Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus Cover)
The mainstreaming of goth culture is something I’ve been following with great interest, so when I heard that CHVRCHES released a cover of Bauhaus’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” I couldn’t wait to hear what they’d done with it. Apparently it’s part of the soundtrack for Vampire Academy, a teen horror-comedy about a Hogwarts for vampires. In that sense it works beautifully; it’s a pop song about a famous vampire from a super hot young band, sure to please teens and CHVRCHES fans alike.
But as a tribute to a haunting and iconic goth anthem? Ehhh, not so much. I’m surprised the producers didn’t turn to FIDLAR, who did such a great job of preserving a creepy original with their cover of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” I guess we’ll just have to withhold judgment until we all go see Vampire Academy next weekend. Stream CHVRCHES’ cover below and see what you think for yourself.
STREAM: CHVRCHES – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Bauhaus Cover)”