Bauhaus' first album, In the Flat Field, is credited as the birth of gothic rock. Bauhaus formed in 1978 (a year after the Birthday Party). Their sound is not quite as heavy as the Birthday Party's country death guitar and over the top vocals. Peter Murphy's voice is a very high pitched nasal tone and the guitar is very post-punk, in ways it's familiar with The Fall. They even have an influence from glam music (as made apparent by the cover of T. Rex's "Telegram Sam". Bauhaus really helped invent the genre with their lyrics more than anything.
Bauhaus' lyrics are the epitome of gothic rock (credit is due to David J just as much as Murphy, if not more). The dramatic imagery, biblical references, and misanthropic feelings crafted the genre's ideas and common ground. Murphy's stage presense is very theatric and has included antics like rising out of a coffin or hanging upside down like a bat while singing. His features strike like a silent film actor. While he's done a lot of music that I felt came out really goofy, there's no denying his significance and power as a musician.
TRACK LIST Dark Entries Double Dare In the Flat Field God in an Alcove Dive Spy in the Cab Small Talk Stinks St. Vitus Dance Stigmata Martyr Nerves Telegram Sam Rosegarden Funeral of Sores Terror Couple Kill Colonel Scopes Untitled God in an Alcove Crowds Terror Couple Kill Colonel (remix)