Goth Rock音乐阴暗、冷峻，充满宗教的虚幻感和神秘主义色彩。Bauhaus、The The、Modern English是这种风格的代表乐队。Bauhaus乐队由Peter Murphy、Daniel Ash、David Joy、Kevin Haskins 4位成员组成。 1980年Bauhaus在4AD旗下推出了3首单曲(分别是“Dark Entries”、“Terror Couple Kill Colonel”和“Telegram Sam”)和一张专辑唱片《In The Flat Fieold》。Bauhaus不仅在英国开创了Goth Rock一派，同时对Post Punk和其他地下音乐的发展产生了重要的影响。Bauhaus在推出1张专辑唱片后跳槽到Beggars Banquet公司，推出几张专辑唱片后宣告解散，主音歌手Peter Murphy独立发展，Daniel Ash、David Joy、Kevin Haskins组成了Love And Rockets乐队，延续着Goth Rock/Electronic Sound的艺术生命。
love and rockets的曲风与bauhaus完全不同的地方就是敏感。Bauhaus粗糙生猛，而love and rckets则将低调美学发展到了一个新的高度。
第一次听他们的音乐是1996年，《Express》的第一曲，Angles and Devils，强烈地震撼了我。仿佛是远古走来的一群圣者来到你面前准备庄严地宣判，你除了敬畏没有别的思想。然后是ALL IN MY MIND。YIN AND YANG等等。
后来是《音像世界》介绍的HOT TRIP TO HEAVEN，手头有一张日版原盘。
This is a good collection of tracks by one of the great, less heralded bands of the 80's, spawned of course from the breakup of one of the great bands of all-time, Bauhaus. For that reason alone, the CD deserves its 4 stars. However, the selection is imperfect at best and so I can't give it the 5 stars that a "Best Of" Loves & Rockets should garner.
The first 4 tracks are all excellent choices; "Kundalini Express" was an underground mega-hit up there with The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Dog End of a Day Gone By" is a wonderful inclusion that thankfully was not overlooked. That leads us to "Yin & Yang the Flower Pot Man", a decent song but not one of the better ones on "Express"; I would have greatly preferred "All in My Mind", especially the brilliant and captivating acoustic version. "Holiday on the Moon" is also unnecessary and should have been scrapped to make way for a song from elsewhere in their catalogue. "So Alive" was their big U.S. hit so it has to be here; it's a good song but it never really represented their sound well in my opinion. "No New Tale to Tell" was one of those great underground singles from the 80's that stands as an alternative classic - Not sure how the 'Donnie Darko' soundtrack missed it actually. The grinding, feedback-laden "No Big Deal" was better than its album-mate "So Alive" and is properly included here; unfortunately the fuzzy, charged-up "Motorcycle" is left off. "Haunted When the Minutes Drag" is another fine inclusion from their first full-length as is the album-ending instrumental "Saudade"; I am very happy they included so many tracks from "7th Dream of Teenage Heaven" but wish they have made room for "God & Mr. Smith" which should have been the replacement for "Holiday on the Moon" or one of the newer songs maybe. "It Could Be Sunshine" is also a great pick with its raucous combination of post-punk and straight punk. Another omission is "The Light" from "Earth Sun Moon", an ominous but mesmerizing piece that is surprisingly catchy.
All in all, a fantastic collection that could have been made stronger with a few simple changes. Still, as a big L&R fan in the 80's I know there are better ways to enjoy this band: listen to "Earth Sun Moon", "Express" and "7th Dream..." and also pick up "Everything" or "Night Music" by Tones on Tail - these showcase the band at their best. This album is a decent starting point for news or casual fans but may leave aficionados disappointed.
1. Kundalini Express
2. Dog-End of a Day Gone By
3. Mirror People '88 [Single Version]
4. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
5. Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)
6. Holiday on the Moon
7. So Alive
8. Holy Fool
9. No New Tale to Tell
10. No Big Deal [Single Version]
11. Haunted When the Minutes Drag
12. It Could Be Sunshine
13. Shelf Life
14. Sweet Love Hangover