“Bela Lugosi’s Dead. I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m dead.”
I was somewhat shocked and pleasantly surprised to find this audible delight in my news feed today. It’s from CHVRCHES (my favorite band of the moment) covering the classic goth Bauhaus track, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
Do we call it a ‘track’? Or were they only called ‘songs’ or ‘cuts’ back in the day? Well whatever the case, it’s certainly a track now, among many others on the Vampire Academy soundtrack. At first glance, the idea of this particular cover is quite intriguing, but even before I clicked the play button I resigned myself to the fact that it’s not going to be the original track. And why should it really?
The track, which stirred up some strong opinions on Soundcloud, is a delightfully synth goth-lite version. Knowing CHVRCHES fascination with 80’s horror film scores, I was hoping that it would drift into darker waters. However, I think their interpretation is a perfect pairing for a teen vampire flick…and another nice addition to my growing collection of CHVRCHES cover songs.