Monday Musings

I’m not exactly a fan of Nine Inch Nails (I like the first album and songs here and there), but I am a massive fan of Bauhaus and Peter Murphy’s solo output. It is really no surprise then that I enjoyed hearing the radio sessions Trent & Peter recorded when on tour together last year. The four sets from four Eastern US cities range from covers of each other’s material to covers of songs they both love (like a passel of Joy Division, a Pere Ubu track and Iggy’s “Niteclubbing”). Lots of fun, nothing too revolutionary or revelatory, beyond the fact they sound like they’re having fun. Though one thing dawned on me; Peter Murphy is turning into Neil Diamond, just wearing black instead of bangles. They have about the same vocal range and tone, have a penchant for really silly dramatic arm motions, and are both pretending they’re not bald or balding. Diamond is a good fifteen years older, but they both rocked roughly the same do at fifty (of course, Neil has rocked the same ‘do since about the fifties, so I’m not posting his pic).

Peter Murphy, fully emoting, with comb-forward and burns:


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