80s Bauhaus Bela Lugosi's Dead Gothic Rock t-shirt Medium

Chest 18.5 in.

Length 27 in.

Content: Feels like cotton blend

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This amazing vintage tee pays tribute to one of the most iconic gothic rock songs of all time, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by the band Bauhaus. This quintessential dark wave hit clocks in at 9 minutes and 36 seconds, and it was both Bauhaus's first ever single released as well as their most memorable. Some people even point to "Bela Lugosi's Dead" as the first gothic rock album to ever appear on the scene.

The song was released by the group in the summer of 1979, but it's likely that this shirt is from the early 1980s, after both Bauhaus and the song started to gain a little more traction. Upon it's first release only 5,000 copies of the song were made. They were pressed on white vinyl and the cover art, which is showcased on this shirt, was taken from a still of the 1926 movie The Sorrows of Satan. The song didn't initially manage to make it onto any of the UK charts, but overtime it would involve into an unforgettable goth rock anthem. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" preceded iconic groups like the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees taking a full on leap over to the dark side, and its notably dark lyrics, which detailed the funeral of 1930s film star Bela Lugosi, best known for his role as Dracula, helped to establish the overall eerie tone of the genre.

Bauhaus gained more popularity in the early 80s as the godfathers of goth, after they released their debut album In the Flat Field and its follow up Mask. The band consisted of Daniel Ash, Peter Murphy, Kevin Haskins, and David J and their gloomy sound was a mixture of eclectic influences including glam rock, psychedelia, and funk.

The sound for "Bela Lugosi's Dead" was a result of the band's interest in reggae and dub, and they wanted to focus on pushing the drums and the bass to the front. Meanwhile the lyrics were inspired the band members binging old horror films, which lead to a discussion amongst the group about the inherit eroticism of vampire movies. One conversation about sexuality and Dracula later, and Bauhaus had the lyrics to their legendary tune, which appeared in a vampire movie itself. Several years after its initial release, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" was featured in the horror movie The Hunger, which starred David Bowie.    

Fits like a modern unisex adult medium


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