The Waking Hour

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The Waking Hour
A predominately green, yellow, and blue saturated Ancient Greek-style image of a girl lying down smiling and another girl standing above her, naked, looking down at her. Next to them is a column. The leaves of a tree are visible directly behind the column. In the background is a large mountain, separated by the sea. "Dali's Car", with "The Waking Hour" below it in smaller text, are imprinted in fantasy-style purple text in the upper-right corner.
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1984 (1984-11)
StudioThe Manor, Air London, and Hernplace Studios
  • Dalis Car
  • Steve Churchyard
Dalis Car chronology
The Waking Hour

The Waking Hour is the first album by English band Dali's Car, the side project of Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Mick Karn of Japan. It was released in November 1984 by record label Paradox, which was created specifically to release the record (it was later reissued on Beggars Banquet).


The album's cover is the painting Daybreak by Maxfield Parrish.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press wrote: "As a mellifluous noise, The Waking Hour is fine, if a bit heavy on the bass; dig any deeper, however, and what you get is a hollow attempt to create art without any redeeming artistry."[2]

Fact magazine included it in their list "20 best goth records ever made".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mick Karn and Peter Murphy, except as indicated.

1."Dali's Car" 5:12
2."His Box" 4:42
3."Cornwall Stone" 5:19
4."Artemis"Mick Karn4:37
5."Create and Melt" 5:36
7."The Judgement Is the Mirror" 4:40


Dalis Car
Additional personnel
  • Matt Butler – engineering and mixing
  • Stuart Breed – mixing
  • Steve Churchyard – production, mixing, and engineering
  • Fin Costello – album photography
  • Rory Lonemore – engineering
  • Maxfield Parrish – cover painting (detail from Daybreak)
  • Sheila Rock – album photography


  1. ^ Ned Raggett. "The Waking Hour". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ Yeske, Katherine; Robbins, Ira. " :: Peter Murphy". Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made – Page 3 of 4 – Fact Magazine: Music News, New Music". Fact. November 2, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2016.

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