RETRO: Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

Posted October 31st, 2007 by Eric Greenwood · No Comments

In high school for every Halloween my local college radio station would invariably play “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, so the day feels incomplete without it. This is a live version from 1982.

And the lyrics are absolutely genius in all their timelessly kitschy pomp:

White on white translucent black capes

Back on the rack

Bela Lugosi’s dead

The bats have left the bell tower

The victims have been bled

Red velvet lines the black box

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

The virginal brides file past his tomb

Strewn with time’s dead flowers

Bereft in deathly bloom

Alone in a darkened room

The count

Bela Logosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

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