Dark Entries

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"Dark Entries"
Bauhaus dark entries.jpg
Single by Bauhaus
ReleasedJanuary 1980
Songwriter(s)Peter Murphy
Daniel Ash
Kevin Haskins
David J
Bauhaus singles chronology
"Bela Lugosi's Dead"
"Dark Entries"
"Terror Couple Kill Colonel"

"Dark Entries" is a song by the English gothic rock band Bauhaus, released as a stand-alone single in January 1980 by Axis (an early name for 4AD) and later issued on 4AD and Beggars Banquet.[1] It featured the 1944 painting "Venus Asleep" by Paul Delvaux as cover art.[2]


Dave Thompson of AllMusic noted that the "Dark Entries" was outside of the band's normal reputation, being "far punkier" and played at a "breakneck pace". A storm of feedback and percussion starts the song, continuing for 45 seconds before vocalist Peter Murphy "finally unveils one of his most breathless vocals".[1]


The single was released six times, the first in January 1980 on Axis with the catalogue number AXIS 3.[3] When Axis realized that there was another company claiming that name, it changed the label's name to 4AD.[4] The single was reissued in February 1980 on Beggars Banquet (BEG 37) and later in several editions on 4AD (BEG 37 and AD 3).


In a feature for The Quietus, Mick Mercer included "Dark Entries" at No. 4 on his list of "The Thirty Best Goth Records of All Time".[5]

"Dark Entries" was covered and released by singer Jan Linton (as Dr Jan Guru) in 2003 on his album Communion.[6] The band Hole used the song's main riff for their song "Mrs. Jones" on their first album, Pretty on the Inside (1991).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dark Entries (single edit)" - 3:52
  2. "Untitled"


  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/art-house-noir/
  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/B%C3%A5uh%C3%A5us-Dark-Entries/master/2207
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/10/4ad-label-behind-pixies-cocteau-twins
  5. ^ Mercer, Mick; Doran, John (April 6, 2009). "The Quietus | Features | The Thirty Best Goth Records of All Time". The Quietus. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZBdpvDEMw0

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