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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Daniel Ash - Coming Down (1991)

Update 03/04/2012: I've removed the share because this album has been released digitally by Beggars Banquet and is available now from and iTunes. Show your support by buying it today!

With the recent Bauhaus reunion and tour with Nine Inch Nails, I wanted to share something from the Bauhaus "family" of releases. Here's a quick history for those not paying attention at the time. Bauhaus primarily existed as a band from 1979-1983. They initiated and popularized the gothic rock movement as it existed then: a darker offshoot/extension of David Bowie's earlier moody material. During this period, guitarist Daniel Ash was involved in the atmospheric side project Tones on Tail. After the break-up, drummer Kevin Haskins joined and this briefly became a full-time project. Bassist David J. joined The Jazz Butcher and singer Peter Murphy teamed up with Japan's Mick Kern for one-off project Dali's Car. Peter Murphy eventually went solo and the other three boys from Bauhaus reformed under the name Love and Rockets.

Personally, while I feel that the Love and Rockets material is musically the most complex and interesting out of all of this (1986's Express LP is definitely one of my Top 25 Albums of All Time), Tones on Tail has a timeless quality and is the music I return to most.

Following the 1989 release of Love and Rockets' retro rock 'n' roll self-titled fourth album, Daniel Ash issued his first solo album. Kevin Haskins is on board for various percussive elements and Natacha Atlas provides additional vocals on many of the tracks. This album is better in many ways to the Love and Rockets LP that preceded it. It didn't spawn a hit like "So Alive," but it finds Ash exploring more music territory. In some ways Ash is taking the 50s rock 'n' roll mode of that previous Love and Rockets album and extending it with an insular electronic ambient vibe. Fascinating, considering the electronic dance direction in which Love and Rockets eventually headed.

Check out the music videos for "This Love" and "Walk This Way":

As a bonus, I've included the b-side track "Heaven Is Waiting" from the This Love CD single that preceded the release of this album. Be careful with your volume, as the first track is much quieter than the rest of the album!

Daniel Ash - Coming Down (1991)
1. Blue Moon (0:48)
2. Coming Down Fast (2:53)
3. Walk This Way (3:00)
4. Closer to You (3:38)
5. Day Tripper (3:09)
6. This Love (3:43)
7. Blue Angel (3:44)
8. Me and My Shadow (4:31)
9. Candy Darling (3:44)
10. Sweet Little Liar (3:55)
11. Not So Fast (3:23)
12. Coming Down (5:13)
13. Heaven Is Waiting (4:23)


Mr Lucky Doubles said...

I will have to go back to this album and give it another listen. I was disappointed in it when it was released. What's impressive about the bauhaus foursome I think it the vast array of quality solo stuff that came from ToT, solo David J, Peter Murphy and of course L&R.

Coming Down is still on my shelf though with a ton of other stuff, and your post has me interested to revisit it.

Maybe an old David J posting next? Corocodile Tears or Etiquette of Violence?

Kevin Sartori said...

I have Etiquette of Violence, but I haven't listened to it in a long time. I'll have to go over my buddy's house and rip that David J & Renee Halkett "Nothing"/"Armour" 45 I have and post them together. Just have to find the time...

Thanks for the comment mr lucky doubles, I'll rip EoV soon; I'm sure it's out of print.

Anonymous said...

-----"I'll have to go over my buddy's house and rip that David J & Renee Halkett "Nothing"/"Armour" 45 I have and post them together. Just have to find the time...

Any chance you have been able to do so yet?
I only ask because I have been trying to get those tracks for well over a decade now. I use to have "nothing" on a bought LP but it has been broken. I still have the CD mind you. But its in a frame with the cover art. lol :)

Any help in my journey would be great.

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

My friends and I got big laughs (back in the day) from the volume difference between track one and two, a nice joke on Ash's part, I think.

Thanks for this post!

Anonymous said...

Back in the day when this album came out, I tried acid for the first time and listened to this album. The first song was the perfect first song to listen to on acid. I still haven't forgotten that after all these years.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.

kk_dtv said...

thanks a lot for posting this album
one of my fav back in the days, but i got on tape, and no more tape now

thanks a lot
keep rockin

Anonymous said...

I was wondering is you could repost Heaven is Waiting since it's not available for download anyway? Many thanks!

Kevin Sartori said...

Sure! Here you go, you can download the b-side "Heaven Is Waiting" here:


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