David J - Biography



David J. is a musician, producer, and writer, whose pioneering work with Bauhaus and Love & Rockets has secured his place in the pantheon of post-punk luminaries. The bass player wrote the lyrics for Bauhaus' seminal track "Bela Lugosi's Dead," sang lead on "Who Killed Mr. Moonlight?" and is the voice on Love & Rocket's hit song "No New Tale to Tell." Yet even while working with Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, J. was working on music for a solo career. His first album under his own name, Etiquette of Violence (Beggars Banquet), was released in 1983, and the single "I'll Be Your Chauffeur" from his fourth album, Songs from Another Season (Beggars Banquet), was one of the first #1 hits on Billboard's newly-created Modern Rock charts.

 

In addition to his musical career, David J.'s visual art has been showcased in galleries around the world and his plays have been staged at prestigious venues like LA's REDCAT theatre. He has composed scores for indie films and for a stage performance of Samuel Beckett's Cascando. His most recent solo album, An Eclipse of Ships, came out in spring 2014. His memoir, Who Killed Mr. Moonlight; Bauhaus, Black Magic and Benediction, is due to be released later this year.

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