lugosi’s dead
Undead undead undead
Undead undead undead”

Genres: pop, synthpop

The Original Song:


Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead -- cover
Written by: David J, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy, and Daniel Ash
Released: 06/Aug/1979
Label: Small Wonder

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