Pete Murphy appears on the front cover of Smash Hits, October 28th 1982 (photo: Eric Watson)
In a full-page interview inside with Dave Rimmer, Bauhaus talk about how they got together, the Maxell tape ad and Ziggy Stardust.
Interestingly, Smash Hits describe "Bela Lugosi's Dead" as "a nine- minute gothic reggae single":
Since Bela, a nine- minute gothic reggae single given a helping hand by plenty of Peel plays, their popularity has steaddily been increasing over two albums and several singles for the independent 4AD label. Although it's "Ziggy" that's finally bumped them into the upper reaches of the chart, all of their last few singles have threatened to do the trick.
Elsewhere in this issue, "The Sky's Gone Out" is reviewed by Jim Shelley:
I've always found Bauhaus's amateur theatrics and hysterical bluster tiresome, pompous and miserably average. "Sky" (like the accompanying live LP) is a tuneless stodge made from screeching glam guitar and Maxell Murphy's hollow gothic images. Side two's three epics are pretentious, sprawling and even psychedelic. Avoid. (3.5 out of 10)
And The Danse Society's debut album "Seduction" is also reviewed by Jim Shelley:
This band's influences are all too obvious. The rolling Banshee beat, chiming Cure guitar and Bauhaus melodrama leaves them somewhere between New Order's atmosphere and Killing Joke's chugging rhythm. But although the lyrics, production and vocals lack character and power, all six tracks are impressive enough to suggest that The Danse Society could pounce any day... now. (7 out of 10)