Mr. (Peter) Murphy And Dr. (Peter) Hyde

Peter Murphy isn't bothered that all the old Bauhaus albums are going

to be

reissued in the United States later this year. He insists that he's

untroubled and unfettered by his past. The 37-year old performer

claims to

have moved away from his Goth-rock roots, literally and figuratively.

After

the Bauhaus break-up, Murphy and his wife, an acclaimed choreographer

moved

to Turkey, where Mrs. Murphy was hired to lead the county's first

modern

dance troupe. A move that cured Murphy of his writers block, and

helped

reconnect him to humanity--something he'd felt he'd lost after so

many

years in London. "I think living here has given me something of a

sense of

freedom. Besides being removed from any preconceptions of who Peter

Murphy

is...being in a country where you are a foreigner forces you to see

things

differently. I have a whole different appreciation of racial issues

now.

Overall coming out of your nest can be good. It forces you to find

your

wings."

Murphy spoke to Dave Becker, at the Oakland Tribune, about

Bauhaus' demise. "The band broke up by itself, really. It happened in

a very natural and non-edgy way. It was a matter of finances and a

matter of

things having run their course. It was a band that couldn't really

carry on

anymore."

Now twelve years and two children later, Murphy has released his

fifth and latest solo album titled Cascade on Beggars

Banquet/Atlantic Records. According to Becker the music is quite a

departure from Bauhaus' gloom-and-doom "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Instead,

Cascade has carefully structured melodies, without any Middle

Eastern touches. Surprising for someone so thoroughly immersed in

Arabic

culture. Murphy now seems a light-years from that angry, tormented

frontman

of Bauhaus; he says that had little to do with the real Pete

Murphy anyway. "It was a character, really. Bauhaus was much more

theatrical than

people understood. It was largely theatrical skills mixed with a very

personal expression and a lot of indulgence. I can recognize myself in that

persona now, but all of those qualities have been transformed pretty

thoroughly. The two have us don't have that much in common anymore."